SCADA Training

An Overview of SCADA Training

The usual SCADA and PLC training take place in a six-week time span. During this time, the students are taught the basic concepts of the working of the SCADA systems, its components, the working of PLC units and the architecture, along with programming concepts.


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There is a lot of scope once you are a trained SCADA professional.

Here is a basic curriculum structure of the 6 week SCADA training:

1. Introduction to SCADA systems

• SCADA systems history and origin
• Types of SCADA systems including distributed measurement, large scale and control system
• Control principles and real-time monitoring
• Industrial Control Systems: Overview
• Network and Control Components
• Components of Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
• Application, Working and Areas where SCADA systems are used
• Value and Instances of SCADA systems currently available in the industries
• Best practices for SCADA systems
• Challenges and Next generation SCADA systems

2. Overview of the SCADA systems

• Subsystems in SCADA
• Architecture: Hardware, Software, Interfaces, Real-time database and communication between layers
• Human Machine Interface (HMIs)
• System Components and Hardware Solutions
• RTU: Remote Terminal Units
• PLC: Programmable Logic Controller
• Communication infrastructure and protocols
• Programming Language: IEC 61131-3
• Real-time operation and formats of data representation
• Packaging, Design and Features of RTU and PLC
• Control concepts of Open and Closed-Loop
• Modbus/Fieldbus Architecture
• IP and Ethernet Protocols
• Master Terminal Units: Architecture, Working and Application
• Graphical Display Units

3. Operation and Integration of the SCADA systems

• Development of Applications
• System Requirements and Analysis of SCADA systems
• Master-Slave Architecture in SCADA
• Communication Requirements in SCADA Systems: Connections, Redundancy in Communications, IP Connection and Dial-up modem connections
• Types of SCADA networks
• Configuration of the SCADA systems
• Computing concepts behind SCADA
• Network protocols in SCADA
• Planning and Management of SCADA projects
• The phases involved in deploying a functional SCADA enterprise
• Commissioning and Implementation of SCADA systems

4. Evaluation of the SCADA systems

• How to evaluate the SCADA hardware and systems
• Sensors and Networks in a SCADA system
• TCP/IP and Ethernet: An Overview
• SCADA master and LAN in the master station
• Connectivity of LAN: Bridges, Switches and Routers
• Wireless systems, media and signals
• Error detection and control features
• Types of Modem and their features
• Access controllers and Alarm
• Logs and Archives
• Reliability, Redundancy and Safety of the SCADA systems
• Models of the SCADA reliability systems
• Failure modes
• Analog interfaces
• Concepts of Instruments

5. Security and Vulnerability in the SCADA systems

• Securing SCADA via encryption and firewalls
• Management of Users: Authentication and Access Controller
• TACACS, RADIUS and Diameter Authentication Services
• Detection and prevention of Intrusion
• Security issues in wireless connectivity
• Challenges in SCADA security
• Vulnerability points in SCADA

The training session is usually followed by a mandatory project submitted for evaluation and certification.

There are a number of institutions that provide training in SCADA and PLC. Before selecting a training institution, make sure to check about the reputation, quality of the curriculum and placement assistance given after the course completion.

There are a number of prominent institutions in USA and UK which provide training and specialization in SCADA and PLC programming. Two of the most reputed institutes are ATS and Tonex. While ATS has schools in both US and the UK, Tonex is operational in the UK.


ATS offers a variety of training courses world wide. Some of the most popular training modules that are offered in the United States include SCADA, PLC, HMI communication, training in networks, databases ad integrated quality training. In the United Kingdom, ATS provides the above training modules along with training vouchers that can be conveniently used for budget planning, personnel motivation and so on.

The training schedule at ATS is quite flexible, so as to meet up the customer requirements. The classes can be organized locally or on-site for 3 or more people. Apart from this, ATS also offers regional and on-site training courses.


Tonex has been training professionals in SCADA and PLC since 2001. Tonex is synonymous with high-end specialization courses, boot camps and workshops that focus on IT, defense and mobile applications. Tonex has a reputation of having worked with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and small and medium businesses. The SCADA course offered here are up to date, guided and comprehensive.

Some of the fields where TONEX focuses on specialization include:
• Industrial Network Security
• Smart Grid Infrastructures and their security
• Components of SCADA systems
• Architecture, Regulatory Protocols and Operation Theories

What to expect after SCADA certification?

With SCADA training, one can take up the coveted post of control and instrumentation engineer and work with industries like Rockwell Automation, GE, Siemens, Schneider Electrics and so on.

The job profile comprises of designing, developing, managing, installing and maintaining equipment for control and monitor of engineering systems, processes and machinery. They also ensure that the equipment is safe to handle.

C&I engineers work on:

– Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
– Advanced Process Control (APC)
– Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
– Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)

Some of the work responsibilities include:

• developing and designing new control systems
• testing, maintenance and modification of existing systems
• analyzing data and reporting findings
• operations management
• collaborating with designing engineers, operational engineers and so on
• maintaining compliance with health, safety and environmental regulations and standards
• making project management cost and time effective
• providing consultancy and advice
• writing computer software and code for SCADA systems
• developing business models

The automation industry provides lucrative job avenues for experienced as well as fresher individuals. With the right training, certification in SCADA, PLC and HMI, there are a number of options as well as companies to work for.