Network Engineer Course Summary

This qualification equips Network Engineers with the skills to design, install and maintain secure networks - keeping your systems running at peak performance.

We teach core networking and security concepts through a mix of online video learning, instructor-led workshops and hands-on projects.

Our unique training takes learning beyond the Apprenticeship Standard, offering the opportunity to gain CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certifications, alongside your choice of cloud platform training and specialist pathway.

With this flexible online curriculum, our Network Engineer apprenticeship can be tailored to suit individual roles, goals, and business needs.

Our core modules in network implementation and security are designed to deliver industry standard training and shape the next generation of Network Engineers.

Following this, our learners have the option to choose relevant cloud training in either Azure, AWS and Google Cloud Platform.

To take learning to the next level, we also offer a choice of additional specialist pathway, including advanced cloud networks, or a security route based around CompTIA’s CySA+ and Pentest+ curriculum.

On successful completion of the programme, a Level 4 Network Engineer will be able to work confidently and effectively with a range of networking hardware, software and cloud platforms.

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These two mandatory courses equip learners with an extensive understanding of the concepts surrounding creating, maintaining, and securing networks:

Course 1: CompTIA Network+

This course covers the fundamentals of network installation, configuration and management. The training includes network architecture, cabling and topology, advanced networking devices, virtualization, and cloud computing.

This course includes a CompTIA Network+ Exam Voucher and official CompTIA eBook for revision and further study.

Course 2: CompTIA Security+

This course empowers Network Engineers to understand network vulnerabilities and eliminate common security threats. The training includes risk management, cryptography, authentication and authorisation, and wireless, cloud and mobile security.

This course includes a CompTIA Security+ Exam Voucher and official CompTIA eBook for revision and further study.

Course 3: Choose Your Cloud Platform

Our learners can choose between the three biggest cloud platforms for this training component, creating a bespoke learning plan that responds to your organisation’s cloud technologies and current skills needs.

  • Azure Training: Microsoft Azure Administrator
  • AWS Training: AWS Cloud Practitioner 
  • Google Cloud Training: Google Cloud Platform - Associate Cloud Engineer

Apprentices and employers have a choice of two specialist pathways to customise their training plan. These courses align with different roles, responsibilities and career ambitions.

Specialist Pathway 1: Cloud Networks

Learners specialising in Cloud Networks can choose to build skills with either Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud Platform. These additional online courses sharpen skills and deepen expertise; moving beyond the requirements of this Apprenticeship Standard.

  • Azure Pathway: AZ-303 Azure Architecture Technologies
  • AWS Pathway: AWS SysOp Adminstrator and AWS Solutions Architect
  • Google Cloud Pathway: Professional Cloud Architect

Specialist Pathway 2: Network Security

The Network Security specialism is for learners looking to develop their skills in security architecture, threat management, cyber incident response planning and penetration testing. This specialist pathway includes two courses:

  • CompTIA CySA+
  • CompTIA Pentest+

These two courses focus on hands-on, technical details within the cybersecurity field, including cyber threats, risk management and pen testing. Ideal for developing in-house network security expertise.


After mastering the technical training courses, learners will implement their new skills through practical workplace projects and interactive competency workshops.

Workplace Projects

Throughout the apprenticeship programme, learners will bring their technical training to life through a series of Workplace Projects:

  • Workplace Project 1: Role of a Network Engineer
  • Workplace Project 2: Network Security and Maintenance
  • Workplace Project 3: Network Troubleshooting and Repair
  • Workplace Projects 4 & 5: Implementing Network Solutions

These Workplace Projects form a portfolio of evidence that is discussed at EPA.

EPA Preparation: Implementing Network Solutions

This course brings together the key concepts of network principles, network security and network architecture to prepare apprentices for their End Point Assessment (EPA).

This course will be delivered through real-time instructor-led training via our SMART Classroom system.


Roles, Duties & Responsibilities


To achieve this apprenticeship, your apprentice would be expected to build experience and knowledge relevant to the role of a Network Engineer. The Apprenticeship Standard specifies the following roles, duties and responsibilities in the Workplace Curriculum. Click the button below to find out more.



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Train your Staff


Our Level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship programme can be utilised to develop the existing skillset of current employees, and help expand their knowledge of designing, installing and maintaining effective networks. For more info, download the programme guide below.

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If you're an employer looking to train an existing member of your team, or if you're looking to recruit an apprentice, then speak to one of our specialist advisors.