Part-time Associate Certificate 1885acerts

Opening Opportunities in the IT Sector

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 70% 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 enrollment.

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International applicants

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Program declaration

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined and also provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
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BCIT accepts only complete program declarations. To declare this program:

  • Answer all questions completely prior to submission.
  • If required, convert transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.

Courses

Program matrix

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Required Courses: Credits
  CITX 1110 A+ Hardware Technician 6.0
  CITX 1160 Cisco CCNA Level 1 6.0
  CITX 2200 Microsoft Server Level 1 6.0
  CITX 2210 Linux Essentials 6.0
 
Total Credits: 24.0

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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.

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. A computer programming fundamentals course endorsed by the CISA program
  2. A database fundamentals course endorsed by the CISA program
  3. CITX 2060 Cisco Networking Level 2
NAT Associate Certificate graduates who have successfully completed the above four 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.

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 2016-2018 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 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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Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

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604-432-8237
Melissa_Hart@bcit.ca

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