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Network Engineer (Level 4)


PTT courses cover up to 80% of the knowledge objectives in the Level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship standard.

By studying 16 online courses, apprentices will gain the essential knowledge they require to progress successfully within their apprenticeship.

A detailed mapping of the PTT courses that support the knowledge objectives is below.


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PTT online courses are fully flexible in their delivery. Employers and apprentices can work with their apprenticeship provider to develop a schedule to suit them.

The topics covered by the PTT online courses could be reviewed periodically in virtual or classroom-based tutor support sessions to re-enforce learning through class-wide discussions.


PTT course title

Objectives covered

K1, K11, K16


K11, K19

K6, K11

K8, K9

K9, K10


K10, K19

K1, K2, K3, K7, K14

K2, K13

K1, K16, K19

K1, K4, K5, K6, K15, K17


Learners are given access to the above courses throughout their apprenticeships. This will allow them to revise the content when necessary to reinforce their knowledge gained on the job and prior to their end point assessment.


Network Engineer (Level 4)
Knowledge objectives

K1: the causes and consequences of network and IT infrastructure failures
K2: the architecture of typical IT systems, including hardware, OS, server, virtualisation, voice, cloud and applications
K3: the techniques for systems performance and optimisation
K4: diagnostic techniques and tools to interrogate and gather information regarding systems performance
K5: organizational procedures to deal with recording information effectively and in line with protocols
K6: Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and their application to delivering network engineering activities in line with contractual obligations and customer service
K7: their role in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
K8: the purposes and uses of ports and protocols
K9: devices, applications, protocols and services at their appropriate OSI and, or, TCP or IP layers
K10: the concepts and characteristics of routing and switching
K11: the characteristics of network topologies, types and technologies
K12: wireless technologies and configurations
K13: cloud concepts and their purposes
K14: functions of network services
K15: the different types of network maintenance
K16: how current legislation relates to or impacts occupation
K17: troubleshooting methodologies for network and IT infrastructure
K18: how to integrate a server into a network
K19: the types of security threats to networks and IT infrastructure assets
K20: how to use tools to automate network tasks
K21: approaches to change management




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