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After taking this course, you’ll be able to:

  • List the 3 platforms of the Allen Bradley/Rockwell Logix PLCs and discuss the typical application capabilities of each

  • Explain the basic structure of a ladder logic program and discuss the evolution from traditional relay logic to ladder logic

  • Explain the term “instruction” as it relates to ladder logic symbols

  • Explain the operation of a single ladder logic rung containing a normally-open contact instruction and a coil instruction

  • Illustrate how to implement AND, OR operations on a ladder logic rung

  • Explain the terms “variables” and “tags” and discuss how they are used with a ladder logic instruction

  • Explain how a PLC executes a ladder logic program

  • Explain the term “PLC scan time” and discuss its importance in real world applications

  • Explain what a “subroutine” is

  • Explain the difference between Controller Tags and Program Tags in ControlLogix and CompactLogix

Course curriculum

    1. 1. Allen-Bradley PLC Platforms

    2. 2. Anatomy of a Rung

    3. 3. Execution of a Rung

    4. 4. Execution of a PLC Program

    5. 5. How a Program Uses PLC Inputs & Outputs

    1. 6. An Introduction to Allen Bradley Using Studio 5000 Logix Developer

    2. 7. Locating Allen Bradley Components in Studio5000 - Part1

    3. 8. Locating Allen Bradley Components in Studio5000 - Part2

    4. 9. Locating Allen Bradley Components in Studio5000 - Part3

    5. 10. Locating Allen Bradley Components in Studio 5000 - Part 4

    6. 11. Locating Allen Bradley Components in Studio 5000 - Part 5

    1. 12. Creating Tags and Assigning Addresses in Allen Bradley - Part 1

    2. 13. Creating Tags and Assigning Addresses in Allen Bradley - Part 2

About this course

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


This course is designed to introduce newcomers and others who are looking for a solid background and want to confidently work with Allen Bradley PLC’s. In addition, participants will be taken through lessons gaining confidence and skills along the way in interacting and navigating Studio 5000. Studio 5000 is the newest software application used to configure, program and maintain the entire Allen-Bradley Logix 5000 family.

We start by introducing you to the 3 members of the “Logix” family of Allen Bradley PLC’s and give you a comparative look at their industrial applications. No basic course would be complete without a brief history lesson as to why and how the PLC was developed. We will show you how the old style control ladder drawings evolved into current-day ladder logic which was the first programming method and still very common today.

Moving on to programming, you will be introduced to the common input and output elements that are seen on program ladder rungs. How physical devices interact with these elements and how they interact with each other is discussed in detail.

Even seasoned veterans have problems with “Controller Tags” used with the ControlLogix PLC. You will be taken through a process of creating “Controller Tags” correctly, and will be able to navigate a program that already has “Controller Tags” created.

The last part the course is devoted to the use of Studio 5000. After learning how to successfully launch Studio 5000, the lessons will take you through the steps of adding and configuring digital and analog I/O. There are a number of options when configuring I/O and safety should always be priority #1. As safety is always of upmost importance, we will discuss best practices and the possible repercussions of hardware fault conditions. Instructor: Mondi Anderson

Ideal for you if…

  • You are an aspiring PLC programmer

  • You are an engineer, electrician, technician, or other field maintenance type that needs a solid foundation in PLC Hardware and an introduction to programming languages

Prepare for better pay & bigger responsibility

Jake Watkins

Since I started training a few months ago, I can see there’s been a huge difference in how much more efficiently and effectively I can handle PLC repairs in the field. Our clients are telling management how happy they are to get back online more quickly and save money because I’m turning around faster fixes. I definitely recommend it for anyone who needs PLC training at any level.

Mario Flores

I needed to get up to speed on working with Siemens PLC equipment and came across RealPars training on YouTube. I watched my first video and immediately went to the website and signed up as a student. I like the way information is explained step-by-step and that it’s broken down into small chunks…I can go back and review anytime I want. I’m already seeing that I can perform repairs faster and with more confidence. Three of my co-workers were so impressed, they signed up for RealPars, too.

Meet your instructor

Mondi Anderson

Mondi Anderson works as a Controls Engineer at Metawater USA, a global company focused on water treatment technologies, equipment, and engineering. In her lengthy career, Anderson has worked in a wide variety of industries, and with all of the top PLC systems, as well as the top names in HMI/SCADA.

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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  • Can I get a certificate for this course?

    Yes. RealPars will issue a Certificate of Completion (certified by RealPars) when you complete the course.

  • What is the required software?

    Studio 5000 Logix Designer

  • 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.