Accelerated Computer Networking Program: What to Expect in Class

Updated January 2023

If you've landed here, you are considering a career in computer networking and looking for a quality training program.

Demand for network technicians and administrators is good across most areas of Canada and salaries in this field are quite competitive. Investing in this growing job market makes sense, so you're on the right track.

The downside? There are countless computer networking courses out there. And many certifications to choose from. There are degree programs, diplomas, bootcamps, certificates, and more.

Where should you put your tuition dollars, time and energy? It all comes down to your priorities.

If you're looking for an alternative to a four-year university degree, a college diploma program could be the way to go.

At Herzing College Montreal, we offer an accelerated computer networking course. It's designed for people who want a faster route to employment, without sacrificing any essential skills.

In this post, we'll guide you through what to expect in class so you can decide if this program is right for you.

How long is the computer networking Program?

We call this an accelerated program because it takes well under two years to complete. At Herzing, you can earn your computer networking diploma in just 15.5 months.

It's important to know that this training is fast-paced. Students are in class 25 hours a week, doing labs, simulations, learning theory, taking tests, and completing assignments.

You'll also be expected to complete some work at home. The advantage? You're fully prepared for your first job in just over one year of training.


What technical skills will you learn?

The accelerated computer networking course covers all the fundamentals. You'll start by building a microcomputer from scratch, including installing operating systems and utilities.

Then you'll move on to working with peripherals, servers, Windows, Linux, network hardware, installation, troubleshooting, and security.

By the end of the course, students can set up a fully functional network. Instructor and department head Karnig Kazandjian explains:

"We cover basic computer hardware and software, fundamentals of networking, Microsoft Windows servers and clients, Microsoft Exchange, Cisco routers and switches, Linux enterprise-level servers and cloud computing.

By graduation, our students know how to set up, configure, and troubleshoot servers, client stations, and network connections."


Does training include any networking certifications?

The accelerated computer networking course includes preparation for several industry certification exams. The curriculum features topics covered in the following examinations:

☑️ CompTIA A+

☑️ CompTIA Network+

☑️ CompTIA Cloud Essentials

☑️ CompTIA Linux+

☑️ Cisco CCNA

☑️ Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate

☑️ Microsoft 365 Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate

☑️ Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator Associate

☑️ Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate

☑️ Configuring Windows 10

Taking the exams is completely optional. You don't need these certifications to start your career, but they can help you advance as you gain experience in the field.

Karnig, who has taught IT and technology at Herzing College for over 30 years, shares this advice:

"Certification is more relevant to graduates after they acquire some experience in the field. At that point, certification combined with work experience can help you pursue a promotion or other employment opportunities.

But our computer networking course is designed to prepare students for entry-level jobs, where certification is not mandatory. Most of our graduates find employment without going through any networking certifications."


What networking jobs will you qualify for after graduation?

This course prepares students for entry-level jobs in network administration. Examples include:

☑️ Junior Network Administrator

☑️ Network Technician

☑️ Technical Support Specialist


Does the computer networking program include an internship?

Yes, the accelerated computer networking program includes a 12-week internship. Real work experience is an essential part of the training program.

Students are placed at local companies where they assist with routine tasks like:

☑️ IT front-line support and customer service

☑️ Resolving hardware and software problems

☑️ Troubleshooting operating systems and desktop or web applications

☑️ Network planning and support

☑️ Configuring routers and switches 


Who teaches the accelerated computer networking Program?

Herzing College Montreal has an impressive IT faculty. Instructors have advanced degrees, decades of real IT experience, and a track record of effective teaching.

Karnig Kazandjian is the head of the networking department. He has a master's degree in electrical engineering and has taught electronics, computer, and networking courses for over three decades.

See a complete list of networking instructor bios on the computer networking program page.


What skills do you need to succeed in this program?

First and foremost, you must be well-organized and a hard worker to succeed in the networking program. Because the training is fast-paced, students need to carefully manage their time, stay focused, and be ready to do some self-study at home.

Other key qualities required for success include mental discipline, patience, critical thinking, and problem solving.


Ready to learn more?

If you think you're a good fit for this program and want to learn more, your next step is to speak with admissions. An admissions advisor will provide more details, discuss your goals, and answer your questions.

We can assist with applications, financial aid, course schedules, and questions about admission requirements.

Get started today. Click below to explore the accelerated computer networking program and chat live with an advisor. We're here to help.

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