Advanced Certificate in Process Automation

An Intensive 5-Day Online Training Course

Advanced Certificate in Process Automation

Maximising Process Control for your Operation

Scheduled Dates

10 - 14 Jul 2023 Online $3,950
20 - 24 Nov 2023 Online $3,950
26 Feb - 01 Mar 2024 Online $3,950
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Why Choose this Training Course?

Why Choose this Online Training Course? 

Proper process control is vital to any industry.  If your control is not done optimally, not only may you affect the safety of your operation, but also your efficiency and profitability.  In this respect, very careful attention must be paid to the PID controller.  These devices are used to control a host of different applications, and their optimization cannot be emphasized, enough!  They are often incorporated into the Distributed Control System (DCS).

This PetroKnowledge online training course takes over, where basic instrumentation courses end off. It assumes that the delegates already understand measuring devices for level, temperature, pressure and flow, HMI basics, PLC basics, etc. It really focuses on process control in greater depth, which is pertinent to PID controllers, progressing from basics right up to advanced options. The training course is presented in a manner that is easy to understand, and then to apply.  It is vital that everyone, who is involved in PID controllers and loop tuning, are taught the fundamentals and techniques as thoroughly as possible.

This PetroKnowledge online training course will feature:

  • Process control
  • Terms and definitions that will be encountered
  • The PID controller
  • Various loop tuning methods
  • Advanced control, using PID controllers

What are the Goals?

What are the Goals? 

Delegates will understand all the technical terms associated with PID controllers as well as process control.  They will be taught to implement excellent loop tuning techniques and strategies and apply their knowledge in a useful and practical way.  Following this training course, delegates will be able to interact effectively, with plant management and other engineers, regarding all aspects pertinent to process control and advanced PID controller tuning.

By the end of this PetroKnowledge online training course, participants will be able to:

  • Decide on the best type of control to implement, using a PID controller
  • Understand all the terminology that may be encountered, using PID controllers
  • Implement various open-loop tuning strategies with a PID controller
  • Implement various closed-loop tuning strategies with a PID controller
  • Implement strategies, which include Cascade, Ratio, Gain Scheduling, etc., using PID controllers
  • Implement assorted model-based loop tuning solutions

Who is this Training Course for?

Who is this Online Training Course for?

The target audience will be anyone associated with PID controllers, process control and loop tuning.  Whether it be the person that actually does the tuning, the person that is intimately involved with process control and control strategy selection, the person doing controller installations, the person doing the optimization, etc.

There are a whole host of people who could benefit from this training course.  Suitable candidates would include, but not be limited to: 

  • Instrument Technicians
  • C&I Engineers
  • Process Control Engineers
  • Chemical Engineers
  • Engineers and professionals, from other fields, who have a vested interest in the processes being controlled

How will this Training Course be Presented?

How will this Online Training Course be Presented? 

This PetroKnowledge online training course will utilize a variety of proven online learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, retention of the information presented. The training course is conducted online via an Advanced Virtual Learning Platform in the comfort of your choice location.

Organisational Impact

The company can be assured of delegates that have an excellent knowledge base, and an ability to apply that knowledge. They will be able to:

  • Immediately grasp aspects, pertinent to normal and advanced PID controllers
  • Deal effectively with tuning issues
  • Make a positive contribution to process control, using PID controllers, in the workplace
  • Develop confidence in their own abilities to tune difficult processes, and
  • Be able to share PID controller knowledge with others, as required

Personal Impact

Participants will leave with a sense of empowerment. They will:

  • Enhance their knowledge of PID controllers
  • Improve their credibility
  • Speak with authority on PID controllers
  • Have faith in themselves and their abilities, and
  • Make a positive contribution to the workplace, using PID controllers

Daily Agenda

Day One:  Process Control, Terms & Definitions and Types of Control 

  • Process dynamics and assorted processes that can be encountered
  • Process stability
  • Process responses (including first, second and high order processes)
  • Terms and definitions, associated with process control (Gp, Td, Tc, PV Tracking, etc.)
  • The different types of control that may be implemented

Day Two:  The PID Controller, Default Settings & Control Strategies 

  • Proportional band percentage / Gain
  • Integral / Reset action
  • Derivative / Rate action
  • Default controller settings, for various processes
  • PID combinations that can be used, for various processes
  • Combined feedback and feed forward, integral windup, etc.

Day Three:  Open and Closed Loop Tuning, for the PID Controller 

  • Ziegler-Nichols open loop tuning method
  • Ziegler-Nichols closed loop tuning method
  • Tuning methods to satisfy overshoot constraints
  • Tuning rules and guidelines
  • Non-formalized (trial & error) open loop running methods
  • Non-formalized (trial & error) closed loop running methods

Day Four:  Advanced Control Strategies, Using a PID Controller 

  • Cascade loops, using PID controllers
  • Ratio control loops, using PID controllers
  • Gain scheduling, with a PID controller
  • Using a PID controller, to deal with long dead times
  • Self-tuning controllers
  • Understanding Real vs ideal, saturated vs non-saturated and controller equations

Day Five:  Model-based Control, for Applications where a PID Controller Would not be Suitable/Optimal 

  • Using a model-based system, to deal with dead time
  • Using a Smith predictor
  • Understanding Internal Model Control (IMC)
  • Dahlin’s controller
  • Understanding and implementing Model Predictive Control (MPC)



  • On successful completion of this online training course, a PetroKnowledge E-Certificate will be awarded to the delegates

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register for a training course?

  • To register online through our website, please click “Enroll Now” on the course page, complete and submit the form. A confirmation e-mail and instructions will be sent to the participant’s e-mail.
  • You may also get in touch with our Registration Team on
    +971 50 981 7386 | +971 2 557 7389 or send an email to

When and how do I arrange payments?

  • Payments can be made in USD or UAE local currency AED (Arab Emirates Dirhams) either by Bank Transfer or by Credit Card. Our Bank Account details will be provided on the invoice.
  • Course fees are payable upon booking unless a valid, authorized Purchase Order is provided and accepted.
  • Invoices will be sent via email/courier to the ID/name and address provided.
  • The course fee shall be settled prior to course start date. Corporate payments with existing payment policy shall be relayed to us in advance.

When should I expect to receive confirmation of registration?

Upon successful registration online, enrolment on the respective training course will be confirmed by Registration Team by e-mail along with the invoice and joining instruction.

Is there a discount for more than one registrant/course?

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