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Over 7,500 Students Have Learned Networking at BCIT

There are job opportunities for Network professionals who have technical education as well as interpersonal and communication skills.

This associate certificate in Applied Network Administration and Design (ANAD) is from BCIT Computing is delivered nights and weekends.

Building on COMP 1002 -Applied Computer Concepts or equivalent knowledge, students are introduced to Data Communication and LAN theory for enterprise networking.

Hands-on required courses include Windows 10, Linux, MS Windows Server, IT Security Fundamentals, and Applied Network Security.

Students may chose a variety of electives from Active Directory, Power Shell Scripting and Amazon Web Services.

Participants learn how to design and build multi-platform PC based networks in the final course COMP 4912 - Applied Virtual Networks.

Face to face instruction is provided by network and security practitioners. Case studies include industry standard network design skills using a variety of tools in labs and exercises.

Network administrators set policies for user access to ensure systems software and data is protected from any loss, compromise or failure.

Network designers select the appropriate data communications components and operating systems to meet user and business needs.

Participants may complete Applied Network Administration and Design in as few as 5 terms depending on electives.

Registration in Part-time Studies is course by course and each course may have specific prerequisites.

Program Entry


COMP 1002 or equivalent knowledge

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.

It 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 in order to be well positioned in the job market.

Start with just one course:

COMP 2629 - Enterprise Networking Fundamentals

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

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.
Read more about program declaration requests

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.
Declare Now

Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.

Note: Please complete COMP 2629 and COMP 2766 prior to declaring your program.

COMP 2766 - Introduction to Linux requires only COMP 1002 as a prerequisite.

Costs & Supplies

Registration is course by course averaging approximately $600 tuition for each course.

The current total cost of this program is approximately $5,000, with text books and depending on electives chosen.

Students register and pay for available courses online, by clicking on the green block 'Add to Cart'.

Follow the directions to obtain a BCIT student number if you do not already have one.

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

Financial assistance

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


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 MS Windows Server 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 1045 CompTIA A+ Certification Preparation 6.0
  COMP 3701 Active Directory Infrastructure 3.0
  COMP 3771 PowerShell Scripting 3.0
  COMP 4913 Introduction to Amazon Web Services 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

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.

There is an introduction to Linux and MS Windows Server Administration in hands-on courses.

The program requires 28.5 credits and must be completed within a 5 year period.

This program includes core and electives 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.


A series of follow-on elective courses are offered in specific areas of interest provide options to understand multiple technologies, including hardware, and how to use scripting technologies to automate routine tasks.

Preparation for CompTIA A+ certification is also available.

*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 and integrate network technologies for scale-able and secure high-performing 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 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 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.

They hold industry certifications in related technologies.

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: Aman Abdulla, Cory Langford, Pal Singh, Farshad Abasi, Steve Overland,  Steven Ng and Tom Yerex. Additional courses were developed by: Andre Coetzee and Sean Nelson.

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