Network Specialist

Network Specialist

Network Specialist Training in Santa Rosa, California

"Choosing to come to Empire College was the best decision I could have made. I have two certifications since I started, and I still have nine months left in my course. When I first came to Empire I had zero computer skills. Now I am educated in computer mechanics, understanding network configuration, and have knowledge of Windows Server 2008. I’ve definitely come a long way."
- Brandon Bustillos, IT Degree Student


Objective: This network specialist training program is designed to give students the ability to configure and troubleshoot computer hardware and administer and configure Microsoft and Linux networks. In addition, the program can teach students to design Windows infrastructures and active directories, work on Cisco router configuration, and give them an understanding of wireless networks and network security. Web authoring with HTML and the Adobe Creative Suite will also be covered.

This program can help you earn your network specialist certification in California and prepare you for positions as entry-level network engineers or systems engineers.

Empire College is a Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) member and uses a teaching program that is prescribed by Microsoft in order to prepare graduates for certification as Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP) at the product level.

If you want to complete computer network specialist training in Northern California, consider choosing this program at Empire College.

Our graduates are prepared for the following certifications:

  • CompTIA A+ Technician
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Microsoft certification at the product level (MCP-Microsoft Certified Professional) in 4 areas:
    • Windows 7 Professional
    • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • Administering Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) Windows Server 2012: With completion of the three MCP certifications, the student will have achieved the highly regarded MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.
    • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • Administering Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Certifications are not required to be employed in the career field or to graduate from the program, but they are highly recommended. Exams may be taken at the on-campus VUE Testing Center. Exam fees vary, ranging from $60 to $225.

Note: All units in this program are transferable to the Specialized Associate Degree in Information Technology – Microsoft Concentration program.

Expected Educational Outcomes: Upon completing the Network Specialist program, students will have demonstrated:

  1. The ability to provide customer and user support for computer systems and networking products, including Microsoft Windows, Novell Netware, Linux cross platform connectivity and numerous software products
  2. An understanding of Microsoft Windows operating systems, including setup, configuration, and file and user management, as well as router configuration
  3. The critical thinking skills required to analyze network connectivity problems and make necessary judgments to troubleshoot hardware and software
  4. The ability to interact with users/customers in a professional, businesslike manner
  5. Proficiency with web authoring and Microsoft Office

Program Length: 5 quarters
A diploma will be awarded upon successful completion of all graduation requirements. Click here to view a course outline for the computer network specialist training program.