Abstract The traditional approach to process control education of process systems engineers has been to employ the classical methods of process control that were originally developed as a substitute for the real time simulation of process systems. It is our contention that with the avialability of fast and easy-to-use simulation software, classical methods have limited relevance for the process control education of practicing process systems engineers. In this paper, we will outline our real time approach to process control instruction. The methodology is, then, illustrated by application to the feedback control of liquid level in a separator. Finally, the results of student subject evaluations from implementation in both the senior undergraduate process control course at the University of Calgary and in the AEA Technology Engineering Software process control training course are presented.