Course Type: Part Time,Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard for network engineer

Network Engineers

This standard is for employers looking to recruit and train people to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. Apprentices will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.

Job roles covered - This standard is suitable for the following job roles:

  • Network Technician
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Network Administrator

Apprentices will learn how to:

  • Understand and apply the principles of networking, protocols and associated technologies (specifically this should include the latest published versions of OSI layer model, IP, TCP/IP, routing and switching, WANs, LANs)
  • Understand and apply the applied maths required to be a network engineer (e.g. algorithms, data, binary, probability and statistics)
  • Understand the causes and consequences of system failure including load balance and storage protocols and responds appropriately
  • Understand the architecture of a typical business IT system, including hardware, OS, server, virtualisation, middleware and applications
  • Understand and responds to security threats, firewalls and vulnerabilities


Level 2 English and Maths will need to be achieved, if not already, prior to taking the end point assessment.

Professional Recognition

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.


The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 24 months.

This is a level 4 apprenticeship