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The Network Administrator Technician program consists of four courses that provide a solid foundation for an entry-level position in the information technology (IT) industry. Theory is combined with hands-on activities to introduce students to networking concepts and hardware.

Program delivery mode: in person

  • This program will be delivered in person for the coming semester.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The Network Administrator Technician (NAT) Associate Certificate provides students with an introduction to the field of computer networking. The Information Technology (IT) sector has many career paths and areas of expertise. This program provides a foundation of knowledge that allows students to explore opportunities in the IT sector and after exposure in the industry, students are encouraged to move towards a specific concentration.

Students completing this program will have hands-on knowledge of network operating systems, the underlying communication protocols, and the supporting hardware. Network Administrator Technicians, under guidance of more senior administrators, may be responsible for setting up servers, workstations and peripherals. They may install and maintain the network hardware and software; ensure network connectivity, perform equipment and software upgrades, ensure data integrity, and implement basic network security.

This program is ideal for individuals in an organization to assume some responsibility for Network Administration.

The program

Students are required to complete four courses which total 24 credits. The courses can be taken in any order provided students meet the prerequisite for each course. A pass mark of 50% is required for each course.

Completion of industry certifications does not preclude any of the courses and course exemption is not provided for industry certifications. Students are encouraged to write associated industry certifications after completing the courses but this is not a requirement of the program.

Program Completion Deadline: Students are expected to complete the full program within three years from the time of enrolment.

Entrance Requirements

Register today for part-time studies courses.


Graduating & Jobs

A pathway into full-time studies allows graduates of the Network Administrator Technician (NAT) Associate Certificate to obtain advanced credit in the Computer Information Systems Administration (CISA) diploma program. Candidates must take the following additional courses:

  1. CITX 1142 Network Programming with Python
  2. A database fundamentals course endorsed by the CISA program (e.g. COMP 1630)

NAT Associate Certificate graduates who have successfully completed the above two courses, and meet the CISA entrance requirements, are eligible to apply for direct entry into Level 2 of the CISA program.

Note: Final acceptance is subject to available space. Entrance requirements are subject to change.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff


Patrick Duffey
Department Head
Tel: 604-432-8262


Kacem Habiballah, MA, EdD, PhD (Candidate)
Associate Dean
Tel: 604-451-7075

Katie Howard
Program Assistant
Tel: 604-432-8237

Contact Us

Katie Howard, Program Assistant

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