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Harper College

Network Support Technician Certificate

Learn to install, configure, and troubleshoot network infrastructure 

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  • Credit hours: 12
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Potential job outcomes: Network support technician

Develop the skills needed to begin a career as a network support technician with this 12-credit-hour certificate program. Get hands-on experience installing, configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting basic network infrastructure. This program will prepare you to take the CompTIA IT Fundamentals, A+ and Network+ certification exams. You’ll also qualify for entry-level jobs as a network support technician.

Classes include IT fundamentals, A+ hardware, A+ operating systems technologies and computer networking. All courses are taught by multidisciplinary faculty who are experts in their fields. Many courses are offered online or in blended formats, giving you added flexibility.

Harper College features three large open computer labs that are staffed with certified IT Student Support Assistants who can assist with select coursework. If you choose to continue your education, you can complete an associate’s degree in information technology at Harper. 

Certificate program requirements

This 12 credit-hour certificate program provides students with experience installing, configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting basic network infrastructure. These courses will help students prepare for the CompTIA IT Fundamentals, A+, and Network+ certification exams and qualify for entry-level jobs as network support technicians.

Required:

Number Course Title Credits
NET 105 3

Description:  Provides students with the skills required to identify and explain the basics of computing, IT, infrastructure, application and software, software development, database fundamentals and security. Contains basic computer maintenance and support principles. Includes computer science related topics including programming concepts and principles of software development and database design. Aligns to the CompTIA IT (ITF+) Fundamentals certification.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

NET 111 3

Description:  Provides students with experience installing, configuring, maintaining, upgrading, diagnosing, troubleshooting, and networking recent and current personal computer hardware.

Prerequisite: NET 105 with a grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

NET 112 3

Description:  Provides students with experience installing, configuring, upgrading, diagnosing, troubleshooting, and networking recent and current personal computer operating systems.

Prerequisite: NET 105 with a grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

NET 121 3

Description:  Provides students with hands-on experience implementing and maintaining computer networks. Includes networking standards, architecture, models, protocols, operations, security and troubleshooting using current network operating systems. Introduces IP addressing and Ethernet fundamentals. Course prepares students to build simple local area networks (LANs) that integrate IP addressing schemes and foundational network security. Aligns to the CompTIA Network+ certification.

Prerequisite: CIS 101, NET 105, or WEB 110 with a grade of C or better. NET 105 can be taken concurrently with NET 121.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

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Next steps

For more information about this computer networking courses at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.

Please note: This program is not financial aid eligible.

Last Updated: 4/8/24