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Recognition of your achievements is critical when you seek employment. The ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) Associate certificate provides third-party, objective assessment and confirmation of your potential to become an automation professional.

The CAP Associate certificate program defines the criteria needed to be eligible to sit for the exam and offers a detailed exam review course to help you prepare. Successful completion of the exam review course satisfies the eligibility requirements to sit for the exam—even if you don’t meet the education and work experience requirements listed below. 

A Step Closer to Certification

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Earning this valuable certificate not only objectively assesses and confirms your potential to become an automation professional, it also counts as a full year of work experience (one year of work experience means 1,500 hours of active employment) toward the requirements to earn the ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) certification—a mark of career excellence that affirms your commitment to quality and demonstrates your expertise.

Exam Eligibility

You must meet at least one of the criteria below to be eligible to take the CAP Associate exam:

  1. Complete a four-year academic degree in a related technology area (e.g., instrumentation, measurement and control, electrical, electronics, mechanical technologies, or computer programming courses related to practical engineering applications)
  2. Complete a two-year technical degree in a related technology area and have one year of work experience in a related technology area
  3. Four years of work experience in a related technology area
  4. Successfully complete the ISA CAP Associate Certificate Exam Review course in any of the course formats available (EC00, EC00E, EC00V, EC00M). The exam fee is included with the course

Exam Review Course

The ISA CAP Associate Certificate Exam Review Course provides a review of the field of automation designed to help you prepare to take the CAP Associate exam. If you meet one of the education or work experience requirements listed above (1–3), this course is optional, but can be beneficial by providing extra confidence and assurance before taking the exam. To view a complete list of learning objectives, please visit the ISA CAP Associate Certificate Exam Review Course web page

The Exam

The CAP Associate Certificate exam focuses on the technical knowledge typically covered in an engineering training program. 

Note: The CAP Associate Certificate exam is a closed book, two-hour exam that has 75 multiple-choice questions.

Exam Registration

If you meet the exam eligibility requirements listed above, and choose not to take the review course, you can register for the exam by paying the exam fee here. If you choose to take the review course, the exam fee is included with the course fee and you do not need to register separately.