Network Technician - Diploma / Certificate

Network Technician - Diploma / Certificate

If you've been told you are good with computers, or enjoy exploring the latest technology, you could be ready to start a new career in computers in as little as nine months.

The Network Technician diploma/certificate program is designed to prepare students for a technical career in the Information Technology field. Courses provide hands-on learning experiences to prepare future graduates with a solid background of practical training directly related to the computer/network service job markets. Students receive instruction on how to operate, install, configure, troubleshoot, upgrade, and maintain PCs and computer networks as well as basic network security.

Certifications for Network Technicians

This program helps prepare students to take exams for the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications, in addition to the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification.

Jobs for Network Technicians

Your career path could lead you to positions like a help desk analyst, computer user support specialist or computer network support specialist.  These professionals provide support for computer software and hardware, smart phones, tablets and other devices.

Employers are hiring computer support specialists. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of computer support specialists is expected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020.*

The Virginia College Career Services team helps students develop job-finding skills and open doors to employment for our graduates.

Upon successful graduation from this program, graduates should be able to:

  • Configure wired and wireless TCP/IP networks
  • Apply basic network security configurations
  • Have a fundamental understanding of LAN/WAN technologies and protocols
  • Provide basic computer and network administration services
  • Troubleshoot operating systems, application software, and basic networks
  • Build, troubleshoot, upgrade, and repair PCs
  • Explain basic features of mobile operating systems and devices

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2013

This program is available at the following campuses:

NOTE: Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.

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