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Over 15,000 Students Have Learned Networking at BCIT

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: ONLINE
  • This program will be delivered online for the fall semester.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Network designers evaluate and select the appropriate hardware and operating system components to meet user and business needs.

Network administrators set user policies, access and security to ensure systems and data are protected from loss, compromise or failure.

The Applied Network Administration and Design, ANAD Associate Certificate is from BCIT Computing. It is delivered part-time in the evenings and on some weekends. Instruction is provided by subject matter experts and industry practitioners.

Building on COMP 1002 -Applied Computer Concepts ANAD students are introduced to Linux, data communication and LAN theory with Enterprise Networking Fundamentals. Students acquire industry standard network design skills using a variety of tools in labs and exercises.

Required courses include Windows 10, Linux, MS Windows Server Administration, IT Security Fundamentals, and Applied Network Security.
Electives include Power Shell Scripting and Linux Administration.

The final course COMP 4912 - Applied Virtual Networks allows participants to design and evaluate multi-platform PC based networks.There are job opportunities for Network professionals who have technical abilities as well as interpersonal and communication skills.

ANAD was developed to validate prior networking experience.

Program Entry

Important Notice: Computing Part-time Studies is course by course registration and was not designed for students on limited timelines. Due to prerequisites and scheduling this program could take 5-6 terms to complete.


BC High School Grade 12 English and Grade 12 Math, or equivalent knowledge.

This program is aimed at mature students with other post secondary education, and work experience looking to validate their knowledge, or those with connections to potential employers.

ANAD is not designed for those students just out of high school with no other education or work experience, those students should consider completing a Diploma or Degree from BCIT in order to be well positioned in the job market.

ANAD was developed for a specific audience, those who have prior education or experience and connections in this related field.

Students without related network experience are not candidates for Network Administrator roles. 

Please Note:

COMP PTS courses have specific prerequisites, and these must be completed in the correct order.

Many required higher-level and elective courses may not be offered each term.

Some PTS courses are only offered once per year.

  • COMP 2766 is typically offered in September and January
  • COMP 2767 is only offered once per year in April.
  • COMP 3771 is only offered twice per year in April and September.
  • COMP 4704 is only offered once per year in September.
  • COMP 4912 is only offered once per year in January.

ANAD is not designed to be completed in a Full-time delivery as each course has prerequisites and PTS scheduling varies from term to term.

Depending on program start dates most students cannot compete ANAD in any less than 4 terms or 18 months due to prerequisites and the scheduling of night courses.

Please contact the department for course planning:

Start with just one course:

COMP 1002 Applied Computer Concepts
prior to COMP 2629 - Enterprise Networking Fundamentals

Note: Please complete COMP 2629 prior to declaring your program.

Students who have completed or who are in working toward BCIT's School of Energy's Network Administrator Technician, NAT - Associate Certificate will not be approved for Applied Network Administration and Design, ANAD due to learning outcome duplication.

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 provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
Learn more about program declaration

To submit your declaration:

  • Answer all questions completely.
  • If required, convert transcripts and 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.

Costs & Supplies

All Computing Part-time Studies programs are course by course registration.

Students should have a personal computer with internet access capable of running MS Windows 10.

There are typically only 8 courses required to complete ANAD.

Students should budget $5,000 for tuition.

The average tuition cost for each PTS course is around $500-$700 per course plus books.

Specific textbooks are required at an additional cost, some courses also have lower cost eBook options.

International students students will pay much higher tuition and should budget around $16,000 for ANAD..

Typical part-time students may complete the ANAD over 4-5 terms or 1.5 years with 2 courses per term depending on when they start.

This would equate to an average workload of 25+ hours per week between class time, reading and homework with 2 courses per term.

Attendance and participation are mandatory, students who skip classes or who do not participate may be dropped from a COMP course.


Please register early to avoid disappointment, our networking courses are very popular and fill weeks or months in advance.


Program matrix

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1. Required Courses: (23.0 credits) Credits
  COMP 1002 Applied Computer Concepts 3.0
  COMP 2629 Enterprise Networking Fundamentals 4.0
  COMP 2766 Introduction to Linux 4.0
  COMP 3700 Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Installation and Administration 3.0
  COMP 3704 Applied IT Security Fundamentals 3.0
  COMP 4704 Applied Network Security 3.0
  COMP 4912 Applied Virtual Networks 3.0
2. Complete 3.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  COMP 2767 Linux Administration 3.0
  COMP 3771 PowerShell Scripting 3.0
Total Credits: 26.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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

Computer hardware requirements: 
Students need to provide their own computers to complete this credential. Multiple computers are required as operating systems are installed and configurations are changed.

WARNING: using your only or work related PC is not a good idea as systems and data could be erased.

Please have additional computers to use for installing operating systems and changing configurations during this program.
COMP courses are now conducted entirely online until further notice. Students must provide a current model PC desktop or laptop with a web cam, microphone and have high speed internet access. Courses will be delivered in real time and may use two way audio and video as well as group work.

Students must be computer literate and be able to log in during regular scheduled class hours in order to participate and complete each COMP course. Please contact the department via email: if you have any questions.

ANAD may be completed in as few as 5 terms depending on term start and elective chosen.

Registration is course by course and each course has specific prerequisites, some courses are only offered once per year.

After a foundation of data communication and network theory, hands-on labs are used to setup, install and administer network servers. Students learn how to implement administrative policies, security measures and develop plans for disaster recovery. Introduction to Linux and MS Windows Server Administration are required courses.

The program currently is 26 credits and must be completed within a 5 year period.

Some core and elective courses are also in the Part-time Studies Computer Systems Diploma.

BCIT curriculum may be modified in accordance with market trends in the industry.

Industry certification

Students are taught many of the topics covered in the CompTIA Net+, Linux LPI, Microsoft Server MCP, and CompTIA Security+ exams, which are available through third parties for additional fees*. Please note that the focus of these related COMP courses are to gain hands-on experience. Any industry or vendor certification will require additional self-study.


Elective courses provide options to understand multiple technologies,

*Industry exams are independent from BCIT credentials. These exams may be purchased for additional costs, from various third parties.

Students will also require additional preparation and studying in order to pass these industry certification exams.


Students will receive a grade for each course based on the listed competencies. In most cases, each course carries a mark for individual work. Several courses require team work as well as an individual test. Assignments and exams will be used in the evaluation of students.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Program abandonment

  • Students approved for a part-time studies program are expected to register and complete courses on a continuous basis.

  • A student that has not completed a course from their approved program of study over a period of three consecutive academic terms will be considered to have abandoned the program.

  • Throughout the duration of the program, a student is permitted a maximum of five academic terms where they are not required to register and complete a course from their approved program of study. Students who exceed the five term maximum will be considered to have abandoned the program.

  • Students who have abandoned their approved program of study and wish to be reinstated will be required to apply for program approval for a current credential. BCIT cannot guarantee that courses taken prior to this reapplication will be credited towards the current credential.

BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF] permits a maximum of three attempts to successfully complete each course within a credential.

Graduating & Jobs

Graduates of this program are able to to evaluate, integrate, set-up and administer current technologies for secure enterprise network solutions.

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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

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.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

BCIT Computing, Part-Time Studies networking courses are delivered by subject matter experts who work in the field as IT professionals.

Several of our instructors are graduates of BCIT's Computer Systems Technology, CST Diploma or Degree and have work related experience in their field.

Advisory committee

This associate certificate was developed by Kevin Cudihee - Program Head for PTS, in conjunction with subject matter experts: Farshad Abasi, Chi -En Huang, Fraser Robertson, Pal Singh, Steve Overland, Steven Ng, Karim Lalji and Masoud Fereidonian. Additional courses were developed by Sean Nelson and Tom Yerex.

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