The Information Technology – Application Development (IT-AD) Advanced Diploma program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in application development.

Building upon acquired competencies from the two-year Information Technology – Software (IT-S) Diploma, the advanced diploma program emphasizes programming languages, database server management, systems analysis and design, and security in n-tier systems. The program teaches students to design, implement, and maintain advanced applications. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of server management, security tools and techniques, and application development.

This skill set, when consolidated through the completion of a Capstone project, prepares graduates for an exciting career in an application development environment. 


Upon successful completion of the Information Technology – Application Development (IT-AD) Advanced Diploma program, students will be able to:

  1. Play a key role in the analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance of secure web sites and applications based on user requirements.

  2. Develop, maintain, and deploy database applications in n-tier environments, mobile devices, and cloud computing.

  3. Interpret and effectively apply industry policies and procedures.

  4. Utilize social and interpersonal skills to function as an effective team member in an application development environment.

  5. Communicate effectively with customers.

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 software systems technicians and app developers to generalist roles such as an IT software industry partner. IT jobs in the field of software and application development 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 brief list of the positions that graduates may occupy after successful completion of the one-year Advanced Diploma in Information Technology – Application Development:

  • Internet Communications Manager
  • Management Information System (MIS) Manager
  • Data Processing Director
  • Data Processing and Systems Analysis Manager
  • Web Marketing Manager
  • E-Business Web Site Developer
  • Web Site Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Internet Site Designer
  • E-Business 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 – Software 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. 


For those wishing to pursue a baccalaureate degree, articulation agreements are in place that makes it possible for College advanced diploma graduates to attend universities 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.