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PLCs Control & Scada - Introduction to - Cork

Lifelong Learning
CR_SIPLC_6

The course is designed to meet the industry skills shortage in the area of PLC based automation and to provide the fundamental skills required by a learner.

Award Name Special Purpose Certificate (Level 6 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Special Purpose
Awarding Body Munster Technological University
NFQ Level Level 6 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Special Purpose Certificate (Level 6 NFQ) Special Purpose Munster Technological University Level 6 NFQ
Course Provider:
Location:
Cork City
Attendance Options:
Blended, Part time
Apply to:
Course provider
Number of credits:
20

Duration

1 year, Part-time, Blended.

Semester 1 (Sept - Dec)
Mondays - PHYS6052 Intro PLC Digital Automation
Tuesdays - PHYS6053 Intro PLC Analog Automation

Semester 2 (Jan - May)
Mondays - PHYS6055 Intro PLC SCADA
Fridays - PHYS6054 Intro PLC Kinematic Systems
(4-10pm, every 2nd wk)

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements
Target learners on this programme will include those who wish to reactivate their career to upskill and reskill or cross- skill from non-related disciplines as well as upskilling those already in employment in related industrial sectors. While there will not be a specific qualification requirement, there is an expectation that candidates will have obtained a minimum of Junior Certificate Level (NFQ-QQI level 3) and experience in related industrial sectors would be beneficial for the student.

Applicants will be assessed individually on a case by case basis.

What is RPL?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is when formal recognition is given for what you already know prior to starting on a programme or module. With recognition of prior learning the focus is on learning and not on experience as such. You can apply for RPL in any MTU accredited programme or module. Programmes which are accredited by professional bodies or any external awarding bodies may have their own procedures for RPL which you should refer to.

Careers / Further progression

Progression
On successful completion of this course, graduates will be eligible to continue their studies on:
The Level 6 120 ECTS credit
The level 7 20 ECTS credit Special Purpose Award

Course Web Page

Further information

Start Date 16th September 2025

MTU Bishopstown Campus, Cork, Online

€325

Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €325 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee. Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you, and you wish to accept it.

15th September 2025

Overview
The course is designed to meet the industry skills shortage in the area of PLC based automation and to provide the fundamental skills required by a learner and thus provides an opportunity for:

• companies to sponsor their employees whilst they upskill
or
• allow people who are currently unemployed due to the current Covid-19 pandemic to reactivate their career to upskill, reskill and cross-skill from non-related disciplines.

Award
Special Purpose Award, Certificate in Introduction in PLC Based Automation Systems (20 ECTS, Level 6, on the National Framework of Qualification).

Modules

The 4 modules that make up this special purpose award cover the fundamental introductory skills required for a learner to be able to interact with PLC based automation.
Introduction to PLC Digital Automation
Introduction to PLC Analog Automation
Introduction to PLC SCADA
Introduction to PLC Kinematic Systems

Conor O’Farrell
Email: conor.ofarrell@mtu.ie

Course Provider:
Location:
Cork City
Attendance Options:
Blended, Part time
Apply to:
Course provider
Number of credits:
20