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

  • Be able to describe what a PLC is, what a PLC is used for, and list the components that make up a PLC

  • Be able to describe the features and functions of Allen-Bradley Micro800 PLCs

  • Be able to describe the features of Connected Components Workbench, the development environment for Allen-Bradley Micro800 PLCs

  • Have downloaded and installed Connected Components Workbench

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • 1.1. Introduction to PLC Programming from Scratch

    • 1.2. What Will I Learn in PLC Programming from Scratch?

    • 1.3. Who is PLC Programming From Scratch For?

  2. 2
    • 2.0 Introduction to PLCs

    • 2.1. What Components Make Up a PLC?

    • 2.2. How Does a PLC Control an Automated Process?

  3. 3
    • 3.0. Why Choose a Micro800 PLC for Learning?

    • 3.1. The Micro800 Family

    • 3.2. Micro810 PLCs

    • 3.3. Micro820 PLCs

    • 3.4. Micro830 PLCs

    • 3.5. Micro850 PLCs and Micro870 PLCs

    • 3.6. Micro800 Accessories

    • 3.7. Micro800 Starter Kits

    • 3.8. Recommendations for PLC Hardware

  4. 4
    • 4.1. Connected Components Workbench

    • 4.2. Connected Components Workbench Editions

    • 4.3. Download Connected Components Workbench

    • 4.4. Install Connected Components Workbench

  5. 5
    • 5.0. Course Conclusion

Ideal for you if…

  • You are interested in learning PLC programming but aren’t sure where to start

  • You want to learn PLC programming but don’t have access to any PLC hardware or software licenses

  • You are an engineer, electrician, or technician that works with industrial automation hardware and wants to learn more about PLCs and PLC programming


PLC Programming from Scratch is a series of courses designed to teach you everything you need to know to be an effective PLC programmer. Using practical examples, this series teaches you how to program PLCs using common PLC programming languages like Ladder Logic, Structured Text, and Function Block Diagram and common instructions like Direct Contact, Reverse Contact, Direct Coil, timers, and counters.

After learning the basics of PLC programming, you will also learn how to test your PLC applications using a simulated PLC and Factory IO model.

The best part about PLC Programming from Scratch is that it focuses on using free systems to teach you PLC Programming. You don’t have to purchase or have access to any expensive hardware or software licenses to follow this course - everything we use is available for free online, making it an ideal course for anyone who is curious about PLC programming or who wants to learn the basics of PLC programming to take the next step in their career.

In this course, you will learn the foundational knowledge about PLCs in general, Micro800 PLCs, and Connected Components Workbench that you need to follow later PLC Programming from Scratch courses.

Prepare for better pay & bigger responsibility

Eduardo Cali

I’m a maintenance technician at my company and I recently transferred to automation. We’re working more and more with Siemens so I needed to get up to speed on the newest PLC software. RealPars videos feel like a real classroom experience. The instructors are great…they’re easy to follow and they make the lessons relevant to real-world applications and I like that. I definitely recommend RealPars.

Mario Flores

I tried other online training, but I have to say that RealPars instructors helped me connect the dots in a way the others didn’t. I was able to expand my Siemens knowledge…I only knew Allen-Bradley…now I understand the differences and similarities better. I find RealPars to be a professional and affordable way to get the big picture of PLC as well as gain lots of practical knowledge.

Meet your instructor

Ken Bourke

Ken Bourke has been a trailblazer in the automation industry, not just for his near decade of experience but also as an acclaimed global engineer. From commissioning to software development and project engineering, Ken's knowledge is second-to-none; he truly knows all that it takes to make successful projects happen. Even during these times, with RealPars since 2022 he’s dedicated his talents by creating training programs – making mastering new skills within this field far more accessible than ever before!

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

  • What software do I need to follow this course?

    All of the software used in PLC Programming from Scratch is available for free and optional software includes a 30-day free trial.

    To start the course, you don’t need to have any special software installed since we take you through the process of downloading and installing any required software in the course.

  • What hardware do I need to follow this course?

    You don’t need any hardware to follow this course since Connected Components Workbench includes a free Micro800 Simulator.

    A later course in the series covers the process of working with PLC hardware. To get the most value out of this course, we do recommend that you purchase a Micro820 Starter Kit if you have the budget available for hardware. This starter kit will let you get some hands on experience with a physical PLC.

    If you don’t have access to PLC hardware, then you can still watch the videos in this course so that you understand how to work with hardware.

  • 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.