Information Technology – Network and Systems Administration (IT-NaSA) (One-Year Advanced Diploma)

The Information Technology – Network and Systems Administration (IT–NaSA) Advanced Diploma program enhance competencies, knowledge, and skills needed for a career in the deployment and management of major IT infrastructure installations.

Building on upon the strengths of previous two-year diploma program, students continue to develop a comprehensive knowledge base of computer hardware, troubleshooting, and advanced networking concepts.

Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of server administration, server room management, infrastructure security tools and techniques, and enterprise computing environments. A combination of technical courses and work experience will prepare graduates for an exciting career in network and systems administration, as consolidated in a Capstone project.


The goal of the Information Systems – Network and Systems Administration program is to develop a graduate with the ability to:

  1. Design, deploy and manage information systems infrastructure.
  2. Interpret and effectively apply industry policies and procedures.
  3. Function as an effective member of a team.
  4. Support networks, network segments, and internet systems.
  5. Plan, coordinate and implement an organization’s policies in information security.
  6. Deploy and manage a help desk environment.

Career Opportunities

As organizations grow increasingly more complex, IT personnel are in high demand. Able to be employed in the private sector, public sector and not-for-profit organizations, those trained in IT provide an important strategic component to an organization’s success.

Employment roles range from those in specialized areas such as IT hardware systems analysts and network and systems administration to generalist roles such as IT hardware industry partners. IT jobs in the field of hardware and network and system administration offer the IT professionals the opportunity to contribute to an organization’s culture, business strategy, and the overall engagement of its employees.

The following is a summary of examples of positions that graduates may occupy after successful completion of the one-year Advanced Diploma in Information Technology – Networking and Systems Administration:

  • Systems Development Manager
  • Apprentice Communication Electrician – Switching
  • Telephone Communication Technician
  • Switch Network Installer and Repairer
  • Telecommunications Equipment Technician
  • Management Information System (MIS) Manager
  • Data Processing Director
  • Data Processing and Systems Analysis Manager
  • Information Systems Manager

Request for more information

We are excited you are interested in joining CNA-Q's School of Information Technology! You can request for more information or contact below for general inquires:

School of Information Technology

4495 2067

Entrance requirements

  1. High school graduation certificate with the following:
    AverageMinimum 60%
    English Language (Grade 12 level)Minimum 60%
    Academic Mathematics (Grade 12 level)
    Minimum 60% 
    Three additional courses at the Grade 12 level
  2. The required score on the Academic English Placement (AEP) and Academic Math Placement (AMP). Students who present a valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form, received within two years, with an overall band 5.0 with no individual skill band below 4.5, are exempt from taking the AEP. For score requirements on other internationally recognized tests, such as TOEFL, contact the Admissions & Registration Department.
  3. Completion of the two-year Diploma in Information Technology – Hardware or proof of equivalency from another post-secondary educational institution.
Note: Applicants who do not meet the entrance requirements and are 19 years of age or older, may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Clause. See the Academic Calendar (Admissions Section - Mature Student Requirements, page 15).”

Language proficiency Requirements

    1. An overall score of 65 or greater   on the Oxford Online Placement Test  (OOPT) or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validated by the Admissions & Registration Department. 
    2. A valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, listening) below 4.5. 
    3. Successful completion of FL1090, a language development course. 


Further Studies For those wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree, articulation agreements are in place that makes it possible for College advanced diploma graduates to attend university in other countries. A variety of options are available.

A current list of post-secondary institutions offering admission to and accepting transfer credit from CNA-Q graduates who meet the entrance requirements is available from the Admissions & Registration Department or the Career Counselling and Resource Centre.