PLC Program FAQ
The total cost of the PLC Technician Certificate Program is $1700. There are two payment options.
Option 1 - Full Registration: $1700
Students register and pay for the complete program at initial registration.
Option 2 - Pay-As-You-Learn Registration
Initial registration is $440 (includes all learning materials, laboratory simulation software, user guides and access to the Module 1 exam) and registration for each of the remaining 18 modules is $70/module. Students may register for one or more modules at any time.
Yes, our program is credit-bearing. George Brown College is a fully-accredited post-secondary institution operating under the authority of the Ministry of Colleges and Universities in the Province of Ontario. The College received its Charter in 1967 and operates three campuses in Toronto, Canada with over 15,000 full-time and 64,000 continuing education students. All certificates, diplomas, and degrees conferred by George Brown College are done so under the power vested in its Board of Governors through the Government of Ontario. George Brown College is a member of the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CIC) which is Canada’s higher education sector leading organization consisting of over 200 post-secondary institutions.
Students entering this program must have a high school diploma with credits at, or above, the general level or hold an equivalent mature student status. PLC experience is also helpful, but not essential.
No, the program has open enrollment, with no predetermined time limits. That means you can start at your convenience and finish at your own pace.
The average completion time is approximately 32 weeks of part-time study. The program’s flexible computer-based modules are designed to fit into your schedule, not ours, so you can work at your own pace to complete the program.
The PLC Technician program provides a more basic introduction and is a foundation to PLCs in manufacturing and includes a lab simulator, PLCLogix 500 that emulates the Rockwell (Allen-Bradley) Logix 500 series PLC control software. The PLC Technician II program provides a more advanced study of PLCs in manufacturing and its simulator emulates Rockwell’s 5000 series of PLC hardware and software.
The answer depends on your specific needs and goals regarding the training. Our Program Advisors can help you decide which program will best fit your needs.
Yes, each of the 19 modules of the program has an exam. The exams are written online using a computer-based testing package. A timed, 90 minute exam is taken to confirm a student’s mastery of the material in each module. The exams are downloaded by the student from our web site, completed by the student and then returned to us electronically for grading.
You must obtain a 60% or higher grade to successfully complete each module of the program.
No, the program is offered entirely by distance education.
- USB based curriculum
- Software user manual
- Lab simulation software
- Tutorial and Technical Support Center access to additional online program resources
- Online Testing
- An optional textbook is available at an additional cost.
While enrolled, students receive technical and tutorial support from the program's Student Support Center. The Student Support Center is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am until 10:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm (EST) and can be contacted by calling 1-866-279-1457 or by email at email@example.com.We also have dedicated Discussion Forums, where students can direct specific questions to our online tutor, seek assistance from and interact with other students, and view tutorials and previous discussion threads about difficult program content.
The program incorporates a state-of-the-art PLC simulator, PLCLogix 500, which functions similarly to real world PLC tools. With the simulator you can design, test and troubleshoot PLC ladder logic circuits.
Students must have access to a personal computer with the following minimum configuration:
- USB Port & Sound Card
- Intel Pentium or equivalent
- 32 MB RAM (64 MB recommended)
- 100 MB available disk space
- Windows-based operating system including XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 & 10
- Internet Access
- Email Account
To receive a tuition refund, a student must provide the Distance Education Support Services Center with a written Request to Withdraw letter no later than ten business days after receiving the course materials. There will be a $20 administration fee charged, per module, to process the refund. Please note that there is no refund on the curriculum material (USB).
Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing and mail delivery of tuition refund checks. If you do not receive your tuition refund check within 6 weeks of submitting your Request to Withdraw letter, please contact the Distance Education Support Services Center toll-free at 1-888-553-5333.
Please include the following information in your Request to Withdraw letter:
- Student Number
- Course Registration Number
- Reason for withdrawal
A Request to Withdraw refund letter should be faxed to the Distance Education Support Services Center at (416) 415-4683 or mailed to George Brown College, Distance Education Support Services Center, PO Box 1015 Station B, Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5T 2T9.
Once enrolled in the PLC program, you are responsible for obeying and supporting an honor system that prohibits lying, cheating, or stealing in relation to the academic practices of George Brown College. The honor systems also required you to refrain from conduct that significantly impairs the welfare or the educational opportunities of others in the George Brown College community. You are expected to do your own work in all aspects of your program.