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Certified PROFINET Engineer

Learn how to install, maintain and troubleshoot PROFINET Networks by gaining a solid foundation in PROFINET International’s installation standards and guidelines.

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About the Course

The Certified PROFINET Engineer course includes both a practical and a theoretical exam. Delegates will learn about the hardware and software involved in setting up and maintaining a PROFINET network thus preparing them for real-life commissioning and maintenance of PROFINET networks.

Course Duration

This course is completed in 3 days. It includes a theoretical and practical aspect. You will receive a certificate upon successful completion.


Class Numbers

Due to the technical nature of this course and our desire to see a maximum pass rate, we limit groups to a maximum of 8 people.

CPD Points

You will earn 3 CPD points upon successful completion of this course.


This course takes place from our offices in Fourways, Johannesburg. Please contact us if you would like to arrange onsite training.

Course Outline and Certification

The course is made up of a theoretical and practical component and the course outline is as follows:

Theory Component:
PROFINET Installation, Introduction to the PROFINET protocol, Ethernet basics, PROFINET infrastructure, The TCP/IP Suite, Switches IWLAN (IEE 802.11), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), The PROFINET protocol in detail, PROFINET Isochronous Real-Time (IRT), GSD Files

Practical Component:
Setting up a network, Start-up and watchdog time, Changing names and IP addresses, Creating a simple PLC program, Message recording, Message decoding, Cycle time, Device start-up, Port mirroring, Diagnostics, GSDML and module configuration, LLDP, GSDML viewer, Interfacing between PROFIBUS and PROFINET


It is most beneficial if the attendee has a technical qualification or good experience with or understanding of digital communications systems.

Occasional exposure to cabling PROFINET networks has been found to be insufficient in preparing potential candidates.

Therefore, as a guideline, potential candidates must:

Have a good command of the English language

Be able to understand and interpret technical ideas and systems

Understand the basics of communications and what it entails

While the IDX Academy makes every effort to assist attendees in understanding the subject matter and associated concepts, the course time is limited and therefore the IDX Academy cannot be held responsible for attendees that fail to cope with the material covered.

World-class Training Experience

We train the best to build the best. For over two decades, we have been delivering quality training, qualifying hundreds of skilled technicians and engineers all around Africa. Contact us for more information

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