Network Administration Diploma
This comprehensive applied diploma program provides learners with the skills and knowledge to perform as a network administrator. Individuals fascinated by cloud computing and network security who want to be the go-to team member for desktop or server support will excel in this program. Graduates are prepared to enter and advance quickly in the Network Administrator field, where they can move forward as IT technicians, network administrators, network engineers and network support personnel.
This diploma creates a strong foundation in Network Administration and is a great opportunity for individuals who are curious about technology and its endless possibilities, like challenging and finding solutions that are analytical and logical.
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 company's 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
16 months (two-year diploma accelerated – 4 terms)
This program is delivered over 50% face-to-face in person to meet the International Learner's Study Permit requirement to gain Post Graduate Work Permits. Face-to-face learning takes place at Red Deer Polytechnic's Downtown Campus. Domestic learners follow the same schedule as international learners.
International Learners: $7,250/term
Domestic Learners: $5,250/term
Please note: students are to pay per term and are required to pay their term balance at least 30 days before the start date of their next term. For example, if students begin their term on January 22, 2024, they must pay their term balance by December 22, 2023.
Career Development Diploma
Applicants must meet the following entrance requirements for admission into the program:
- High school level diploma or an equivalent level institution worldwide
English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirements: IELTS Academic 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 on each band score.
Please visit Red Deer Polytechnic's English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirements webpage for other methods to meet the ELP requirements.
Candidates must possess knowledge of computer/technology tools to be successful in the program.
|Intro to Database||One|
|Intro to Programming||One|
|Computer Servicing Skills||Two|
|Systems Administration & Management||Two|
|Routing and Switching||Three|
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.
Learners with a laptop are required to meet the following minimum specifications:
- Laptop with 15.6 inches screen size
- Intel i5 processor (Latest 12 Generation) or AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
- RAM 8 GB, preferred 16GB
- Integrated Graphics Card
- SSD 500GB, preferred 1TB
- WiFi and LAN
Program Completion Requirements:
Completion/submission of all assignments and projects is required. A 65% average or better in each course is required.
How to Apply
|Term||Program Start Date|
|Winter 2024||January 22, 2024 - Full: Applications are no longer being accepted.|
|Spring 2024||May 6, 2024 - Full: Waitlisting|
|Fall 2024||September 9, 2024|
The planned IT Diploma Program breaks for the 2023-2024 academic year are as follows:
Oct 23, 2023 – Oct 27, 2023
Dec 11, 2023 – Jan 19, 2024
March 4, 2024 – March 8, 2024
April 22, 2024 – April 26, 2024
June 17, 2024 – July 19, 2024
Sept 2, 2024 – Sept 6, 2024
Oct 21, 2024 – Oct 25, 2024
Dec 16, 2024 – Jan 13, 2025
Choose your preferred intake
Download the application form here.
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 (extended[dot]ed[at]rdpolytech[dot]ca).
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).
Once your application is approved, you will be contacted with a conditional acceptance letter and further information on how to pay for your full program tuition.
View more information on becoming an international student at RDP.