What You'll Learn


How to troubleshoot and modify programs in Live Schneider PLCs safely and effeciently to help reduce downtime on the shop-floor.


Background to the PLC, computer numbering systems, Schneider PLC range, PLC hardware and wiring.


How to create and setup a Schneider PL7 Pro, SoMachine, Unity Pro or EcoStruxure project, incl. Hardware Configuration, Communications and creating programs.


How to use Schneider Timers, Counters and other commonly used instructions.


How to Download, Upload and Verifiy your programs with a Live Schneider PLC.


Using commonly used Schneider Tools such as Cross-References, Assignment List and Schneider Diagnostics.

Course Information & Topics
We have been working closely with EAL to help develop the first EAL recognised IMFFP® courses that are essential for anyone who intends to be working at an industrial level PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers).

Our IMFFP® training course is for anyone who is interested in working with PLCs on the shop-floor while being able to fault find, make modifications and maintain the machinery/production line.

Upon completing the IMFFP® training course, you will able to work with live PLC's in industrial environments while not compromising safety or increasing production downtime when working on the shop-floor. Based around PL7 Pro, SoMachine or EcoStruxure, we will walk through the software and the majority of its available programming instructions that are most used throughout programs on the shop-floor. You will learn how to read industrial programs and incorporate instructions into Blocks, Function Blocks, and Functions. We will explain the Standard Operating Procedures for working on the shop-floor with PLC’s, ensuring you are working safely and efficiently. Fault Finding methods and techniques are then demonstrated and practiced, making you more pro-active when working on processes/machinery, increasing production efficiency and reducing downtime.

At the end of the IMFFP® training course, you are expected to have a detailed understanding of the most used instructions and routines in programming, as well as being confident in approaching, maintaining and fault finding with the PLC in all situations.

Section 1
Background to the PLC
PLCs in Industry and where they are used
Understanding what PACs are and the differences between a PAC and a PLC
Understanding PLC Numbering Systems and converting between them (Binary, Decimal, Hexadecimal, Octal)
Understanding the Schneider PLC Range
Understanding the differences between Modular, Compact and Rack-based PLCs
How to select a model of PLC for a control system
How to use the Schneider website and locate important areas
Understanding what a Schneider PSU is
Understanding the Schneider CPU and its features
Understanding the Schneider CPU LED indication and error displays
Understanding how to use the CPU Mode Selector
What is a PLC Battery and why is it important
Understanding the Schneider Digital Input and Output Cards
The importance of the Schneider Part Numbers
How to wire the Schneider PSU, CPU and Input/Output Cards
Understanding the differences between NPN and PNP wiring
Understanding how Modular PLCs are constructed and expanded
Increasing process control via Networking
Understanding the use of Bus and Ring Networks
Understanding basic PLC components
Understanding the differences between Steps, Rungs and Networks
Understanding Logic terminology (AND, OR, ANDN, ORN, EOR)
Understanding the Schneider PLC hardware and internal addressing
The importance of the PLC Scan and how it can be increased
Understanding what PC/Laptop Operating System you should use
Understanding the Schneider PLC Programming software environment
Creating your first project
Setting up communications between your Laptop and PC
Setting up Hardware Configuration and why its important
How to download safely to the PLC without accidentally shutting down production
Introduction to Schneider Programming Blocks
Using Schneider PLC Programming software to create your first programming routines
Labelling your project with Symbols and Comments and the benefits of doing so
Understanding Online Editing and the dangers
Understanding the differences between Control Latches and Alarm Latches and their important signals
Understanding the dangers of duplication
Using Schneider PLC Programming software to create Timer delay routines using the variations of Schneider Timers available

Section 2
Understanding the differences between PLC programming languages and the positives and negatives of each
Understanding the IEC 61131-3 Programming Standards and why we adhere to these standards
Understanding Schneider Counters and what we can use them for
How to use programming instructions to monitor system equipment for maintenance
Understanding what downtime is and how to prevent downtime on the shop-floor
Undertaking an Upload and how to do so correctly
Understanding the dangers of the PLC scan and how it can affect your programs
Understanding the dangers of when working with PLCs and how to work with them safely to prevent accidents in industry
Understanding data handling with the Move instruction
How the PLC works with negative values and 2's complement
Understanding Analogue values and how they are inputted to the PLC
How to convert Analogue signalling from Raw to Engineering and Engineering to Raw
Understanding the common Bit Logic instructions in the Schneider catalog
How to use the One Shot Pulse (Rising and Falling) instructions correctly inside of the Schneider PLC
Using Set and Reset inside of the PLC and why it can be dangerous when used incorrectly

Section 3
How to undertake a PLC IO Test at the start of commissioning and installing a program
Understanding the use of clock memory of the Schneider PLC
Adopting practices to help reducing downtime when fault finding on a PLC
Using Schneider Cross-References to navigate through your program when fault finding
Using verification to ensure accurate backups are available
Understanding the affects that Modifying and Forcing I/O has on the PLC
Understanding the dangers of Forcing Inputs and Outputs in your program
Adopting advanced backup procedures
Using Watch Tables to monitor your programs more effectively
How to locate intermittent faults in a program
Using the Always On and Always Off flags effecively
Using Schneider PLC diagnostics to locate problems in the PLC
Using Safety Interlocking to help increase the integrity of your programs
Understanding interrupts and background routines
How to create Function Blocks to further increase your program control
How to create Alarms inside of the PLC and how to manage these within your program

Section 4
Understanding the different types of CPU Faults
Understanding how to replace a PLC battery on the shop-floor correctly
Understanding how to replace faulty Input/Output cards
Understanding how to replace a PLC memory card on the shop-floor correctly
Understanding how to work with E-Stops and Safety Circuits and implement these inside of your program
Understanding the differences between standard PLCs and safety PLCs
Using Maths instructions inside of the PLC
Using Functions for calculations and data handling giving you further control of your program
Understanding the PLC electrical schematics and IO schedules and why we use these when commissioning and installing programs
Practice fault finding techniques by working with a real industrial program which is currently being used on the shop-floor with the help of your tutor
Understanding the use of sequencers inside of programs and how they can reduce downtime
Understanding the use of a cycle stop routine inside of a program
Using Comparators to monitor process safety limits

Section 5
Understanding the further differences between PACs and PLCs
Understanding preventative maintenance techniques to be used with the PLC
Learn how to replace an Input/Output Card on a Live PLC System
How to protect your career when working with PLCs
Understanding SIL levels when working with a control system
Understanding IEC Safety Standards when working with a control system
Understanding the dangers of erratic signalling
Identifying faults inside of real industrial programs and how they can be prevented
Understanding best practice programming
Learn how to replace a CPU on a Live PLC System
Make changes to a real industrial program safely without affecting the control system

This Course Includes:

  • tick icon EAL Recognised Certification
  • world icon EAL Assessments
  • mouse arrow icon Access to Live Schneider PLCs
  • computer screen icon Access to Schneider PL7 Pro, SoMachine, Unity Pro or EcoStruxure
  • headset icon Face-to-Face Tuition
  • tick icon Scantime Training Manual
  • tick icon Special Fixed Rates at the Marriott Metrocentre Hotel

Course Features

EAL Recognised Certification

EAL Centre Code: C001368 - We are approved as an officially recognised EAL Training Centre to provide recognised PLC training courses. EAL is the specialist awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing and professional trades sectors.

Access to Live Schneider PLC Systems and PL7 Pro, SoMachine, Unity Pro or EcoStruxure

Connect and work with our Live Schneider PLC control systems via Schneider PL7 Pro, SoMachine, Unity Pro or EcoStruxure in classrooms that are dedicated to help you gain unrivalled hands-on experience.

Face-to-Face Tuition from Engineers

We believe to run an engaging and effective PLC training course that relates to those attending, tutors need to have current real-world experience in working with live PLCs, which is why throughout your training, you'll be learning from our PLC experts who are are actively working in industry with our Automation department. This ensures you are learning best-practice PLC maintenance and troubleshooting methods/techniques which are up-to-date and are currently used on shop-floors by Engineers, today.

Training Manuals

During your training, you'll have access to your own Scantime Training Manual. Each training manual includes interactive elements which are designed to help you stay engaged. These training manuals will be yours to take home, allowing you to refresh your new skill-set once you have completed our IMFPP® training course.

Special Fixed Rates at the Marriott Hotel Metrocentre

We’re happy to announce that we've been working closely with the Marriot Hotel Metrocentre located less than 1 mile from our training centre, to help guarantee a fixed rate for Scantime trainees who will be travelling and requiring accommodation during their training course.

With this new partnership, we can offer you a very competitive rate at the Marriott Hotel Metrocentre which includes certain benefits such as:

• Complimentary parking
• Complimentary WiFi
• Complimentary breakfast
• Use of the Marriot leisure club facilities including gym, sauna and indoor heated pool
• Flexibility to cancel your booking without charges up to 24 hours prior to arrival

Contact us for booking information.


This training course includes examination periods throughout the week of training, which will be 2 x practical assessments and 2 x theoretical assessments. We will also be including additional training time should anyone request further explanation of any topics covered.

Upon completion of our IMFFP® course you will receive an Official EAL Training Certificate, this is proof that the learner has successfully completed a recognised training course at a Recognised EAL Training Centre and has passed all of the assessments for the training course.

Frequently Asked Questions

What experience is required?
No previous experience or knowledge is required before attending the IMFFP® course however, good keyboard/laptop skills and an understanding of electrical principles is useful.
What is the duration of the PLC training course?
This course has currently been reduced from 5 days to 4 days in duration with the 5th day being spread across the 4 days of training, this is to help reduce the number of days you are required onsite in today’s climate.

09.00 – 17.00 (Monday - Thursday)
Can I learn more than one PLC software package during the PLC training course?
During our IMFFP® training, we'll focus on one PLC software package which will either be Schneider EcoStruxure, Schneider Unity Pro, Schneider SoMachine, Schneider PL7 Pro depending upon which you prefer. We highly advise against learning multiple PLC software packages during one training course as that can cause a lot of confusion and will restrict how much you can learn during your training.
Will I receive certification upon completion?
Yes, at the end of each day you will be asked to complete an online assessment that covers topics from that day of training, these assessments help count towards your certification and upon completion you will receive an EAL Recognised certifcate. EAL is the specialist awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing and professional trades sectors and at Scantime are approved as an officially recognised EAL Training Centre to provide recognised PLC training courses.
Will I be working with a Live PLC?
Yes, the best way to learn is to learn with the real equipment. During our training courses, you will be connecting to live Siemens PLCs and using real Siemens software such as: EcoStruxure, Unity Pro, SoMachine or PL7 Pro depending upon which course you enrol on to. You will then be able to work with and troubleshoot these PLCs in similar scenarios that you would experience on the shop-floor.
Can I attend as an individual?
Yes, these courses are available to anyone willing to learn, whether that is through a company or as an individual.
Can this course be delivered onsite at our company?
Yes, we can deliver our PLC IMFFP® training onsite for your engineers, for a quote, please contact us with the location of where you would like the training to take place and how many engineers you would like to train.
What is the maximum number of trainees per training course?
As PLC training is a complex subject, we try to keep our class sizes to a maximum of 4 trainees per course, allowing each learner to ask their own questions and to feel comfortable in the classroom without being over-shadowed by others.

Customer Reviews

Anton LapinskiAnton Lapinski
13:38 21 Jul 22
Really enjoyed training at Scantime. Chris has a wealth of knowledge across all PLCs old and new and is a great teacher. Hardware and software on the course is to a high standard and it was nice that everyone had their own PLC to program. The pace of the course was excellent and I can't wait to return for the next level. Thank you to all at Scantime for delivering such high quality training
Mark McCluskeyMark McCluskey
14:31 08 Jul 22
Completed the Siemens TIA fault finding course, it was a breath of fresh air to do a course which was actually relevant to my job and had plenty practical techniques which I could easily implement to make fault finding easier at work. Each day was well paced, with a wide range of hardware available, learning material was well delivered with a mixture of practical hands on experience and very informative tutoring from lecturers who had a wealth of knowledge and were extremely helpful.
Rajan KandolaRajan Kandola
13:08 08 Jul 22
Did PLC Programming for Industry course. I am new to the industry so have no idea, this course was very helpful. It starts smalls and gradually builds up and in the process builds up your confidence as well. highly recommend
Chris BattyChris Batty
15:16 30 Jun 22
Just completed courses 1 and 2 with Scantime. Excellent delivery by the Engineers who have numerous years of experience across all industries and sectors. I'd already covered PLC's at University, but this was more useful in industry. They learn you how to use the vast array of tools within the PLC to quickly fault find, thereby reducing downtime. Would definitely recommend Scantime for any company looking to train up they're Technicians / Engineers. Looking forward to the level 3 course. Thanks to all at Scantime.
Dan HargreavesDan Hargreaves
13:30 23 Jun 22
Absolutely brilliant experience learning about PLC’s!The staff are friendly, superb and very knowledgeable. Their setup is awesome and the pricing is perfect for the quality of the content.Very very highly recommended for all companies who use automation or for people wanting to get into PLC’s and their connected devices!
Jordan HoweJordan Howe
13:40 16 Jun 22
Excellent training course delivered well by Chris. I feel like a PLC wizard now. Thanks a lot
Ryan BrownRyan Brown
14:06 09 Jun 22
Brilliant course. This course gave me a good foundation to work from in addition to the online courses they provide. I'll definitely be back for the level 3 course, to progress my PLC skills on the shop floor.
Krzychu GKrzychu G
10:46 29 Apr 22
Great courses with plenty of knowledge and information in terms of automation. All explained from basics so highly recommended to any one who’s willing to attend.
Michael GallagherMichael Gallagher
14:25 28 Apr 22
Brilliant course, well delivered. Lectures informative. Great environment.
Niall MccloskeyNiall Mccloskey
14:24 28 Apr 22
I’ve been in maintenance for a fair number of years now working with inputs and outputs in the field.This course is fantastic to give a deeper knowledge and understanding of the internal workings of plcs.I have gained the ability to understand step 7 from a completely different perspective and even the ability to fault find and diagnose faults and issues internally.I very much recommend scantime and this course to level up your skills as an maintenance engineer.Thank you Scantime!
Martin DallowMartin Dallow
13:20 28 Apr 22
Very enjoyable and informative training provided by Chris. Good facilities and mixture of theory and practical based training made the course easy to understand.
Josh SprattJosh Spratt
12:09 11 Apr 22
Used Scantime for training recently and would recommend to anyone wanting to learn automation engineering. Very Knowledgeable tutors and courses for everyone
Nicky LongNicky Long
10:18 02 Apr 22
Excellent training course. Fantastic course delivery and delivered at a pace that suited the team. Chris is very knowledgeable and has a broad knowledge of various systems and has carried out work in the real world so uses his experience to enhance the overall training experience. would highly recommend and hope to return to further my PLC knowledge.Many Thanks to the Scantime team.Nicky LongSenior RME TechAmazon
dan cornishdan cornish
17:13 26 Mar 22
Just completed City & Guilds Siemens TIA Portal Industrial Maintenance & Fault Finding Pro level 3. Another excellent course delivered from Dave and the lads from scantime. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience which they are passing onto new control engineers. fully recommend.
Adam McPartlandAdam McPartland
17:08 26 Mar 22
Great course! Found the structure easy to follow and I look forward to returning for further training.
Chris LeversChris Levers
16:26 26 Mar 22
Fantastic Training Company!I completed the level 2 Allen Bradley PLC maintenance and fault finding course in February 22. Chris and team were very professional and excellent at delivering the course material in a way anyone with any ability could understand well.Scantime have all the kit necessary to complete the training in a fun and interesting way!I will be returning for the level three course and to be fair cannot wait! Definitely five stars!Thanks againC LeversRME Tech Amazon EMA2
Allen BrownAllen Brown
14:42 17 Mar 22
Great course, David made understanding it very easy. A great teacher and great course all round.
kevin bellkevin bell
14:40 17 Mar 22
Excellent course, very well presented with friendly and engaging staff.Very knowledgeable and delivered brilliantly!
James PhillipsJames Phillips
14:22 17 Mar 22
Brilliant course and tutors. Thoroughly recommend them for their PLC training!
Adam GraneyAdam Graney
14:03 10 Mar 22
Great course with a very knowledgeable instructor - looking forward to the next course
Roger MolinerRoger Moliner
14:17 10 Dec 21
I took the Siemens Step 7 Professional Programming (Modules 1&2) e-learning course. In my opinion it is a great course to learn the Step 7 software basics in an easy and understandable way. You only will learn the most important aspects. I think once you finish the course you will be able to develop your skills by yourself.
Vee VardhanVee Vardhan
08:26 09 Dec 21
The course provided a really good insight to the Allen Bradley PLCs to me and my colleagues. It covered every tiny details relating to the PLCs. They also helped me with out of course questions I raised and made a lot of things clearer to me. I would recommend this training to others and will see the Scantime crew for further trainings.
Mahadi HasanMahadi Hasan
11:23 11 Nov 21
The content of the training was absolutely spot on for someone who just started to learn about Ladder Logic programming using Siemens TIA portal. The hands on experience to use TIA portal was really helpful for me. The course tutor spent a lot of time during my training to answer my questions, it felt like class room experience.
Daniel JohnstonDaniel Johnston
09:39 27 Sep 21
The course provided exactly what was expected and more! There was a significant amounts of information and details provided throughout and all questions where answered with consistency and clarity. I would highly recommend this facility for anyone seeking training/support with regards to PLC's, automation and process control.
George HaworthGeorge Haworth
15:44 09 Sep 21
Excellent course. The tutor was not only highly knowledgeable about the subject matter but also able to deliver complex ideas clearly, always relating back to first principles. I have taken many different courses over the years and this was by far one of the best.