Expanding Knowledge in Emerging Computer Technologies



Network + Computer Technology  

Anyone can hack;

           it's defending the system that's cool....


406 clock-hours (20 weeks) 50% Lab, 50% Lecture, including a 90-hour internship/externship


Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (9:00AM until 4:30PM)

Evening classes are likely.  Schedules are subject to change!


Leechburg Campus


Call for scheduled dates

Total Cost:

$6,770 (Please see Financial Aid Programs)
This cost includes tuition, 90-hour internship, and one certification test ($6,270), admission fees ($35), books ($340), equipment ($100) and materials ($25).

General Information Sessions:  Call (724) 845-5100 for dates

Program Objectives

The program is designed to prepare the student for a career as a network systems technician and/or administrator in the PC industry.  The program is intended to provide the basic skills, responsibilities and tasks required for a person to perform service and support in a computer-networked environment.  The program will also prepare the student to pass the Network+ Certification Examination, thereby increasing their employment opportunities.


The expected outcome for the program is to provide the graduate with the ability to obtain an entry-level position in a wide variety of Local Area Network and Wide Area Network support roles including but not limited to:


1.      Computer Network Support Technician

2.      Computer Network Administrator

3.      Computer Help Desk Support

4.      Computer Network Training Assistance


Program Overview

Network + Certification Training offered by Allegheny Valley Institute of Technology® is a rigorous 406-hour program that teaches students the fundamentals of networking. It is a vendor neutral certification that certifies the competency of service technicians in the computer industry. Most major computer hardware and software vendors, distributors, resellers, and publications back the program. Through hands-on training, students learn the vendor-independent networking skills and concepts that affect all aspects of networking, such as installing and configuring Windows 7, Server 2008, TCP/IP, DHCP, WINS, DNS and creating virtual machine using VMWare Player. Additional courses include Linux and Routing/Remote Access.

 The course also helps to prepare students for six popular certification examinations: CompTIA Network+, Microsoft Networking Essentials,  Microsoft 7 Professional, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and Linux Certified Administrator (LCA) .

Earning the Network+ certification means that the candidate possesses the knowledge needed to design, install, configure, administer and troubleshoot computers in a network environment. Network+ certification validates the student’s knowledge as a networking professional. It demonstrates that he/she has a wide range of vendor and product neutral networking skills that are required in today's network environments.  Furthermore, for those wanting to achieve a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer credential for Windows Server 2008, Network+ is the ideal preparatory course to provide the required networking foundation.

Entrance Criteria

A high school diploma or general equivalency diploma is required for admission to this Program.  Applicants must also successfully pass the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) with a minimum score of 280 in both the verbal and quantitative categories at the General Education Development (GED) Level 2 in order to be admitted into this program.



The certification consists of the Network Plus examination. This examination is given at the school. Allegheny Valley Institute of Technology® has vouchers for this test available at no cost to the enrolled student.  All students are responsible for certification examination costs incurred beyond the one test included with the program.


Network+ Computer Program Content 


Networking Essentials

60 hours


Introduction to Virtualization

28 hours


File Systems and Partitions

28 hours


TCP/IP and other Protocols

40 hours


Installing and Administering Windows XP/Windows 7

40 hours

  Mid-semester Break  


Installing and Administering Windows 2008 Server with Active Directory

40 hours


Installing and Administering Linux

40 hours

GS101  Interpersonal Communication Skills in the Workplace 40 hours


Routing and Remote Access Service

28 hours


Network Auditing, Security and Disaster Recovery

28 hours          


Computer Networking Internship/Externship

90 hours


   Total Clock-Hours

 406 hours


1.      Each course, with the exception of CT701, consists of 50% lecture and 50% laboratory.

2.      Course CT701 consists of 90-clock hours of Shop for a total of 90 Clock Hours.


Note:   The 90-hour, on-the-job, internship/externship is optional for this Program.


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