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Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) Level II Online Exam Review Course (TS02E)

Length: 13 weeks
CEU Credits: 2.8
Course Hours:  Online Course – Refer to Syllabus
Certification of Completion: A Certificate of Completion indicating the total number of CEUs earned will be provided upon successful completion of the course.

ISA’s online instructor-assisted training courses offer the benefit of a high quality ISA training course with the added advantage of studying at your own pace in the office, at home, or while traveling.

This online course utilizes pre-recorded training modules, homework/practice exercises, as well as e-mail and live discussions. Students will have access via email to an instructor throughout the course, as well as a discussion group to communicate with other students in the class.

This online, self-paced course runs for thirteen (13) weeks. You will have access to 25 online modules, each taking approximately 60 minutes. Your course syllabus will guide you through the course modules and provide assignments and opportunities to interact with the instructor and other course participants.


This is a fast-paced review of the knowledge and skills necessary for technicians with 7+ years of practical experience who are preparing to sit for the CCST Level II exam. An explanation of the requirements, examination process and practice certification-type exams are provided.

You will be able to:

  • Understand CCST program
  • Understand basic concepts of process control
  • Understand the use of instrument air and requirements
  • Understand P&ID documentation and symbology
  • Understand basic measurements
  • Understand how to use temperature instrumentation
  • Understand how to measure and regulate pressure and flow
  • Understand how to measure and regulate level
  • Understand how to use analyzers
  • Understand how to operate control systems safely
  • Understand new technologies in control systems and how numbering systems such as decimal, binary and hexadecimal are used
  • Understand basics of PLC and protocol requirements
  • Explain Fieldbus and Communications protocols used in control systems
  • Understand use of SCADA for control systems. Explain fiber optics options for control systems.
  • Understand process dynamics (response to change) in control systems
  • Understand how control actions affect functionality
  • Understand how to use proportional control actions
  • Understand objectives of tuning . Explain various tuning methods and identify when to use each.
  • Understand how manipulating variables effects output functions
  • Understand the need for and how to calibrate instruments
  • Learn to optimize instrument performance
  • Learn good maintenance practices for equipment and instruments
  • Learn to use network diagnostic tools
  • Learn to troubleshoot control system issues
  • Understand safety procedures for effective operations
  • Understand elements involved in control loop start up and tuning

You Will Cover:

Students are asked to take the pre-exam, which includes questions related to the subject matter areas.  Answers will be provided for students to assess their knowledge, prior to beginning the course material.

WEEK 1 –
•     Module 1A:  Overview of CCST Program
•     Module 1B & 1C:  ISO 9000/Concepts of Process Control
•     Module 2:  Instrument Air

WEEK 2 –
•     Module 3:  P&ID Basics
•     Module 4:  Basic Measuring Units
•     Module 5:  Instrument Fundamentals/Temperature

WEEK 3 –
•     Module 6:  Pressure/Flow
•     Module 7:  Level

WEEK 4 –
•     Module 8:  Analyzers & Final Control Elements
•     Module 9:  Safety & Electricity

WEEK 5 –
•     Module 10:  Advancing Technologies & Numbering Systems
•     Module 11:  PLC Basics & Basic Requirements for Protocol
•     Module 12:  Fieldbus & Communications Protocol

WEEK 6 –
•     Module 13:  Fiber Optics & SCADA

WEEK 7 –
•     Module 14:  Process Dynamics
•     Module 15:  Control Action
•     Module 16:  PID

WEEK 8 –
•     Module 17:  Tuning
•     Module 18:  Advanced Control Strategy

WEEK 9 –
•     Module 19:  Calibration
•     Module 20:  Instrument Performance

WEEK 10 –
•     Module 21:  Pressure Test/Calibration Equipment & Instrument Maintenance
•     Module 22:  Best Procedures for LANs & Troubleshooting w/ Statistics

WEEK 11 –
•     Module 23:  Tools & DCS Troubleshooting

WEEK 12 –
•     Module 24:  Hazardous Locations & Installation
•     Module 25:  Start Up & Loop Checking

WEEK 13 –
•     Final Examination

Course Materials (Digital Format):

  • Course noteset with slides from course modules and course syllabus
  • CCST Level II Study Guide, ISA

Features of ISA CyberU online course:

Online Pre-recorded Course Modules

Your instructor has pre-recorded each course module so that you can access the course presentations on your schedule. Each module is a web/audio session that takes approximately 60 minutes.

Ask the Expert

Interact with your expert instructor, via email throughout the course and through scheduled live Q& A sessions. You can expect a reply to your email within 24 hours. This email address is active during the entire course duration.

The Q&A sessions provide an opportunity for you and your classmates to speak one-on-one with the instructor. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course material and interact with your fellow classmates.

Class Discussions

You will be invited to subscribe to a course listserve that includes course participants. You can use this listserve to post questions and share experience relevant to the course with other class members.

Course Assignments and Exams

Take the course pre-test before you begin studying the course material to get a better understanding of areas that you will want to focus on more during the course.

Homework assignments for all modules will be indicated on the syllabus. The homework assignments are designed to help expand your understanding of the course material.

Complete the final exam for the course in order to receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) credit. The final exam will be taken and scored online.

You must receive at least 80% on the course exam to receive CEU credit.
Continuing Education Units (CEU) credits are awarded to all students who successfully complete the final course exam.

Note:  The final course exam is different from the actual certification exam, which must be registered for separately.

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