ISA Certification
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ISA certification provides an objective, third-party assessment and confirmation of a person’s skills, and gives them the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and be recognized. ISA currently offers two certification programs: Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) and Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®).

ISA also provides three certificate programs related to the ANSI/ISA84 Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) standard and five ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Certificates.


ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) Program

Working in process automation and manufacturing automation industries around the globe, CAPs are responsible for the direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information systems, systems integration, and operational consulting. CAPs are an elite group of automation professionals that have proven they possess an extensive knowledge of automation and controls. CAPs have documented evidence that they possess the expertise and qualifications to excel in their fields.

The CAP® exam covers the following technical areas:

  • Basic Continuous Control
  • Basic Discrete, Sequencing, and Manufacturing Control
  • Advanced Control
  • Reliability, Safety and Electrical
  • Integration and Software
  • Deployment and Maintenance
  • Work Structure
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ISA Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) Program

Working in process automation and manufacturing automation industries around the globe, CCSTs are an elite group of automation and control technicians that have proven they possess an extensive knowledge of automation and control systems. CCSTs calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Many companies prefer candidates with a CCST certification because they can trust their documented knowledge of automation and control systems. ISA offers three levels of CCST certification, requiring differing degrees of technical experience, education, and training.

The CCST® exam covers the following technical areas:

  • Calibration, Maintenance, Repair, Troubleshooting
  • Project Start-up, Commissioning, Loop-check, Project Organization, Planning
  • Documentation
  • Administration, Supervision, Management
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ISA84 Safety Instrumented Systems Certificate Programs

In the late 1980s, the International Society of Automation (ISA) recognized the need for an improved approach in handling process sector functional safety issues and established the ISA84 standards committee. ISA84 brought process safety experts together to develop industry standards and best practices, including the first edition of ISA84, released in 1996, entitled Application of Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industries. Later, the committee released ANSI/ISA-84.00.01- 2004 Parts 1-3 (IEC 61511 Mod), Functional Safety: Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector. This three-part series of consensus-developed standards gives requirements for the specification, design, installation, operation, and maintenance of a safety instrumented system, so that it can be confidently entrusted to place and/or maintain a process in a safe state. Through its working groups, ISA84 has also developed several key technical reports to provide guidance on the implementation and use of the three-part series of standards.

ISA offers several safety certificates, each including specialized training on ISA84 and an exam. Those who register for the training course and the certificate program and pass the exam will be issued an ISA certificate specifying that they have successfully completed that certificate program. The certificate programs include:

  • Certificate 1: ISA84 SIS Fundamentals Specialist
  • Certificate 2: ISA84 SIL Selection Specialist
  • Certificate 3: ISA84 SIL Verification Specialist
  • Earn all three certificates and become an ISA84 SIS Expert
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ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Certificate Programs

ISA is the developer and applications-focused thought leader behind the world’s only consensus-based industrial cybersecurity standard, ISA/IEC 62443. The ISA/IEC 62443 standards define requirements and procedures for implementing electronically secure automation and control systems and security practices, and assessing electronic security performance. The cybersecurity standards, and the resulting training, certification, and certificate programs, cover the complete lifecycle of cybersecurity protection. Developed by a cross-section of international cybersecurity subject-matter experts from industry, government, and academia, the evolving standards represent a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity, bridging the gap between operations technology and information technology.

The ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Certificate Programs validate understanding of industrial control system cybersecurity standards, which give requirements for security assessment, design, implementation, operations, and management of devices and processes.

ISA offers five ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Certificate Programs:

  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Design Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Maintenance Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Expert
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ISA certification and certificate programs provide objective, third-party assessments of skills and abilities