Course Description

This course is 42 learning hours. It is recommended that students spend an average of 7 hours per week on this course.

The second course in the Certificate in Advanced Process Control is designed to provide attendees with sufficient knowledge to determine if control loops are performing properly and troubleshoot those which are not. The course covers techniques for assessing the performance of control loops and troubleshooting the root cause of poor performance. It also covers performance problems frequently experienced with industrial final control elements.

Course Outline

Each week has a one-hour pre-recorded session with the instructor. There is a total of four hours of pre-recorded sessions in this course.

  • Week 1: Assessing Control Loop Performance
  • Week 2: Control Valve and Instrumentation Problems
  • Week 3: Process Nonlinearity
  • Week 4: Diagnosing Performance Issues

What You Will Learn

  • Techniques for quickly assessing the performance of control loops
  • How to establish if tuning is the real/only problem affecting a particular control loop
  • How to test the performance of final control elements, such as control valves and dampers


By enrolling in this course, you will be automatically enrolled in the Certificate in Advanced Process Control.

Recommended For

  • Process control engineers
  • Instrumentation and control technicians
  • Technical personnel who design, optimize, and troubleshoot control loops

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Loop Performance Assessment and Troubleshooting
Online - Asynchronous
Apr 01, 2021 to Mar 31, 2022
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,195.00
Reading List / Textbook
Process Control for Practitioners
Author: Jacques F. Smuts
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: OptiControls Inc.
ISBN: 9780983843818
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