Network and System Solutions Specialist Co-op Diploma Programs

Network and System Solutions Specialist diploma program is developed to meet the current industry demand for system administrators, cloud and networking technicians, and computer engineers with context, concept, technology, and practical skills.

12 Months
Academic Education

(Part-time Work Permit)

12 Months
Paid Co-op

(Full-time Work Permit)

Program Overview

Specialized Network Administration Programs

Classes focus on these areas of study and emphasize important skills like design and architecture, development and deployment, maintenance, and troubleshooting skills.


The program focuses on learning the skills needed for IT Infrastructure Services. Students, through progressively intensive courses, will gain insights into basic computing technologies, hardware and software theories, and network communications.


Computer networking courses are getting more popular in Canada. Through virtualization and simulation with high relevancy to the present field, students get hands-on practices to apply:

  • The design architecture and principles
  • Computer and network operating system software
  • Infrastructure components
  • Datacenter management
  • Cloud computing
  • Consolidation

networking courses in Canada

Get ready for certification exams

Industry recognized Certifications

Provide an IT Certification/Diploma Program aligning to industry certifications based on the requirement by industry-sponsored consortiums and corporations with CompTIA, Microsoft and Cisco, and more. The program’s courses give the best experience to get ready for industry-recognized certifications.


certifications for network

TIA 100 Comptia A+

A+ establishes best practices in troubleshooting, networking, and security across a variety of devices to set the stage for IT careers. It covers PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware, and network connectivity issues.

TIA 200 Comptia Cloud+

Cloud+ course validates the skills and expertise of IT practitioners in implementing and maintaining cloud technologies. Cloud+ accredits IT professionals with the constantly changing and advancing knowledge they need to be successful in today’s cloud environment.

TIA 300 Comptia Security+

Security+ is the course globally trusted to validate foundational, vendor-neutral IT security knowledge and skills. As a benchmark for best practices in IT security, this certification covers the essential principles for network security and risk management – making it an important stepping stone of an IT security career.

TIA 400 Comptia Linux+

This course introduces Linux, Powered by LPI certifies foundational skills and knowledge of Linux. With Linux being the central operating system for much of the world’s IT infrastructure, Linux+ is an essential credential for individuals working in IT, especially those on the path of a Web and software development career.

TIA 500 Comptia Network+

Network+ is a vendor-neutral networking certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot any wired and wireless networks. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide. Data networks are more crucial for businesses than ever before.

MSC 400 Configuring Windows 10

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to install and configure Windows 10 desktops and devices in a Windows Server domain corporate environment. These skills include learning how to install and customize Windows 10 operating systems and apps and configure local and remote network connectivity and storage. Students will also learn how to configure data security, device security, and network security, and maintain, update, and recover Windows 10

MSC 410 Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2

This course covers implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. Although there is some cross-over of skills and tasks across these courses, this course focuses on the initial implementation and configuration of core services, such as Networking, Storage, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Group Policy, File and Print Services, and Hyper-V.

MSC 411 Administering Windows Server 2012 R2

This course focuses on the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as configuring and troubleshooting name resolution, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Group Policy, implementing Remote Access solutions such as Direct Access, VPNs and Web Application Proxy, implementing Network Policies and Network Access Protection, Data Security, deployment and maintenance of server images.

MSC 412 Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 R2 Services

This course covers implementing, managing, maintaining, and provisioning services and infrastructure in a Windows Server 2012 environment. Although there is some cross-over of skills and tasks across these three courses, this course primarily covers advanced configuration of services necessary to deploy, manage, and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure.

MSC 413 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

In this course, students will learn how to plan and implement some of the more advanced features available in Windows Server 2012 which includes managing and maintaining server infrastructure, planning and implementing a highly available enterprise infrastructure, planning and implementing a server virtualization infrastructure, and design and implementing identity and access solutions.

MSC 414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

This course covers the knowledge and skills to plan and implement a highly available, secure infrastructure with a focus on Active Directory Federation Service (AD FS), public key infrastructure (PKI), and Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS). You will also learn the skills needed to plan and deploy virtual machines including self-service and automation of virtual machine deployments as well as planning and implementing a monitoring strategy that includes Microsoft System Center 2012 R2-Operations Manager.

CIS 100 CCNA Routing and Switching

CCNA networking course in Canada is for entry-level network engineers that help maximize your investment in foundational networking knowledge and increase the value of your employer’s network. CCNA Routing and Switching are for Network Specialists, Network Administrators, and Network Support Engineers. The CCNA Routing and Switching validate the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

ITI 100 ITILL2011 Foundation

ITIL® is a set of best practices guidance that has become a worldwide-adopted framework for Information Technology Services Management (ITSM) by many Public & Private Organizations. Since early 1990, ITIL® has been evolving from focusing on Functions and Processes under versions 1 and 2 to focusing on the Full-Service Lifecycle Management under the current version. ITIL Foundation Certification is the entry-level qualification which offers you a general awareness of the key elements, concepts, and terminology used in the ITIL service lifecycle.

* Programs subject to change.

Career after the program

Career Opportunities as System Administrator

Average network technician yearly salary in Canada C$49,637

The IT industry is a technologically intense industry that requires update skill sets and continuous certification to upskill oneself.


It requires skillset in dealing with on-prem solutions and Cloud-based Solutions. The Network and System Solutions Specialist Program prepares the student for this type of work environment and certification requirements.


Jobs For Networking Solutions’ Students

  • Network Technician
  • LAN (local area network) Administrator
  • Network Support Technician
  • Help Desk
  • Security Technician
  • Network Administrator
  • System Administrator
  • Network Consultant
  • Security Administrator
  • Network Engineer

Success stories

Student Testimonials

  • Before joining the class, I don't have any foundation but follow the instructions provided by the Professor, I am able to learn a ton of useful knowledge in this course. Is definitely a perfect place to start your journey in Canada. in the meantime, you can gain working experience during the co-op.

    Yen-Jui Network Technician
  • I have been enjoying my experience studying Network and System Solutions at Cornerstone College. Friendly and supportive environment, highly professional staff. The opportunity to study online provides flexibility and allows me to work during the day

    Vlad IT support admin
  • Cornerstone went beyond my expectations. They offer you all the necessary tools to reach your goals. Staff always willing to help whatever needs and great instructors. Definitely recommended!

    Bruno System Administrator
  • Network and System Solutions is a great Program!! It helps you to prepare for technical certifications, thereafter you will be ready to find the right job. Furthermore, they have a great team, from admin to teacher, always flexible and trying to get you the best outcomes!

    Gustavo Security Analyst

Schedule your education

Network & System Solutions Specialist Starting Dates

Season Starting Dates
Winter Jan 3rd, 2023
Jan 30th, 2023
Feb 27th, 2023
Spring April 3rd, 2023
May 3rd, 2023
April 29th, 2023
Summer July 4th, 2023
August 28th, 2023
Fall September 25th, 2023
October 23rd, 2023
November 20th, 2023

* The schedule may be subject to change.

** Based on the start date the student will begin with the course schedule and continue with the following courses. 

Monday – Friday Time
Evening 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

* The schedule may be subject to change.

** Based on the start date the student will begin with the course schedule and continue with the following courses. Refer to the brochure below for more information.

Scholarship options are available

Admission Requirements

  1. High School Graduation or equivalent; or 18 years of age.
  2. Successful completion of ESL upper intermediate at Cornerstone College
    • Academic IELTS 6.5
    • TOEFL IBT 79
    • Qualification for ESL level advanced on the CICCC placement test

** Students are required to have their personal computer

Admission Documents

  1. Online application form
  2. A copy of your passport
  3. High school diploma for a candidate who is under 18 years old
  4. Valid document for academic IELTS or TOEFL if an applicant has

Do you have any questions?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I study online or in-class education during my academic period?

Absolutely, you can choose your learning method. Here at Cornerstone, we have a blended-teaching method that gives flexibility for our students to pick the most comfortable way to learn for each person. Our online booking system helps students reserve their spot in class for any day available.

Do we have to pay anything for additional certifications?

Students can decide which certificates that they will be getting. There is an additional cost that they need to pay for other 3rd party companies such as Microsoft, CompTIA, or Cisco.

How much students earns during their co-op?

It is totally depending on your personal, communication, and industry-related skills. Students in the Network and System Solutions Specialist Co-op program earn 18.50CAD/per hour on average.

Will my co-op be paid?

Yes, your co-op work must be paid.

Can I get diploma after graduation?

Yes, every student gets their diploma recognized in the IT industry and they will get ready to take networking certifications that are covered during courses.

Can I join to virtual classes even though I am not in Canada?

Our computer and network technician courses in Canada are completely available for all international students. You can join our diploma program courses online and in-class based on your preference.

What is the program NSSS program all about?

It is about upskilling you for IT positions and developing a career in IT. Cloud Content is also included and added to the materials as an update. You will learn the latest versions of the Server OS and integration with Cloud. Everything will be simulated with all labs in the cloud.

How do I prepare for interviews?

The instructor will also include in his class how to present technical presentations and conduct interview practice upon request. If you are a good student, you can use the instructor as your job reference. With all these practices it’s again up to you to work hard and be prepared.

This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.