Professional Certificate of Competency in Best Practice in Process, Electrical & Instrumentation Drawings and Documentation



Course at a Glance

Course Name - Professional Certificate of Competency in Best Practice in Process, Electrical & Instrumentation Drawings and Documentation

Course Code - CDR

Qualification - Professional Development

Duration - 3 Months

CEU/CPD* - on enquiry

*CEU/CPD hours vary according to your professional body.

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EIT Course in Best Practice in Process, Electrical and Instrumentation Drawings and Documentation endorsed by the International Society of Automation (ISA)


  • Process control devices and the symbols used to define them
  • The use of specifications to control the design scope of the project
  • How to implement and manage drawing plant modifications from conception to completion
  • How to define and use process flow diagrams, P&IDs, instrument lists, specification forms, logic diagrams, location plans, installation details and loop diagrams
  • How to define and specify vendor criteria for production of plant documentation to order
  • The purpose of a HAZOP in the development of a plant
  • The ISA standards available to assist you in developing and understanding instrument and control documents
  • The scope, responsibility and interaction of each discipline in the completion of a project or plant modification


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This course is designed for engineers and technicians from a wide range of abilities and backgrounds and will provide an excellent introduction to mastering plant documentation and diagrams. It covers the flow of documentation from design through manufacture to maintenance and operations. The program looks at the applications of each diagram type detailing where and when the document should be used.

During the life span of any plant, a multitude of different vendors will supply plant modifications and equipment as the plant is continuously enhanced. The quality of the documentation produced will vary enormously with each new supplier. You will be given the skills to apply an internationally acceptable set of standards to your plant documentation.


MODULE 1: Role of Plant Documentation, Standards and Specifications

Who sets the standards (ISA, IEC , ISO)
Understanding diagram layouts and formats
Cross references
ISO 9002 and document control

MODULE 2: Fundamentals

Gate logic
Fail safe design

MODULE 3: Piping and Instrument Diagrams (P&ID)

Process flow diagrams
An introduction to the PFD, P&ID, UFD, MFD
Control loops on the P&ID
Mass balance
Functional specifications

MODULE 4: Instrumentation

Document types
Instrument lists
Logic diagrams
Wiring diagrams

MODULE 5: Instrumentation (continued)

Schedules and lists
Block diagrams
Data sheets
Loop diagrams

MODULE 6: Instrumentation (continued)

Circuit function
Fault finding
Standards and symbols

MODULE 7: Electrical

Electrical standards
Electrical document types
Main circuits
Control circuits
Determine function, fault-finding

MODULE 8: Pneumatics and Hydraulics

Layout and symbols
Basic circuits
Deducing principle of operation

MODULE 9: Ladder Logic

Introduction and overview
Standards and layout
Power supply circuits
Circuit design

MODULE 10: Electro Pneumatic Circuits

Truth tables
Fault finding
Principle of operation

MODULE 11: Practical Exercises

Develop basic hydraulic, electrical and pneumatic drawings
Develop P&ID drawings for pressure, temperature, flow and level loops

MODULE 12: Practical Exercises

Detail the documentation for typical instruments
Proceed through development of a full plant set of drawings from flow diagrams and process description to P&ID, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic symbols
Using software to undertake these typical tasks

Please note: Course content is subject to change. Due to rapidly changing technology and based on feedback from students and instructors, the Engineering Institute of Technology courses are continuously being updated and improved.


Learning and Teaching

Benefits of eLearning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Course Coordinator for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice 

Benefits of eLearning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students


How Does it Work?

EIT eLearning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Course Coordinator.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.


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In Company Online Training Solutions

Special class groups can be arranged on request to match your own schedule. If you have a large number of staff who should complete any of our programs, read more about EIT's In Company Online Training HERE and contact us to assist you further.



Fee Information

Course Fees

What are the fees for my country?

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) provides distance education to students located all around the world – it is one of the very few truly global training institutes. Course fees are paid in a currency that is determined by the student’s location. We aim to give you a rapid response regarding course fees that are relevant to your individual circumstances.

We understand that cost is a major consideration before a student begins to study. For a rapid reply to your query regarding courses fees and payment options, please contact a Course Advisor in your region via the below button and we will respond within two (2) business days.

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EIT Certificate Course Payment Information

Please contact us with your location for certificate fees in the relevant currency. Full payment is required between two (2) and four (4) weeks before the course starts.

Certificate fees include:

  • All live webinars with a professional instructor
  • Four (4) technical manuals (as searchable eBooks)
  • Course materials
  • Software
  • Assignments, and
  • Ongoing support from a dedicated Course Coordinator

All you need to participate is an Internet connection, a computer, speakers and, if possible, a microphone.


Fee concessions may apply for multiple bookings on our certificate courses.

For a rapid reply to your query regarding courses fees and payment options, please contact us and we will respond within two (2) business days.

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Professional Development Series

In order to meet the exacting demands of the oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and downstream processing industries, modern plants are equipped with systems and devices which are needed to measure and regulate variables such as temperature, pressure, flow, humidity, liquid level, velocity and density. Industrial Automation provides the technology to control and monitor a process plant using such concepts as feedback, cascade, feedforward and advanced process control. Here at the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT), we have developed industry-focused programs in the form of vocational diplomas, advanced diplomas and graduate certificates, all the way up to Masters level in the higher education sector.

There is a critical shortage of automation, instrumentation and control engineers, technicians and technologists around the world now due to the retirement, restructuring and rapid growth in new technologies and industries. The respected International Society of Automation (ISA) organization estimated that at least 15,000 new automation engineers are needed annually in the USA alone.

In keeping with the philosophy of EIT, students in this school are exposed to the practical, up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills demanded by leading industries worldwide, with online instrumentation courses. EIT does not just cater to a generic student body, instead all of our online instrumentation courses are specific to industry. The programs cover a large range of topics and are suited to anyone needing an intensive and practical look at all facets of industrial automation, instrumentation and process control.

The short courses that form part of EIT's professional development series are designed to provide students with critical knowledge and practical tools that can be immediately applied to the workplace. They are ideal to up-skill and/or cross-skill in a particular area or technology and are not accredited programs.

Students in EIT's School of Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Process Control study subjects which include: process control, instrumentation, control valves, process plant layout and piping design, tuning of process loops, SCADA, PLCs, advanced process control (APC), boiler control, hazardous areas, safety instrumentation (IEC 61511 and IEC 61508), HAZOPs, industrial data communications, networking, deviceNet and Fieldbus, industrial wireless, radio telemetry systems, shielding/EMC/EMI, and noise reduction. 


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II: Higher Education program


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