The PLC Technician II certificate program prepares students to work in the rapidly expanding field of industrial automation and control. 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.

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Program name
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician II
Distance Education
32 weeks (approximately)
Starting month
Open enrolment
George Brown College Certificate
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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Continuous Open Enrollment
Jan. 2021 Continuous Open Enrollment
May 2021 Continuous Open Enrollment
International students
This online distance program is only available to study while remaining in your home country and does not qualify for study/work permit eligibility in Canada.

Full Description

Bottle manufacturing

The program material and PLC simulation software (PLCLogix 5000) used in this program are based on the Rockwell Logix 5000 PLC. 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 distance education 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.

You complete all the required modules (including lab projects, review exercises and practice exams) 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, 2D and 3D animations, video and hundreds of laboratory projects using the PLCLogix 5000 simulator.

A final exam is taken online (computer-based testing) for each module. You may enrol in this distance education certificate program at any time (open-enrolment) and complete each module at your own pace. A typical completion time for this program is 32 weeks, but there are no time limits.


Ontario Secondary School Diploma (with credits at or above general level) or equivalent or mature student status.

Required Courses

The modules should be taken in the following order.


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
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 Communication
ELNC 9118Distributed Control System (DCS)
ELNC 9119SCADA System
ELNC 9093Advanced Programming Languages
ELNC 9092Robotics

Detailed course outlines

Your Career

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 I/O 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 control systems 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. This distance education program meets the needs of both employers who require a highly skilled technical workforce and students who require cost-effective, high-quality and fully accredited technical training.



Additional Cost

$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 U.S. 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. There is no refund on USB course materials for this program.

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition for programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

Financial Assistance

This program is not eligible for OSAP funding.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

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Special Requirements

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

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