• Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician Certificate

    Continuous Intake USB-based Distance

    GBC Code: T903

    Industrial automation is providing jobs for technically trained people who can build, program, integrate, service, maintain and operate PLCs. With our Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician Certificate, acquire the technical skills and knowledge needed to work with electrical control systems typically found in an industrial environment, design ladder logic programs and perform tests. Simulate the operation of real-world components, including motors, solenoid valves and a wide variety of other discrete and analog input/output devices. This certificate program meets the needs of both employers who require a highly skilled technical workforce and students who require cost-effective, high-quality, fully accredited technical training.


    Fees are $70 per module plus $370 for the USB drive (which includes all software and required materials). International applicants are charged the same fees but in US dollars (US$70 plus US$370); the posted exchange rate in effect at the time of your registration will be used to determine the final fee in Canadian dollars. Refunds will not be provided for the USB course materials. Telephone contact (tutorial assistance) is available (toll-free) at 1-866-279-1457 from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Career Opportunities

    This certificate program prepares you to work in the rapidly expanding field of industrial automation and control. PLC technicians install and repair industrial electronic equipment (including input/output networks, data highways, variable speed drives and process control equipment) and write PLC programs for a wide variety of automated control systems, ranging from simple on–off controls to robotics. PLC technicians also find employment in the industrial engineering field where they are actively involved in the design and implementation of PLC control systems.


    You must have a secondary school diploma (with credits at or above the general level) or an approved equivalent or have mature student status.

    Technical Requirement(s)

    You must have access to a personal computer with the following minimum configuration:

    • USB port and sound card
    • Intel Pentium processor or equivalent
    • 512 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
    • 250 MB available disk space
    • Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
    • 32- and 64-bit compatible
    • Internet access
    • Email account

    Completion Details

    You complete all the required modules (including lab projects, review exercises and tests) from the comfort of your own home using an interactive learning package. The package consists of a USB drive containing 19 modules, which are delivered using text, audio and animations. (A recommended reference textbook can also be purchased when you enrol.) This highly innovative certificate program features state-of-the-art PLC simulation. The interactive PLCLogix 500 simulation software essentially converts your computer into a virtual PLC and allows you to run, verify and debug ladder logic programs based on the Rockwell RSLogix 500 format. PLCLogix 500 allows you to familiarize yourself with many different features associated with Rockwell PLCs, including timers, counters, sequencers and math functions. Tests are taken online using computer-based testing. You may enrol in this certificate program at any time (continuous intake) and complete each module in your own time. The average completion time is 32 weeks of study, but there are no time limits.

    Compulsory Courses (Nineteen)

    • ELNC 9071Overview of PLCs
    • ELNC 9072Central Processing Unit
    • ELNC 9073I/O System
    • ELNC 9074Programming Terminals and Peripherals
    • ELNC 9075Installation and Maintenance of PLCs
    • ELNC 9076Relay Logic
    • ELNC 9077Ladder Logic
    • ELNC 9078Timers
    • ELNC 9079Counters
    • ELNC 9080MCR, JUMP and FORCE Instructions
    • ELNC 9081Sequencers
    • ELNC 9082Data Transfer
    • ELNC 9083Math Functions
    • ELNC 9084Process Control
    • ELNC 9085Data Communications
    • ELNC 9086Number Systems and Codes
    • ELNC 9087Digital Logic
    • ELNC 9120RTUs and PACs
    • ELNC 9116Introduction to Automation

    Interested in learning more about these courses? Visit the Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician program curriculum and contents web page.