Network Engineer Course Summary

Our Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship delivers up-to-date training to shape the next generation of Network Engineers. This programme provides learners with a comprehensive understanding of physical and cloud-based networks.

This Level 4 apprenticeship programme teaches core networking and security concepts through a mix of online video learning, instructor-led SMART Classroom workshops and hands-on workplace projects.

Our training follows national apprenticeship standards created by industry and includes free access to further online courses that move beyond this syllabus. Our core modules are based on the CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ curriculum.

As the programme progresses, learners will have the opportunity to specialise in their selected cloud platform. This allows you to tailor your staff development to suit individual job roles and the technologies used by your organisation. Choices for the specialist module include Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

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. They will be able to understand and apply industry best-practice to their work, resulting in smooth and successful network performance for your business.

For more information about the course, take a look at our programme outline:

Download now



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.

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.



At this stage in the programme, apprentices have a choice of three courses to begin their specialist pathway:

  • Option 1: Microsoft Azure Administrator.
  • Option 2: AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • Option 3: Google Cloud Platform – Associate Cloud Engineer

Each course comes with access to additional online training to sharpen skills and deepen learners’ knowledge beyond the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

  • Azure Pathway: AZ-305 Azure Architecture
  • AWS Pathway: AWS SysOp Adminstrator and AWS Solutions Architect
  • Google Cloud Pathway: Google Cloud Masterclass


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.

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.


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.



Find out more

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.

Download now


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.

Training Directory - UK directory of training companies and training providers.