The demand for professionals with a deep understanding in operating systems, networks, and security continues to grow. Meet this demand with this two-year program.
The Lambton College Cloud Infrastructure & Administration program is a two-year, Ontario College Graduate Certificate where students gain highly marketable skills in cloud computing support and administration. The program focuses on networking and cloud systems administration and enables students to become proficient in the practices and techniques used in the management of modern IT networking infrastructures.
Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to work in simulated and real-world scenarios to gain proficiency in operating systems, virtualization technologies, server administration, disaster recovery, and security from desktop to enterprise, as well as the configuration of networks and network services. The hands-on components of the program contribute to preparing graduates to write a variety of external, professional certification exams.
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- University degree in the areas of information technology, computer science, telecommunications, networking or IT security
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 a program or course at any time; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways to 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
- IELTS of 6.0
- or -
- TOEFL iBT 69
- or -
- 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.
- Term 1 $9,493.17
- Term 2 $8,707.07
- Term 3 $9,407.07
- Co-op Term $0.00
Total Cost of Program
Tuition fees are estimates and are subject to change each academic year. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.
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.
WIL Project Fees
Students who are not successful in securing a co-op or fail to meet the co-op requirements will need to register in CPL-5559 WIL Project.
There is an additional fee of $2,480 for each student, provided they have already fully paid their co-op fees of $900 in the preceding three terms.
Important Dates, Deadline & Late Fees
For additional information on registration dates, deadlines and late fees please refer to Registration Dates and Deadlines.
A student services fee is included in your tuition.
Health Insurance Coverage
Emergency medical insurance is mandatory for all international students at Lambton College. This includes students who are full-time and part-time and who are on a co-op. This insurance is provided by guard.me - a third party insurance provider.See Insurance Costs & Details
In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College requires that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.
PC Repair Fundamentals
The course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of PC hardware components, their operation, maintenance, and repair. Students will also learn to support and configure various hardware components, and to troubleshoot and resolve problems arising in various environments. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: diagnose and troubleshoot simple technical problems; understand the relationship between the hardware components, the operating system, and applications programs; utilize and implement common support-related methodologies, including maintenance schedules, and virus protection plans; provide proper customer service and support; communicate with clients, technical support, and help desk staff using appropriate PC hardware terminology.
This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. 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. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.
Operating Systems Foundations
This course is designed to give the students a comprehensive skill set to manage modern Operating Systems. This will include performing a clean installation, upgrading from previous versions of Windows, migrating user profiles, deploying Windows by capturing a system image, preparing a system image for deployment, and deploying a system image. It also includes configuring the following: VHD, devices and drivers, application compatibility, application restrictions, Browser control, network connectivity, IPv4 network settings, IPv6 network settings, software firewall, remote management, access to resources, shared resources, file and folder access, user account control (UAC), authentication and authorization, branch-cache, mobile computing, bit-locker configuration, direct-access, mobility options and remote connections, monitoring and maintaining systems that run Windows . Configuration of the following is also included: updates to Windows, performance settings, backup and recovery options, backup, system recovery options, file recovery options and manage disk, monitor systems. Linux installations will also be examined, installed, and configured with emphasis on command line and security. Students are required to demonstrate these skills through a series of hands on labs, tests, and exercises.
Foundational Cloud Administration
This course discusses basic components of Cloud Administration. In this course we will be installing and configuring virtualization on a local host and using only that host's resources. We will be exploring servers and their basic configurations and management functions. Students will be tasked with installing configuring resources, operating systems, and networking using a variety of OS platforms and virtualization components both locally and within a Cloud (SAN). Hands on labs, assignments, and quizzes will be used to evaluation the students on this skill.
Introduction to Security
The purpose of this course is to develop and understanding of basic Security in the IT environment. This will include concepts in physical security such as Swipe locks, bio metrics, and guarded access to name a few. Students will learn to document, identify and plan to ensure proper level of physical security is maintained and monitored. Students will also study the basic concepts of file and folder security over networks and this will include practically applying these concepts in the Lab. Secure sharing of these resources is also applied in detail in the Lab. Proper use of Monitoring software's to maintain secure networks will be explored in this course. Operating System security will also be explored to ensure Students understand the concept of a secure system. All of these concepts will be applied in the Lab and students will get a first-hand knowledge of their application.
Canadian IT Consulting & Business Tools I
This course introduces students to the concept of the "consultant", both external and internal, and their role in the business world. Through a combination of learning activities and hands-on project experiences, students are guided through the organization and processes common to business and IT environments. Students work through the process of eliciting and documenting customer requirements based on a customer Request for Proposal (RFP). Aspects of systems design and planning are explored, along with managing stakeholder expectations, and communicating proposals. To support this, students work with several business tools, including MS Outlook, MS Teams, MS Word, and MS PowerPoint.
This course is designed for international students with diplomas or degrees. It focuses on polishing communications skills acquired through one's academic career and workplace experience. Through various business writing and speaking scenarios, students learn Canadian business practices and communication styles, incorporating inclusivity and diversity. Close attention is paid to proper incorporation of the intellectual property of others to ensure academic integrity. Students will practice organized and dynamic speaking and will strive for polished business documents.
Routing & Switching
This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a network. Students gain an understanding of configuring routers and switches for required functionality. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement virtual private network (VPN) operations in larger networks. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with routing protocols, virtual LANs, inter-VLAN routing, and VPNs in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks.
Server on the Network
This course includes knowledge of configuring, troubleshooting and deploying a Server in a network. Students will install basic infrastructure services: DHCP, DNS, Web Services, and File sharing. This course will have students install, configure, and troubleshoot these services in a classroom network. Students will learn about package managers, file and directory manipulation commands, locate configuration files, describe access controls used in securing the server. Current Server Operating Systems will be installed and configured, and students are required to demonstrate skills through a series of hands-on exercises, labs and tests.
Server on the Cloud
This course introduces students to advanced server skills. Focusing on hands-on, practical skills for administering a server in an Enterprise and Cloud. Students will integrate multiple Network Operating Systems (NOS), and install packages, policies, or scripts to automate network services and deployments. Managing groups, users, resources, security, software deployment and policy management in Network Operating Systems. Security for your enterprise and all configurations will be prioritized. By the end of this course, students should have the skills necessary to install, configure, and maintain an Enterprise Cloud environment with active users.
Wireless Networking Fundamentals
This course is an introduction to the analysis, design, implementation, and management of wireless transmission systems. Students will learn about wireless channel and system models; fading and diversity; resource management and power control; multiple-antenna and MIMO systems; space-time codes and decoding algorithms; multiple-access techniques and multiuser detection; and architectural issues. The course will provide students with information and practice activities to prepare them to assist in the designing, installing, configuring, monitoring and conducting basic troubleshooting tasks of WLAN installations. This course will have students install, configure, and troubleshoot these services in a classroom network and students are required to demonstrate skills through a series of hands on exercises, labs, and tests. The course will provide entry level information, and will not specialize in any of the advanced features of WLAN network solutions.
Canadian Technical Support Services
This course will introduce students to the IT Service Desk role and prepare them for an entry-level technical support position at a Canadian company. Topics include transferrable skills such as organization techniques, stress management, prioritization/time management, teamwork, and conflict resolution. Students will also learn to apply troubleshooting techniques,manage documentation, how to communicate effectively, common information security practice, and the concept of continuous, on-the-job learning. Emphasis is on hands-on projects / presentations and case projects to understand the concepts behind help desk topics. This course provides the soft, practical, and self-management skills needed in the IT Service Desk environment.
Canadian Project Management
One of the most in-demand IT skills today isn't really an IT skill: it's Project Management. As more and more demands are placed on IT departments, there is more demand for Canadians who understand and can manage in a project-based environment. Using the principles as defined in accepted industry Project Management standards, this course provides a hands-on framework for how to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close a project. Through lectures, labs and assignments, students look at all stages of project development with an eye to the tips and tricks that do a successful project. In addition, this course prepares students to challenge the CompTIA Project+ or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification exams. CAPM and PMI are registered marks of the Project Management Institute.
This course uses the Python programming language to reinforced programming logic and problem solving skills. Students implement Python programs to (1) design, test, and debug programs using a top-down modernized approach; (2) control the flow of a program with decision and repetitive structures and functions; (3) implement array processing
Job Search & Success
This course provides student with skills and knowledge to help support their career search and succeed in the workplace. Students align their personal skill set and goals to guide them on their career paths. They will learn how to effectively conduct a job search, build a professional and well-tailored resume and cover letter, and develop and practice interview techniques. Students will also develop their personal brand to help support effective career networking and aid in their job search. Teamwork and collaboration in the workplace are also discussed. Self-reflection is used to inspire insight and support their professional career journey.
This course is designed to give students exposure and experience to Cloud environments. In this course we will be installing and configuring virtualization both on a local host and on a hardware SAN unit. Students will be tasked with installing and configuring resources, operating systems, and networking using a variety of OS platforms and virtualization components. Students will also discover methods and procedures to maximize resources, availability, and client access to the Cloud. Industry standards surrounding Cloud deployments and maintenance are explored as well as Data and Transport Security. Students will also explore compliance with the legal issues surrounding Cloud environments and advanced networking topics related to Cloud deployments .Students will be tested through quizzes and hands on labs and exercises.
Network Scripting for Administrators
This course is designed to introduce students to scripting languages used in administering Windows and Linux Server environments. Focusing on 3 main elements: Windows Command Line, PowerShell, and Linux Command line. Students have learned the point-and-click method in previous server courses, now they'll learn how to automate the creation of users, deploy virtual machines, and redirect computer accounts to different directory folders for added security. Students will learn automation tasks beyond these items, and are only limited by their imagination. This course fosters creative thinking, and pushes students to create scripts to make their day-to-day administrative work easier. Although this course is related to software programming, we are not creating new software applications, but rather, automating daily tasks that take time to complete when using point-and-click methods.
Security concepts in the connected world, including attack vectors, defence measures, policy generation and preventative maintenance practices are introduced. Students (1) install and configure software to provide defensive capabilities and proactive monitoring to a system; (2) develop requirements documentation for software that follows industry best practices; and (3) perform quality assurance of running systems and software to identify potential security concerns and risks. Students perform a series of hands-on technical exercises to gain the required skills for building a secure infrastructure.
The internationally recognized Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) framework is rapidly becoming the best-known and most widely recognized certification for IT service management worldwide. This course introduces students to the basic principles and structure of ITIL, and prepares them to challenge and successfully pass the ITIL V4.0 Foundation exam.
Canadian IT Consulting & Business Tools II
A continuation from IT Consulting and Business Tools 1, this course will give students an insight into different skills such as negotiations, leadership, ethics in IT, and conflict management. The course will push students to provide proposals for simulated clients, relating to the IT industry. Students will have to prepare a project proposal for an internal client, by recommending new or upgraded technology, while analyzing and justifying the cost/benefit. In the second project, in the framework of a Request for Proposal (RFP), students will bring together the cumulative technical, project management, and business skills they have acquired to prepare a detailed project proposal for a wide-area network for a multi-national corporation. To support these ends, students will rely on the tools they worked with in IT Consulting and Business Tools 1 and will be introduced to MS Excel to manage and analyze financial and other numerical data, MS Access to create and manage relational databases, as well as several work-sharing and cloud platforms.
Business Technologies - A Canadian Perspective
This course examines emerging information technologies and their role in the world of business. While students are provided with opportunities for hands-on experience with a variety of applications, such as VoIP, the main emphasis is on gaining an understanding of how particular technologies are disrupting traditional business methods and workflow. The course topics are divided into three general areas. The first area is a high-level look at complex trends like social media and the Internet of Things. The second includes both enabling technologies like machine learning and business practices like search engine optimization, along with the impact it's having on digital marketing. The third places technology in a wider market context by providing students with an overview of regulatory issues and privacy risks for business.
Introduction to Canadian Culture
By 2032, new immigrants will account for up to 80% of Canada's population growth, and one in four Canadians will have been born in another country (Business Development Centre, 2022). Developing personal and professional competencies is important for long-term success as citizens and employees in Canadian workplace environments. Students in this course engage in a series of activities that deepen their knowledge of Canadian culture. Topics such as geography, history and Indigenous perspectives are studied. Furthermore, students develop their soft skills by focusing on effective leadership skills, team interaction, management techniques and interpersonal skill development. Students also explore the meaning of a diverse work place environment, build a strategy for personal growth, and develop their written and oral communication skills.
Co-op Work Term
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: https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/co-ops-placements
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 & WIL Project Fee
In order to be eligible to secure an approved full-time co-op work term (CPL-1049), students must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater and complete all the co-op eligibility requirements. Failing to do so will require students to enroll in CPL-5559 WIL Project at an additional cost.
Students graduate with the skills required to enter the computer support field as a network administrator, network technician, security administrator, desktop support technician, computer technician or help desk technician.
International students who successfully complete their programs of study at Lambton College may be eligible to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP). This program allows students to gain valuable Canadian work experience.
A work permit under the PGWPP may be issued for the length of the study program, up to a maximum of three years. A post-graduation work permit cannot be valid for longer than the student's study program, and the study program must be a minimum of eight months in length. The length and approval of the PGWPP is determined solely by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Students must meet the eligibility requirements to apply for a post-graduate work permit.
Immigration Regulations & Changes
Immigration regulations are legislated by the Federal Government of Canada and are subject to change at any time without notice. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada regulations at all times during their studies and while in Canada. Lambton College staff are not authorized to provide advice or guidance on immigration-related matters. Prospective applicants and current students should consult the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website or call the IRCC Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 to answer or clarify any immigration-related questions or information.
Students in this program have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by applying classroom learning during co-op experiences.
Learn more about co-op terms and the roles and responsibilities of students and co-op advisors.
- Course and program delivery schedules are proposed and subject to change for each intake.
- Students are required to bring their own laptop with wireless capability.
- Students are advised to bring an official copy of their most recent police clearance, driver's license, and vaccination record from their home country.
It is recommended that students purchase a laptop with a Windows operating system.
Internet Speed Requirements
For best performance for students learning remotely, an internet connection with a minimum of 40 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed is recommended in order to effectively use video conferencing and remote lecture delivery software as well as, other online resources remotely. Due to the large area over which students may be dispersed, we are unable to recommend a specific provider, so you will need to inquire around your area to find one that best suits your needs.
Minimum Laptop Requirements
In order to access the internet and virtually-delivered software and courseware, student laptops should include the following at a minimum. By meeting the following specifications, students will be equipped to access software and courseware on their laptop through the internet:
- Intel i3 Processor or equivalent
- 4 GB of RAM or more
- 100 GB HDD or more
- HD Graphics
- Webcam with a microphone
- Wireless 802.11n/ac 5ghz capable
- Windows Operating System (Windows 10)
To ensure students are getting the most our of their classroom experience, some software will be required.
Lambton College has made this software easily accessible online. Students can leverage our Microsoft Office 365 software packages and services. In addition, much of the software you require for your courses will be available on demand for use on any device - on or off campus.