Straight to the point with SIMATIC S7-1500

TIA Portal

479.00 499.00 

Course leader
Tomasz Gilewski
Duration 25h
Format Online, DVD, Flash Drive
VAT invoice Yes
Proforma order Yes
Shipping abroad Available
Online delivery Immediately
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What do you get when you enrol on a PLC programming course?

Our SIMATIC S7-1500 PLC programming course in SCL language is a modern video formula that will allow you to adapt the pace of learning to your own preferences. We have also enriched it with special learning aids that will make it much easier for you to learn PLC programming. With this flexibility, you will achieve learning success whatever your schedule.

Over 25 hours of HD video content is the key to deeper understanding. Our lecturers discuss each topic step-by-step, disassembling it into simple components. The recordings are structured so that you can directly observe the operations performed by the presenters. This approach enables you to better understand how solutions work and how to apply them in practice.
Creating projects in TIA Portal during the course will help you master the interface and functionality of the platform dedicated to Siemens Simatic S7 controllers. You will find that these tools are truly intuitive and their use will become natural to you.

Siemens PLC S7-1500 programming course. TIA Portal basic level

You've probably heard a lot about Siemens S7-1500 PLC programming, especially during your schooling. Your lecturers pointed out that knowing the basics of PLC programming is indispensable if you plan a professional future in automation. The problem, however, is that once you have acquired the theoretical basics of Siemens PLC programming, there is very little left in your memory once you receive your diploma, and even less in practice.

If you want to gain practical controller programming knowledge that will open the door to your dream career, you are in the right place. Check out our course that will allow you to master the Simatic S7-1500 in a TIA environment like a true professional.

What is the Siemens Simatic PLC course about?

Our training in PLC basics is tailored for people:

  • Without previous experience in the area of PLCs and the programming environment.
  • Having some basics of operating a Siemens Simatic S7-1500 PLC and wanting to gain practical knowledge.

PLC knowledge is applicable in many professional fields related to industrial automation. Whether you are a learner, a student or a beginner in automation, our PLC programming course is for you.

Currently, Siemens Simatic S7-1500 PLC logic controllers can be programmed in five languages. Our training focuses on learning the SCL language, which is considered flexible and versatile.

Our offer includes the use of TIA Portal software, a free programming tool for Siemens controllers. For the first 21 days you do not need any licence and the software has full functionality. This is sufficient time to complete your programming training.

If you're tired of spending hours on theoretical knowledge that doesn't translate much into practice, our Simatic S7 PLC programming course is just for you. Start your Simatic S7 controller programming adventure today!

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Key information about the course

Interesting additional issues

You will find that you will be eager to reach for more material yourself. You will find that PLC programming does not have to be boring and clichéd. In our course, you will not only learn the basics of logic controller programming, but also many creative solutions used by professionals. This will make your projects come alive.

Preparation for teamwork

With us, you will learn to look at the work of an automation-programmer holistically. You will find work both as a freelancer and as a member of teams: those large, corporate and small and specialised. We teach you to understand PLCs from the simplest basics, so after our course you will find yourself in any environment.

You will learn the most common mistakes made by beginners

You will also learn how to avoid them. We will explain to you what design mistakes that happen to someone starting out with a PLC lead to and show you creative ways to design controllers efficiently and safely.

You will feel like a real automation specialist

The virtual factory will show you the typical problems faced by automation engineers. With access to Factory I/O, you can inspect, test and experiment to your heart's content, so that you don't have to do this on the real job. In this way, you will learn in advance how to keep your colleagues safe.

You learn from the best

Our course conveys good programming practices that will work for any business. We know that there are many ways to program, but we only teach those proven, safe and ethical methods. We have many years of practice and experience behind us. We are happy to share them with you.

Why should you choose this industrial automation course?

You will find more than one PLC training course on the market, but our course is a completely different tale. Why should you choose us?

Our course will run on any platform Whether you are using Windows 7, 8.1 or 10, it's a waste of money to buy a new computer when your old one can handle the training perfectly. Better invest the money in your development!
You do not need to buy any additional equipment The course is conducted on a simulator that allows you to visualise the individual actions. This allows you to check and test the results of controller programming immediately in practice. You will stop associating programming solely with source code and start to see the link between your work and concrete results.
You don't spend money on software We cover all topics based on the TIA Portal platform, which you can download and use free of charge for a long time. 21 days is much longer than it takes to complete our course. Just sit down to it regularly and you won't even notice when you've completed it.
You work in peace and quiet You solve all the issues on your own, without the group acting as a distraction, and you sit down to the training when you have the time and inclination. As a result, you gain knowledge efficiently and it stays in your head for much longer.
You work from home You don't waste time and money commuting or standing in traffic. You can prepare for the training exactly as you like so that nothing throws you off balance.
You gain practical knowledge You learn to program with the Siemens S7-1200 PLC, the module most commonly used in industry. This prepares you to work in a wide variety of industries.
You will be flexible You learn to program PLCs in the SCL language, which allows you to write code of any level of sophistication. This flexibility will come in handy later at work as you learn to create projects quickly, efficiently and with the changing requirements of your employer in mind.
No time wasted on notes Our course is delivered in a convenient online format, and you gain unlimited access to the learning materials and review them whenever you want. Forget about jotting everything down in a notebook you may never look at. We have carefully prepared all the materials so that you can quickly find what you need. This makes repetitions shorter and has a better effect.
You learn how to create layouts in practice During the training course, you will gain specific knowledge about connecting and configuring the HMI.
You work with the application in a "real" factory Software Factory IO takes you on a journey into a virtual factory where you test the performance of individual Simatic PLCs in real time. Test your knowledge in practice using a safe sandbox, where you do not risk a malfunction or work accident.
You regularly test your knowledge The individual modules are separated by tests which verify that you have mastered the material covered so far. If necessary, you can repeat any part and refresh your knowledge once again.

Sample lesson / What you will do after the course

What is TIA's PLC training for beginners like?

The training consists of 5 parts divided into individual topics. Once you have completed all parts, you will know how to control PLC modules and use them in your daily work to improve the operation of your project. What information will you find in each part?

Once you have completed the Siemens PLC programming course, you can look for a job in a machine automation profession with confidence. Surprise your employer with your level of preparation and show them that you know and understand PLC operation inside out. You will find that even the best lectures are no substitute for a great practical course. Check out our courses today!

Part 1 - Preparation
  • Module 1 - Downloading and installing the TIA Portal environment
    • Registration on the Siemens website
    • Which files to download
    • Installation of TIA Portal software
    • Installation of the PLCsim simulator
  • Module 2 - Downloading and installing the virtual factory - Factory IO
    • Which files to download
    • Installation of the Factory IO tool
  • Module 3 - Licences
    • TIA Portal - TRIAL licence activation
    • TIA Portal - activation of full licence (floating type)
    • Factory IO - TRIAL licence activation
    • Factory IO - Full licence activation
Part 2 - Fundamentals
  • Module 1 - Introduction
      • Introduction

    - What is a programming language?
    - Division of programming languages
    - LAD language
    - FBD language
    - STL language
    - GRAPH language
    - SCL language
    - Where to use the SCL language ?

      • SIMATIC S7-1500

    - S7-1500 automation system
    - SIMATIC system
    - SIMATIC S7-1500
    - Components
    - S7-1500 versions
    - Overview
    - Rail mounting
    - Power connection
    - Mounting the module in the cradle
    - Programmer
    - Online connection
    - PC configuration
    - TIA Portal
    - Checking available equipment on the network
    - Diagnostics
    - Creation of the project
    - Switching the TIA Portal view
    - Adding a device
    - Unknown PLC - classic S7-1500
    - Unknown PLC - ET200sp CPU
    - Unknown PLC
    - Connection type with PLC
    - Choice of PLC interface
    - Autodetection
    - Hardware configuration
    - Addressing of modules
    - Symbolic names
    - Programme blocks
    - Writing programme code
    - Addition of new block OB1
    - Insertion of instructions
    - Compilation
    - Compilation result
    - Download
    - Load preview window
    - Load results window
    - Programme code monitoring
    - Monitoring of tags (symbolic names)
    - Watch tables
    - Diagnostics

  • Module 2 - First project
    • Actual PLC
    • PLCsim simulator
    • IO addressing
    • Hello world - writing your first code


  • Module 3 - Bitwise operations
      • Introduction

    - Introduction
    - General description
    - AND - Logical product
    - OR - Boolean sum
    - XOR - Logical symmetric difference
    - Negation of RLO
    - Example
    - Task

      • Example in TIA Portal
  • Module 4 - Conditional instructions
      • IF, IF...ELSE, IF...ELSIF instructions

    - General provision
    - Conditional statement IF...THEN
    - Conditional statement IF...THEN...ELSE
    - Conditional statement IF...THEN...ELSIF
    - Example
    - Task
    - Solution

      • Set - Reset

    - Single setting and reset
    - Dominance of setting and resetting
    - Example
    - Internship at TIA Portal

      • Example in TIA Portal
  • Module 5 - PLC variables
      • Introduction

    - Introduction

      • Example in TIA Portal

    - S7-1500 automation system

  • Module 6 - Memory
      • Markers

    - Available memory areas
    - Absolute addressing of memory areas
    - Absolute addressing in a data block
    - Absolute addressing - example
    - Creation of variables
    - Use in programme code
    - CPU memory usage overview
    - Example
    - Internship at TIA Portal
    - Task
    - Solution

      • Systematic

    - System and Clock Memory
    - Example
    - Internship at TIA Portal
    - Task
    - Solution

  • Module 7 - Slopes
    • Rising slope
    • How to write programme code
    • Descending slope
    • How to write programme code
    • Example
    • Task 1
    • Solution
    • Task 2
    • Task 3
    • Task 4
  • Module 8 - Data types
    • Integer types
    • Number systems
    • Floating point types
    • Floating point number representation
    • Data types - example values
    • Overview of types
    • Data types in PLC tags
    • Declaration and use
    • Display format - Watch table
    • Example
    • Internship at TIA Portal
  • Module 9 - Conversion
    • Available instructions
    • Conversion function
    • Overview of types and conversion options
    • Rounding
    • Task 1
    • Solution
  • Module 10 - Arithmetic operations
    • General provision
    • Available operations - examples
    • What should I pay attention to?
    • Task 1
    • Solution
    • Internship at TIA Portal
  • Module 11 - Comparison operations
    • General provision
    • Available operations - examples
    • Priorities for operations
    • Task 1
    • Solution
    • Task 2
    • Solution
  • Module 12 - FC functions
    • Blocks - overview
    • Linear VS modular programme
    • User programme execution
    • Addition of FC function
    • View of the workspace
    • Interface section
    • Function call
    • User programme execution
    • Download
    • Example - splitting the application into parts
    • FC function code monitoring
    • Reasons - No preview in FC block
    • Cross reference
    • Temporary variables
    • Task
    • Solution
  • Module 13 - Examples
    • Example 1
    • Example 2
  • Module 14 - Data blocks
    • Places of use
    • Addition of a new DB block
    • Use of
    • Preview
    • Modification
    • Task
    • Solution
  • Module 15- Counters
    • Data types for counter instructions
    • Counter call - example
    • CTU - Counting upwards
    • CTD - counting down
    • CTU D- Counting up and down
    • Assigning values to parameters
    • Task1
    • Solution
    • Task2
    • Solution
    • Task3
    • Solution
  • Module 16 - Timekeeping
    • Variable of type TIME
    • Example
    • Timer TP - Pulse generator
    • TON timer - switch-on delay
    • TOF timer - Switch-off delay
    • TONR timer - time accumulator
    • Task1
    • Solution
    • Internship at TIA Portal
    • Task2
    • Solution
    • Task3
Part 3 - Factory IO - Virtual factory
  • Module 1 - From A to B
    • Task
    • Solution
  • Module 2 - Queue of item
    • Task
    • Solution
25h Knowledge hours
21 Course modules
89 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).

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

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

The skills you gain from the course will prove useful in a wide variety of professions. Those listed below are just a few of the areas in which you can find employment as a graduate:

Process automation officer As a PLC programming specialist, you will easily find yourself in the field of industrial automation design and implementation.
Sales Engineer By helping the customer to configure the technical parameters of the PLCs, you will advise and find the best solutions for them, making sure they leave the showroom satisfied.
PLC programmer In our course, you will learn about the relationships between the different modules, so that you can easily configure each module in the control cabinet, whether it is a PLC, a flow meter or an inverter.
Product manager In a profession where an understanding of the links between product groups translates into the number of orders processed, as someone who knows the basics of programming you will be able to generate excellent sales results.

The current education system focuses solely on dry discussion of theoretical issues, while offering no opportunity to understand them through practical examples. Yet it is the latter that employers value most. The aim of our training is to offer ready-made solutions that will help the trainee to do better in the job market - programming experience is not required!

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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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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Straight to the point with SIMATIC S7-1500

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.

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.

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