Training course: IEC 60870-5

This training course provides you up-to-date information on the IEC 60870-5 companion standards series 101, 103 and 104.

Course description

This two-day course has been developed to offer telecommunications professionals the knowledge they need regarding the capabilities and benefits of IEC 60870-5 communication, and regarding recent developments in this field. The course focuses on the functionality and features of the IEC 60870-5 series communication protocols. Participants will acquire detailed knowledge of the IEC-60870-5 companion standard series (101, 103 and 104) and the relationship to the IEC 60870-5 protocol series (parts 1-5). New developments, practical experiences from IEC 60870-5 implementations, installations, pitfalls and guidelines for implementing and using IEC 60870-5 are also discussed. We will set up 101, 103 and 104 links and introduce participants to a protocol analyzer, providing hands-on experience. Exercises will enable you to immediately put what you have learned into practice. Participants will look at the message flow on a link and will learn how to detect and solve communication problems.

For whom?

This course is meant for developers, consultants and telecom engineers at manufacturing companies and end-user utilities, who need up-to-date knowledge of the IEC 60870-5 companion standards.

Course topics

The following topics will be addressed:

Day 1 overview

  • Introduction
  • IEC 870-5 protocol series
  • IEC 870-5 companion standard series
  • IEC 870-5-101 details
  • IEC 870-5-104 details
  • Demonstration
  • Hands-on: view log files with exercises

Day 2 details

  • Hands-on: setting up link with exercises
  • IEC 870-5-103 details
  • Security
  • Common problems
  • Conformance testing
  • Evaluation and comparison with other protocols
  • Discussion

Practical information

For the following items, please refer to the registration form:

  • Course dates
  • Venue details
  • Registration fee
  • Payment and cancellation conditions

The training course can be given in English or Dutch (depending on the group composition),  all course materials will be in English. Click here for more information and to register for the upcoming course.

In-company and customized training courses

On request, DNV can also develop customized and in-company training courses in English or Dutch. Content, location and duration of the course can be adapted to your specific needs.

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A few responses from previous participants

‘‘A fast-paced, comprehensive and very detailed training, covering the whole spectrum of history, design, application, specification and troubleshooting of IEC60870-5-101 and -104 in your daily work.’’  - André IJdo, RWE GCN

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