Prepare for your networking certification

Learn how to administer Microsoft and Linux networked servers and prepare for the CompTIA Linux+ industry certification exam. Networking specialists are important members of an IT team as businesses expand networking to share resources and reduce expenses.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Computer Occupations, All Other

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  • Fundamentals of the Linux/Unix operating environments
  • Linux system server administration
  • Computer hardware and software installation, troubleshooting and configuration
  • LAN concepts
  • Network administration, management and security

Network Administration Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2020 (580)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2020 (580), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. John Duff

John Long
Academic Dept. Chair

Program Summary

This certificate program is designed to produce certified network administrators and engineers. Students will learn skills and perform tasks required to administer Microsoft and Linux networked servers. These skills include the design, implementation, networking, managing, maintaining, providing services, providing applications, and security of a server network environment.

Upon completion of the specified courses, students will be prepared to take industry certification, and upon successful completion of all coursework, students will be awarded a college certificate for this program. These courses will apply toward the AS degree in Networking Technologies.

Some courses may require a prerequisite that must be met by the student.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

0511100122: UNIX Linux System Administrator

Federal CIP Code

11.1001: Network and System Administration/Administrator.

Job Related Opportunities

  • System Administrator
  • End-user Specialist
  • Network Support Specialist
  • System Manager

Complete 21 credits - Grade of "C" or better required

CET 1171C Computer Repair Essentials 3
CET 1172C Computer Support Technician 3
CTS 2106 Fundamentals of the Linux/Unix Operating Environment 3
CTS 2321 Linux System Administration 3
CTS 1328 Windows Server Administration 3
CTS 1411 Fundamentals of Information Storage and Management 3
CTS 2370 Configuring and Managing Virtualization 3
Total Credits 21


Our Network Administration Certificate transfers to SPC's Associate in Science degree in Networking Technologies. The A.S. degree transfers to SPC's  Technology Development and Management B.A.S. Degree.

Sharpen your computer networking skills

We also offer short-term technology training through our Workforce Institute.

Linux System Administrator Certificate