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A Guide to Understand Module Exemptions between GBC’s Technical Certificate programs

Tuesday 7 Apr 2015

Updated: Oct 8th 2015

Many people considering our online technical programs and even registered students often comment “there is content overlap between the programs ”.  This then prompts the question “do I need to take these overlapping modules “and then “how do the exemptions affect the total cost of the program?”
First let’s review the program modules to understand the overlap and exemptions. The charts below identify the common modules in blue.

Common Modules in Electronics and Electromechanical Certificate Technical Certificate Programs

Electronic (ET) Technician Certificate Electromechanical (EM) Technician Certificate
Module 1 - Introduction to Electronics Module 1 - Introduction to Electronics
Module 2 - Current, Voltage & Resistance Module 2 - Current, Voltage & Resistance
Module 3 - OHM'S Law, Power & Energy Module 3 - OHM'S Law, Power & Energy
Module 4 - Series Circuits Module 4 - Series Circuits
Module 5 - Parallel Circuits Module 5 - Parallel Circuits
Module 6 - Series Parallel Circuits Module 6  - Series Parallel Circuits
 Module 7 - DC Measuring Instruments  Module 7 - DC Measuring Instruments
Module 8 - Network Theorems Module 8 - Industrial Control Devices
Module 9 - Magnetism Module 9 - Magnetism
Module 10 - Magnetic Circuits Module 10 - DC Motor and Control Circuits
Module 11 -Alternating Voltage & Current Module 11 - Alternating Voltage & Current
Module 1 2- AC Measuring Instruments Module 1 2- AC Measuring Instruments
Module 13 - Capacitance and Capacitors Module 13 - Capacitance and Capacitors
Module 14 - Inductance and Inductors Module 14 - Inductance and Inductors
Module 15 - Transformers Module 15 - Transformers
Module 16 - Alternating Current Circuits Module 16 - AC Motor and Drives
Module 17 - Resonance Module 17 - Analog and Digital Transducers
Module 18 - Coupling and Filter Circuits Module 18 - Industrial Process Control
Module 19 - Semiconductor Fundamentals Module 19 - Semiconductor Fundamentals
Module 20 - Transistors and Thyristors Module 20 - Transistors and Thyristors
Module 21 - Amplifier Circuits Module 21 - Amplifier Circuits
Module 22 - Integrated Circuits Module 22 - Integrated Circuits
Module 23 - Digital Electronics Module 23 - Digital Electronics
Module 24-  Programmable Logic Controllers

Once a student completes the Electronics program they will be exempted from 18 modules of the Electromechanical program, leaving modules 8, 10,16,17,18 and 24 to complete to get the second Certificate. Of course the exemptions also apply if you start with the Electromechanical program first; you’ll need to complete modules 8, 10, 16, 17 and 18 to receive an Electronics Technician Certificate.

Our PLC programs share a common core of 7 modules and as a GBC PLC graduate we’ll give you credit for these modules in PLC Technician II program.

Common Modules in PLC & PLC Technical II Certificate Programs

PLC Technician Certificate PLC Technician II Certificate
Module 1 - Overview of PLCs Module 1 - Introduction to Advanced PLCs
Module 2 - Central Processing Unit Module 2 - PLC Processors
Module 3 - I/O System Module 3 - I/O System
Module 4 - Programming Terminals and Peripherals Module 4 - Programming Terminals and Peripherals
Module 5 - Installation and Maintenance of PLCs Module 5 - Installation and Maintenance of PLCs
Module 6 - Relay Logic  Module 6 - Tag-based PLCs
Module 7 - Ladder Logic  Module 7 - Ladder Logic Programming
Module 8 - Timers Module 8 - Timers
Module 9 - Counters Module 9 - Counters
Module 10 - MCR, JUMP, and FORCE Instructions Module 10 - Branch and Loop Control
Module 11 - Sequencers Module 11 - Sequencers
Module 12 - Data Transfer Module 12 - Data Handling
Module 13 - Math Functions Module 12 - Math Instruction
Module 14 - Process Control Module 14 - Process Control
Module 15 - Data Communications Module 15 - PLC Communications
Module 16 - Number Systems and Codes Module 16 - Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
Module 17 - Digital Logic Module 17 - SCADA Systems
Module 18 - RTUs & PACs
Module 18 - Advanced Programming Languages
Module 19 - Introduction to Automation
Module 19 - Robotics

Here’s a quick summary of the total number of module exemptions across all programs

Number of Module Exemptions between Programs

Program

ET

EM

RT

AT

PLC

PLC II

ET

x

18

none

1

none

none

EM

18

x

1

5

2

1

RT

none

1

x

5

2

1

AT

1

5

5

x

6

8

PLC

none

2

2

6

x

7

PLC II

none

1

1

8

7

x

Credit for common modules is automatically applied. So once you complete a program and register into another program, the exemptions are applied and reflected in the second programs cost.  To find out more details about program exemptions please give us a toll-free call at 1-888-553-5333 and speak to one of our Program Advisors.


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