Certified PROFINET Engineer Course

An internationally accredited in-depth course covering PROFINET network design, commissioning, and live fault-finding.


PROFINET is an important new Industrial Ethernet technology from the PROFIBUS International organisation (PI). PROFINET has become the leading Industrial Ethernet Standard in the market with a wide range of solutions for factory automation, high-speed robotics and process control.

Who should attend this course?

PROFINET training for Vanderlande (London Heathrow Airport)

PROFINET training for Vanderlande (London Heathrow Airport)

Although the course only deals with PROFINET, it is also suitable for those working with other industrial Ethernet systems since much or the technology and many of the tools and techniques taught on this course are applicable to other technologies. People in the IT world often find themselves having to deal with PROFINET systems and this course is also suitable for those with an IT background.

Course outline

This course follows the internationally agreed PI learning outcomes and covers the design, installation commissioning, maintenance and health checking of PROFINET systems.

The course content includes:

  • Basics of Ethernet, IEEE802.3, the ISO/OSI model, TCP, UDP, IP, ARP, Ping, and the Ethernet frame.
  • Network Addressing: MAC Address, IP Address, Subnet Mask and subnetting.
  • Network Infrastructure – switches, hubs, routers, gateways and firewalls.
  • Switch features for industrial applications and PROFINET.
  • Monitoring Ethernet traffic with switch port mirroring or a network tap.
  • Network topologies and wireless.
  • Network diagnostics using SNMP, DCP, DHCP and LLDP. Tools for network management.
  • PROFINET installation, cables and connectors. Cable testing.
  • PROFINET IO: Device types, certification requirements, conformance classes.
  • Application Relations (AR’s) and Communication Relations (CR’s).
  • Device names and name setting.
  • Real Time (RT) communications, timing parameters and cycle times. Communication optimisation.
  • Isochronous Real Time (IRT) communications, IEEE 1588 V2, synchronisation, IRT communication classes, cycle time, jitter and frame scheduling/bandwidth optimisation.
  • Controller and device start-up sequence, fast start-up, troubleshooting.
  • Read and Write services, diagnostics and alarm handling.
  • Configuring a PROFINET system, GSDML files, use of PROFINET XML-Viewer.
  • Integration with fieldbus using a proxy.
  • Ethernet and PROFINET Frame analysis using Wireshark and other tools.
  • Additional features including redundancy, I&M functions etc.,

Practical content and equipment

Attendees work in pairs, each with their own rack of PROFINET IO devices, hand tools, cables and connectors, test tools and a with a modern laptop.

PROFINET training in Perth Western Australia

PROFINET training in Perth Western Australia

Practical work features the following hand-on exercises:

  • Making and testing cables.
  • Setting up a network and sub-network.
  • Switch configuration and setup.
  • PROFINET system configuration.
  • Ethernet and PROFINET frame analysis using Wireshark.
  • Handling errors and alarms.
  • Use of network management and diagnostic software.

Course assessments

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The course includes both a theory test and a practical test. The tests are quite rigorous but we will provide you with all the information and practice that you need to pass the examinations. Some people may unfortunately fail to achieve a pass grade. However, we will try to provide the opportunity to retake the failed tests free of charge at a later date.

Successful candidates can use the Certified PI logo on their web sites and business cards.

Comments from previous PROFINET course attendees

  • Well thought out and presented course.
  • Great course… Lots of information to take away.
  • Practical exercises backed up the theory to bring it home.
  • Very impressed on all aspects.

On-site delivery

The course can be cost effectively delivered on-site for between 6 and 12 people. We also offer regular open training in the UK at Endress+Hausers’ new training centre in Manchester (http://www.uk.endress.com/en/events/training) and in Australia & New Zealand via the PROFIBUS Association of Australia (http://www.profibusaustralia.com.au).

See downloads for printable course leaflet and PI Learning Outcomes document.