• Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician II Certificate

    Continuous Intake USB-based Distance

    GBC Code: T949

    The industrial automation and control industry is providing jobs for technically trained people who can build, program, integrate, service, maintain and operate programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Our Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician II Certificate prepares students to work in this field of industrial automation and controls. It incorporates technical skills from the electrical, mechanical, computer, and manufacturing disciplines and emphasizes the use and programming of PLCs within complex industrial control systems. The program material and interactive PLCLogix 5000 simulation software used in this certificate program are based on the Rockwell RSLogix 5000 software. PLCLogix 5000 is a programmable logic controller simulator that emulates the operation of a ControlLogix controller and the RSLogix 5000 software. It is an ideal tool for learning the fundamentals of ladder logic programming with tag-based addressing. This certificate program meets the needs of both employers who require a highly skilled technical workforce and students who require cost-effective, high-quality, and 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. Technical, tutorial and administrative support is available (toll-free) at 1-888-553-5333 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 compatibility
    • 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, two-dimensional and three-dimensional animations, video and hundreds of laboratory projects using the PLCLogix 5000 simulator. (A recommended reference textbook can also be purchased when you enrol.) PLCLogix 5000 allows you to practice and develop your programming skills and provides you with the ability to write, edit and debug ladder logic programs based on the RSLogix 5000 PLC software. The graphic user interface (GUI) for PLCLogix 5000 includes a lot of the same features and functionality as RSLogix 5000. A final exam is taken online (computer-based testing) for each module. 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 9127Introduction to Advanced PLCs
    • ELNC 9094PLC Processors
    • ELNC 9073I/O System
    • ELNC 9074Programming Terminals and Peripherals
    • ELNC 9075Installation and Maintenance of PLCs
    • ELNC 9124Tag-based PLCs
    • ELNC 9095Ladder Logic Programming
    • ELNC 9078Timers
    • ELNC 9079Counters
    • ELNC 9096Branch and Loop Control
    • ELNC 9081Sequencers
    • ELNC 9097Data Handling
    • ELNC 9098Math Instructions
    • ELNC 9084Process Control
    • ELNC 9099PLC Communications
    • ELNC 9118Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
    • ELNC 9119SCADA Systems
    • ELNC 9093Advanced Programming Languages
    • ELNC 9092Robotics

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