I want to become a PLC programmer - intro

TIA Portal

11.22 22.67 

Course leader
Tomasz Gilewski
Duration 12h
Format Online, DVD, Flash Drive
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What do you get when you enrol on a PLC programming course?

NOTE!!! The material is the same regardless of the type of data carrier. At the time of purchase, you decide which data carrier you choose, i.e. online, DVD or USB.

NOTE!!! For the online version, the material is available without any limits on time or number of views.

HD video recordings (more than 12 hours)
Project with TIA Portal made during the course

I want to become a PLC programmer INTRO level - TIA Portal LAD programming course

This video training course will introduce you step-by-step to the most essential secrets of programming the Siemens S7-1200 controller. With this course you will learn to program as experienced automation engineers do. Ownership of the equipment IS NOT ENOUGH!!!

The training course is designed to give an introduction to the complete basics. The course is aimed at people who have not yet had contact with a PLC

The training focuses on Siemens' most popular controller of the SIMATIC family, the S7-1200, which has been adapted for small and medium-sized applications.

In this course all topics are discussed based on the ladder language i.e.  LAD

The training focuses on the most popular controller of the Siemens SIMATIC family, the S7-1200, which has been adapted for small and medium-sized applications as well as for most large applications. The combination of the S7-1200 controller already with its new update and the latest development tool has contributed to the creation of an extremely powerful automation system that offers developers many advantages and facilitates their work.

In this video course, I give you my skills with experience, because I know all these issues that beginner programmers face. In a few days, you can learn all that it took me several years to learn.

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Key information about the course

Additional points of interest

You will find that you are eager to reach for complementary knowledge yourself. On our course, we don't just teach the theoretical basics of programming. We show you concrete solutions, tricks and tricks that PLC professionals use. Believe us that after this training, your employers will be surprised by the level you represent. We will teach you the analytical thinking that every PLC programmer should master.

Preparation for teamwork

Although the work of an automation programmer may be mainly associated with loneliness, in reality it is usually quite the opposite. PLC programmers become part of a team that works together on a single project. No worries! After our course, you will feel like a real professional, discussing the results of your work with managers, investors, teammates. We will show you how to choose optimal solutions that take into account the time and cost required to implement them.

You will learn about the most common mistakes made by programmers

You will also learn how to avoid them and work on your craft. Most PLC courses you will find on the web are limited to imparting theory. We offer you something more - concrete solutions to the pitfalls and problems that beginners encounter while helplessly spreading their hands. We explain how to avoid them and why this is so important.

You will feel like an automation specialist

The virtual factory will show you the typical challenges faced by automation professionals working in industry. You will master the stress of real work. With Factory I/O you will be able to test any solution that comes your way, without the risk of plant delays, breakdowns or causing accidents. With a secure development environment, you learn faster and stress-free.

You learn from the best

With many years of working on large projects, we pass on the best programming practices that you will use in any job. You will meet many other programmers during your career and not all of them will represent a good school of programming. Our aim is to give you the knowledge and skills that distinguish the best. We're not just about teaching you how to program a PLC because that's what you read about in textbooks. By mastering good automation work practices, you will excel with diligence and a creative approach to problem solving.

Benefits for the participant

Compatibility with the latest Window system You can do all the exercises whether you are a Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 user,
You don't need the equipment You don't have to spend money on a PLC because you are doing the lessons on a simulator,
You don't need to buy software You receive together with the course how to download, install and use TIA Portal V15.1 free of charge for an extended period of time,
You have an individual position You work on your own PC, so by doing all the exercises yourself you learn faster,
You learn to program the most popular PLC The S7-1200 controller is most commonly used in industrial and home automation applications,
You are learning the most popular language, which is LAD You will be able to write program code for the latest Siemens PLC
No need to take notes You will get all the materials you need electronically,
Staggered learning Each module teaches a particular topic, so you don't get a large portion of knowledge at one time. You learn more effectively,
Video recordings You can see exactly what to do step by step to perform a particular functionality. It's as if you're looking over my shoulder.
You don't have to go anywhere You can do the tasks at any time during the day or night,
You will also know how to program the actual controller You will gain knowledge of working with real equipment,
Additional tasks For each project, I give you additional tasks to solve the problem posed yourself. This increases your experience. You can also view my solution to this task later,

Sample lesson / What you will do after the course

I have prepared a course for you consisting of as many as 14 modules.

You will learn how to configure and program the Siemens S7-1200 controller

I will explain to you one by one what to do with the controller from A to Z.

The course places great emphasis on mastering a very good knowledge of the TIA Portal programming tool and the S7-1200 configuration, so that you can consider yourself a good PLC programmer. I will provide you with essential information on how to approach various programming issues, which will enable you to find your way in any situation during your daily work.

This is what you will learn during your studies

This is an overview of the training. See the topics you will learn about and the practical applications you will make.

Part 1
  • Module 1 - Downloading the environment
    • Registration on the Siemens website
    • Downloading the TIA Portal
    • PLCSIM download
    • Software installation
  • Module 2 - Licence
    • Test licence activation
    • Activation of the full licence (floatnig)
  • Module 3 - S7-1200 system
    • Opportunities on the basis of expansion
    • Software-based capabilities
    • Controller design
  • Module 4 - Electrical connection
    • Power connection
    • Connection of input and output signals
  • Module 5 - TIA Portal
    • Introduction
    • Construction of the environment
    • Features of the PLC
    • Variables
    • Development environment + PLC
    • Outline of programming instructions and operations
  • Module 6 - PC and PLC preparation
    • PC configuration
    • CPU adaptation
    • Searching for PLC on the web
    • PLCSIM simulator
  • Module 7 - First project step by step
    • PLC selection
    • First PLC programming - the PLCSIM simulator
    • First PLC programming - the actual
    • Discussion of the signal states that can appear at the input
    • Task - conveyor
    • Task - conveyor - solution
  • Module 8 - Programming fundamentals
    • Programming instructions
    • Practical exercise - SET RESET coils
    • Task practically 2
    • SR and RS flip-flops
    • Practical exercise 3
  • Module 9 - Memory usage - basics
    • Introduction
    • Task - transport
    • Task - Transport - Solution
    • Task - Sequence
    • Task - Sequence - Solution
  • Module 10 - Slopes of digital signals
    • Detection of slopes - Theory
    • Task - Slope in practice
    • Task - Getting behind the sensor
    • Task - Flip flop
    • Task - Flip flop - Solution
  • Module 11 - Data blocks
    • Theoretical discussion of DB blocks
    • Data types in SIMATIC S7-1200
    • Practical use of DB blocks - Example
  • Module 12 - Presentation of basic operations
    • Data transfer
    • Mathematical
    • Logical
    • Conversion of types
    • Comparisons
  • Module 13 - Practical use of operations
    • Mathematical - Blocks
    • Mathematical - Calculate
    • Mathematical - Introduction to the SCL language
    • Counting events
    • Incrementation
    • Comparators
    • Conversion
  • Module 14 - Additional tasks
    • Task 1 - area of a triangle
    • Task 2 - Checking for vacancies
12h Knowledge hours
14 Course modules
649 Satisfied students

Software and hardware used

TIA Portal software

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

CPU S7-1200

The new controller, which has been developed as a successor to the S7-200, is characterised by slightly weaker parameters than the S7-300 family. Several CPU versions present in the family allow selection according to project requirements.

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

The effort you put into completing the course will undoubtedly pay off - knowledge of PLC programming will open the door to many jobs. Choose your specialisation according to what you most want to do

Process automation officer With the knowledge of PLC programming gained on the course, you will be able to tackle the design and implementation of industrial automation algorithms from scratch, all without unnecessary theory and complex mathematics.
PLC programmer This is someone from whom the relationships between the individual modules in the control cabinet have no secrets. PLC? A flow meter? An inverter? Whatever it is, after our course you will be able to configure it.
Sales Engineer The knowledge you gain on our course will enable you to find and advise on the best solutions to suit your customers' needs and even configure the technical parameters of PLCs yourself.
Product manager You will learn about the relationships between specific product groups and the basics of programming, and then translate this knowledge effortlessly into the fulfilment of more orders and increasingly better sales results.

Learning based on dry theory is a relic. We offer you the chance to explore practical skills, something that really matters to employers. Our training will enable even someone with no programming experience to receive ready-made solutions that will help them find their way in the job market.

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 biuro@plcspace.pl 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: biuro@plcspace.pl.

  • 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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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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I want to become a PLC programmer - intro

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 s7-scl.pl 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

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 S7-1200

The new controller, which has been developed as a successor to the S7-200, is characterised by slightly weaker parameters than the S7-300 family. Several CPU versions present in the family allow selection according to project requirements.

Key benefits:

  • modular construction The CPU can be expanded with additional I/O, communication and technology modules

  • built-in technological functionsoptimised for regulation, weighing, high-speed counters, telemetry, identification
  • modern programming with new functionalities communication integrated PROFINET (also PROFIsafe version F) and Modbus TCP-IP, PROFIBUS processors, serial (RS232, RS422/485)
  • data security access protection, copy protection, access levels
  • built-in diagnostics diagnostic messages displayed on the TIA Portal, the embedded Web server, the SIMATIC application and the HMI
  • Customer benefits - Proven in many industrial applications- Long-term availability and compatibility- Prepared for use in harsh environments- Modular, easily expandable, scalable
  • Scope of application - Control using central and distributed I/O - Technological tasks

The SIMATIC S7-1200 is a modular microsystem for low and medium performance applications. The central processing unit (CPU) contains the operating system and the user program. The user programme is located in load memory and is immune to power failure. The execution-relevant parts of the user programme in working memory with fast access are processed. The user programme can be transferred to the CPU using a memory card (MC) - as an alternative to transfer via an online connection to the PG programmer. The memory card can also be used as external loading memory or for software (firmware) updates. Connections to the process (object signals) are realised by on-board (built-in) inputs and outputs, the number of which depends on the processor version (the higher the model the more of them there are). The on-board inputs and outputs are specifically designed to support integrated high-speed counters (HSC). The operating system (firmware) additionally includes pulse-width modulated output pulse generators, as well as technology objects for controlling stepper motors. Expansion of the central unit can be realised by means of:

  • signal boards (SB) can be used to extend the built-in inputs and outputs.
  • signal modules (SM), these are available in digital and analogue signal versions.

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