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I.T. Specialist Networking

Method of Instruction: Onsite or Online

Language: English

Course Duration: Total of 35 class hours with instructor. Personal work and labs may attain 100 hours

Establishment: Cestar Collège, Campus Sherbrooke

Course Description

Networking course helps students to develop professionally in the field of Information Technology as network engineers, network Architects and network specialists. These professionals analyze, develop, and evaluate computer networks and network operations. They also create network inventory, diagnose, and find the solutions for the faults occurring in the networks. Troubleshooting, providing support and solving the issues occurring in the network.

Upon completion of this instructor-led IT Specialist Networking course, students can expect to gain knowledge of network fundamentals and infrastructure which includes cloud concepts, remote access methods, wireless networking, routers, switches, major protocols (ISO and TCP). Students will also understand the process of troubleshooting a faulty network by using appropriate hardware and software troubleshooting tools.

The goal of this course is to provide students with the information and tools needed to prepare for the Networking certificate—including text explanations, video demos, lab activities, self-assessment questions, and a practice exam—to increase the chances of passing the exam on the first try.

$1599 $1299

Course Schedule and Duration

35Hours - Beginner/Intermediate
Or Advanced Students can do the program at your own pace

A detailed course outline will be provided at the beginning of class or upon request.

Method of Learning

A combination of online and onsite training tailored according to your needs to help you get the education you need at your own convenience

Course Prerequisites and Admission

Designed for high school students or adults looking to gain expertise in creating a network solution, supporting connectivity issues, configuring security settings or access permission, and troubleshooting the network issues. By becoming a Networking certified: Network architect, you will have the ability to work as a network professional in fields such as educational service, manufacturing, health care, finance and insurance etc. as developing and maintaining IT infrastructure is required in every industry.


  • Basic understanding of computers
  • Usage of internet and search methods
  • Basic knowledge of computer networking
  • Decision making and problem-solving skills

Required Materials

A laptop or computer with internet access

Tech Requirements for Attending Cestar Online Classes

Minimum Requirements

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 600kbps bandwidth (up/down).
  • A Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a single core processor (at least 1 GHZ processing speed) or a smartphone/tablet with equivalent processing capabilities
  • Good speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser - IE7+, Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome
  • Operating System - Windows XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux distro based on 3.0 kernel, Android 5.0, iOS 10


Cestar Recommendations

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 1.5Mbps bandwidth (up/down). You can also connect to the internet directly using your ethernet cable to improve your experience.
  • Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a dual core processor with at least 2 GHZ processing speed and a 4 GB RAM
  • High Quality speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser & Operating System - We recommend using the latest version of the browser and operating system for an optimal online classroom experience.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Networking Fundamentals
Skill 1.1: Define network concepts
Skill 1.2: Define cloud and virtualization concepts
Skill 1.3: Describe remote access methods

Lesson 2: Network Infrastructures
Skill 2.1: Define the characteristics of local area networks (LANs)
Skill 2.2: Define the characteristics of wide-area networks (WANs)
Skill 2.3: Identify wireless networking methods and characteristics
Skill 2.4: Compare and contrast network topologies and access methods

Lesson 3: Network Hardware
Skill 3.1: Describe characteristics of switches
Skill 3.2: Describe characteristics of routers
Skill 3.3: Describe characteristics of physical media

Lesson 4: Protocols and Services
Skill 4.1: Describe the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model
Skill 4.2: Describe the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) model
Skill 4.3: Describe IPv4 concepts
Skill 4.4: Describe IPv6 concepts
Skill 4.5: Identify well-known ports
Skill 4.6: Describe name resolution concepts
Skill 4.7: Identify the roles of networking services

Lesson 5: Network Infrastructures
Skill 5.1: Given a scenario, describe the troubleshooting process in a small-medium business network
Skill 5.2: Given a scenario, use the appropriate hardware troubleshooting tools
Skill 5.3: Given a scenario, use the appropriate Windows software tools to troubleshoot a problem
Skill 5.4: Given a scenario, use the appropriate Linux software tools to troubleshoot a problem



Nicola Stanojevic

After graduating from computer science in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nikola moved to Quebec, Canada to complete vocational studies for IT Expertise. He then took on a teacher assistant's role, and shortly after became a teacher himself. His skills revolve around computers in general, operating systems, system administration, network security and network architecture in addition to basic web development. On a more personal level, Nikola speaks 5 languages, he loves to travel a lot, enjoys producing music, and photography is one of his preferred hobbies.




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