This program provides students with the necessary skill and knowledge to support users of computer systems and software applications. It provides in-depth knowledge on evaluating, configuring, and troubleshooting communications hardware, software, and operating systems. This program also introduces the skills necessary to effectively provide remote customer support, and deal with issues Customer Service Help Desk may encounter on the job when addressing customer requirements. This program prepares the student for several industry certifications. These are: CompTIA A+ certification and Microsoft Windows 7 certifications.
Grade 12 or equivalent or Mature Student Status. Courses are open to any applicant who possesses a good command of the English language and is able to follow instruction. An admissions interview will be administered to determine if the applicant has the required interest, motivation, and entry-level skills to take this program. Full-time students must attend the required hours per week as per the course schedule and may do so at times convenient to them. Part-time students may set their own schedules to a minimum of two training sessions per week. These times may be scheduled during the day, evenings, or on weekends
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Graduates of this program will find career opportunities with computer hardware manufacturers and retailers, software manufacturers, within their call centres and information technology departments throughout the private and public sectors. Job opportunities often exist within the technical support departments of large companies within the insurance, financial, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications industries. Careers that correspond with the skills learned in this program include:
- Customer Service Help Desk
- User Support Technician
- Computer Help Desk Representative
- Help Desk Technician
- Software Technical Support Analyst
- Systems Technical Support Analyst
Upon completion of the program the participant must demonstrate the following core competencies:
Minimum 25 words per minute (WPM).
Advanced level of proficiency in a Windows operating system.
Intermediate level of proficiency in Microsoft Word
Internet Fundamentals, Personal Computer Fundamentals for End Users, and advanced level of proficiency in Microsoft Outlook
Intermediate level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel
Basic level of proficiency in one database application.
Grammar Essentials for Business Writing, Business Correspondence Level 1 Customer Service, and Business Math
CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and CompTIA A+ 220-1002
Help Desk & Call Centre Skills
Telephone Communication Skills and Team Dynamics and Personal Development
Job Readiness/Employability Skills
Employment Success Strategies, Job Search and Résumé Writing, and Thought Patterns for a Successful Career
Microsoft Windows 10 and Managing Modern Desktops
Students should complete three (3) credits from any of these groups:
- Office Skills
- Word processing
- Database Management
C$31,066 – C$55,438 (Information from PayScale Canada)
Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.
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