FIT Associate Professional - Network Engineer

1st year - Diploma in ICT Technologies at Level 5, Professional Competence Award AP1 2nd year - Diploma in ICT Technologies at Level 6, Professional Competence Award AP2

Various Locations (Dublin, Cork, Galway, Midlands, Monaghan)

2 Years

Course Aims

 The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They understand and work in areas such as network configuration, cloud, network administration, security and performance management, and are able to give technical advice and guidance.

Professional Recognition Award

Portfolio of evidence (e.g. logbook, work-related project report) of professional development and applied learning in the workplace mapped to award standards. Internationally recognised industry certification selected to match the workplace technology environment e.g. Apple, Cisco, CIW, CompTIA, HP, IBM, Linux, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, VMware etc.


  • Network Operating Systems
  • Networking Technologies
  • Internet Server Management
  • IT Virtualisation
  • Implementing an ICT System Security Policy
  • Networking Principles
  • Testing ICT Systems
  • Design and Plan for an Internal Network Cabling Infrastructure
  • Network Management and Security
  • ICT Systems and Network Management
  • Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace
  • Project Management
  • Effective Communication in Business
  • Systems Development
  • Personal and Professional Development


  • Leaving Certificate
  • Demonstrated interest in ICT Technologies

Entry Requirements

FIT accepts a number of different entry routes to the ICT Associate Professional Apprentice Programmes depending on your own individual background. Applicants must be 18 years or older with the eligibility to work and live in Ireland. FIT warmly welcome applications from all genders, and from candidates who may have a physical or hidden disability. The following stipulations will apply to the screening of your application:

Knowledge, Skill and Personal Competence (upon application)

Candidates must be numerate and literate with the capacity to learn new skills and absorb varied product knowledge. In addition, candidates must demonstrate a capacity to work as a member of a team and display a capacity to clearly communicate with others. Each candidate must demonstrate a level of personal motivation and a clear desire to work in the field of ICT.

Secondary School Leavers (Republic of Ireland)

Candidates should have completed a Leaving Certificate with pass grades in at least five Ordinary level subjects (including Maths and English).

School Leavers (Northern Ireland or the United Kingdom)

Candidates should have completed a level of second-level education equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. This may be composed of the attainment of ‘A Levels’ subject based qualification (General Certificate of Education).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Candidates who wish to apply for entry, and who do not satisfy any of the standard entry requirements are advised; that an evidenced and justifiable rationale will have to be provided for consideration to be entered into the selection process. This will include the submission of a detailed synopsis of previous educational, life and/or work experiences. The FIT Registrar or delegate will review such cases with regard to the FIT Policy on Access, Transfer and Progression.