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Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA) for Advanced Manufacturing


Course Type:Short & Modular Courses

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  • Course Date:

  • Registration Period:

  • Time:

    16 hours
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (F2F)
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

*Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed.
You may register your interest, and would be notified if there is new run.

Course Objective

OPC Unified Architecture is a machine-to-machine (M2M) protocol for industrial automation developed by OPC Foundation and it has become the interoperability standard for industrial automation. The course aims to introduce trends in industrial communication M2M, OPC UA standard and its specifications and security model as well as integration techniques on how industry host controllers can integrate into information systems such as cloud or web-based Human Machine Interface (HMI) and Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system using OPC UA protocol.

The objective of this course is to introduce participants on communication trends in industrial automation, basic networking concepts, M2M architecture and protocols, OPC UA communication standards, security and information models, data and historical access and its impact in automation systems. Participants will learn how to securely integrate control devices on a computer network to extend controllability via OPC UA enabled WebAccess SCADA system and accessibility over Local Area Network as well as Wide Area Network.

Course Outline

By the end of the course, participants will be able to: 

- Recognise the trends in industrial automation
- Define the basic functions of networking devices, network addressing and subnetting of network addresses
- Acquire the concepts of LAN, WAN and Internetworking
- Explain how the M2M architecture and its communication protocols are used in advanced manufacturing  
- Interpret the OPC, OPC UA and its specifications 
- Describe OPC UA security models
- Implement a designed industry application as a proof of concept by using industrial controllers, OPC UA and WebAccess SCADA.

Topics to be covered




Trends in industrial automation, challenges and enablers


- Basic functions of networking devices, network addressing and subnetting of network addresses

- LAN, WAN and Internetworking (Hands-on with Cisco Packet Tracer)

- Quiz 1


- M2M architecture and communication protocols

- Introduction to OPC Foundation and OPC UA


OPC UA security models with Hands-on


Implement a designed industry application (POC) using industry controller, OPC UA and WebAccess SCADA

- Quiz 2


SIMTech Model Factory Visit

Minimum Requirements

Basic computer literacy. Basic knowledge and practical experience in control, automation and plant floor Operation

Certification / Accreditation

• Certificate of Attendance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who meet at least 75% attendance rate

• Certificate of Performance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who pass the assessment and meet at least 75% attendance rate

Suitable for

Assistant or Associate Engineer/Technician/System Integrators/Plant and Operation Managers

Course Fees

Full Fees (before GST): $750.00

Applicants/Eligibility SkillsFuture Funding GST* Subsidised Fee (after GST)
Singapore Citizens aged 40 and above¹ $675.00 $18.00 $93.00
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 $525.00 $18.00 $243.00
Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders $525.00 $18.00 $243.00
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders² $675.00 $18.00 $93.00
Others (Full fees payable) $0.00 $60.00 $810.00

*As announced at Budget 2022, there will be no increase in government fees and charges for Singaporeans from 1 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023. Also, as per SSG’s policy, the GST payable for all funding-eligible applicants is calculated based on prevailing GST rate after baseline funding subsidy of 70%

Singaporeans aged 25 years and above may use **SkillsFuture Credit balance to offset respective course fees.

¹ Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here
² Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Scheme. For more information of the scheme, click here. To view SP’s list of similar funded courses, click here. Please submit the attached “Declaration Form for Enhanced Training Support Scheme for SME” together with your online application.

Funding Incentives

Please click here for more information on funding incentives.

Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at www.pace.sp.edu.sg
Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

a) Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
For e-payment using Visa/Master cards and Internet Banking, please click on the ‘Make e-Payment’ button on the acknowledgement page to proceed.

b) For NETS payment, you can pay at:
Singapore Polytechnic
One-Stop Service Centre

c) For payment via PayNow, please enter the UEN No. T08GB0056ACET and indicate the invoice/registration number. 

*With effect from 1 August 2021, cheque payment will not be available.

2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.

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