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  • One-year certificate
  • September entry date
  • Exchange District Campus (formerly Princess Street Campus), Winnipeg
  • Credit transfer opportunities:
    • High school credits
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions

The Network and Services Technician program is for individuals who wish to enter the Information Technology profession. No Information Technology pre-knowledge is required.

The Network and Services Technician program is an 8-month program that provides the student with a general knowledge base that can be applied in both the SOHO networking environment as well as targeting a junior position in a larger corporate IT department. The focus is to provide the graduate with a broad based basic competency in a number of key areas.

The successful graduate has a basic to intermediate understanding of a number of IT areas.

These include:

  • Client Operating Systems: MS Windows, Linux
  • Server Operating Systems: MS Windows, Linux
  • Network Equipment Infrastructure: Cisco CCNA training
  • Network Cable Plant Infrastructure: BICSI inspired instruction
  • Wireless Communication: Cisco AP's
  • VoIP: Cisco Communication Manager Express
  • PC Hardware Support: A+ Hardware and Software

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.
The college requires transcripts verifying your complete academic history including any public or private high school, college, university, or technical institute you have attended.


Upload Through Your Future Student Account

  • Scan your document(s) and save the file. Ensure you keep your original documents as the College may request to see them at any time.
  • Go to apply.rrc.ca and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 15 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following courses:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
    • English Language Requirements (ELRs)
      • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
        Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
        • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
        • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
        • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review. 
      • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.

    Mature Student Admission Requirements
    If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

    • Grade 12 Courses
      • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in one credit in each of the following courses:
        • Grade 12 English
        • Grade 12 Math
      • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
      • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
    • Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

    English Language Assessments

    English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
    L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
    AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
    Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
    CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
    CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
    Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
    Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


    There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

    Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

    IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
    Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
    LSI (Language Studies International)
    PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
    Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
    This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $139 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
    Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
    TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
    To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

    Locations, Dates and Fees

    Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

    Location Start Date Apply Link
    Roblin Centre (Prev. PSC) Aug 25, 2025 Apply Now

    Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

    Program/Student Fees
    Year 1
    Books and Supplies
    Year 1
    Program/Student Fees (International)
    Year 1

    Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

    Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

    Courses and Descriptions

    (Click the course name to view the description of the course)
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
    In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
    COMM-1156Report Writing
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    This course helps students to develop effective communication skills necessary for success in a technical field. It introduces a range of techniques to assist in writing and presenting technical information that is clear, concise, and correct.

    DCOM-1006Fundamentals of Voice Over IP
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    This course provides a strong foundation in voice applications and telephony infrastructure concepts. After completion of this course, students will be capable of performing baseline installation, and operating and maintenance tasks on Cisco VoIP solutions. The course will teach students basic IP telephony theory, installation, configuration, and maintenance. The course is geared to small- to medium-sized IP telephony solutions using Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express.

    NETW-2011 is a corequisite.
    DCOM-1007Wireless LAN Fundamentals
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    This introductory course to wireless LANs focuses on the theory, design, planning, implementation, operation, and troubleshooting of wireless LANs. It includes a comprehensive overview of technologies, security, and design best practices with particular emphasis on hands-on skills in the following areas: wireless LAN setup and troubleshooting, 802.11 (a, b, and g) technologies, WLAN applications, site surveys and link design, WLAN products, WLAN security, and emerging wireless technologies.

    DCOM-1010Server & Network Infrastructure Principles
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    This course focuses on managing a network. It has two components: principals of managing servers and principals of managing the network infrastructure. Server principles deal with creating accounts, assigning rights and permissions, controlling the user's environment through group policies, network printing, and security issues. Network infrastructure deals with those services that are required to make a network operate. These include DNS, WINS, DHCP, and remote access.

    LINX-1006Linux - Client
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    This course is intended for entry-level computer support professionals with basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of Linux concepts and skills to prepare for a career in Linux support or administration, or to prepare for the CompTIA® Linux+TM certification, 2009 objectives (Exam Code XK0-003). A typical student in the CompTIA® LinuxTM Certification course should have at least six to 12 months of Linux Experience before challenging the Linux+ exam.

    LINX-1008Linux - Server
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    The course deals with the configuration of Linux, Ubuntu Server networking. It also covers the use of NETPLAN for dynamic or static IP addressing. Also to map NIC MAC addresses to IP alias names. The course includes file sharing, with Samba and DNS configuration. A DCHP server will be setup and tested. IP tables will be used to provide firewall control. A web server using Apache 2 will be set up to provide a vehicle to demonstrate the use of an Apache Web Server working with PHP to transfer data back and forth from a MySQL database. The basic concept of a shopping cart will be implemented with PHP. Shells, Scripting and Data Management. Security hardening of server will also be covered.

    NETW-1001Cabling Systems
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    This course introduces the students to data, video, HVAC and security cabling within an enterprise network. The primary focus is on data cabling. Topics will include cable-pulling techniques, relevant documentation, cabling standards. This course will also familiarize the student with power basics: 3-phase and single phase power company offerings, safety issues, demarcation points, as well as reading and interpreting building blueprints with respect to power cabling requirements. The student will learn about power budgets and cabling standards for the enterprise network. Students will become aware of how fire codes and building codes affect the design and implementation of an enterprise cable plan.

    NETW-1010Network Infrastructure 1
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    In this course, you will learn both the practical and conceptual skills that build the foundation for understanding computer networks. This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The OSI and TCP layered models are used to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. The student will apply their knowledge and build a simple LAN, implement an IP addressing scheme and then program the LAN devices.

    NETW-2010Network Infrastructure 2a
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    This course investigates the architecture, components and operation of routers and switches in a small to medium business environment. Students will analyze, configure, verify and troubleshoot networks that employ both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols, DHCP, inter•VLAN routing, Ether-channel and spanning-tree protocols. Students apply their knowledge through practical labs and problem solving sessions.

    NETW-2011Network Infrastructure 2b
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    This course is a continuation of Network Infrastructure 2A where the student will build more complex networks. Static routing, and IPv6 dynamic addressing techniques are studied in addition to gateway redundancy protocols, mitigation of layer 2 LAN attacks and implementation of a simple wireless LAN.  Course material is presented in class through lectures and then put into practice through practical labs and problem-solving sessions.

    NETW-3010Network Infrastructure 3
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    Network Infrastructure 3 is the final network infrastructure course that will enable the student to configure, troubleshoot and secure a more complex network. This course focuses on dynamic routing concepts with OSPF, network security and traffic filtering using ACLs, NAT, WANs including VPNs and QoS. Cloud and virtualization and automation concepts are also studied Skills are strengthened through problem solving and practical labs.

    NTWK-1008Windows - Client
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    The purpose of this course is to address the implementation and desktop support needs of customers that are planning to deploy and support Microsoft XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8 in a variety of stand-alone and network operating systems environments. It provides in-depth, hands-on training for Information Technology (IT) professionals responsible for the planning, implementation, management and support of Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8. The emphasis will be mainly Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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    The Workplace Hazardous Materials System (WHMIS) is a system for ensuring that important information about hazardous products is communicated where products are used, stored and handled. This course provides Information necessary to understand and interpret information about hazardous products, including pictograms (symbols), labels and Safety Data Sheets.

    SEMR-9209General Safety Training
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    This General Safety Training (GST) teaches basic general safety content to arm students with the core information necessary for them to protect themselves in workplaces on all descriptions. Although some examples may consider Manitoba legislation, this course has been developed by occupational safety and health professionals using generic information that is not provincially specific.

    SYST-1002A-Plus Hardware and Software
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    This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to provide service and technical support for personal computer hardware, software, and peripherals. It follows the objectives of the vender-neutral 'A+ Certification Exams' developed by Comp TIA.

    Computer/Laptop Requirements

    Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College Polytechnic programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College Polytechnic students require, at minimum:

    1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

    2.  A high-speed internet connection:

    • Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
    • Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.

    The following are computer requirements for online learning, labs and assessments in this program:

    • Computer type: Windows PC laptop. Mac (Apple), Chromebook or Smartphone is not acceptable.
    • Note that although a Windows PC desktop is acceptable for software capabilities, at times the portability of a laptop may be required.
    • Please review the Computer Specifications for this program
    • Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

    Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

    Transfer Credit Opportunities

    Transferring credits from high school

    • Graduates of High School Vocational Education programs may be eligible for advanced credit in this program.
    • Graduates of Tech Vocational may be eligible for advanced standing in this program.
    • Graduates of Louis Riel School Division - Arts & Technology Centre (formerly St. Boniface Technical Centre) may be eligible for advanced standing credit in this program.

    Transferring credits to other Red River College Polytechnic programs

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

    Other Information

    The Common Core
    The Common Core is an agreement among numerous North American colleges that there are basic skills common to any electronic specialty. Colleges within this agreement recognize the Common Core for credit.

    Cisco Networking Academy
    The Cisco Networking Academy program teaches students to design, build and maintain computer networks. The Academy curriculum covers a broad range of topics, from basic networking skills to more complex concepts such as programming routers and troubleshooting networks.

    Semesters 1 through 4 of the Academy program, equivalent to 280 hours of instruction, provide students with a basic foundation in networking. Students who successfully complete this portion of the program are eligible to earn Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNATM) certification. The first four semesters are available at the secondary and post-secondary levels. The Academy program combines instructor-led, online learning with hands-on laboratory exercises where students apply what they learn in class while working on actual networks.

    Employment Potential

    Jobs are available in any industrial area where electronic devices require installation, maintenance and servicing.

    Graduates have found employment in automated factories as installers and maintenance staff, in medical electronics and computer services and with public utilities. Computer literacy, as well as current course material assures graduates of a broader range of employment possibilities.

    Academic Advising Service
    Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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