Certified PROFIBUS PA Engineers Course

PA is an addition to the PROFIBUS standards family that is specifically geared for use in the Process industry. PA, however, can be much more physically complex to implement than DP and has many unique design and implementation considerations.

The PROFIBUS Certified PA Engineers Course is a 3 day, hands-on, practical training course aimed at producing fully competent PA engineering personnel, with an in-depth understanding of the technology, and what is required for designing, implementing and maintaining a well structured and reliable PROFIBUS PA network.

The PROFIBUS Certified PA Engineers Course uses international training material to provide an internationally recognized certification. The course provides an in-depth view of PROFIBUS PA fundamentals and characteristic, with special focus on PA network design details.

Using the demonstration boards developed by the Competence Centre, which integrate a range of standard PA devices, the student is taken through the basics of wiring an active network, analysis of the protocol changes for PA, PA network design and device selection, the application of EDD/FDT technologies, and PA application in hazardous environments.

Attendees must be certified PROFIBUS Engineers, meaning they must have attended and passed the Certified Engineer’s course.


On the third day of the course students are required to demonstrate their level of competence by writing an open-book, multiple-choice theory test. All who pass the test are then registered with PROFIBUS International as Certified PROFIBUS PA Engineers. Attendees that do not pass the examination may undertake a single second attempt on a date organized with the PCC.


Our Johannesburg based courses will be run from the IDX offices in Fourways. Onsite training is also available on request.


Due to the technical nature of the course and our desire to see a maximum pass rate, training groups may not be greater than 6 people.