BYOD requirements

PC laptop requirements - 'better' model

All students entering a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program must:

  • have a laptop computer that meets the minimum specified requirements
  • own and maintain their laptop
  • bring their laptop on the first day of classes.

During the first week of the program, students will be instructed on how to download certain software products and how to access other products through the college server.

Minimum requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 10 or macOS 10.14 (or higher) with Parallels software
  • 7th Generation Intel Core i5 processor or AMD equivalent
  • Minimum 8GB memory
  • Webcam functionality
  • Audio capability (speakers and a quality headset/microphone)
  • Intel HD integrated graphics or equivalent
  • 256 GB HD or greater (SSD highly recommended)
  • Wireless Network adapter supporting IEEE 802.11g/n/ac
  • 15" screen or greater (recommended resolution 1920x1080)
  • 2 full size USB ports (USB 3.0 or better recommended)
  • A multi-year (3- or 4-year) warranty
  • Virus protection software required
  • Optional: 10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ45 connection or a USB to Ethernet adapter

The college provides registered students with wireless and hardwired Internet access, access to free software downloads, and server-based access to several program-specific software applications while on campus.

Software access and downloads

Available downloads for registered students:


  • For information about the technology and processes used for Teams or Zoom, refer to Consent and privacy for Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
  • Students may be required to purchase additional equipment as technology needs change (e.g. web cams for exams). Students who do not have access to the required testing technology at home may be required to write tests on campus in the Testing Centre.
  • required testing technology at home may be required to write tests on campus in the Testing Centre.
  • Each student is responsible for any downtime associated with their device. Losing information can be highly problematic and your primary recourse is only through the hardware provider. It is highly recommended that students purchase a multi-year warranty.
  • This program has determined that a Windows-based PC is recommended. If you intend to use a Mac, you will be required to have your Mac laptop configured to run Windows-based software. There are two options that support this:
    1. Purchase and install Parallels Desktop for Mac (supported by IT Services, recommended) Parallels Desktop for Mac allows you to run Windows and MacOS applications at the same time without rebooting.
    2. Install Boot Camp (comes with Mac) Boot Camp allows you to boot into Windows or Mac OS; you will only be able to run one operating system at a time.