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Computer Systems Technician

Available at: Cornwall | Kingston


This program will prepare the student to fill the role of technical support in the dynamic and expanding field of client/server comput­ing, cloud computing, O/S virtualization, enterprise networks, administration and Internet management. Students complete a work placement component which provides on-the-job training with a local company in their final semester.

Our courses are constantly evolving to incorporate a blend of leading edge and traditional technologies to meet the needs of local employers. This program is well suited to people who are interested in computers, but not math, physics or electronics. Many of the courses in the CN&TS program train the students towards obtaining Microsoft, A+, LPIC-1, and Network + certifications.

Students receive hands-on training in:

  • Computer hardware
  • Applied Internet technology
  • Software installation
  • Scripting procedures
  • Diagnostics
  • Network installation
  • Operating systems
  • Maintenance
  • User support
  • Website administration
  • Operating system virtualization

Learning takes place in both classrooms and computer labs. Faculty bring a wealth of real-world experiences to the classroom. A num­ber of courses in the curriculum are delivered in dedicated a lab using exclusively assigned computers, virtual servers and diverse equipment.

Learn more about our program: Frequently Asked Questions About CN&TS

Study in Ireland: earn a Degree in one year

Graduates of the CN&TS program can turn their diploma into Bachelor of Science in Computing in Systems & Networking Degree in just one year (two academic semesters) in Ireland at the Institute of Technology Sligo. Or graduates may earn a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Systems & Networking Degree in two years (four academic semesters). Click here to download the flyer (pdf).


Prospects for both employment and ad­vancement in the Information Technology industry are excellent. Over the past few years, the demand for IT professionals in Canada has doubled as baby boomers opt for retirement.

CN&TS graduates are employed in:

  • Hardware/software support
  • Network administration
  • Help desk support
  • Internet resource management
  • Network support and installation
  • Network design

Our graduates find employment in:

  • Government
  • Corporations
  • Military
  • Hospitals
  • Education sector

Program Name

Computer Systems Technician

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

Special May Intake - International Students Only

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Books and supplies are estimated at $400 per semester. It is strongly recommended that students have access to a Windows compatible computer outside of the college. Students must finance the cost of such a computer and possibly Internet access for home use. Students will be required to use a USB flash drive for some courses.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Special Scholarship Opportunity:
Qualified students may be eligible for special financial support, made possible through a generous gift donated to the St. Lawrence College Foundation from the Advanced Technology Education Consortium (ATEC). For full details regarding the ATEC Technology Scholarships, applicant criteria and application forms, visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
COMM 110 Communications for College
COMP 203 Networking 1
COMP 1111 Introduction to Databases
MATH 8 Introductory Computer Mathematics
COMP 82 MS Client Operating System
COMP 83 Linux 1
COMP 905 Programming 1

Semester 2
COMP 30 Computer Hardware Systems
COMP 3014 Networking 2
COMP 66 OS Scripting
COMP 68 Linux 2
COMP 2111 Advanced Databases
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3
COMP 67 Technical Support Procedures
CARE 10 Career Strategies for Computing Professionals
COMP 930 Programming 2
COMP 77 Cloud Computing 1
COMP 213 Windows Server
COMP 105 Ethics and Computer Security Best Practices
GENE General Education Course

Semester 4
COMP 207 Cloud Computing 2
COMP 223 Networking 3
COMP 79 Emerging Technologies
COMP 63 Work Placement
COMP 163 Work Experience
General Education Elective (Online)

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or M level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, or Ulevel
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


Health Requirements


I don’t know where to begin when someone asks me to reflect on my experiences at SLC. There were so many! I am currently working at Google, Inc and much of what I am doing here is possible because of what I learned in the Computer Networking & Technical Support program.

Janet Cameron

Program Contact

Elliot Bryan

Admissions Information

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Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Student Workload: Most courses have 3 tests and 3 assignments evenly spread throughout the semester. Students should expect to spend up to 18 hours on homework a week outside of the classroom.

Work Placement: As part of the fourth semester, students spend 16 hours per week on the job in a business environment as part of the work placement. The student becomes a fully functioning member working along­side and learning from IT professionals.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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