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Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Announces New ISA84 Safety Instrumented Systems Certificate Programs
Research Triangle Park, NC (16 June 2008) -- ISA and the Automation Standards Compliance Institute (ASCI) are introducing three certificate programs that will increase knowledge and awareness of the ISA84 standard.
Each certificate program includes specialized training on ISA84 and an exam that is offered through Prometric testing centers. Those who register for the training course and the certificate program and successfully complete the exam will be issued an ISA certificate stating that they have successfully completed the specified certificate program.
There are three certificate programs available for ISA84: Safety Instrumented Systems Specialist, Safety Integrity Level Determination Specialist, and Safety Instrumented Systems Hardware Design and Analysis Specialist.
Certificate 1: Safety Instrumented Systems Specialist requires the completion of a 3-day instructor-led training course with an exam. There are no required prerequisites; however, it is recommended that applicants have at least 2 years experience in process automation and 2 years technical related education. Certificate program applicants can choose to take a classroom course or an online instructor assisted course to prepare for this certificate program exam. The first instructor-led course for this certificate will be offered at ISA EXPO 2008. The online, instructor-assisted course, Understanding & Implementing ANSI/ISA84, will be offered 15 September to 7 November 2008 through ISA CyberU.
Certificate 2: Safety Integrity Level Determination Specialist requires the completion of a 2-day instructor-led training course with an exam.
75% of the training is focused on practical applications and exercises.
Prerequisites for this certificate include the ISA84 Certificate 1:
Safety Instrumented Systems Specialist and 5 years experience in the process industry with a minimum of 2 years experience in process safety in the facilitation of and/or participation in PHAs (process hazard
analysis) or performed SIL determination / selection under supervision or independently. The first course for this certificate will be available in first quarter 2009.
Certificate 3: Safety Instrumented Systems Hardware Design and Analysis Specialist requires the completion of a 2-day instructor-led training course with an exam. 75% of the training is focused on practical applications and exercises. Prerequisites for this certificate include the ISA84 Certificate 1: Safety Instrumented Systems Specialist Certificate and 5 years related experience in the process industry with a minimum of 2 years experience in process safety in specifying instruments and control systems, programming PLCs, SIL verification calculations, creation / modification of I&C design documents, supporting start-up, or operation of process plants/facilities The first course for this certificate will be available in second quarter 2009.
All ISA84 Safety Instrumented Systems Certificates must be renewed every three years. To renew a certificate, applicants will be required to complete an application and document a minimum 2 years work experience in process safety-a year is defined as 1,500 hours of active employment, which equates to a cumulative total of 3,000 hours of documented work experience during the three year renewal period-and the successful completion of the ISA84 Certificate Program Renewal Seminar (online web seminar).
Learn more about this certificate program and upcoming courses at www.isa.org/ISA84Certificate.
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).