Get to know the SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC

TIA Portal


Course leader
Tomasz Gilewski
Duration 8h
Format Online
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What do you get when you enrol on a PLC programming course?

You don't have to worry about being inundated with complex information that can overwhelm you. Our free SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC programming course in SCL has been carefully created to introduce you to the basics of industrial controller programming. The main aim of this course is to provide you with a solid foundation and introduce you to the essential skills required to work with PLCs. As part of the course you will have access to a wealth of educational material, expert speakers and practical exercises to develop your S7-1500 controller programming skills. Join us now and gain valuable PLC programming experience! As part of the training you will receive:

We offer more than 8 hours of recordings in HD quality, with no time limits. The materials allow you to consolidate your knowledge and solve tasks on your own. You follow the activities of the tutor precisely and have the option of repeating them in detail.
During the course you will explore a variety of tasks in the TIA Portal environment, discovering its capabilities. You will gain a sound knowledge of Siemens PLC modules. By designing in TIA Portal, you explore the complex functionality of this platform and gain comprehensive knowledge of SIMATIC S7-1500 controllers.

Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC programming course, zero level - TIA Portal software

Are you curious about PLC programming? Have you never come into contact with industrial controllers? Great! We dedicate this free course to you. You will learn about the most popular Siemens controller - SIMATIC S7-1500.

What is the Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC programming course in SCL about?

Our Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC programming course in SCL is a comprehensive coverage of automation and PLC programming. We will use the popular SIMATIC S7-1500 family controller and the TIA Portal environment. You will learn how to properly connect electrical hardware and install software. You will be introduced to the basics of PLC programming, where you will practically use fundamental programming instructions. This is a course that will provide you with the necessary minimum knowledge in industrial automation. Join now and discover the fascinating world of PLC S7-1500 programming in SCL language.

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Key information about the course

Interesting additional tasks

As you go through the practical exercises, you will see that coding is not as difficult as you might think.

Preparation for the automation profession

By taking part in the course, you will discover the fascinating world of the industry and acquire relevant information from the field.

You will learn the most important steps in PLC programming

You will develop your knowledge by drawing on the experience of other developers.

You will feel like an automation specialist

You will discover a tool that will allow you to configure the PLC, create a programme and program the device. Finally, you will see the results of your work.

You learn from the best

You get a comprehensive body of knowledge that will save you time and avoid basic mistakes in your work.

Why choose our industrial automation and PLC programming course in the SCL language?

Join us for a free PLC S7-1500 programming course in the SCL language, distinguished by an innovative and proven method developed from a wealth of participant experience. This course offers a unique opportunity to acquire the practical knowledge required to successfully program industrial controllers.

During the course, you will learn a number of key skills. We'll introduce you to the fascinating world of PLC programming, so you'll understand that it's not as complicated as you might think. The lessons are carefully structured, focusing on practical aspects so that you can fully understand and apply your knowledge to real-world applications.

You will learn to program in the SCL language, which is a powerful tool for creating advanced controller programs. You will learn the TIA Portal development environment, with which you will gain access to advanced configuration and programming functions.

During the course, you will master, among other things, the configuration of the S7-1500 PLC modules, the creation of simple programs on the SIMATIC S7-1500 family PLC.

You do not need any previous programming experience. Our course is designed for people who are new to PLC and for those who want to expand their knowledge and skills.

Join our community of learners and start a fascinating journey through the world of PLC S7-1500 programming in SCL language. You can start your adventure into industrial automation now and gain the necessary knowledge to become an expert in this field. Sign up for the free course today!

Works on any operating system You complete the free PLC S7-1500 course in SCL language on any Windows computer. It does not require a specialist PG field. All you need is a computer. This saves resources and allows you to start learning immediately.
You do not need to buy any additional equipment You complete the free PLC S7-1500 course in SCL language on real hardware or a virtual environment, such as the PLCsim simulator. You have a flexible choice, without the need for a physical controller. Convenient learning of PLC programming.
You don't spend money on software The free PLC S7-1500 course in SCL language takes place in the professional TIA Portal environment, available for free download. The full functionality (for 21 days) of the tool allows for effective learning without additional software expenses.
You work in peace and quiet You complete the internship at your 'training station' at a time and place of your choice. No need to attend on-site classes.
You gain practical knowledge During the course, you will gain the ability to configure and program with the popular Siemens PLC, the SIMATIC S7-1500. This is a frequent choice of beginners, working effectively in a wide variety of applications.
SCL programming language In the free PLC S7-1500 in SCL course, you will discover the process of creating code in the popular SCL text language. This language will make it easier to learn and program the SIMATIC S7-1500 controller.
You don't have to write everything down Free SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC course in SCL language available online - learning without time and location restrictions. Complete freedom to access the material, repeat lessons and deepen your knowledge. Make the most of it!

Example lesson from the course

What is the training in SCL programming of the SIMATIC S7-1500 controller in the TIA Portal environment?

The most important information is that you have the option of completing the exercises yourself on your computer. The course is tailored to everyone, regardless of knowledge level. We start with the fundamentals necessary to understand the subject, and then present a variety of exercises with explanations. The tasks encourage you to solve the problems yourself.

The Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC programming course consists of five modules, each of which is a separate topic section. You will find detailed information on each topic covered in the training course

The table of contents is carefully designed to form a logical sequence.

Part 1
  • Module 1 - downloading the development environment
    • Lesson 1 - Registration on the Siemens website
    • Lesson 2 - Which files to download
    • Lesson 3 - Installation of the TIA Portal software
    • Lesson 4 - Installing the PLCsim simulator
  • Module 2 - Licence
    • Lesson 1 - Activating a TRIAL licence
    • Lesson 2 - Activating a full (floating) licence
  • Module 3 - PLC programming - PLCsim simulator
    • Lesson 1 - First project and PLCsim programming
    • Lesson 2 - Overview of the object/task
    • Lesson 3 - Symbolic names
    • Lesson 4 - Test of input/output signals
    • Lesson 5 - Starting PLCsim from an existing project
    • Lesson 6 - Assignment instructions
    • Lesson 7 - AND instruction
    • Lesson 8 - OR instruction
    • Lesson 9 - Combination of OR and AND statements
    • Lesson 10 - Layout with holding
    • Lesson 11 - Conditional instruction IF
  • Module 4 - Additional tasks
    • Lesson 1 - Task 1
    • Lesson 2 - Task 2
Part 2
  • Module 1 - Mechanical assembly
    • Lesson 1 - Assembling the classic modules
    • Lesson 2 - Electricity classic CPU
    • Lesson 3 - Switching on the classic system
    • Lesson 4 - Documentation - Connection
    • Lesson 5 - Connecting the power supply - COMPACT version
    • Lesson 6 - Power connection assembly - ET200sp enclosure
  • Module 2 - PG/PC and PLC preparations
    • Lesson 1 - Configuring the SIMATIC Field PG computer
    • Lesson 2 - Searching for a device on the network
    • Lesson 3 - Adapting the CPU in use
  • Module 3 - PLC Progamming - Actual
    • Lesson 1 - Assigning an IP address and a network name
    • Lesson 2 - First project - COMPACT housing
    • Lesson 3 - Coding - COMPACT housing
    • Lesson 4 - What to do when the wrong version of a module/extension card has been added
    • Lesson 5 - Auto-detection - COMPACT housing
    • Lesson 6 - Auto-detection - ET200sp enclosure
    • Lesson 7 - Coding - ET200sp enclosure
8h Knowledge hours
4 Course modules
19 Satisfied students

Software and hardware used

CPU S7-1500

They are available in the classic and et200sp housing. The SIMATIC S7-1500 is a modular automation system with medium and higher performance. Different controller versions allow you to match the corresponding application. Depending on requirements, the programmable controller can be expanded with input/output modules for digital and analogue signals, as well as technology and communication modules.

TIA Portal software

Totally integrated automation is a development environment that combines PLC (programming), HMI(visualisation) and startdrive(drive technology).

What will you be able to do after completing the course?

Regardless of your chosen career path, completing this course will contribute to your professional goals and enhance your competence in PLC programming. Learning about the programming topics presented is the first step to taking up a position:

Process automation officer acquire programming and industrial automation skills to become a process control specialist.
PLC programmer The PLC S7-1500 course in SCL will enable you to program PLCs independently for basic applications such as gates and roller shutters.
Sales Engineer You will gain a deeper technical knowledge of the equipment and its capabilities, enabling you to better advise customers on PLC control systems.
Product manager The course will enable you to gain a better understanding of the potential and capabilities of the PLC hardware of the SIMATIC S7-1500 family to support the management of industrial automation-related products.

Remember that just learning the theory is only the beginning. In this course, we focus mainly on the practical application of knowledge. As a result, you will master the practical skills faster, just by taking the time to go through the material and exercises. Through practice, you will consolidate the knowledge you have acquired and become confident in programming the SIMATIC S7-1500 family PLC in SCL language. Our aim is for you not only to understand the theory, but also to be able to apply it effectively in practice. We encourage you to actively participate and practice regularly, which will help you to achieve better results and become a confident and competent PLC programmer.

and certificate

If, after 14 days of purchase, you find that it is not for you, I will refund 100% of the course price. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate in two languages - Polish and English.

Frequently asked questions

  • Do I need to have some basic knowledge of programming and PLC?

    No. It's all in the course. We start from scratch.

  • Is it worth starting to learn with a Siemens PLC?

    Yes. Siemens PLCs are in about 95% factories in Poland. The situation is similar in Europe. It is useful to have at least a general idea of this hardware and programming environment.

  • How long will I have access to the course?


  • Does enrolling in a course commit you to anything?

    No. It is voluntary and at 100% for 0 PLN. It is possible to cancel at any time.

  • Is it worth learning PLC programming?

    Everything nowadays lives up to automation to increase productivity and repeatability. Companies want to produce for 24 hours. You need machines and process lines to do all this. Someone has to program this, so you need PLC programmers. If you want to become a PLC programmer, this course would be a good way to start.

  • Why have I created a free course on PLC programming?

    I think that anyone in the automation/electrical/mechanical field as well as pupils and students in these technical fields should familiarise themselves with this subject. Then you will be able to say whether this is for me. Whether I like it.

  • Who is this course for?

    For people WITHOUT programming experience. For people who have no experience with Siemens PLCs. For all those who want to go step by step through the steps involved in the first commissioning of what is now the most popular PLC of the SIMATIC S7-1200 family.

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Feedback from students


What sets this course apart is the opportunity to acquire practical, concrete knowledge. Everything is clearly explained. Definitely recommended!


After going through the course, I know what the components of the programming environment are and what to do step by step. Now I feel confident and know what I am doing


Course delivered in a very accessible way. Contains a lot of interesting and useful information.


I can honestly recommend the course. It is solid and factual knowledge. I will definitely be buying more.


Thanks to the course, I have decided to go further in this direction. The goal is to look for a more challenging and better job


The course prepared by Mr Tomasz is distinguished by its high level of content and meticulously prepared lessons. They are planned in a clear and sensible manner, making it easier to assimilate knowledge and return to the material if necessary. An additional advantage is the possibility of a free consultation.


Definitely recommended! The facts themselves, no unnecessary dwelling on issues.


This is my first course, certainly not my last. I am impressed with the substantive quality of the knowledge.


Everything clearly explained, you can really learn a lot. Lots of practical information and examples to help you remember everything. In my opinion, it is worth using this form of learning because you can learn anytime and anywhere. It is practical and convenient.

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Get to know the SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC

Tomasz Gilewski
Hello, my name is Tomasz Gilewski. I am the founder of PLCspace, author of books on the S7-1200 controller and HMI panels (i.e. Siemens hardware). I have been programming exclusively on Siemens hardware and engineering tools for several years.
Why Siemens?
- My first project in 2007 was an intersection traffic light based on the LOGO! Programmable Logic Relay. While learning the fundamental principles of the hardware and interface, I noticed the simplicity, intuitiveness and speed of integration for various SIMATIC systems. I noticed deficiencies in the form of functionality when working on controllers from other manufacturers.
- It is well known that Siemens automation equipment is robust and durable. Proof of this can be found in the PLCs of the SIMATIC S5 family from the 1980s, which many factories are still using today. P
In my 14 years of work, I have learnt every checkbox and what it is used for.
 STEP5, STEP7, MicroWin, LogoSoft Comfort, Starter, WinCC flexible, TIA Portal were the most popular Siemens software. I have gained experience by taking
- participation as a programmer, or more like a software engineer, in around 50 application projects for industries such as food, construction, automotiv, texyl, among others.
- Some of these applications were prototypes.I had to adapt to constant changes in design assumptions , which is quite a difficult task for a programmer. Another challenge was
- implementation of multiple software modifications to already running applications, i.e. the need to analyse the programme code after another programmer.
- I have spent very many hours looking for solutions to problems, parameterisation of various functionalities
Education itself.
New versions of engineering tools, firmware and hardware are released periodically. To keep up to date, I participate
- in on-site training at Siemens and its distribution companies
(a) LOGO!
(b) basic and advanced training in SIMATIC S7-300
(c) basic and advanced training in SIMATIC S7-1200
(d) safety training with SIMATIC S7-1500F
(e) visualisation training
- in numerous on-site and online workshops organised by Siemens related to SIMATIC systems.
- reading manuals
Helping others
I have decided to help and share my knowledge and experience with others , especially with those who are taking their first steps in programming. I want to make it easier for them to get to know this world. That is why
- since 2014, I have been running a blog located at where I describe various interesting topics about SIMATIC systems
- in 2015, my first book on the basics of S7-1200 programming in SCL language was published
- In later years I wrote several other books on
a)S7-1200 programming in LAD language
b) visualisation on a SIMATIC HMI panel
Provision of classroom training
I am currently active within the PLCspace company, where, in addition to programming work for new applications or upgrades to existing applications, I am involved in providing classroom training in many cities in Poland (Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan, Krakow) as well as directly at company headquarters for their employees. Training topics include:
a)programming of SIMATIC S5, S7 systems in any programming language
(b)visualisation, i.e. human-machine interface on HMI basic and comfort panels
(c)diagnostics, i.e. everything maintenance staff need to know to keep machines and lines working properly. If a fault occurs, you will find the cause of the downtime in the shortest possible time
(d) communications, where exercises take place to exchange data over the various communication network standards used in industry
e) safety, which translates as machine and process safety. This training covers the most important standards a programmer should know, as well as the configuration of fail-safe hardware and the exercise of safety functions for handling components (e.g. Safety Mushroom).
f)drive engineering where exercises on parameterisation of frequency converters for motor control are conducted
Training is based on Factory IO
- actual mini lines and have several levels of sophistication.
Video courses
I am the author of several video training courses on:
- s5, s7-300/400 s7-1200/1500 controller programming
- visualisation for the Basic and Comfort panels
- diagnosis of classic systems such as the s7-300/400 and new systems such as the s7-1200/1500
- communication based on the new s7-1200/1500 controllers
- safety using SIMATIC S7-1200F
- Drive technology based on MICROMASTER and SIMATIC V20 frequency converters

CPU S7-1500

They are available in the classic and et200sp housing. The SIMATIC S7-1500 is a modular automation system with medium and higher performance. Different controller versions allow you to match the corresponding application. Depending on requirements, the programmable controller can be expanded with input/output modules for digital and analogue signals, as well as technology and communication modules.

It is a modular solution that contains the CPU and IO modules in addition to the power supply. The CPU contains the operating system and the user programme. The user programme is protected against power failure on a SIMATIC memory card that is inserted into the CPU. The user programme is executed in the CPU's working memory. The bus interfaces present on the CPU allow connection to other programmable controllers. Signal modules (SMs) are responsible for the connections of input and output signals to and from the controlled machine. These input and output modules are available for digital and analogue signals at different voltages and currents.
The main advantages are:
- a single solution for standard and security systems.
Integrated security features
- protection of intellectual property and investment
- protection against unauthorised configuration changes
- communication protection to ensure the highest system availability
Integrated technology
- universal technological features on every CPU
- real-time programme and application diagnostics
- integrated technology functions as standard on all CPUs
- high efficiency of all controllers to minimise costs
Integrated system diagnostics
- efficient and effective error analysis
- uniform concept of displayed diagnostics
- reduction in downtime
- increase in productivity by reducing cycle times
- cost savings/assembly/wiring of additional computer equipment
Engineering in TIA Portal, design and operation
- investment protection during modernisation
- efficient programming thanks to a flexible programme editor concept
- consistent messages to ensure transparency in the analysis of the system

TIA Portal software

Totally integrated automation is a development environment that combines PLC (programming), HMI(visualisation) and startdrive(drive technology).

The software comes in two versions:
  • basic -> allows programming of S7-1200 family PLCs
  • professional -> allows programming of all CPUs supported by the development environment
It is the successor to the SIMATIC Manager package, which has been well-known since the 1990s.
This allows you to effectively and efficiently create designs for control systems in industrial applications. Key features include:
  • drag & drop functionality for symbols, variables, devices
  • readability and intuitiveness of editors
  • intelligent interface for the automation programmer
  • common symbology and data for each device in the project
  • online diagnostics and testing
It is an intuitive programme, easy to learn and trivial to use while working. It provides the highest level of productivity for the engineer. The TIA Portal tool has been developed by Siemens thanks to its many years of experience in designing industrial automation softwares.

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