About this course

Course code TPPLANDI
Duration 5 Days
Special Notices

Delegates are required to bring a laptop with a CD-ROM drive to this training course.

The BTEC Practical LAN Design & Implementation program equips experienced cable installers and IT technicians with the skills and knowledge required to specify, configure, maintain and troubleshoot LANs in small to medium sized enterprises.

The course provides a range of up-to-date information on standards and best practice techniques, and delegates undertake practical assignments to reinforce the classroom based theoretical element. A final design exercise provides real world examples of LANs for enterprise environments

The course is designed for project managers, installation engineers, IT personnel and network engineers wishing to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to design and implement local area networks (LANs).


A basic knowledge and understanding of TCP/IP together with copper and fibre optic cabling systems is necessary.

Delegates will learn how to

  • On successful completion delegates will have gained the knowledge to design, build and maintain LAN networks that conform to the most recent standards.


The BTEC Practical LAN Design & Implementation course is a 50/50 per cent mix of theoretical learning and practical hands-on training, which is led by one of our expert instructors.

The course covers six core elements - electronic signals, LAN technologies and devices, cabling topologies, grounding and bonding, network protocols, and practical LAN design.

Topics include encoding techniques, Ethernet and wireless, channel length configuration, cable management, effective documentation, implications of electromagnetic interference, TCP/IP, configuring and implementing a LAN.

Electronic Signals

  • Basic requirements of data transmission
  • Encoding techniques & their importance in data communications

LAN Technologies and Devices

  • The history & operation of data networks and the devices that make them possible
  • Introduction to Ethernet and wireless including restrictions, methods of operation, bandwidth, maximum distances, data speeds & frame structures

Cabling Topologies

  • Insight into the most recent copper and optical cabling standards and procedures
  • Cable types e.g. Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a
  • Working out channel length cable routing, number of cables, separation from other services
  • Cabling a building including Floor distributor, Building distributor, Campus distributor
  • Cable containment and management for effective operation
  • Effective documentation and records
  • Working alongside other systems and trades, e.g. electrical

Grounding and Bonding

  • Implications of EMI on cabling systems that support high speed data
  • Legislation and system performance

Network Protocols

  • Review of TCP/IP & other common protocols
  • Use of IP address format to connect network devices

Practical LAN Design

  • Design a cabling infrastructure for a building to support a data network comprising computers, routers/modems, switches etc
  • Configure & implement a LAN using TCP/IP protocol
  • Design requirements to make the LAN resilient & fault tolerant
  • Tools, visual indicators & tips to trouble shoot a LAN

Post Completion

Upon completion successful delegates will receive the BTEC Professional Award in LAN Design & Implementation.

5 Days


This is a QA approved partner course

Delivery Method

Delivery method


Face-to-face learning in the comfort of our quality nationwide centres, with free refreshments and Wi-Fi.

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Online booking is currently not available for this course, to find out more please call us on 0113 220 7150 or email us at info@qa.com to discuss how we can help.

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