The Networking Specialist Certificate is designed for students who are interested in acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to work in the fields of IT and networking specialists and to pass the CompTIA Network+ and CCNA certification exam. Students will receive hands on competency-based instruction geared towards entry-level employment in the IT and networking industries. On completion of the program, students will have the skills required for IT and networking careers in industries including healthcare, financial services, fashion, and entertainment, and for continued credentialing in Cisco Networking Systems and/or degree programs such as IT, engineering, math, and science.

What will I learn?

  • Describe various troubleshooting methodologies
  • Use basic Windows interface tools
  • Identify various motherboards and CPUs
  • Configure the PC’s BIOS and boot the computer
  • Examine the settings for buses
  • Identify various types of expansion cards
  • Attach peripheral devices
  • Connect video output and image input devices
  • Install and configure a local printer
  • Identify various network connection types
  • Configure a TCP/IP client
  • Provide IT support for portable computers
  • Monitor and manage the Windows operating system
  • Troubleshoot system startup problems
  • And more…

Job Opportunities:

Many entry-level network specialists start their careers in help-desk or support positions. In many cases, on-the-job training is required. Common duties include monitoring networks, documenting network problems, and providing technical support for company personnel.

While working in the field, it is important to maintain certification. Most professional certifications need to be renewed after a certain period of time. The CCNA and CompTIA credentials are valid for three years. In order to renew, Cisco requires completion of an exam, while CompTIA allows candidates to take an exam or continuing education courses.


Students must be familiar with using a personal computer, mouse, and keyboard. They must be comfortable in a Windows environment, and have the ability to launch and close activities and navigate to information stored on the computer. They must have an ability to manage files and folders.

A day in Network Specialist’s life:

The job of a computer networking specialist, also known as network analyst or administrator, varies based on the size and function of an organization. Primary duties include maintaining the integrity and security of a company’s network and the systems connected to it. A computer networking specialist must have extensive knowledge of network connectivity, protocols, network security devices, network types, including wireless, fiber optic or Cat5, and common operating systems, such as Windows and UNIX.

In an entry-level capacity, computer networking specialists could be responsible for responding to troubleshooting calls and e-mails from users of the network. They’ll need to be able to diagnose and offer repair instructions remotely, as well as in person. In an advanced role as an analyst or administrator, computer networking specialists often monitor network access for bottlenecks, security threats or problems with connectivity. They might also configure and maintain security devices to ensure the safety of company software, systems and data.

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