Computer Systems Technician Program

  • Program Name:
    Computer Systems Technician
  • Code: T191
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Diploma
  • Method of Study:
  • Duration:
    2 years (4 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Computer Technology
  • Location: Online
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,049.00 *
  • Winter 2023 Delivery:
    Semester 1, 2: Online

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Program Overview

As the Information Technology (IT) sector continues to grow in Toronto and our industry partners report skills shortages, George Brown College is helping to meet employer demand by educating IT professionals who understand all aspects of computer systems. Our two-year Computer Systems Technician online program provides students with a broad and in-depth technical base, through courses in the high-demand areas of system support, network administration, and web technologies. The curriculum prepares graduates with the strong administration, troubleshooting, and design skills they need for careers in IT.

This program is fully online, including lectures, exams, and class projects. This fully online program allows you to:

  • Study online from the comfort of home while joining other students across Canada in live, instructor-led classes.
  • Access the knowledge and expertise of faculty members who are embedded in Toronto’s rapidly growing tech industry.
  • Develop professional skills in a format convenient to you and your busy weekday commitments.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an online only program, open to domestic students. Regular in-person delivery and International eligibility is available; please see Computer Systems Technician (T141) for more details.

Full Description

As the Information Technology (IT) sector continues to grow in Toronto and our industry partners report skills shortages, George Brown College is helping to meet employer demand by educating IT professionals who understand all aspects of computer systems. Our two-year Computer Systems Technician online program provides students with a broad and in-depth technical base, through courses in the high-demand areas of system support, network administration and web technologies. The curriculum prepares graduates with the strong administration, troubleshooting and design skills they need for careers in IT.

George Brown continues to invest in up-to-date networking, wireless and security lab equipment to help students develop hands-on installation, configuration and troubleshooting skills. Students use the NetLab platform, which enables them with 24/7 remote access to Cisco Systems physical equipment. This investment, along with our hands-on teaching environment, was recognized by Cisco when the college was designated an Area Support Centre and Instructor Training Centre.

Graduates of the Computer Systems Technician program are prepared to write several industry certification exams that are in demand by employers.

Note: Students who start the program in January (Winter term) will be required to attend classes during the summer months (May to August).

Technology Requirements

This program requires students to have access to a personal computer with the following specifications: 

  • 16 GB RAM minimum 
  • 256 GB SSD Hard Drive (500+ GB is optimal) 
  • Quad-core i7 2.4GHz or better 
  • Video card (2GB RAM minimum/4GB RAM recommended) 
  • Webcam 

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • identify, analyze, develop, implement, verify and document the requirements for a computing environment.
  • contribute to the diagnostics, troubleshooting, documenting and monitoring of technical problems using appropriate methodologies and tools.
  • implement and maintain secure computing environments.
  • implement robust computing system solutions through validation testing that aligns with industry best practices.
  • communicate and collaborate with team members and stakeholders to ensure effective working relationships.
  • select and apply strategies for personal and professional development to enhance work performance.
  • apply project management principles and tools when working on projects within a computing environment.
  • adhere to ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements and/or principles in the development and management of computing solutions and systems.
  • assist with the implementation of computer systems and cloud solutions.
  • install, configure, troubleshoot, maintain, upgrade and decommission information systems infrastructure for a secure computer systems environment.
  • automate routine tasks using scripting tools and programming languages.
  • install and monitor a database management system in response to specified requirements.
  • provide technical support for information system infrastructure that aligns with industry best practice.


Required Courses

Printable Curriculum Planner 2022-2023


Code Course name
COMP 1151 IT Essentials
COMP 1236 Fundamentals of Computing Logic
COMP 1234 Introduction to Web Development
GSSC 1027 Personal Finance
MATH 1162 Mathematics for Computer Technology I
COMM 1007 College English**


Code Course name
COMP 1176 Introduction to Networks
COMP 3044 Linux Essentials
COMP 1250 Introduction to Programming
COMP 3105 Enterprise Desktop Operating Systems
MATH 1172 Mathematics for Computer Technology II
GNED General Education Elective (Select One)


Code Course name
COMP 3136 Network Infrastructure
COMP 2064 Identity Management Services
COMP 2155 Network Automation
COMP 2148 Professional Workplace Competencies
COMP 3066 Linux System Administration
GNED General Education Elective


Code Course name
COMP 3138 Enterprise Networking and Automation
COMP 2102 Wireless Technology Fundamentals
COMP 2141 Windows Server Network Infrastructure
COMP 2156 DevOps For System Administration
COMP 3061 Cyber Security Fundamentals

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM 1000 Introduction to College Communication before progressing to COMM 1007. COMM 1000 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit Assessment Centre for more information.


Alternative Study Options: In-person delivery of this program is available; see program T141 Computer Systems Technician for more information.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Computer system technicians establish, operate, maintain and co-ordinate the use of local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs), software services and related computer equipment. They set up and maintain Internet and Intranet websites and web-server technologies, and monitor and optimize network connectivity and performance. They are employed in Information Technology units throughout the private and public sectors. Supervisors of computer network technicians are included in this group.

Graduates can provide client support and network technical support in a wide variety of industries. Opportunities exist in companies that provide computer support services to other businesses and organizations that specialize in the sale and installation of computer systems and networks. 

Graduates may also find employment working directly with business clients, providing training services and ongoing support to effectively assist them in using computer applications.

The curriculum also prepares students to write several examinations leading to industry certification in Network Administration and Support after graduation.

Educational Pathways

Opportunities to receive transfer credits toward further study to attain a degree are available.

Graduates may continue directly into the third year of the Computer Systems Technology program (T147 / T197), and earn an Ontario College Advanced Diploma in two additional semesters.

Students who successfully complete this program may qualify for entry into university degree programs. This includes credit toward the Athabasca University BSc-CIS (PD).

For further information on future study options, see Transfer Guide.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,049.00 *

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2021. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2022 and at later dates.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit Transfer Guide for more information.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

Contact Us

School of Computer Technology

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4287 Email:

The office hours are:

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Program Co-ordinator: Maziar Masoudi

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3345 Email:

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus

The Computer Systems Technician program is offered through our School of Computer Technology from our Casa Loma Campus at 146 Kendal Avenue. Sign up for an Information Session or Campus Tour to learn more about George Brown College and the program. You can also explore our virtual tour.

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