CST in Training Frequently Asked Questions
What is the application fee?
The application fee is $85 for ISA Members and $95 for non-members.
What forms of payment does ISA accept for the application fee and/or private testing fees?
ISA will accept a check, certified check, money order, or credit card. Make checks payable to ISA. Purchase orders are not accepted. Payment must be received with the application before it will be processed.
Is the application fee refundable?
CST in Training fees are NOT refundable. It is the responsibility of the applicant to thoroughly review the requirements for an examination and apply for the examination at the level at which he/she is qualified. No refunds will be made for applicants who do not show up for testing on the appropriate test date.
Does the application have to be typed?
The application may be typed or handwritten legibly.
What documentation is necessary to meet the testing requirements?
As an applicant, you must provide signed documentation that verifies all work experience and official transcripts that document your educational experience.
What will I receive after I submit my CST in Training application?
Once your application is processed, you will receive a Confirmation Letter with the date, time, and site address of your exam. A checklist is provided to indicate what documentation, if any, is still needed to meet the requirement for the level applied. A map to the test site will be enclosed with an information sheet regarding testing procedures.
Once I take the examination, how long will it be before I am notified of my status?
You should receive notification of your status within thirty (30) days of your test date.
What is the passing score for the CST in Training exams?
The passing score is not released.
When do I need to arrive at the test site?
You should arrive 30 minutes before the exam start time indicated on your confirmation letter as determined by the site contact. All examinations are given in a two hour period.
What should I bring with me to the exam site?
The following is a listing of items you need to bring to the exam site:
Your Confirmation Notice from ISA and photo identification such as a driver’s license or employer-issued badge
At least two #2 pencils (The Proctor will NOT have a supply of pencils.)
A soft eraser suitable for cleanly erasing incorrect markings
Self-powered, battery operated, or non-programmable calculator
Technical books and manuals, standards, and other publications are permitted, as are dictionaries.
Are there any materials I cannot bring to the exam?
The following is a list of items not permitted in the exam room:
No computers such as palmtop, laptop, notebook, portable, and desktop.
Programmable calculators are not allowed.
No electronic devices including telephones, cameras, signaling devices, pagers, alarms.
No food or drink.
No loose papers which may fall off your desk and create a disturbance when you try to retrieve them.
No tape players, radios, cellular phones, walkie-talkie radios, and similar devices.
How do I get a copy of my certificate in case I lose it or if my supervisor wants one?
To receive a duplicate copy of your certificate, send a written request to ISA with your mailing address and payment of $15.00 for a duplicate certificate. Once your payment is received, a certificate and/or wallet card will be mailed to you.
How is the CST in Training Recognition different from the Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) program?
CST in Training Recognition is not a certification. Those who take the CST in Training examination may be interested in pursuing the ISA credential, Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) program, once the education and/or experience level reaches five years. For more information on the CCST program, click here.