IT Apprenticeships

Network Engineer Apprenticeship - Level 4

Level 4 Endorsed by the Chartered Institute of IT


The Level 4 Network Engineer Qualification has been developed to train people to keep networks running smoothly, to learn how to install, design and maintain communication networks and to support other network users' other employees or customers.
Network engineers monitor, improve and fix networks, within one company or between organisations and are trained in cloud-enabled Networking, Network configuration and administration, and Network security.

Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include
An A-Level in ICT/Computing

  • or a Level 3 apprenticeship in a similar subject
  • or an International Baccalaureate at Level 3 in ICT
  • or a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 credits)

You must not already have a qualification in a similar subject at the same level, or a higher level than this apprenticeship.

Apprentices achieve at least one internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification, Individual employers will select which vendor or professional qualification the apprentice should take. These include:

  • CompTIA Network+
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Network Systems and Architecture
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Network Security

Apprentices completing this programme gain the following skills and competencies:

  • Can design simple networks from a well-defined specification and apply appropriate security products and processes
  • Can install and configure network components, including switches, routers and firewalls
  • Can optimise the performance of network systems and services
  • Can monitor, test and adjust network systems and performance to meet accepted standards using diagnostic tools, analysers and other equipment
  • Can apply diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the causes of network performance issues
  • Can apply structured approaches to troubleshooting network issues and repair faults in hardware, software products and the network
  • Can undertake system upgrades to network hardware, software and operating systems
  • Can integrate network related software into an existing network environment
  • Can interpret written requirements and technical specifications for network activities and maintain accurate records of network maintenance activities
  • Can log and respond to network service calls and provide technical network support to end users as required
  • Can document work done in accordance with agreed procedures
  • Can operate within the parameters of service level agreements, standards and/or agreed response times
  • Can operate effectively in the business environment and responds to business issues related to network engineering

Typical roles associated with this qualification are:

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

How long does it take to complete?

The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 24 months

Typical Job Roles?

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

Is it certified?

Those completing the Network Engineer apprenticeship will be recognised for entry onto the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, Register of IT Technicians confirming level 4 professional competence. Those completing the apprenticeship can apply for registration.

Do I get any additional Vendor Qualifications?

In addition, and depending on the choices they and their employers make, apprentices will gain some valuable independent vendor qualifications such as:

  • CompTIA Network+
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Network Systems and Architecture
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Network Security

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