Network Support Specialist Certificate (NS31)

The Network Support Specialist certificate program provides basic training in networking support. Students are introduced to the basic networking support skills. Upon graduation, students will be able to maintain networks using Windows networking software.

Employment Opportunities

The Network Support Specialist certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the area of networking support positions. Positions may include a variety of responsibilities including hardware and software installation, computer network installation and maintenance, computer and network support and troubleshooting, and computer and network security.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 36 30 23 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 218 222 223 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Network Support Specialist Curriculum

The curriculum for the Network Support Specialist certificate is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program any semester. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 10 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 240 contact hours and generally takes 1 semester to complete.

Program Courses

Occupational Courses (10 Credits)

COLL 1010College & Career Success Skills


Select one (3 Credits)

CIST 1130Operating Systems Concepts


CIST 2411Microsoft Client


Select one (4 Credits)

CIST 1401Computer Networking Fundamentals


CIST 2412Microsoft Server Directory Service


Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $1,000

Fees ($385 per semester): $385

Books/Supplies: $400

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)