PLC Programming Essentials

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The fourth in our PLC programming course collection is designed for people who have more understanding of PLC ladder programming and PLC software and want to design and write PLC programs with regular instructions, along with bit and word instructions, using more detailed project specifications.

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PLC Application

This course is designed for those who have completed PLC Programming Taster, PLC Programming Introduction, and PLC Programming Software courses, or have a solid understanding of PLCs and programs and want to create more detailed projects using bit and word PLC instructions and consider the PLC scan.  PLC instructions used include bit, cascading timers, cascading counters, one shot, shift sequence, integer, jump, retentive. Each project uses a process description to develop a PLC ladder program solution. This is the same method used in industry to write PLC programs to a customer specification.  Assessments are based upon the relevant performance and skills requirements described in the UEE Electrotechnology training package. Completion of this course will prepare you for the next course in the series PLC Programming Applications.


  • 4 PLC Training Projects
  • 4 Training Videos
  • Online Learning and Study Resources
  • Online Knowledge and Skills Quizzes
  • Scheduled Online Q&A Sessions
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Hrs to Complete - 40


  • Apply WHS/OHS practices
  • Download and install Rockwell CCW PLC software
  • Develop PLC programs from a specification
  • Edit and modify PLC programs
  • Test and debug PLC programs
  • Use bit and word instructions in programs
  • Scan considerations for a PLC program
  • Use PLC instructions
    • Reverable Counters/Timers, MCR, Shift, Jump, Registers, Sequence  

This course covers some of the outcomes described in the following national UEE Electrotechnology training package competencies:

  • UEECD0007 - Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • UEECD0051 - Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
  • UEECS0033 - Use engineering applications software on personal computers
  • UEEIC0013 - Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers

and skill set:

  •  UEESS00135 - Instrumentation - Programmable Control Systems Skill Set
More Information
Who Should Attend This is course for people who have a developing knowledge of programmable controllers and software and are interested in PLC more advanced instructions.
Prerequisites To successfully complete this course, you should have completed PLC Programming Introduction, and preferably PLC Programming Software and have a knowledge of common Microsoft Windows tasks including file management.
Hours to Complete 40
Software Download Persons using this course are provided links to download and install software packages. The installed software is required to enable course resources and lessons. For more information refer to our Terms and Conditions.
Computer Hardware To use the courses effectively, your personal computer should meet the following minimum hardware requirements. Using a computer exceeding the recommended characteristics will improve performance.
Computer Requirements Processor: Pentium® 4 2.8GHz or equivalent minimum, Intel® Core™ i5 2.4 GHz or equivalent recommended, RAM: 2 GB minimum, 8 GB recommended, Hard disk space: 10 GB free, Pointing device: Any Windows®-compatible pointing device.
Operating System Operating systems: Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit) - requires .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to be installed, recommended Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit) - requires .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to be installed.
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