Process Engineering for Control Practitioners Certificate Program (100% Online)


The Certificate in Process Engineering for Control Practitioners is a 100% online program. The course consists of three modules covering the different aspects of process engineering from a non-mathematical and practical point of view for Instrumentation & Control Practitioners. It includes the basic concepts, the engineering and the functioning of systems.

What you will learn

  • Process engineering concepts and calculations including: different material phases (solid, liquid and gas), fluid properties, physical operations vs. chemical processes, flow of fluid in pipes, incompressible vs. compressible flow, hydraulic calculations (pipe pressure drop calculations) for the purpose of control valve hydraulic calculations, relief valve hydraulic Calculations, etc.
  • Understanding process discipline deliverables including: BFD, PFD, P&ID, H&MB Table, process design criteria and process design basis, process description, process control narrative, and cause and effect table
  • Understanding different elements of P&ID’s including: pipes, valves, automatic valves (switching valves and control valves), containers (vessels and tanks), fluid movers (pumps, compressors, blowers, fans), heat exchangers, pressure relief devices, insulation and tracing, and also isolation methodologies for ease of maintenance
  • The decision on monitoring and/or control of process parameters in plants and developing the "I" Portion of P&IDs
  • Experienced-based and practical approach to the applications of different control architectures including: feedback/feedforward, cascade, ratio, selective, override, and split/parallel controls.
  • The goal and implementation of plant-wide control systems.
  • The control of most common elements including pipes and pipe arrangements, pumps/compressors, heat exchangers/furnaces, and vessel /tanks.
  • The requirements and legal aspects of Pressure Relief Devices (PRD) in the process plants.
  • The sizing methodology of Pressure Relief Valves (PRV) from process engineer’s and I&C practitioner’s viewpoint.
  • Practical material selection for sensors, control valves, and relief devices.

Who should attend

This course is intended for those who want to learn not only about the basics of Process Engineering but also more advanced concepts in a condensed time frame and from a practical point of view and/or for I&C practitioners who simply want to communicate technically with Process Engineering personnel. The program is designed to provide attendees with sufficient knowledge to implement I&C technology correctly. It is applicable to technical and supervisory personnel. It is presumed that participants come from a setting where they can apply the knowledge received.

Course content

This online course has three modules:

Save $290! Register and Pay $3295 for the entire certificate in advance. Please contact Chris Abraham at 902-494-8042 or 1-800-565-8867 for more information.

Note: It is highly recommended that participants attend Modules I, II and III in their sequential order. We are unable to accommodate requests for advanced standing. Participants must complete all 3 modules including all quizzes and exams in order to be awarded a Certificate in Process Engineering for Control Practitioners. In special circumstances a participant may complete a certificate module outside the regular program schedule on a self-study basis. Application for self-study must be sent in writing to the Program Director.

Certificate requirements

The certificate is awarded after the completion of the three modules, including all quizzes and final exams. This represents approximately 150 hours of training which includes online sessions, home study, assignments and exam preparation. The participants must attain a minimum of 65 percent for each module and an aggregate average of at least 75 percent in the program.

Required textbook

The text book is in the form of online notes and is available for downloading for the course participants.


Moe Toghraei, MSc., PEng., has more than 25 years’ experience in chemical engineering and more than 10 years’ as trainer. He worked in process engineering roles up to lead positions (leading up to 15 process engineers), technical support and consultant. He has trained more than 500 professionals from more than 25 companies in different technical subjects. He also developed some courses for colleges. He is expert in converting complicated concepts to simple components and using daily life analogies for teaching engineering topics.

Moe has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (1990) and MSc in Environmental Engineering (1998). He is also a Licensed Professional Engineer.

Over the last five years Moe has published the following:

  • Process Lead Responsibilities in Design Projects, Chemical Engineering, August 2012
  • Designing Chemical-Injection Systems, Chemical Engineering, November 2012
  • Overflow systems are the last line of defense, Hydrocarbon Processing, May 2013
  • Getting the Most Out of Data Sheets, Chemical Engineering, July 2013
  • Calculation in Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, December 2013
  • Wide Design Margins Do not Improve Engineering, Hydrocarbon Processing, January 2014
  • Principles of P&ID Development, Chemical Engineering, April 2014
  • Plot Plan Design: Process Requirements,” Chemical Engineering, January 2015
  • Improving the Operability of Process Plants, Chemical Engineering, September 2015