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Network Administration

Network Administration


This comprehensive applied two-year program provides learners with the skills and knowledge to perform as a network administrator. This role is an integral part of many Canadian businesses. 

This program is right for you if you are curious about technology and its endless possibilities, like to challenge yourself to find a solution to a problem, or tend to be analytical and logical. This program is a valuable first step for individuals fascinated by cloud computing, network security, or who want to be the go-to person for desktop or server support. 

Graduates are well-positioned to enter careers including IT Technician, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, and Network Support. 


As a graduate of the Network Administration program, you will be able to analyze the needs of an organization, install and maintain the necessary hardware and software to meet those needs, and solve any network or system-related problems that arise along the way.  A network administrator's job can be broad or narrow depending on the organization, how many networks they have, and how complex their networks are. There are opportunities for both online-remote positions and positions that could be at a companies place of business.

Responsibilities of network administrators may include: 

  • Installing & supporting an organization's networks and computer systems 
  • Monitoring network systems to improve performance 
  • Ensuring networks are available to all users 
  • Examining website functions to ensure optimal performance 
  • Maintaining the security of systems and networks 
  • Upgrading networks and computer systems 
  • Fixing problems with network hardware and software 


2 years

Delivery Method:

Blended Deliver - Learners can attend classes: 

  • In-person at the RDP campus 
  • Online by logging into the virtual classroom at specified class times 


Domestic: $10, 500 /year| International: $14, 500/year



Admission Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following entrance requirements for admission into the program: 

  • High school level diploma or an equivalent level institution worldwide; or 
  • Apply as a mature student and be over 19 years of age 

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirements: Please visit Red Deer Polytechnic's English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirements webpage for complete details.

Digital Literacy 

Candidates must possess knowledge of computer/technology tools to be successful in the program.

Program Details:

Each course is 60 hours in length.


IT Systems: In this course, students gain knowledge of basic concepts of computing, including computer hardware, operating systems, networking infrastructure, IT technical support and security concepts

Data Handling: In this course, students gain basic knowledge and understanding of designing and creating websites and Structured Query Language.

Professional Practices: In this course, students demonstrate awareness of appropriate professional, legal and ethical practice as an emerging IT professional.

Programming Principles: In this course, students demonstrate skills and knowledge in computer programming.


Computer Service Skills: In this course, students experience working with PC hardware, networking, laptops, printers and operational systems.

Operating Systems: In this course, students gain experience working with operating systems, maintenance procedures, basic OS security settings client-side virtualization and network concepts.

Networking: In this course, students gain knowledge of network concepts and networking hardware installation, configuration, management and security.

Systems Administration and Management: In this course, students gain an understanding of core database administration concepts, how to manipulate data, administer a database, virtualization, cloud computing and IT service management.


Directory Services: In this course, students gain an operational knowledge of the installation and configuration of a directory service.

Routing and Switching: In this course, students gain knowledge of routing and switching to design, install, configure and operate LAN services for small and medium sized networks.

Connecting Networks: In this course, students gain specialized knowledge and application of routing and switching to configure, analyze and troubleshoot LAN and WAN services for small and medium sized networks.

Network Management: In this course, students gain specialized knowledge of device security, network management, and network planning to manage and protect small and medium sized networks.


Wireless Networking: In this course, students develop specialized knowledge and application of wireless networking.

Unified Communications: In this course, students gain specialized knowledge and application of unified communications and network coverage.

Network Security: In this course, students gain the knowledge and skills to secure LANs.

IT Management: In this course, students develop the knowledge and skills to use a product management methodology in an IT service management framework contextualized to content of the program.

Program Materials:

All learners should budget approximately $800 per year for classroom resources (including online textbooks and resources). Details on how to purchase and access the required online resources will be given on the first day of class. Learners are not required to purchase resources ahead of time.   

Hardware Requirements 

Learners with a desktop computer are required to have the following minimum specifications: 

  • Windows 10 Computer with 1.6GHz processor or faster and a minimum of 4GB RAM, 10 GB hard drive space 
  • Display: 1280 x 768 screen resolution 

Learners with a laptop are required to the following minimum specifications: 

  • 7th generation Intel CPU (i5 or i7) or better (or equivalent AMD processor) 
  • 8GB RAM (16GB recommended) 
  • 13 inch 1080p screen (15 inches recommended) 
  • 120 GB hard drive (250 GB recommended) 
  • Portable hard drive (for data backup) 
  • Windows 10  

Program Completion Requirements:

Learners must successfully complete all course work and assessments within each course. See individual course outlines for specific completion requirements

How to Apply

Upcoming Intakes

Intake Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Fall 2022 Sep. 12, 2022      
Spring 2022 May 9 - Jul. 29, 2022 Sep. 12 - Dec. 2, 2022 Jan. 9 - Mar. 31, 2023 Sep. 11 - Dec. 1, 2023
Winter 2022 Jan. 10 - Apr. 1, 2022 Sep. 12 - Dec. 2, 2022 Jan. 9 - Mar. 31, 2023 Sep. 11 - Dec. 1, 2023


  1. Choose your preferred intake

  2. Download the application form here.

  3. Submit the completed application form and all required supporting documents to the Division of Extended Education by email at extended [dot] ed [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca.

  4. Once your documents have been reviewed, you will be contacted by Red Deer Polytechnic to pay the non-refundable application fee ($120 for domestic students or $150 for international students).

  5. Once your application is approved, you will be contacted with a conditional acceptance letter and further information on how to pay for you full program tuition.

View more information on becoming an international student at RDP.


You have questions, we have answers. Contact us by extended [dot] ed [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (email) or call 403.356.4900

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