Professional Certificate of Competency in Instrumentation, Automation and Process Control

Course at a Glance

Course Name - Professional Certificate of Competency in Instrumentation, Automation and Process Control

Course Code - CIP

Qualification - Professional Development

Duration - 3 Months

CEU/CPD* - on enquiry

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

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  • Instrumentation terms, concepts, diagrams and symbols
  • How to implement an instrument and wiring number system
  • An overview of the use of PLCs in industrial applications
  • Pressure sources and the basic terms of pressure measurement
  • Level measurement and the basics associated with it
  • Temperature measurement and the various associated transducers
  • Flow measurement techniques
  • Control valve principles and common valve types
  • New technologies such as smart instrumentation and fieldbus
  • How to integrate a complete system (considering instrumentation and total errors) as well as selection criteria, commissioning and testing
  • An overview of HMI, SCADA and DCS systems
  • Different tuning rules
  • Latest ISO requirements for a company
  • HAZOP studies
  • About reliability centred maintenance and spare parts analysis
  • To appreciate factory and site acceptance testing
  • Considerations for building in-house panels and installations

The next intake starts on the week of March 19, 2018.

Contact us now to find out more and secure your place!


Registrations closing March 12, 2018.

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This course is for engineers and technicians who need to have a practical knowledge of selection, installation and commissioning of industrial instrumentation and control valves. In many respects a clear understanding and application of these principles is the most important factor in an efficient process control system.
This course is for those individuals primarily involved in achieving effective results for the industrial processes they are responsible for. This would involve the design, specification and implementation of control and measurement equipment. The course focuses on real applications, with attention to special installation considerations and application limitations when selecting or installing different measurement or control equipment.

Course Outline

MODULE 1: Introduction, Basic Terms and Definitions

Basis measurement and control concepts
Basic performance terms and conditions
Advanced performance terms and conditions

MODULE 2: Diagrams and Numbering

P & ID symbols
Selection criteria
Typical applications

MODULE 3: Pressure Measurement

Principles of pressure measurement
Pressure sources
Mechanical transducers and elements
Electrical transducers and elements
Installation considerations
Impact on the overall control loop
Selection tables
Future pressure technologies

MODULE 4: Level Measurement

Principles of level measurement
Simple sight glasses and gauging rods
Buoyancy tape systems
Hydrostatic pressure
Ultrasonic measurement
Radar measurement
Vibration switches
Radiation measurement
Electrical measurement
Density measurement
Future level technologies

MODULE 5: Temperature Measurement

Principles of temperature measurement
Resistance temperature detectors (RTDs)
Liquid-in-glass, filled and bimetallic
Non-contact pyrometers
Installation considerations
Impact on the overall control loop
Selection tables
Future temperature technologies

MODULE 6: Flow and Mass Measurement

Principle of flow measurement
Differential pressure flowmeters
Open channel flow measurement
Variable area flowmeters
Oscillatory flow measurement
Magnetic flow meters
Positive displacement
Ultrasonic flow measurement
Mass flow meters
Installation considerations
Impact on overall control loop
Selection tables

MODULE 7: Control Valves

Principles of control valves
Sliding stem valves
Rotary valves
Control valve selection and sizing
Control valve characteristics / trim
Control valve noise and cavitation
Actuators and positioners
Valve benchset and stroking
Impact on overall control loop
Selection tables
Future technologies

MODULE 8: Basic Control Philosophies

Open loops
Closed loops
Feed forward and ration control
Feedback control
Overview of different tuning rules available
Cascade control
Good practice in troubleshooting
Adaptive and self tuning controllers

MODULE 9: Integration of the System, Modern Trends and Other Process Considerations

Calculation of individual instruments and total error for the system
Selection considerations
Testing and commissioning of subsystems
RS 232, RS 422, RS 423, RS 485, etc.
Fiber optic cables
New smart instruments and fieldbus
Noise and earthing considerations
Materials of construction

MODULE 10: Programmable Logic Controllers Introduction to the PLC

Digital Input / Output Systems
Analog Input / Output Systems
Fundamentals of PLC Programming

MODULE 11: ISO, HAZOPS, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Spare Parts Analysis, Testing and Panel Design

ISO 9001:2000 in depth
HAZOP analysis
Reliability centered maintenance and spare parts analysis
Acceptance Testing (FAT and SAT)
Electrical design of assorted panels


System Hardware & Software
Design & layout
Alarms & Reporting

NB: The course description of all EIT "Certificate" courses has been changed to "Professional Certificate of Competency". Some course brochures are not yet updated. The actual certificate received by successful students will include the new title.

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.



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EIT Professional Certificate of Competency in Instrumentation, Automation and Process Control

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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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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Related Courses

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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. 


I: Vocational Education & Training (VET) program

II: Higher Education program


Frequently Asked Questions

Here is what some of our past students have said they liked most about this course:

"I really enjoyed the content taught and easy way it was made to learn!" L. Crombie (Australia)

"The examples and demonstrations given by the instructor who seemed to have a lot of industry experience. He also has the capacity to explain complex theoretical concepts in plain English for everybody to understand." A. Brustur (Australia)

"The instructor's knowledge, which gave you great confidence along with his feedback." G. Thompson (United Kingdom)

"The instructor is a very knowledgable individual and was more than accommodating, thank you. You gave me every oppurtunity to ask questions and interact with the instructor." C. Kaye (USA)

"I wish to thank the course co-ordinators, they were wonderful." B. Egburedi (Nigeria)

"Excellent material." J. Thackthay (USA)

"I enjoyed this a lot and learnt a lot more than I was expecting. It encouraged me to work harder in the assignments and enjoy the course. This is my first webinar based course and was a lot better than I had been expecting so it will not be my last. The instructor was brilliant. Made the course." K. Dolan (New Zealand) 

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