Network Security Professional Arnprior Campus | Ottawa Campus | Winnipeg Campus |

Network Security Professional Arnprior Campus | Ottawa Campus | Winnipeg Campus |

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Become a Network Security Professional in One Year

The Network Security Professional (NSP) diploma is one of the most effective ways to start your career on an IT path. Willis College teaches globally recognized certifications where the exams cover the foundational knowledge to start an IT career. You can acquire skills that are applicable and transferable to a variety of technical environments that open doors to start a lucrative IT Security Professional career. This program takes you from learning to be a computer technician to desktop support to a network administrator to network cybersecurity IT professionals with leading companies like Sophos, Fortinet, and CheckPoint.

The Network Security Professional program was developed side by side with two world-leading Network Security Fortune 500 corporations, who have hired over 75 graduates in Ottawa within the last four years with outstanding compensation packages. They have equipped your (our) lab with over $750K of hardware equipment, provided the official curriculum, and professionally trained our instructors for your benefit.

Cybersecurity threats are escalating at an alarming rate. Thousands of state and economic sponsored campaigns threaten millions of Canadians daily. The Cybersecurity skills shortages have reached a critical point, and it’s time to take action. Canada will need 216,000 positions filled by 2021. A new joint effort in collaboration with government, industry, and academia is here.

All of our programs are currently being delivered in a virtual classroom environment.

During this time of social distancing, we are available to help you with your career goals. You don’t need to worry about how you are going to plan your education future. We are conducting all of our Admissions Meetings and School Information Sessions over the phone to help you start your career training this year!

Programs are either delivered 100% online or a combination of online and on-campus lab time. Once it is deemed safe to do so, we will be returning to on-campus, in-class learning.

Total Program Length is 52 weeks
48 instructional weeks
Up to 4 weeks in breaks

Willis Cybersecurity Academy

Willis College has taken the lead addressing the critical Cybersecurity and Network Security skills shortage by establishing Willis Cybersecurity Academy. The academy is equipped with our partner’s state-of-the-art network devices and uses an industry-standard curriculum taught by our professional instructors. All of this combines to provide a comprehensive offensive and defensive cybersecurity training environment. Graduates of this program go on to work for leading corporations like Sophos, Check Point, Fortinet, Bell Canada, the public sector, and other leading organizations.

Job Market

Successful graduates of this program may pursue a wide variety of interesting and rewarding professions, including:

  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Network Security Specialist
  • IT Security Engineer
  • Network Security Operations
  • 1st Level Support Engineer
  • Fortinet Certified Network Security Associate
  • Security Technical Representative
  • Security Network Administrator

Admission Requirements

Grade 12 (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) or GED equivalence


Willis College Entrance Assessment. If you are a Mature Student, you can gain admittance by writing an entrance assessment. Note: students with foreign credentials, regardless of whether their documents have been translated/compared or not, should be tested to establish literacy in the English language.

Are you looking to apply as an International Student?

Find out more about international student admissions requirements.

Program Outline

  • Business IT Skills I
  • Career Management
  • Computing Hardware and Host Based Security Foundations
  • Effective Learning & Career Planning
  • Labs I
  • Linux Systems Administration and Security
  • Network Architecture Design and Operations
  • Network Security & Unified Threat Management I
  • Network Security & Unified Threat Management II
  • Network Security Technology I - Routing & Switching
  • Windows Applications Security I - Databases
  • Windows Applications Security I - Messaging Services
  • Windows Server Security I - Core Infrastructure
  • Windows Server Security II - Active Directory Services
  • Windows Server Security III - Advanced Services
I left Willis College with a new-found confidence and a full-time job with a reputable company. I feel like there are endless opportunities for me now and I have a bright future ahead of me with a challenging and rewarding career. Willis College was one of the best decisions of my life. Laura Willey Willis College

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