Compact Basics Level 1 & 2 PLUS USB Copy


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Learn to setup, use, and program the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix Small Programmable Automation Controller

What you’ll learn:

✓ CompactLogix hardware overview ✓ System sizing & component selection
✓ Controller architecture and OS ✓ Comm hardware and RSLinx Driver setup
✓ Version differences, Flashing Firmware ✓ Add and test Local and Ethernet I/O
✓ Create and edit Tasks and Programs ✓ Create and test Ladder Routines
✓ Create and test Function Block Routines ✓ Create and use User Defined Data Types
✓ Create and test Structured Text Routines ✓ Create and test Sequential Function Charts
✓ New lessons on advanced topics ✓ All future Level 1 & 2 updates included

And much, much more! (click here for details)

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What You'll Learn and Receive

What You'll Receive With Your Purchase


Learn to confidently setup, program, and troubleshoot CompactLogix PACs with Compact Basics Extended Edition

You don't need to spend thousands of dollars and several days in a classroom to learn how to use, program, and troubleshoot Allen-Bradley's CompactLogix Programmable Controllers. All you need is some basic PLC knowledge, a Windows PC, and our affordable Compact Basics Online Course.

Compact Basics is the perfect online course for electricians, technicians, and engineers who understand the difference between a bit, byte and word, and can read basic ladder logic, and now want to learn to setup, program, and troubleshoot Allen-Bradley's line of CompactLogix programmable controllers.

Taught by a factory certified PLC specialist with over thirty years of experience, and has used every CompactLogix model released, this course you will learn everything you need to know to get started using Rockwell's CompactLogix Programmable Automation Controllers with confidence.

Unlike other vendor's courses that only become available after you purchase their expensive hardware or trainers, our Compact Basic courses doesn't require you to purchase any additional parts as we show you how to get a thirty day trail copy of Allen-Bradley's PAC Programming and Emulation software, Studio 5000 and Emulate 5000, to use with this course.

And for those who'd prefer to learn with a physical CompactLogix, we also cover which Controllers and Cables work best and why, as well as how to set them up and program them. We even provide you with an overview of every CompactLogix controller, detailed step by step instructions on how to connect to each, and a list of components and devices used to build the affordable, homemade PLC trainer we use in this course.

Unlike other companies whose job is done once the sale is complete, we're committed to your success and actively encourage students to post questions in the lesson discussion area. Our expert instructors visit The Automation School each weekday to support and answer student questions.

We also invite you to come back and retake any lesson as the need arises, which is made possible by the fact that none of our course come with an expiration date.

And when you finish your course and pass all the quizzes, you'll also be rewarded with an official Completion Certificate from from The Automation School that lists the Professional Development Hours you've earned by completing all of the course content.

Standard Edition Topics:

Below is a summary of the topics covered, and a complete lesson listing is also available in a following section:

  • Understanding the design and different models of CompactLogix
  • The difference between RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000
  • How to size a system and choose components
  • How to configure Controllers, I/O, and Communications
  • How to setup Ethernet, Serial DF1, and USB drivers in RSLinx Classic
  • How to setup, configure, and edit RSLogix/Studio 5000 projects
  • How to add, edit, and test Local I/O, and Distributed Ethernet I/O
  • Understanding Controller and Program tags
  • How to create and edit Tags and Aliases
  • How to setup, configure and edit Tasks, Programs, and Routines
  • Understanding how Ladder Logic differs in CompactLogix when compared with other A-B PLCs
  • How to create, test, run, and troubleshoot Ladder Diagram Routines.

Extended Edition Topics:

  • Understanding Function Block Diagrams (FBD,) and how they Execute
  • How to create, test, run, and troubleshoot Function Block Diagrams
  • How to create a FBD Material Sensing Routine
  • How to create a FBD Maintenance Routine
  • How to create FBD Alarm Routines
  • How to use Trends to monitor process variables
  • Understanding Structured Text Routines and how they Execute
  • Future – How to create, test, run, and troubleshoot Structured Text Routines
  • Future – How to create, test, and run Sequential Function Chart Routines
  • Future – Duplicate & Re-use Code
  • Future – Add-on Instructions (AOI), Download, Create, User
  • Future – Produced & Consumed Tags, Message PLCs
  • Future – VFD Integration, Using FBD for VFD Control
  • Future – HMI Integration

Who should take this course:

Anyone who has some PLC experience and would like to learn how to setup, program, and troubleshoot the Allen-Bradley CompactLogix line of Programmable Automation Controllers.

Instructor Bio:

Shortly after earning a degree in Electronics, Shawn Tierney spent twenty five years working in the field as a Rockwell Automation authorized distributor specialist helping countless Engineers and Electricians learn how to select, setup, program, and troubleshoot Allen-Bradley industrial automation controls.

During his time as a specialist, Shawn attended over fifty weeks of Rockwell training and gained his certification as a Rockwell Automation Specialist and Information Software Specialist, and graduated from Rockwell's STPA Certification program with the highest recorded score.

During that time Shawn also earned his Microsoft Certifications in Server and Desktop Operating Systems, becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Shawn left his job as an Automation Specialist in 2015 to focus on sharing everyting he's learned in affordable, self-paced courses at

Student review: “Excellent varied content, Shawn delivers the content very well indeed! looking forward to purchasing additional courses off the back of this one. Thanks Shawn!” – Bri

Student review: “Awesome Course! Shawn covers everything you need to know about CompactLogix in the course…excellent job on coverage of Hardware!” – DW


Optional USB Bundle Details: Lesson Videos Available Offline via Secure USB 3.0 Drive

Take your course lesson videos on the go with you by bundling in a Personalize, Secure USB from The Automation School.

Our high-speed secure USB Flash Drives include the following features:

  • Includes all course lesson videos available as of Summer, 2022
  • Note: Watching USB lessons does not progress student through online course***
  • Works with Windows and MAC computers with a USB port
  • Supports High Speed USB 3.0 interface to enhance lesson playback
  • No third party application required, no software to install
  • Windows and MAC Video player embedded on drive
  • Cannot be written to, copied, or erased by accident
  • Tailored and licensed to a single individual, including custom password*
  • Free annual updates when available.**

* Our courses are licensed for individual use, and are not authorized to be used by more than one person. This means our online, disc, and USB course materials are licensed to a single individual, and may not be shared with non-licensed persons, or played for groups or classrooms without our express written consent

** Students who wish to have new or updated lessons added to their flash drive can send it in once per year to be updated at no charge, however students are required to include a self-addressed stamped return envelope.

*** Students who watch lessons on the Secure USB Flash Drive are not progressed through the associated online course, and will not unlock the completion certificate without completing the course online. Also note that all questions, quizzes, and completion certificates are only available online.

**** USB Course Flash Drives may not be purchased separately from our online courses. Existing students who'd like to obtain USB Drives for online courses thet are already enrolled in are encouraged to contact us directly about upgrading.

***** We can only provide one flash drive per enrollee, per course. We also cannot replace lost flash drives.