ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Announces Electronic Certification Testing for 2006
Research Triangle Park, NC (17 October 2005) -- Beginning in January 2006, ISA's three certification exams, Certified Automation Professional(tm) (CAP(tm)), Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®), and Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanic(tm) (CIMM(tm)), will be offered electronically and will be available at test sites around the world.
ISA will be using the Thompson Prometric global network of testing centers (www.prometric.com), which features testing centers in hundreds of locations globally. Candidates must still meet the eligibility requirements, complete the application, and will then take the exam in a proctored environment in a testing center.
Through a secure delivery network, ISA's new electronic testing will feature:
State-of-the-art testing technology providing the most current industry standards and fast reporting of test scores,
An established network of highly secure testing centers that ensure a professional and consistent test experience, and
Certified, professional and experienced proctors to provide a seamless test experience for the candidate and ensure the security of the exam.
Thomson Prometric Test Centers (PTC) are professional testing facilities dedicated to providing industry-leading testing services to all candidates. From the workstations to the furniture, every testing lab is identical to every other in all aspects other than size. The number of workstations ranges from six to nineteen in any given lab.
The added flexibility and accessibility of electronic testing will make the certification process much faster and easier. However, it does involve a change in testing policy to ensure that exam security is maintained: all exams will be closed book as of 1 January 2006.
For more information on ISA certifications or electronic testing, please call (919) 549-8411 or log on to www.isa.org/certify.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).
WBF provides an open forum for the exchange of information related to the management, operation, and automation of manufacturing processes. Created in 1994, members of the non-profit, professional organization include end-users, vendors, consultants and academics. WBF provides organization, management, and structure to facilitate networking among its members and sharing of knowledge and information related to manufacturing processes. WBF documents best practices and guidelines for implementation of standards that apply to batch control and the exchange of batch data, as well as conducting technical conferences and technical training programs. WBF is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org). More information about WBF is available at www.wbf.org.
OMAC–The Open Modular Architecture Controls Users’ Group (www.omac.org) is an affiliate organization of ISA- The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society- and works to collectively derive common solutions for both technical and non-technical issues in the development, implementation, and commercialization of open, modular architecture control (OMAC) technologies, and to facilitate the accelerated development and convergence of industry and government developed OMAC technology guidelines to one set that satisfies common use requirements. OMAC has about 500 member representatives from end-user companies, OEM's, and technology providers and integrator companies. OMAC currently operates three Work Groups: Packaging Machinery, Manufacturing Infrastructure, and Machine Tool. OMAC is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).