Certified PROFIBUS DP/PA Network Engineering and Installer course (5 days)

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Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to PROFIBUS
  • Overview of PROFIBUS Components
    • Basic definitions
    • Different physical layers
  • PROFIBUS Design
    • Basics of DP/PA design
    • Lab: Design lab
  • PROFIBUS Advanced design
    • What else to consider
    • Proxy, gateways, and repeaters
    • Lab: Design exercise
  • Installation best practice
    • How to approach the installation
    • Grounding and wiring
    • Installation best practice
    • Lab: Wiring
  • Setting up a PROFIBUS Master
    • Setting up master
    • Difference between masters
    • Lab: setting up a master
  • Setting up a PA device
    • Profile standard
    • Overview of configuration software
    • Lab: setting up an instrument
  • PROFIBUS Theory
    • OSI 7-layer model
    • Startup cycle
    • Command structure
    • Bus parameters
  • Applying the theory
    • How to use the theory
  • PROFIBUS Device Diagnostics
    • Diagnostics via cyclic/acyclic
    • Recommended procedures
    • Lab: Device diagnostics
  • Troubleshooting common problems
    • Common problems
    • Lab: Using a bus monitor
    • Lab: Using permanent monitoring
    • Lab: Troubleshooting


There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is highly recommended that the student has been introduced to PROFIBUS before.

Class Day Information:

  • Attendees will receive:  course notes, writing materials.
  • PROFIBUS Certification upon sucessfull completion of the examination.
  • Attendees will also receive a copy of ‘Catching the process fieldbus – An introduction to PROFIBUS and PROFINET’ co-written by the instructor James Powell
  • Class size is limited to a maximum of 8 people  (2 students per training rack).

Cost and Registration:

$4,042 per person. This course can be done in person, onsite, or online.

June 19-23, 2023 – Peterborough, Ontario

September 18-22, 2023 – Instructor-led Online

On-demand online or in-person

To register, please email us at:  jamesp@jcomautomation.ca

James Powell, P.Eng.


James Powell, P.Eng., is the principal engineer and owner of JCOM Automation Inc. He has written many articles and two books: HART Communication Protocol – a practical guide, and Catching the process fieldbus – An introduction to PROFIBUS and PROFINET. James is a certified PROFIBUS DP, PA, and PROFINET network engineer, PROFIBUS System Design Engineer and has over 20 years of experience with PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus, and HART installations.

How do I design a PROFIBUS network? How do I install it? How do I configure it? How would I troubleshoot it? If you are asking yourself these questions, then this course is for you!

This is an intense and detailed course on how to design, install, commission, and troubleshoot both a PROFIBUS DP and a PROFIBUS PA network. Besides discussing installation issues, it also gets right down to the protocol/packet level and includes detail information on the bus parameters.

Both the course and the instructor have been certified by PROFIBUS PROFINET International which guarantees a high quality of training. The course ends with both a written and practical test. Successful students will have their names listed on the PROFIBUS website as both a certified PROFIBUS DP and PROFIBUS PA network engineer and also as a PROFIBUS Installer.

Upon completion of this course, the student shall be able to:

  • Know how to design a PROFIBUS network
  • Know how to install and setup a PROFIBUS network
  • How to decode a PROFIBUS packet and understand how the protocol works
  • Understand the basic bus parameters
  • Know how to troubleshoot common and un-common problems.
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