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Overview

Note: The September 2019 intake is now closed for new applications to Level 1. Applications for re-admission and direct entry may be submitted. The September 2020 intake will be open for applications starting November 1, 2019.
The Computer Information Systems Administration (CISA) program is a full-time program that provides graduates with a comprehensive skill set geared towards administration of computer networks and system. The CISA program emphasizes a hands-on, technical approach to training, where experience gained in labs and classrooms can be applied directly to business and industry.

The program focuses on Information Technology (IT) infrastructure solutions rather than computer engineering or software development. Training comprises both theory and practical experience where the goal is to have the students develop a skill set to be able to install, configure, maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot systems and hardware. To support this training, students are exposed to considerable hands-on activities using well equipped labs. Applicants should have a keen interest in computers, exposure to home networking, strong communication and problem solving skills.

The first year consists of training that introduces students to computer hardware, operating systems, network infrastructure, and cybersecurity. Topics include Microsoft Active Directory services and networking, Cisco routing and switching, Linux administration as well as essentials of databases and programming. While much of the training aligns with industry certifications, students are not required to write any industry exams. Included in first year is a Business Skills for IT course that provides insight into the communication and management skills required in the IT sector.

The second year specializes in deploying and supporting the network infrastructure used in today's enterprise systems. Students leverage industry leading products from Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Red Hat, SUSE, Oracle, VMWare, and others to create a secure, multiservice business solution. Students work with routing, switching, firewall, server, and client technologies to deploy reliable and redundant campus networks that support remote access and wide area interconnectivity. Topics include security, advanced routing and switching, Voice-over-IP (VoIP), and wireless access. Networked applications are explored and deployed including collaboration and messaging services. Students learn to leverage virtualization technologies, providing the responsiveness needed to support business applications. The integration of “cloud” services to an enterprise along with network management solutions provides insight into the complexities of an enterprise system. Students are encouraged to obtain more advanced industry certifications from Aruba, AWS, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Oracle, Red Hat, and VMWare.

Program Entry

Find out more about getting started in the program!

If the Computer Information Systems Administration program interests you, review the entrance requirements. If you qualify, you may want to attend an
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information session or become a student for a day.

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Want to learn more about our program before you apply? Come spend-a-day with us. You'll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.
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If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration or if you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Chief Instructor, Chi_Wong@bcit.ca or call 604-432-8592.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day).

Applications are considered for a specific intake; this program does not carry a wait-list from year to year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Apply to program

Note: The September 2019 intake is now closed for new applications to Level 1. Applications for re-admission and direct entry may be submitted. The September 2020 intake will be open for applications starting November 1, 2019.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Find out how much you will need to complete your diploma in Computer Information Systems Administration!

The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your two years of study. If you have concerns about being able to afford the program, please visit Financial Aid to learn how you may benefit from financial assistance.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Approximately $500 per level for books and supplies.
(general estimated cost, subject to change)

The program consists of four levels spread over two-years.

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Class hours

0830-1500, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  CISA 1310 Network Essentials 5.0
  CISA 1320 Desktop Support & Maintenance 5.0
  CISA 1330 Windows Server Essentials 5.0
  CISA 1340 Linux Essentials 5.0
  CISA 1350 Database Essentials 5.0
  CISA 1360 Programming Essentials 5.0
 
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  CISA 2310 IP Routing Fundamentals 6.0
  CISA 2320 Ethernet Switching Fundamentals 6.0
  CISA 2330 Windows Server Administration 6.0
  CISA 2340 Linux Administration 6.0
  CISA 2370 Network Security Fundamentals 6.0
  CISA 2380 Business Skills for IT 6.0
  CISA 2390 Campus Network Project 4.0
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  CISA 3310 Advanced Ethernet Switching 5.0
  CISA 3320 Deploying Wireless Systems 5.0
  CISA 3330 Deploying Windows Services 5.0
  CISA 3350 Deploying Messaging Systems 5.0
  CISA 3360 Deploying VoIP Systems 5.0
  CISA 3370 Enterprise Network Security 5.0
 
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  CISA 4310 Advanced Routing Services 6.0
  CISA 4330 Enterprise Windows Services 6.0
  CISA 4340 Unified Communications 6.0
  CISA 4350 Deploying Cloud Services 6.0
  CISA 4360 Managing Network Services 6.0
  CISA 4370 Advanced Network Security 6.0
  CISA 4390 Enterprise Network Project 4.0
 
Total Credits: 140.0

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 length

Two years, full-time

Grading

Students must maintain a minimum 60% overall average in each term in order to proceed to the next term. The passing grade for each course is 50%; students who achieve lower than 50% in a course will need to make up the course before they are eligible to earn the diploma. All courses must be passed to receive a diploma.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Manufacturers such as Cisco, HP, and IBM typically have "partners" who sell their products. It is with these partners that our students find employment. Other sources of employment include Internet Service Providers (ISPs), government, municipalities, hospitals, health authorities, management companies, airports, transportation services, insurance companies, and many small businesses. If a computer network exists within a business and it grows to any size there is a demand for competent administrators to maintain this network and its clients. Graduates have the ability to continue developing their skills in more specialized areas such as wireless, security, storage area services, and voice services providing a path to higher pay and ensured employment.

CISA graduates have skills focused on maintaining network infrastructure and client support. Graduates are capable of working with a wide range of Cisco products including routers, switches, firewalls, wireless systems, IP phones, and management tools. Graduates also have experience supporting Linux and Microsoft clients and servers. Employment opportunities exist within Internet providers, cablevision, telephone companies, service outsourcing companies, and any IT department.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty

Instructors

Chi Wong, MA
Chief Instructor

David Chen

Patrick Duffey

Roger Gale, MBA

Kirksal Icoz

Rouzbeh Keshavarz

Brian Klym

Cory Langford

Ray Massoud

Steven Ng

Tracy Willcock, MA, MCNI

Staff

Kacem Habiballah, MA
Associate Dean

Jill Simmons

Administrative Assistant

Advisory committee

Carlos Aparicio
General Manager, IT Services, Vision33 SAP Business One

Jeff Celmainis
Director, Park Place Technologies

Tri Chiem
Sales Executive, Google Canada Inc.

Paul Inzani
Senior Manager Network Services Technology, Business Services, CPE & CLEC, Bell

Buu Lam
Systems Engineer-Western Canada (BC), F5 Networks
  
Richard Louie
Consultant

Cam Melvin
Consultant

Daryl Montgomery
Account Manager-BC, F5 Networks

Ralph Wright
Systems Engineering Director, Sales / Channels, Cisco Systems Canada Co.

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Spend-A-Day with Us

Want to learn more about our program before you apply? Come spend-a-day with us. You'll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.
Find out more

If you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact the Chief Instructor, Chi_Wong@bcit.ca or 604-432-8592.

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