PLC Programming Taster

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Start learning about PLCs here. This is the first in our PLC programming course collection and is designed for those who wish to learn about PLCs but firstly want to understand what a PLC and a PLC ladder program is.

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PLC Application

Find out what a PLC and PLC ladder program is. Gain an understanding of PLCs, and PLC programs so you can decide whether to go on to our next course, PLC Programming Introduction. This course covers electrical characteristics, circuits, symbols, and drawings, PLC inputs and outputs, plus modifying and testing PLC ladder programs. Each PLC project uses a process description for a desired solution. The same method used in industry to write PLC ladder 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 Introduction.


  • 2 PLC Taster Projects
  • 2 Training Videos
  • Online Learning and Study Resources
  • Online Knowledge and Skills Quizzes
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Hrs to Complete - 20

Learning Activities

  • Apply WHS/OHS practices
  • Download, and install PLC software
  • Identify electrical symbols
  • Analyse electrical drawing and diagrams
  • Create an electrical circuit diagram
  • Use electrical circuit diagrams
  • Understand how a PLC works
  • Understand PLC inputs and outputs
  • Test and modify a PLC ladder program


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 People with little or no experience working with PLC systems or programmable controllers and who wish to gain an understanding of PLCs.
Prerequisites For satisfactory completion of this course, you should be able to perform basic Microsoft Windows tasks.
Hours to Complete 20
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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