Programmable Logic Controllers

QQI Award (Minor) Level 6 6N5370

Course Duration

4 days

Upcoming Dates

  • CLASSROOM - 2022, January 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st -


€ 1200 per Attendee
QQI Accredited

This course is QQI Accredited


Our Programmable Logic Controllers Training course will enable maintenance staff to interrogate a PLC system to determine the cause of machine faults. The course is usually run using Allen Bradley PLCs but we can also offer Omron.

Who should attend
Maintenance personnel who would like to enhance their skills by using PLC logic as a means of diagnosing machine faults.

Why should I attend
Virtually all production equipment is controlled by a PLC. This qualification will greatly enhance your marketable skills.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course learners will be able to:

  • Explain the way a PLC controls automated equipment
  • Wire Field devices to a PLC
  • Explain how fault messages are generated
  • Use a PLC I/O interface to narrow a fault down to control loop
  • Backup programmes
  • Replace backup batteries
  • Navigate I/O list to find related control loops

Course Programme

Day 1 /

PLC architecture, I/O Devices, Scan cycle, troubleshooting with a PLC, Ladder logic with RSLogix.

Day 2 /

Learn to write short programmes to control pneumatic actuator and valve circuits.

Day 3 /

Troubleshoot a pre-wired and programmed automation sequence by navigating and monitoring PLC code.

Day 4 /

Revision & Assessment

QQI Assessment

  • Skills Demonstration 40% of overall mark
  • Portfolio / Collection of Work 40% of overall mark
  • Examination – Theory 20% of overall mark

The pass mark for all assessments is 50%

QQI Accreditation and Progression

6N5370 Programmable Logic Controllers This Award is one component required for the Major Award 6M5154 Maintenance Skills Technology

Entry Requirements

Learners are required to have an NFQ or equivalent Level 5 Certificate in a technical or related discipline. Alternatively, if learners have reached the standards of knowledge, skill and competence associated with Level 5 they can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for Access to the programme. Though not essential, learners will benefit from having some prior knowledge or exposure to plcs. 

Competence in written and spoken English is essential. International students whose first language is not English are required to have an appropriate score in an approved examination in English language. We accept an IELTS test score of 6. We also accept IELTS equivalents such as TOELF and Cambridge exams. If learners do not have a test result they can complete a Duolingo English Test before registering on the course.  Applicants must share their Duolingo Online test score directly with us at .  The test can be taken online, costs US$49 and the result is available within 48 hours.

If learners are completing part, or all, of the course online they should have good computer literacy skills. This includes use of email, microsoft word, internet searches. Self-directed learning also requires learners to have good self motivation and time management skills. Again, further details and tips can be found in the Learner Handbook.

If you are participating in a blended learning programme you will be required to have a laptop or desktop computer.

If you would like to assess your entry level knowledge, relative to course content, please contact us and we can set you up with a free trial on our e-learning platform.

When we recieve your booking request we will call you to go through an enrolment checklist with you to ensure that you meet all entry requirements for the course you have selected.

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