Professional Certificate of Competency in Practical Boiler Control and Instrumentation for Engineers and Technicians

Course at a Glance

Course Name - Professional Certificate of Competency in Practical Boiler Control and Instrumentation for Engineers and Technicians

Course Code - CBI

Qualification - Professional Development

Duration - 3 Months

CEU/CPD* - on enquiry

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

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EIT Professional Certificate of Competency in Practical Boiler Control and Instrumentation for Engineers and Technicians endorsed by the International Society of Automation (ISA)


  • Boiler safety control and start-up interlocks
  • Principal boiler control functions
  • Types of boilers in current use
  • Typical boiler control diagrams and their design intentions
  • Hazards associated with boiler systems
  • Principles of open and closed loop/feed forward
  • Setting up and tuning of boiler control loops
  • Safety concepts to identify principles and design
  • Impacts of level, quality and stability in boiler feed water control
  • Impact of pressure and temperature as a means of control
  • Furnace draft measurement and control with protection against implosions
  • Impact of stoichiometric burn ratio and lean air requirements
  • How to improve burner efficiency using control and analysers
  • Distinguish burner rod and ultra violet flame detection
  • Steam demand and firing rate control
  • Main steam and reheat steam temperature control are influenced
  • Flue gas analysis and fuel combustion trimming controls have on the system
  • Advanced control strategies for improved boiler plant efficiency
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This program introduces the basic practices of controls systems and safety controls for industrial steam generating boilers. It focuses on the control and safety requirements applicable to most types of flame heated boilers from small commercial gas-fired units to large industrial multi-fuel installations.

The program will examine how control and instrumentation is designed to manage the main variables such as drum water level, furnace draft, stoichiometric fuel combustion and air assist conditions. Burner management systems are introduced with their principal features including flame detection, purge, pilot and main burner safety systems during start up and running operations.

The essential safety requirements for boilers and burners are identified and the corresponding safety interlocks with respect to purge, fuel rich, double block and bleed are explained as practical solutions in accordance with the latest safety standards.


Course Outline

Objectives of boiler controls
Overview of boiler types

Boiler processes in block diagrams to show key inputs and output variables
Hazards of boiler operations
The main control functions in boilers and furnaces

Principles of sensors and transmitters with examples of boilers
Closed loop control principles including feedback, feedforward, ratio and limiting
Control system hardware and software tools

Safety instrumented controls and the impact of IEC 61511
Instrumentation diagrams and symbols per ISA and SAMA
Distributed control systems and the separation of safety systems

Performance requirements: level, quality, stability
Characteristic responses of drum level
Level control solutions, 1, 2 and 3 element types
Level measurement problems and practices
Drum level safety systems

Performance requirements; pressures and temperatures
Characteristic responses and means of control

Pressure measurement methods and the pressure profile
Temperature control and the impact of dew point
Protection against implosion

The combustion process and its requirements for efficiency and safety
Coal, oil and gas firing types
Stoichiometric air and excess air requirements

Fuel-air ratio control and its measurements
Firing rate controls and cross limiters for improving dynamic response
Methods for measurements of boiler efficiency using analysers
Application of optimising controllers

Safety and performance requirements of pulverisers, burners and igniters
Furnace safety standards and regulations
Flame monitors and flame failure detection
Start up protection and sequencing
Furnace supervisory controls and shutdown systems

Superheater and attemperator arrangements
Essential control requirements
De-superheater controls

Pressure and flow response characteristics
Single boiler load control
Multiple boiler installations and load sharing controls 



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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Fee Information

Course Fees

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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.

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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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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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