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.

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

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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

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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 consist of a USB with 19 courses (modules) containing 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
CodeCourse Name
ELNC 9071Overview of PLCs
ELNC 9072Central Processing Unit
ELNC 9073I/O System
ELNC 9074Programming Terminals and Peripherals
ELNC 9075Installation and Maintenance of PLCs
ELNC 9076Relay Logic
ELNC 9077Ladder Logic
ELNC 9078Timers
ELNC 9079Counters
ELNC 9080MCR, JUMP and FORCE Instructions
ELNC 9081Sequencers
ELNC 9082Data Transfer
ELNC 9083Math Functions
ELNC 9084Process Control
ELNC 9085Data Communications
ELNC 9086Number Systems and Codes
ELNC 9087Digital Logic
ELNC 9120RTUs and PACs
ELNC 9116Introduction to Automation

Detailed course outlines

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.


$1,700.00 *

Additional Cost

$70 per module, plus $370 for the USB (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

Contact Us

Call us at 416-415-4726, or toll-free 1-888-553-5333.


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