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After taking this course, you’ll:

  • Identify and explain the purpose and operation of each PLCnext Starterkit hardware components
    Explain the I/O slot numbering system
    Identify the module type and part number in each slot
    Explain how the PBNO switches are connected to the digital input module

  • Demonstrate how to download and install PLCnext Engineer

  • Explain the purpose and operation of basic ladder logic instructions
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  • Explain the operation of a simple ladder logic program

  • Configure a computer for communication with the PLCnext Starterkit controller

  • Demonstrate how to use the PLCnext Web-Based Management system to execute online services such as firmware update and password changes

  • Create a New Project and configure the Starterkit controller

  • Establish an Ethernet communication link between a computer and the Starterkit

  • Configure the four Starterkit I/O modules

  • Explain the purpose and operation of Timer ladder logic instructions

Course curriculum

    1. 1. PLCnext Introduction

    2. 2. What will you learn?

    1. 3. PLCnext Starterkit Hardware Components

    2. 4. PLCnext Starterkit I/O Modules

    1. 5. PLCnext Engineer Download and Installation

    2. 6. PLCnext Engineer Introduction

    3. 7. A Simple PLCnext Program

    1. 8. How to Set the Computer IP Address

    2. 9. Establishing an Ethernet Communication

    1. 10. PLCnext Web-Based Management System (WBM)

    2. 11. Start a New Project in PLCnext Engineer

    3. 12. IO Modules Configuration

    1. 13. Starting a New Ladder Logic Program

    2. 14. Creating Variables or Tags

    3. 15. Associating Variables with Field Devices

    4. 16. Coding a Ladder Logic Program

    5. 17. Using a TON Timer

    6. 18. Continuing Coding the Ladder Logic Program

    7. 19. Using a TOF Timer

    8. 20. Completing the Ladder Logic Program

    9. 21. Downloading the Project

    10. 22. Running the Project

About this course

  • 27 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content
  • Pro Course
  • Earn Certificate of Completion

Ideal for you if…

  • You have recently purchased or are thinking about purchasing the PLCnext Starterkit

  • You want to learn how to code and test a basic ladder logic program

  • You want to learn how to wire field devices to PLC input and output modules and conduct operational testing of these devices


Unlike many PLC courses, this course stands out because it centers around a project. What Participants will be taken through the process of successfully coding a ladder logic program, configuring I/O modules, and testing to satisfy specific project requirements. As an option, additional lessons have been added to show participants how to configure I/Os, physically wire, and test field devices including a Motor, Fan, Solenoid, and 2 indicating lamps. Our goal is that by the end of this course participants will be confident enough to put programming a PLCnext Control on their resume.

Prepare for better pay & bigger responsibility

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Marcin Trojak

From my experience, I have to say that RealPars is the most professional online training program out there. The instructors are easy to follow and clearly explain PLC theories with excellent supporting visuals and real-life application examples. I like that they provide a summary after each lesson that brings together all the information and makes it easier to retain. Plus, I can train anytime, anywhere. I’m a maintenance apprentice right now, but when I complete RealPars training I’ll be ready to go after the PLC programming jobs I want.

Mohammad Khabazi

I work on electrical and instrument maintenance now, but my goal is to become a full-time PLC programmer. University courses take too much money and time. The RealPars video training method is great…the instructors are all experts and speak clearly so they keep my interest and are easy to follow. I’m eager to gain even more PLC expertise as new content is added.

Meet your instructor

Ted Mortenson

Ted Mortenson has a powerhouse of experience to draw from, having worked in North America and abroad for over 35 years with expertise ranging across Instrumentation, Automation, Electricals, and Electronics.

As the Owner/President at TAM Technical Services, he's had his share of achievements including setting up short-term intensive training courses centered around process control instrumentations & electricals in various industries like oil & gas; pulp& paper; sawmills as well as mining employees - all this adding to Ted’s wealth of knowledge!

What really drives him though is an eagerness birthed out of teaching opportunities – fortunately something which the RealPars team was happy to provision making Ted one of our Instructors. Experience + Passion = Win-Win!!

Here’s why you’ll succeed

  • One-on-one support

    Stuck or have a question? You get unlimited support from our team of proven PLC programming experts.

  • Laser-focused lessons

    We only teach you exactly what you need to know to master a PLC course. No fluff, filler, or wasting your time.

  • Experienced instructors

    All PLC training courses include step-by-step instructions from the world’s best so you can join their ranks and gain an unfair advantage.

The RealPars guarantee

  • Suited for all skill levels

    we’ll help you get the skills you need to stand out and get hired!

  • Learn practical skills

    You can immediately apply learnings and improve your results.

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You'll get access to this course and ultimate access to the rest of the courses in the library.


  • Can I get a certificate for this course?

    Yes. Once you complete this course, you will receive a signed certificate of completion from Phoenix Contact.

  • What is the required software and hardware for this course?

    PLCnext Engineer and PLCnext Starterkit

  • Can my employer purchase a course for me?

    Yes. Most people enroll individually, and then submit their receipt to their employer for reimbursement. However, if your employer has a tuition budget and wants to train 5 people or more, you can send us an email at [email protected] and we will help you with bulk signup.

  • Can I register for a course if I am working full time?

    Of course. All of our course content is pre-recorded, so you can work and study on your own time.

  • Do I have to travel to take this course?

    Nope! All our courses are offered online, so you can take them from anywhere in the world. All you need is a high-speed internet connection and the applicable software for your course.