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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 – To be determined.

Program Topics

  • Computing and OS Fundamentals: multi-platform including Windows, Linux, Cisco
  • Storage Technologies
  • Web Stack Hosting and Scaling
  • Python and PowerShell Programming for Administrators
  • Networking (with implementations in Linux, Windows and Cisco)
  • Identity, Messaging and Web Services
  • Application Services including: Authentication, DNS, File, Messaging, Web
  • Virtualization and Multitenant Computing (VMware, Windows, Linux, AWS)
  • Scripting, Automation, Provisioning, and Configuration Management
  • Security Fundamentals in multi-vendor and open source environments
  • Business and Communication Skills for IT professionals
  • Industry work term

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Core Industry certifications – To be determined

Optional Industry Certifications – To be determined

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

Faculty, Advisors & Staff


Uwe Helm, NASP Program Head


Youri van Vliet, Program Coordinator

Advisory committee

BCIT is well-respected by employers for its ties to industry. In Computing, this connection is formalized through a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) comprised of experts in a range of roles from a cross-section of companies. The department consults regularly to ensure program currency and relevance.

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