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What do you get when you enrol on a PLC programming course?

90 video lessons in FHD quality (over 25 hours of material) Systematically structured topics, forming a coherent logical sequence.
Prepared project in TIA Portal for each lesson. If an error occurs during an exercise, you have the option of opening the project attached to the lesson.
A manual on how to configure TIA Portal and Factory IO for use in the course. You will learn how to configure the software correctly, even if you are not using the actual hardware.
You will receive a certificate of completion of the course in Polish and English (after passing a test). The certificate is confirmation of your knowledge and skills. Sound mastery of the course will prepare you for successful completion of the final examination.
You gain unlimited access to the course (unlimited viewing of video lessons from any device, computer or phone). Permanent access will allow you to repeat lessons or revisit specific parts of the material.
You complete the course at your own pace without any time limits when accessing the course
You will receive free additional lessons to extend the course in the future. This will give you access to additional recordings with bonus examples to expand your knowledge

Learn about the SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC - S7-1500 PLC programming course in SCL language

In our paid course on SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC programming in SCL language, you will discover the fascinating world of industrial automation. You will learn about the SCL language, which is based on the PASCAL language and is extremely effective for programming controllers. Our course focuses on practical aspects, teaching by implementing realistic functionalities from industrial applications.

We provide you with access to 90 video lessons in Full HD quality, representing over 25 hours of material. The topics have been carefully structured to form a coherent logical sequence that will guide you through the world of SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC programming. Each lesson is a step forward in your learning.

Our course is practice-based. You will get the opportunity to work with the Factory IO tool, a virtual factory to learn programming. We will also use the TIA Portal environment and a PLC simulator called PLCsim, or you can work on real hardware if you have it.

At the end of the course, you will be confident in configuring and programming the PLCs of the SIMATIC S7-1500 family. You will gain not only theoretical knowledge, but above all practical knowledge that will enable you to face real challenges in industrial automation.

I am convinced that using our course in a systematic way will enable you to acquire new skills. Remember that every lesson has an educational value and the work and effort you put in will bring you excellent results.

We look forward to welcoming you into the world of SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC programming. Sign up today and begin this exciting journey towards excellent programming skills.

In addition, the course comments on the most common mistakes made by novice PLC programmers. It is worth learning from both mistakes - your own and those of others. All course material is divided into the following sections:

    1. Tool preparation: Everything you need to start learning effectively will be discussed. We provide you with full support at the start.
    2. Fundamentals of programming in the SCL language: You will learn the fundamentals of designing in the TIA Portal environment. Using practical examples, you will master the most important instructions and functions that you will need when programming a variety of machines and applications.
    3. 'Color station' application: You will face a greater challenge by creating the 'Color station' application. Through these experiences, you will learn that programming is a more understandable process than you might think. You will start from scratch and end up creating an application to sort pallets by product colour.
    4. Homework: The knowledge imparted during the course takes effect through practice. You will be given a set of do-it-yourself tasks to consolidate the knowledge you have acquired.
    5. Bonus: This is an extended discussion of the instructions you have already learned. In addition, you will get some practical tasks with their solution.

    Our course is tailored both for beginners who have had no previous experience with TIA Portal and SIMATIC S7-1500 controllers, and for those already familiar with TIA Portal and S7-1500 who want to learn the FBD language.

    Join our course to learn the full potential of SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC programming in the SCL language. Get the practical skills you need in the world of industrial automation now

Key information about the course

Unlimited access (time and number of views)

Of course! You have access without time and place restrictions

Competitive price in relation to classroom training

For many people, going away for a few days and the pressure of a group is not the ideal start. This is why many start with a video course, only to later decide on a residential course.

The course does not require physical equipment (i.e. PLC)

This training is designed to use the resources the participant currently has. The class covers electrics, connections and diagrams, and compares a real PLC to a virtual one such as PLCsim. This is important as PLC programmers often use PLCsim or the real PLC depending on the situation and available equipment

Everything is done so that you get the impression of being in a real industrial plant

You will get an experience similar to observing my work live, next to me and with a detailed explanation. As a result, you will see the results of the work and the programme code in action on a virtual object, represented by Factory IO.

Use of "free" software

As you learn and explore hardware and programming instructions, the full functionality of the trial licence will be completely sufficient. I will show you how to use this option to complete the course using TIA Portal and Factory IO.

Good programming practices

It is crucial that our work is clear and understandable, even when you return to a project after some time. In addition to learning the processes involved in automation and programming, I will emphasise shaping in you sound practices in line with the principles of the IT world.

Self-solving tasks

In order to solidly consolidate the knowledge you have acquired, practice and exercises are key. Therefore, you will be given homework. Solving tasks and problems is the fastest path to mastering the skill of writing optimal programme code.

Benefits of taking part in the course

Compatible with the latest Windows You will perform all tasks whether you are using Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or Windows 11.
You don't need the equipment The course runs on a CPU simulator called PLCsim, which allows you to visualise and step-by-step mirror the actions of a real controller. Of course, if you have a physical S7-1500 PLC, you can use it to complete the course
You don't need to buy software You complete all assignments in the TIA Portal, available for free download and use for 3 weeks. This is plenty of time to complete the course. If you have your own TIA Portal licence, you can also use it to complete the course.
You have an individual position The course takes place on your own PC, allowing you to do the exercises yourself and learn effectively.
You learn to program the most popular controller The SIMATIC S7-1500 controller, widely used in industry and automated applications, is the focus of this course
Learning the SCL language This course provides an insight into the SCL language, offering the greatest possibilities and enabling the full performance of the CPU to be achieved.
No need to take notes You will receive all necessary materials with the course
Staggered learning Each lesson focuses on a specific topic, allowing you to learn more effectively. As a result, you learn more effectively
Video recordings You will see exactly how to implement the different functionalities step by step. It's like we're working together - you'll have access to over 25 hours of material to watch.
You don't have to go anywhere You can complete tasks at any time, regardless of the hour. No local restrictions - all you need is a computer. Adapt your learning to your pace
You will also know how to program an actual PLC You will be given the skills to work with real equipment.
Additional tasks Each project is accompanied by additional tasks that will allow you to solve the challenges yourself. This is a great opportunity to gain practical experience.
Competitive price compared to classroom training Our competitive price for this SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC programming course in SCL language is an excellent investment in your professional skills. When you compare it to traditional classroom training, you get high quality learning at an affordable price
Working with the application on a "real" object, i.e. in Factory IO A unique advantage of our SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC programming course in SCL language is the opportunity to practise on a virtual object using the Factory IO application. This gives you a realistic experience of working with an industrial application, enhancing your programming skills.

Example lesson / What you will do in the course

What is the course on programming the S7-1500 PLC in SCL?

Part 1 - preparation
  • Module 1 - downloading and installing the TIA Portal 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 - Downloading and installing the virtual factory - Factory IO
    • Lesson 1 - Which files to download
    • Lesson 2 - Installation of the Factory IO tool
  • Module 3 - Licences
    • Lesson 1 - TIA Portal - Activation of a TRIAL licence
    • Lesson 2 - TIA Portal - Activating the full licence (floating)
    • Lesson 3 - Factory IO- Activation of TRIAL licences
    • Lesson 4 - Factory IO - Activating the full licence
  • Module 4 - Actual PLC
    • Lesson 1 - Electrical Engineering - Diagram
    • Lesson 2 - Preparing the PC/PG
    • Lesson 3 - Searching for PLCs on an Ethernet/PROFINET network
    • Lesson 4 - Adapting the PLC for the course
Part 2:
  • Module 1: Preparation
    • Lesson 1 - Overview of the object (tasks)
    • Lesson 2 - First project
    • Lesson 3 - Hardware configuration
    • Lesson 4 - PLCsim programming
    • Lesson 5 - Programming the actual PLC
  • Module 2: Creating symbolic names
    • Lesson 1 -Creation of a tag board for input signals
    • Lesson 2 -Creating a tag board for output signals
  • Module 3: Testing IO signals
    • Lesson 1 -Test for input signals
    • Lesson 2 -Test for output signals
  • Module 4: Fundamental programming instructions
    • Lesson 1 - Assignment instruction
    • Lesson 2 - Negation instruction
    • Lesson 3 - AND gate
    • Lesson 4 - OR gate
    • Lesson 5 - XOR gate
    • Lesson 6 - Combination of OR and AND gates
  • Module 5: Programming instructions
    • Lesson 1 - Holding - Dominance start
    • Lesson 2 - Holding - Stop domination
    • Lesson 3 - Conditional instruction IF (Stop domination)
    • Lesson 4 - Conditional instruction IF...ELSIF
    • Lesson 5 - Modification from program code
    • Lesson 6 - Conditional instruction IF (start dominance)
    • Lesson 7 - Memory M (markers/flags)
    • Lesson 8 - Clock runs
    • Lesson 9 - Modular/structured programme
    • Lesson 10 - Slopes
    • Lesson 11 - Data types
    • Lesson 12 - Watch table
    • Lesson 13 - Value transfer instruction
  • Module 6: Programme blocks
    • Lesson 1 - Oryganisation block OB100
    • Lesson 2 - Retention functionality (for M memory)
    • Lesson 3 - Global constants
    • Lesson 4 - Explicit conversion (projection)
    • Lesson 5 - Arithmetic instructions - calculating the volume of a box
    • Lesson 6 - Temporary variables
    • Lesson 7 - Incrementation
    • Lesson 8 - db data blocks
    • Lesson 9 - Reinitialisation in the DB
    • Lesson 10 - Retention functionality (for data blocks)
    • Lesson 11 - Using variables in program code
    • Lesson 12 - The comparison operation
  • Module 7: Counters and timers
    • Lesson 1 - CTU counter (counting up)
    • Lesson 2 - Instance preview
    • Lesson 3 - Using instances in program code
    • Lesson 4 - CTD counter (counting down)
    • Lesson 5 - CTUD counter (counting up and down)
    • Lesson 6 - Timer TP (pulse generation)
    • Lesson 7 - TON timer (switch-on delay)
    • Lesson 8 - Timer TON - usage
    • Lesson 9 - Using the Q output from a timer
    • Lesson 10 - TOF timer (delayed shutdown)
    • Lesson 11 - Timer TONR (time accumulator)
Part 3: Colour segregation line (Factory IO)
  • Module 1 - Template preparation
    • Lesson 1 - Introduction
    • Lesson 2 - New project in TIA Portal
    • Lesson 3 - Importing symbolic names
    • Lesson 4 - Writing program code for line modes
    • Lesson 5 - Writing code for traffic lights
    • Lesson 6 - Error handling function
    • Lesson 7 - Linking digital outputs and memory
    • Lesson 8 - Dedicated functions for operating modes (control logic)
    • Lesson 9 - Layers (grouping of blocks)
    • Lesson 10 - Conditional function calls
  • Module 2 - Writing programme code
    • Lesson 1 - Using the template
    • Lesson 2 - Error programming
    • Lesson 3 - Manual mode - movement of conveyors
    • Lesson 4 - Manual mode - blocking
    • Lesson 5 - Detecting slopes for sensors
    • Lesson 6 - Automatic mode
    • Lesson 7 - Summary
Part 4: Additional tasks
  • Module 1: Fundamentals
    • Lesson 1 - AND gate
    • Lesson 2 - OR gate
    • Lesson 3 - NOT gate
    • Lesson 4 - NAND gate
    • Lesson 5 - XOR gate
    • Lesson 6 - AND-OR gateway (connection)
  • Module 2: Projects
    • Lesson 1 - Controlling room lighting
    • Lesson 2 - Stair lighting
    • Lesson 3 - Controlling the lamp in front of the garage
    • Lesson 4 - Shop window
Part 5: Sorting of products (actual line)
  • Module 1 - Preparation
    • Lesson 1 - Overview of the facility
    • Lesson 2 - Using a template
    • Lesson 3 - Hardware configuration
    • Lesson 4 - IO test
  • Module 2 - Coding
    • Lesson 1 - Manual mode
    • Lesson 2 - Automatic mode (1/4)
    • Lesson 3 - Automatic mode (2/4)
    • Lesson 4 - Settings
    • Lesson 5 - Product measurement
    • Lesson 6 - Automatic mode (3/4)
    • Lesson 7 - Extension of traffic lights (1/3)
    • Lesson 8 - Handling slope detection
    • Lesson 9 - Automatic mode (4/4)
    • Lesson 10 - Transporting a consignment of products
    • Lesson 11 - Extension of traffic lights (2/3)
    • Lesson 12 - Error handling
    • Lesson 13 - Extension of traffic lights (3/3)
25h Knowledge hours
15 Course modules
19 Satisfied students

Software and hardware used

Factory IO

Typical machine scenarios can be run in Factory IO, and the virtual factory connects to the SIM PLC simulator (or the actual PLC. Programming of the controller is possible in the programming environment (depending on the PLC family), and insight into its operation is available during the online connection

TIA Portal software

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

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.

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

  • Will I receive a confirmation after my purchase?

    Yes, you receive an email. Sometimes emails end up in SPAM or other folders. Please check your mailbox carefully.

  • Is there a difference between the media on which the course can be ordered?

    No. The material is the same regardless of the type of storage medium. At the time of purchase, you decide which type of data carrier you choose, i.e. onlineDVD or USB.

  • Which PLC programming language should I choose when starting out?

    If you are an electrician then LAD. If there has been any exposure to text-based languages (C, C++, C#, Java, etc) then SCL. If there has been no exposure to any programming at all then the basic course is LAD and SCL (the solution to each task is shown in two languages).

  • Is this course for me if I have never used a PLC?

    Yes. The basic courses are just set up so that people with no exposure to Siemens PLCs can learn such skills. The student is guided step by step (as can also be seen in the course table of contents).

  • What tools are used for consultation?

    Consultations take place via Skype or TeamViever.

  • How do I make an appointment for a consultation?

    Please send an email to with your questions (problems) and suggestions for a convenient date for your consultation (via Skype or Teamviever).

  • How long are the consultations valid?

    This is 60 calendar days from the date of purchase.

  • Can I deliver the course on different computers?

    Yes. The course material (videos) can be viewed on any computer.

  • What does the online version of the course look like?

    You receive the course by email, where there are private links to the videos.

  • What if a problem arises during the course?

    Please email me with a description of the problem at:

  • What is the access time for the course?

    No time limits for any medium (i.e. online, DVD or USB version).

  • Do I need to have any experience with programming?

    No. The basic course gives step-by-step all the information needed from 'scratch'.

  • Will I need to purchase a licence for the Factory IO software?

    No. There is information in the course on how to obtain licences to complete the material.

  • Will I need to purchase a licence for the PLC development environment?

    No. There is information in the course on how to obtain licences to complete the material.

  • Is it possible to return the course?


  • Will I need a PLC to deliver the course?

    No. A real controller is not necessary. The course is designed in such a way that it can also be completed on a virtual controller. It all depends on what the trainee has at their disposal.

  • How do I buy a course?

    Just click Add to basket and complete the form and make payment.

  • When does the course start?

    -> Online version - immediately after payment
    -> Physical version - when you receive the package from the carrier.

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Factory IO

Typical machine scenarios can be run in Factory IO, and the virtual factory connects to the SIM PLC simulator (or the actual PLC. Programming of the controller is possible in the programming environment (depending on the PLC family), and insight into its operation is available during the online connection

The general idea is to collect input data from the machine via the Factory IO program, which is then sent to the PLC. The program in the PLC is then executed and the results (output states) are sent back to Factory IO, which allows actuators(e.g. motors, actuators) to be started. The entire process is monitored in real time by you, allowing you to visualise how well the machine is performing.

  • Factory IO by Real Games is a useful tool for learning PLC programming through factory simulations. It is ideal for participants of the Siemens S7-1200 PLC programming course, as it allows them to practise their skills in a safe environment.
  • With Factory IO, it is possible to simulate various scenarios related to production processes, such as an assembly line, a transport line and many others. The tool also allows the visualisation of the operation of industrial machines and equipment, making it easier to understand the processes taking place in the factory.
  • During the Siemens PLC programming course, participants will have the opportunity to use Factory IO to consolidate their PLC programming knowledge and skills. Through simulations, the trainee will be able to practically apply their knowledge, test different scenarios and solve problems, allowing for more effective and practical teaching.
  • Using Factory IO during a Siemens PLC programming course is an ideal way to develop skills in a safe simulation environment, which will prepare participants to put their knowledge into practice in real industrial projects.

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.

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

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