Computer Systems Technician Program (T141)

Computer Systems Technician
School of Computer Technology
Casa Loma Campus
2 years (4 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Diploma
Information technology jobs are forecast to continue to grow in Toronto in the next 10 years and our industry partners tell us they are facing skills shortages. George Brown College is helping meet this demand by educating expert technicians who understand computer networks through its two-year Computer Systems Technician program. This program provides a broad technical base, including courses in the high-demand areas of server support and security that give you a valuable foundation, wherever your career path leads you.

Full Program Descriptions


Information technology jobs are forecast to continue to grow in Toronto in the next 10 years and our industry partners tell us they are facing skills shortages. George Brown College is helping meet this demand by educating expert technicians who understand computer networks through its two-year Computer Systems Technician program.

This program provides a broad technical base, including courses in the high-demand areas of server and network support and security that gives you a valuable foundation, wherever your career path leads you.

T141 Four Guys examining hardwareGeorge Brown continues to invest in up-to-date networking, wireless, radio frequency, VoIP and security lab equipment, so that all students gain hands-on experience in installation and configuration of equipment ranging from small offices all the way to enterprise-class hardware and software. This investment, along with the hands-on teaching environment, was recognized by Cisco when the college was designated an Area Support Centre and Instructor Training Centre, and became part of a very select group of Cisco Networking Academies in Canada.

The Computer Systems Technician program is a stable platform for your career development in the IT industry. In the program, students cover all four courses of the official Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching curriculum. In addition to CCNA, students will also be prepared to write other industry certification exams that are in-demand by employers.

Note: If you enrol in January, you must complete semester 2 in the summer, May to August, in the same year.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Printable Curriculum Planner 2017-2018


semester courses
Code Course name
COMP1151 IT Essentials
COMP1176 Introduction to Networks - CCNA 1
COMP1223 Web Development Fundamentals
GSSC1045 Business Applications for Information Technology
MATH1162 Mathematics for Computer Technology I
COMM1007 College English**


semester courses
Code Course name
COMP1203 Routing and Switching Essentials - CCNA 2
COMP3044 UNIX Essentials
COMP1231 Web Programming
COMP1232 Operating System Installation and Support
MATH1172 Mathematics for Computer Technology II
GSSC1027 Personal Finance


semester courses
Code Course name
COMP1196 Scaling Networks - CCNA 3
COMP2064 Windows Servers Active Directory Configuration
COMP2144 Web Server Administration
COMP2148 Professional workplace competencies
COMP3066 UNIX System Administration
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course name
COMP1197 Connecting Networks - CCNA 4
COMP2102 Wireless Technology Fundamentals
COMP2141 Windows Server Network Infrastructure
COMP2152 Open Source development
COMP3061 Computer Security Fundamentals
GNED General Education Elective

**Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills) or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit for more information.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates can provide client support and network technical support in a wide variety of job situations and industries. Opportunities exist in companies that provide computer support services to other businesses, and in 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 assist them in using computer applications effectively.

The curriculum also prepares students to, after graduating from the program, write several of the examinations leading to industry certification in Network Administration and Support.

Future Study Options 

Graduates may continue directly into the third year of the Computer Systems Technology program (T147), 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 towards the Athabasca University BSc-CIS (PD).

For further information on future study options, see

Tuition and Fees


$4,010.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

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)

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 for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Success Stories  

Margi Josh “After completing my Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics, I was looking for a hands-on computer science program and enrolled at George Brown College. Besides the IT skills, I learned the importance of teamwork and organizational skills that prepared me for my current role at Gemma.”

Margi Josh (Graduate 2005, Computer Systems Technician)

Manager, Software Development, Gemma Communications

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Computer Technology

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4287


The office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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 at our Casa Loma Campus.  Sign up for an Information Session or Campus Tour to learn more about George Brown College and the program.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar 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 admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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