The total cost of the PLC Technician Certificate Program is $1700. There are two payment options.
Option 1 -Full Registration: $1700
Students register and pay for the complete program at one time.
Option 2 -Pay-As-You-Go Registration
Initial registration is $440 (includes web-based curriculum, laboratory simulation software and Module 1 exam) and registration for each of the remaining 18 modules is $70/module. Students may register for one or more modules at any time.
The program is offered as not-for-credit program.
Students entering this program must have a high school diploma with credits at, or above, the general level or hold an equivalent mature student status. PLC experience is also helpful, but not essential.
The program is an open enrolment program and designed to fit into your schedule not ours, so you can start at your convenience, work at your own pace, and take up to 2 years to complete the program.
The average completion time is approximately 28-32 weeks of part-time study. The flexible computer-based modules are designed to fit into your schedule, not ours, so you can work at your own pace to complete the program.
Yes, each module has an exam. The exams are written online using a computer-based testing package. A timed, 90 minute exam is taken to confirm a student's mastery of the material in each module. The exams are downloaded by the student from our web site, completed by the student and then returned to us electronically for grading.
You must obtain a 70% or higher to successfully complete each module of a program.
No, this program is offered entirely by distance education.
The Interactive Learning Package includes
- Web-based curriculum material
- Lab simulation software
- Software user manual
- Tutorial and Technical Support
- Access to additional online program resources
- Online Testing
Our program curriculum products are now available by direct download. Once a registration is confirmed, we will provide new students with a download link from which to download and install the web-based curriculum software.
While enrolled, students receive technical and tutorial support from the program's Student Support Center. The Student Support Center is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am until 10:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm (EST) and can be contacted by calling 1-855-335-0099 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.We also have dedicated Discussion Forums, where students can direct specific questions to our online tutor, seek assistance from and interact with other students, and view tutorials and previous discussion threads about difficult program content.
The program incorporates a state-of-the-art PLC simulator, PLCLogix 500, which functions similarly to real world PLC tools. With the simulator you can design, test and troubleshoot PLC ladder logic circuits.
The certificate programs were created in direct response to requests from industry. The programs were developed to meet the emerging requirements of industry and to provide the highest quality education and relevant training to students
Students must have access to a personal computer with the following minimum configuration:
- Intel Core i3, i5, i7, AMD Ryzen 3, 5, 7 or equivalent processor for AT/PLC/PLCII/RT
- Intel Pentium or equivalent processor for ET/EM/EV
- 4GB RAM AT/PLC/PLCII/RT
- 2GB RAM for ET/EM/EV
- 500 MB available disk space
- Windows7/Windows 8/ Windows 8.1/ Windows 10/Windows 11
- 32 and 64 bit compatible
- Internet Access
- Email Account
Note: Our program software is strictly made for Windows Operating Systems and will therefore only run on Windows-based computers. It will NOT work on Apple computers running Mac Operating Systems such as Macbook, Chromebook computers running Chrome Operating Systems such as Google Pixelbook or any device running Linux Operating Systems.
Once enrolled in the program, you are responsible for obeying and supporting an honor system that prohibits lying, cheating, or stealing in relation to the academic practices of University of Houston Downtown. The honor systems also required you to refrain from conduct that significantly impairs the welfare or the educational opportunities of others in the University of Houston Downtown community. You are expected to do your own work in all aspects of your program.
The PLC Technician program provides a introduction to PLCs and is a foundation to PLCs in manufacturing. It includes a lab simulator, PLCLogix 500 that emulates the Rockwell (Allen-Bradley) Logix 500 series PLC control software. The PLC Technician II program provides a more advanced study of PLCs in manufacturing and its simulator emulates Rockwell’s 5000 series of PLC hardware and software.
The answer depends on your specific needs and goals regarding the training. We do recommend taking the first PLC program if you have little or no background in PLCs, but the first program is not a prerequisite for PLC Technician II. PLC II is more challenging to learn since it uses tag-based addressing versus traditional IO addressing found in most other PLCs. traditional IO addressing found in most other PLCs.
Contact a Program Consultant toll-free at 1-855-335-0099 to help you decide which program will best fit your needs.
Upon successful completion of each of the Automation, Electronics, Electromechanical, Electric Vehicle, Robotics, PLC or PLC Technician II Programs a Certificate of Completion will be issued by University of Houston Downtown
To receive a tuition refund, a student must provide the Distance Education Support Services Center with a written Request to Withdraw letter no later than ten business days after receiving the module materials. There will be a $50 administration fee charged, per module, to process the refund.
Please note that there is no refund on the program web-based curriculum material. Please also note that the textbook cannot be returned for a refund.
Allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing and mail delivery of tuition refund cheque. If you do not receive your tuition refund cheque within six weeks of submitting your Request to Withdraw letter please contact the Distance Education Support Services Center toll-free at 1-855-335-0099.
Please include the following information in a Request to Withdraw letter:
2. Student Number
3. Module Registration Number
4. Reason for withdrawal
A Request to Withdraw refund request letter should be emailed to University of Houston Downtown at email@example.com