Program Information

In a world of wireless communications shared between businesses, clients, and individuals, the Lambton College Modern Networks and Cloud Computing, two-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate prepares graduates with the skills needed for configuration and integration of wireless devices. Students can expect to train on and learn from the most advanced technologies in the design, operation and management of wireless networks and cloud systems.

Program curriculum focuses on the collection and transfer of data through wireless related areas such as networks, servers, embedded systems and other wireless technologies. The final semester enhances all learning outcomes through a co-operative education work term. Working in a variety of roles that support and manage wireless information, cloud networks or as wireless server entrepreneurs, graduates will learn the skills needed for many exciting careers.

Some sample careers may include wireless services provider, broadband communications specialist, wireless LAN manager, cloud architect, mobile communications and support specialist.

Fall 2023 Delivery Format

Term 1 classes will be delivered in person and students will be required to be on campus for the duration of the term. The 2023 Fall term begins on September 6. However, to allow for travel delays, classes will be remote until September 16. Students must be on campus to join in-person classes starting September 18, 2023.

This Lambton College program is licensed to and delivered by Queen's College (PDF), a licensed private career college in Mississauga, Ontario. Students that are registered at Lambton in Mississauga are students of a public college and as such, will receive full credit from Lambton College for all Lambton College courses completed at the Queen's College campus in Mississauga. Students who meet program graduation requirements will graduate with a credential from Lambton College. Students may be scheduled to have classes on Saturdays.

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Admission Requirements

A university degree in the information technology field.

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT 79
  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test 

Please Note: IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, it is mandatory to own a reliable laptop to complete tests and assignments.

Course List

WNW-1114: Data Communications & Security

This course introduces students to industry standard techniques with respect to network protocol suite--TCP/IP, network equipment installation and interconnection using fundamental routing and switching technologies; fundamental network system implementation and troubleshooting, network management and security.

WNW-1125: Fundamentals of RF Communications

This course details the requirements for RF communications. The course covers the following topics: frequency bands allocation; wave behaviour in different frequency bands; wave propagation; antenna characteristics and antenna radiation pattern; path loss calculation for line of site and on-line of site environment; and link budget calculations.

WNW-1134: Enterprise WLAN Administration

This course introduces students to the knowledge and skills required to progress from traditional networking technologies into the more sophisticated world of data communications without wires. This course provides a hands-on guide to planning, designing, installing and configuring wireless LANs that prepares students for the Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certification. It provides also in-depth coverage of wireless networks with extensive step-by-step coverage of IEEE 802.11b/a/g/n/ac/ax implementation, design, security, and troubleshooting.

MNC-1003: Operations Systems Foundations

This course covers Microsoft Windows Server and Unix operating systems. This course covers fundamentals of Windows Server 2019 operating system, which includes installation and basic administrative tasks as well as troubleshooting and preventive maintenance techniques. This course is designed to prepare individuals for the responsibilities of being a Windows server 2019 administrator. It provides the knowledge, concepts, and skills necessary to install, customize and troubleshoot Windows 2019 server. This course also prepares students to work with UNIX operating system. Students will be introduced to UNIX using a similar, open-source operating system called Linux, and will learn about the basic features and usage of the software.

WDI-1001: Workplace Diversity

By 2031 almost 26% of Canada's population will be foreign-born and 31% will be visible minorities, according to new projections released by Statistics Canada. The Canadian workplace is going to look and feel different and you need to be prepared. Intercultural competency is required for the Canadian workplace environment. The focus of this course is on workplace diversity, Canadian business practices and cross-cultural communication skills. The goal is for students to be able to work more effectively in an intercultural environment.

MNC-2003: Network Security

This course is designed to teach students about WLAN security so that they to be able to design, install, and support wireless network security. To that end, this course goes well beyond the CWSP exam requirements. The course is focused on standards-based wireless security protocols, security policy, and secure wireless network design. This course introduces students to many of the technologies and techniques that intruders use to compromise wireless networks and that administrators use to protect wireless networks from such attacks. With recent advances in wireless security, WLANs are securable beyond their wired counterparts. The course will help students to develop necessary skills to be able to assist in the creation and implementation of an organization's enforceable security policy by following applicable regulations, standards, and accepted best practices.

WNW-2124: Mobile Communications

Students are introduced towards the evolution of Mobile Technology emerging from the 1st Generation of Mobile Communications up until the 5th Generation Mobile Radio called the 5G NR. This course entitles the students to incorporate the required knowledge and skills relevant to industry standard models and frameworks. This course caters concepts and techniques in RF, evolution of Mobile Radios/handsets, 2G,3G,4G & 5G Network architectures, features, capabilities, shortcomings and advancements, radio propagation models, frequency/spectrum allocation, slicing, O-RAN, 5G standalone and non-standalone modes, handoffs/handovers, Modulation (BPSK, QPSK, 16 and 64 QAM) Multiple Access (FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, OFDMA) and multiplexing Techniques (FDM, TDM and OFDM).

WNW-2133: Unified and Cloud-powered Communications

In the early stages of communication, people were accustomed to using messaging services such Pagers and PTT (Push to Talk) Radios. With the gradual incline, we were introduced to a more prominent communication model called the SMS (Short Messaging Service), which uses NAS layer protocol. And with the advent of IP based messaging service, our whole communication methodology has advanced to a greater tier producing a solution which is not only fast and reliable, but also eminent within the audience. However, these services still require a platform to run and servers to host the user traffic. Organizations like Google and Microsoft are shifting to a paradigm where physical servers are being replaced by cloud-powered solutions due economic and technical reasons. In this course students will realize unified communications as a service (UCaaS) - a cloud-delivered unified communications model. It not only helps the audience decode the practical applications of UCaaS, but also engineers workplace productivity and improves customer satisfaction using unified communications for remote workforce. It also drives the learner to identify the core attributes of UcaaS and bring together team messaging, video meetings, phone, as well as text messaging and fax, in a single cloud-based solution. UCaaS also can be tightly integrated with the productivity tools that companies use every day, such as email, persistent chat, file/desktop sharing, document storage, and more. Students shall be able to describe, execute and formulate all the essential UCaas functions and compare them against other cloud communication models.

CBD-3423: Introduction to Project Management

This course provides a fundamental knowledge to manage people, workflows, and costs in project management. Students (1) analyze the project management landscape; (2) apply the project management knowledge areas, process groups, and traditional methods to IT projects; (3) apply agile methods to IT projects; and (4) use project management software to conduct project analysis, develop reports, and manage changes to IT projects. The group assignment and term project provides students an opportunity to incorporate and apply project management skills to solve real-world problems.

CSD-4553: Cloud Computing

Traditionally, software applications were deployed on physical servers owned and maintained by the organization developing the software; however, over the past decade, there has been a shift from companies of all sizes towards leveraging cloud computing platforms over in-house servers due to a variety of economic and technical reasons. In this course students will (1) evaluate technical and fundamentals topics of cloud computing, (2) analyze various methods for cloud management, (3) evaluate cloud platform solutions including infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to install and configure virtual resources on the cloud platforms, (4) evaluate storage provisioning, networking, testing and deploying cloud technologies, (5) discuss cloud computing standards, security, the business in cloud computing and methods of planning for cloud integration, and last but not least, (6) discuss cloud deployment options and cloud DevOps.

JSS-1001: Job Search and Success

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of how to conduct a job search and how to succeed in the work place. This includes self-reflection, effectively designing a cover letter and resume, online job searches utilizing social media, behavioural based interviewing as well as marketing oneself effectively in a job interview. Job safety, successful work strategies and harassment and discrimination plan of action is also discussed.

Academic Break

WNW-3115: LTE Fundamentals Voice and Data

This course covers the fundamentals of LTE features and procedures. It gives an in-depth high-level understanding of the LTE Systems, radio access and core network architecture. Students also learn about VoLTE and IMS based VoLTE capabilities.

WNW-3124: Advanced Network Analysis and Design

This course introduces the students to the advanced mechanics of switches, routers and their associated protocols and algorithms. Students will configure these advanced protocols in various kinds of networks and will study their behaviour and response. They design, test and troubleshoot enterprise routing domains based on real- life business and technology requirements. Students will understand the fundamentals of IPv6 and will gain a complete understanding of the differences between the IPv4 and IPv6 protocols, critical pre- and post-deployment installation techniques to ensure successful migration, and how to deploy mixed IPv4/IPv6 networks.

WNW-3134: Emerging Networking Technologies

This course will examine emerging wireless technologies and communications strategies. It will cover the trends in mobile and other wireless systems, applications and services. Course content is updated for every edition to cover cutting-edge solutions and new trends in the wireless market. Students are encouraged to perform research and be up-to-date with emerging technologies.

WNW-3234: Capstone Project for Modern Networks

Employers expect candidates to have experience with teamwork in project environments. This course will prepare students with the skills and attributes required to enter, sustain, and grow in the Wireless industry. This course allows students to choose a desired area of interest in the Wireless industry and materialize the theoretical concepts by designing and delivering a project around the area of interest. Students will demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot, communicate, and resolve issues throughout the development phase of their coursework. In this course, students (1) work on concrete goals in a small team; (2) develop a project related to wireless technologies based on pre-set requirements; and (3) manage deadlines, milestones and deliverables with their course instructor, who represents the client. Students build a complete, deliverable product and present it to the client professionally. The design must be supported by documented market research, marketing, and business plans. The overall effort is judged based on the quality of work, deliverables, meeting the deadlines, and the final presentation.

CPL-1049: Work Term - Full-Time*

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to:


CPL-5559: WIL Project

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Project is aimed at enriching students by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject-matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus of the WIL Project is to make connections between study and industry by engaging students in relevant and meaningful activities that are connected to and practiced within the professional workplace. WIL Project allows students to enhance and strengthen their employability prospects post-graduation by fine tuning skills and knowledge and meeting the expectations of today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.

Co-op Eligibility

*In order to be eligible to participate in a full-time Co-op Work Term (CPL-1049) students must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater.

Failing to do so will require the students to enroll in CPL-5559 WIL Project at an additional cost to the student.

See the Costs tab for current fees.

Program Maps

Students are required to follow their prescribed program map and are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks for any reason.

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

You will need to login with your C# and password in order to access your program map.

Employment Opportunities

Career positions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Cellular Network Technician
  • Wireless LAN Management and Support
  • Network Administrator
  • Wireless LAN Technician
  • Wireless Service Provider
  • Telecommunications Network Specialist

For information about post-graduate work eligibility for international students, please review the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program information.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Sarnia Campus
905-890-7833 x 222
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