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After taking this course, you’ll:

  • Explain what Rockwell Automation’s Common Industrial Protocol or CIP communication is

  • Identify CIP Messaging Protocol Basics and the benefits of this produce-consume messaging communication model

  • Describe the difference between CIP Implicit (Message blocks) and Explicit (produce-consume) modes of message communication

  • Develop a program with tags to exchange information between two ControlLogix PLCs using CIP Implicit (produce-consume) messaging

  • Develop a program with tags to exchange information between two ControlLogix PLCs using CIP Explicit (Message Block) messaging

  • Examine online message communication data between two ControlLogix PLCs using produce-consume and message block messaging modes

Course curriculum

    1. 1.1 Unveiling Rockwell Automation Common Industrial Protocol

    2. 1.2 Essentials of CIP Messaging Protocol

    1. 2.1 Building Your First Project: Configuration Strategies

    2. 2.2 Implementing Remote PLC Produce Tags

    3. 2.3 Employing Remote PLC Consume Tags

    1. 3.1 Streamlining Processes with Local PLC Produce Tags

    2. 3.2 Integrating Local PLC Consume Tags

    3. 3.3 Verification: Ensuring Produce/Consume Tags Are Configured

    1. 4.1 Orchestrating Message Block Read Operations

    2. 4.2 Guiding Message Block Write Configurations

    1. 5.1 Live Showcase: Produce/Consume Tactics

    2. 5.2 Explicit Message Block: Online Execution Insights

About this course

  • 12 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content
  • Pro Course
  • Earn Certificate of Completion

Ideal for you if…

  • You want to learn the basics about Rockwell Automation’s flagship protocol CIP (Common Industrial Protocol)

  • Determine when to use Implicit (produce-consume) or Explicit (message blocks) for communication to other CIP-supported equipment

  • You want to follow along in the lessons and get practical experience to program both methods of CIP communication


One of the leading communication protocols worldwide today is Rockwell Automation’s EtherNet/IP.

In this course, you will learn about the difference and benefits of the modes of messaging used for EtherNet/IP, ControlNet, and DeviceNet communication.

This course provides in-depth coverage of the setup and programming required for two ControlLogix PLCs. The programming staged over multiple sessions will inform you of specific details of produce-consume and message block modes of communication. Instructional videos take you online with the programs developed to provide a visual representation of both modes of messaging learned.

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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

Wally Gastreich

I have 40 plus years of experience with computer and automation technology stretching back to the days of vacuum tubes. I started my career in the United States Air Force as an ICBM Missile Systems Analyst Specialist. Over the years I have worked in multiple positions in multiple industries having become familiar or expert with the many aspects of computer-aided and automation technology that is used throughout various levels in the many different industries.

What makes me a good instructor is that I have a highly successful career background with a variety of positions as a System Engineer, System Sales, Motion-control Engineer, Automation Communication Product Manager, Automation Project Management, and Marketing in which allows me to bring light to diverse areas of the curriculum presented for a complete well-rounded learning syllabus.

I believe I have a keen overall perspective in automation subjects that allows me to passionately express the subject matter in a simplified way.

I’ve become driven with a passion to teach my fellow employees and now I’m permitted to help students worldwide learn automation and better yet succeed in life. Having 40 years of experience and learning myself how to adapt to different positions, allows me to share and bring to you a wealth of knowledge. And as a subject matter expert in our industry, coupled with the multiple areas of automation practical experience I possess, I am able to deliver very specific content to help you succeed.

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.