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Network engineer

Designing, installing, maintaining and supporting communication networks within an organisation or between organisations.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


4 (equivalent to certificate of higher education)

Typical length
24 months
Current funding band
Up to £17,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have one of the following:

  • A levels
  • a level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification
  • relevant experience or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths
What apprentices will learn
  • principles of networking, protocols and associated technologies
  • using diagnostic tools to find the causes of system failure
  • architecture of a typical business IT system
  • designing simple networks from specification and optimising performance
  • installing and configuring network parts, including switches, routers and firewalls
  • undertaking system upgrades and integrating software into an existing network
  • interpreting written requirements and technical specifications
  • logging and responding to network service calls

Apprentices must achieve an internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification, selected by the employer.

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must:

  • achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians at Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) level 3.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
BIIAB 01276 684449
City and Guilds 0844 543 0000
Accelerate People Ltd
The Colleges' Partnership Ltd 07843 582969
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT 01793 417417
The Education and Care Qualification Network 08438860123
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.