Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician Program
(Distance Education)


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Program Overview

The Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Technician program addresses the needs of employers who require a highly skilled technical workforce and those of students who need cost-effective, high-quality, fully accredited technical training.

Full Description

Complete all aspects of the program while studying at home using an interactive learning package and receive a PLC Technician certificate. This innovative Distance Education program combines state-of-the-art PLC simulation with one of the biggest-selling PLC books in history.

The learning materials, provided in a downloadable file format, with 19 courses (modules) contains text, audio, 2D and 3D animations, computer-based testing and PLCLogix 500 simulation software.

The interactive PLCLogix 500 simulation software essentially converts your computer into a virtual PLC and allows you to run, verify and debug ladder logic programs based on the Allen-Bradley RSLogix 500 format. PLCLogix 500 allows you to familiarize yourself with many different features associated with Allen-Bradley PLCs, including timers, counters, sequencers and math functions. Design ladder logic programs, perform tests and simulate the operation of real-world components, including motors, solenoid valves and a wide variety of other discrete and analog I/O devices.

You may enrol at any time during the year (open-enrolment) and complete the modules in the learning package at your own speed. Typical completion time 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
Code Course Name
ELNC 9071 Overview of PLCs
ELNC 9072 Central Processing Unit
ELNC 9073 I/O System
ELNC 9074 Programming Terminals and Peripherals
ELNC 9075 Installation and Maintenance of PLCs
ELNC 9076 Relay Logic
ELNC 9077 Ladder Logic
ELNC 9078 Timers
ELNC 9079 Counters
ELNC 9080 MCR, JUMP and FORCE Instructions
ELNC 9081 Sequencers
ELNC 9082 Data Transfer
ELNC 9083 Math Functions
ELNC 9084 Process Control
ELNC 9085 Data Communications
ELNC 9086 Number Systems and Codes
ELNC 9087 Digital Logic
ELNC 9120 RTUs and PACs
ELNC 9116 Introduction to Automation

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

This program prepares you to work in the rapidly expanding field of industrial automation and control. Automation in industry is providing jobs for technically trained people who can build, program, integrate, service, maintain and operate PLCs. The PLC Technician program will provide the basic technical skills and knowledge necessary to work with electrical control systems typically found in an industrial environment.

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.

Tuition and Fees


$1,700.00 *

Additional Costs

Pay-as-you-learn tuition

Initial registration is $440 (includes all learning materials, laboratory simulation software and access to the Module 1 exam) and registration for each of the remaining 18 modules is $70/module. Students may register for one or more modules at any time. International applicants are charged the same fees but in U.S. dollars (US$440); 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 learning material.

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition for programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

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)

Special Requirements

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.

Minimum Computer Requirements

  • Pentium-based PC or equivalent
  • 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

How to Apply

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