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Launch your career in network administration!

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The NASP program is an applied intensive 1-year program that prepares students for a career in secure system and network administration within both enterprise and service provider environments. It addresses both conventional infrastructure and cloud based alternatives. The program is cohort based and is comprised of ten months of full time lab learning and a two-month industry work term.

NASP develops the requisite expertise to plan, implement, manage, and secure server, storage, network, and application infrastructure. It integrates business communications and leadership throughout its technical curriculum. As a compliment to facilitating the acquisition of technical skills and knowledge, the program provides employment advantages to its students through integrated work experience and the incorporation of industry certifications.

Educational Approach

The program employs project-based instruction, that is organized around the construction of IT solutions, using a variety of current open-source and vendor-specific technologies. By combining these diverse implementations, NASP students acquire an applied, foundational, and multi-vendor skill set.

Integrated Industry Certifications

The program incorporates the content for a range of industry certifications.

Core Industry certifications

The subject content for these core certifications is integrated into the program. Exams for these certifications are included in the program and are written at our onsite testing centre. The completion of these certifications is required for graduation. The core certifications are currently:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 – Exam 70-410
  • CompTIA Linux+ / Linux Professional Junior Administrator (LPIC-1)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • CompTIA Security+

Optional Industry Certifications:

NASP incorporates the subject matter for several additional certifications and the opportunity to write two optional exams onsite is included in the program. These currently include:

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (Windows Server 2012) Exams 70-411, 70-412
  • CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA
  • VMware Certified Professional 6 -Data Center Virtualization


NASP provides students with current and applied knowledge and skills, combined with industry credentials and real world work experience. The true value of the end result is demonstrated by the excellent vocational success of NASP graduates.

Network Administration & Security Professional
BCIT Credential:
Program Location: Downtown Vancouver
Program Length: 12 months, Full-time
Program Start / End: January 9, 2017 - December 15, 2017
Total Tuition/Cost: Learn about Tuition & Fees
Entry Requirements: View Requirements

Program Entry

The NASP full-time program is designed for people with IT work experience who want to acquire and/or improve their knowledge and credentials for career enhancement. The program is highly intensive, fast-paced and assumes some prior technical knowledge in order to successfully complete NASP and effectively transition into industry.

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

  • NASP application form [PDF]

  • Proof of English 12 (C+) as indicated on official high school transcript or equivalent

  • Individuals without current IT experience must have one of the following:

    • Valid CompTIA A+ certification -or-
    • Completion of a prerequisite BCIT course:
      • COMP 1045 – CompTIA A+ Certification Preparation -or-
      • CITX 1110 – A+ Hardware Technician
  • Attended NASP information session or meeting with Program Head/Coordinator

*Meeting the program’s minimum entrance requirements does not ensure admission as seats are limited and therefore subject to availability.

Apply to program

Application packages and information can be obtained from the High-Tech Professional Program office. Call 604-412-7788, email htp@bcit.ca or visit www.bcit.ca/cas/htp/apply.

Scheduled intakes

See bcit.ca/cas/htp/dates for upcoming scheduled intakes.

Costs & Supplies

Please see tuition fees for High Tech Professional Programs or tuition fees for international students.

Books and supplies

Tuition fees include digital books and tablet, supplies, and vendor exam vouchers.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Refund policy

  • If notice is submitted in writing and received by the HTP Program Office AT LEAST twelve (12) working days prior to the first day of classes, all tuition fees paid (less the $2,000.00 deposit) will be refunded.
  • If notice is submitted in writing and received by the HTP Program Office by 4:00 p.m. on the second day of class, all fees paid less $3,000.00 ($2,000.00 deposit and $1,000.00 penalty fee) will be refunded.
  • There will be no refund of fees issued after the second day of class.
  • Withdrawal for medical reasons, possible partial refund with doctor's medical note.

Cancellation Policy

This program is subject to limited and minimum enrolment. Lack of sufficient enrolment will result in BCIT cancelling specific intakes of the program and will entitle accepted students of that intake to a full refund of all fees paid.


Class hours

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday (excluding statutory holidays)

Program delivery

The program includes an intensive classroom component augmented by labs, assignments, team projects, and case studies. This component of the program covers the essential hardware, networking, and security knowledge, tools, and techniques.

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  NASP 1100 Business Skills for IT Professionals 7.0
  NASP 1200 Professional Skills for IT Professionals 7.0
  NASP 1300 Technology Infrastructure 1 23.5
  NASP 2200 Technology Infrastructure 2 29.0
  NASP 2400 Network Administration and Security Professional Practicum 13.5
Total Credits: 80.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program Format

The program is 12 months full-time, weekdays from 9am to 4pm. It is organized into three semesters and a work term. All required hardware and software is provided including licenses for home use.
Each semester is formatted as follows:

  • 10 weeks of hands-on, project driven course work 
  • A week long applied integrative project 

In preparation for each core industry certification, students participate in a week long tutorial these follow the second and third semesters.
The program concludes with a two month industry practicum that allows students to develop industry contacts and further their learning in a real world setting

Program Content

The Network Administration and Security Professional program curriculum includes modules focusing on each of the following topics:

  • Introduction to Operating Systems Concepts using Linux
  • Operating System Installation and Configuration with Windows
  • Server and Storage Fundamentals 
  • Network Essentials
  • System Administration using Windows
  • Scripting Application Services with Linux
  • Web Stack Hosting and Scaling
  • Network Routing and Switching with Cisco Devices
  • Advanced Services using Windows Server
  • Data Centre and Cloud Virtualization using VMware and AWS
  • Server and Network Security
  • Configuration Management and Provisioning
  • Business and Communication Skills

Program length

12 months, full-time

Start dates set by individual offerings of the program. Please see the HTP website for current offerings of the program.


Students are required to pass the following vendor examinations to graduate:

  • CompTIA Security+ (SY0-201)
  • CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI (LX0-103 & LX0-104)
  • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (70-410)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (200-120 CCNA)

Program location

BCIT Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Students are well equipped to compete for entry level and intermediate level jobs in network administration and security. While actual jobs obtained depend on the individual student's background prior to the program and their achievements during the program, typical jobs for graduates include:

  • Network Administrator
  • Network Analyst
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Network Manager
  • System Engineer/Network Administrator

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Administration Instructors

Orrett Morgan
Program Head

Thomas Lane
NASP Instructor

Lorraine Fentie
Program Coordinator

Uwe Helm
NASP Instructor

Rhonda Ewashko
Program Coordinator

Contact Us

For admission and program inquiries: Mailing address:

Phone: 604.412.7788
Fax: 604.408.0921
Email: HTP@bcit.ca

HTP Programs
BCIT Downtown Campus
350 - 555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6B 3H6

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