ISA certificate courses include a certificate test after successful course completion, which is delivered through our testing partner, Scantron. Certificate exams are offered for the following certificate programs: 

  • Cybersecurity
  • Safety
  • CAP Associate
  • CST Associate

Certificate Exam Scheduling

After you submit your course completion certificate to certifications@isa.org and request your test, you will be emailed a Notice to Schedule from candidatesupport@scantron.com. Follow the instructions in the email to schedule either online or on-site testing through the online test scheduling system. 

It is important to be certain when selecting the method and time you want to take the test. You may incur fees if you change the time and method of testing. Exams must be scheduled in advance as follows: 

  • Candidates in the United States and Canada: You must submit your scheduling request at least two calendar days prior to your desired test date 
  • Candidates in other countries: You must submit your scheduling request at least five calendar days prior to your desired test date 

If you do not receive confirmation of your scheduled exam within two business days of submitting the request, please contact Scantron by phone at (919) 572-6880 or email candidatesupport@scantron.com

Exam Testing Period

If you are taking a certificate exam below, you have a six (6) month testing period. Your testing period begins on the day you submit your course completion certificate to certifications@isa.org and request your test. You must complete all testing within the six (6) month testing period, including any reschedules or retests. Candidates have two hours to complete the exam. Certificate tests are listed below:

  • ISA/IEC 61511 SIS Fundamentals Specialist (SFS)
  • ISA/IEC 61511 SIL Selection Specialist (SSS)
  • ISA/IEC 61511 SIL Verification Specialist (SVS)
  • ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist (CFS)
  • ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Specialist (CRAS)
  • ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Design Specialist (CDS)
  • ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Maintenance Specialist (CMS)

If you are taking an associate exam below, you have a six (6) month testing period. Your testing period begins on the day you submit your course completion certificate and request your test. If you take the Associate test only, the beginning date is the day you apply for and purchase the test. 

  • Certified Automation Professional Associate
  • Control Systems Technician Associate

Certificate Fees Payment

Certificate exam fees are included with the course cost. 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 document before it will be processed.
The 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.

There are no group discounts for course fees.

Rescheduling an Exam

Applicants may reschedule an exam appointment during the six (6) month testing period by contacting Scantron at least 2 days (48 hours) prior to the scheduled exam time for locations in the United States/Canada and at least 5 days (120 hours) prior to the scheduled exam time for all other locations. No reschedule fee will apply.

Candidates who do not appear for their scheduled exam appointment, arrive more than 15 minutes late, or do not give proper advance notice of intent to reschedule their exam will incur a fee of $150. The exam must be rescheduled within the candidate's six (6) month testing period. If you are outside the six (6) month testing period, you must register again for the required course and exam and re-take both.

Failing a Certificate Exam

If a candidate fails the exam, he/she may retest as many times as needed within their six (6) month testing period. The fee is $150 each time retesting is needed. If a candidate does not pass the exam within the six (6) month window after the course and would like to receive the certificate, the applicant must register for the course and exam again and re-take both.

Displaying Your Certificate Program Credentials

ISA recommends the following for displaying or noting your credentials. Because these are certificate programs and not certification programs, you should not list your certificate designations directly after your name. On your business card (signature block, resume, etc.), you should display/include your certificate designation in an area distinctly separate from your name and certificate/licensure/degree designations (e.g. CAP, PE, MBA, etc.). When possible, include "Certificate" or "Certificate Holder" after your designation listing (e.g. ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist Specialist Certificate Holder or ISA/IEC 61511 SIL Selection Specialist Certificate Holder).

ISA/IEC 62443 Certificate Credentials

  • If you have achieved ISA/IEC 62443 Certificate 1: ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist (ISA/CFS)
  • If you have achieved ISA/IEC 62443 Certificate 2: ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Specialist (ISA/CRAS)
  • If you have achieved ISA/IEC 62443 Certificate 3: ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Design Specialist (ISA/CDS)
  • If you have achieved ISA/IEC 62443 Certificate 4: ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Maintenance Specialist (ISA/CMS)

ISA/IEC 61511 Certificate Credentials

  • If you have achieved Certificate 1: ISA/IEC 61511 SIS Fundamentals Specialist. (Do not use ISA84 SFS.)
  • If you have achieved Certificate 2: ISA/IEC 61511 SIL Selection Specialist. (Do not use ISA84 SSS.)
  • If you have achieved Certificate 3: ISA/IEC 61511 SIL Verification Specialist. (Do not use ISA84 SVS.)
  • If you have achieved Certificates 1 and 2: ISA/IEC 61511 SIS Fundamentals and ISA/IEC 61511 SIL Selection Specialist. (Do not use ISA84 SFS and SSS.)
  • If you have achieved Certificates 1 and 3: ISA/IEC 61511 SIS Fundamentals and ISA84 SIL Verification Specialist. (Do not use ISA84 SFS and SVS.)
  • If you have achieved Certificates 1, 2, and 3: ISA/IEC 61511 Safety Instrumented Systems Expert. (Do not use ISA84 SIS Expert.)

Verifying Computer Set-Up for Online Testing

Your Notice to Schedule (NTS) email from Scantron will have links for you to test your computer system. It is important to verify that your computer meets the minimum requirements below and that you have reliable access to the Internet. An internet connection disruption will suspend the test session. If you have computer system questions after following the instructions provided by Scantron's schedule confirmation email, please contact Scantron at (919) 572-6880 or candidatesupport@scantron.com

Items to Bring to the Testing Site

Bring your valid, government issued photo ID (e.g., driver's license, passport, state-issued ID card) and the printed test confirmation notice you received from Scantron. No other items can be brought into the test environment. A calculator and any other available resource materials will be provided on the computer for those taking the test electronically.

All ISA certification exams are closed book.for both electronic and private site tests. No reference material will be allowed in any test room. For tests taken at an on-site location, a place for personal items, such as a pocketbook, tablet, mobile phone, or pager will be made available to you. Please note that storage space will be limited. For CCST Levels I and III, Units Conversion Tables will be provided to candidates in either paper format for paper/pencil exams or as part of a PDF file for electronic exams for reference during the examination. Click here to review the Units Conversion Tables.

Cancelling a Test

You can cancel a test through the online test scheduling system.

  • Online test appointments must be cancelled no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment date and time. There is no cancellation fee. 
  • On-site test appointments must be cancelled no less than two (2) calendar days prior to the scheduled testing appointment. There is a cancellation fee of 50 USD payable to Scantron via a secure e-commerce site (credit card).

Scheduling a Retest or Missed Test

You may retest as many times as needed within your testing window. However, there is a retest fee that is payable to ISA. If you are outside your testing window, you may have to retake the course before retaking the test. Email your request to certifications@isa.org. If you are within your testing window, you may reschedule your testing appointment before the online and on-site test reschedule cut-off times via the online test scheduling system.

Rescheduling an online test to an online test

  • The reschedule cut-off time is no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment date and time
  • There is no rescheduling fee

Rescheduling an on-site test to an on-site test

  • The reschedule cut-off time is no later than two (2) calendar days prior to the testing appointment
  • There is a rescheduling fee of 50 USD payable to Scantron via a secure e-commerce site (credit card)

Rescheduling from an on-site test to an online test

  • The reschedule cut-off time is no later than two (2) calendar days prior to the testing appointment at the Scantron test site
  • You must reschedule the new online testing appointment no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment date and time
  • There is a rescheduling fee of 50 USD payable to Scantron via a secure e-commerce site (credit card)

Rescheduling from an online test to an on-site test

  • The reschedule cut-off time is at least 24 hours in advance of the testing appointment
  • You must reschedule the new testing appointment no less than two (2) calendar days in advance of the testing appointment at a Scantron test site
  • There is no rescheduling fee

No-Show and Late Arrivals

For candidates who fail to appear for a scheduled exam, or arrive more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time, fees will apply. See Reschedule fees without proper advance notification. You must reschedule your exam within your twelve-month testing window.

Retaking Missed Tests

If you are within your testing window, you may retake a missed test. However, there will be a reschedule fee, payable to ISA. To reschedule, contact one of ISA’s Customer Support representatives at info@ISA.org or +1 (919) 549-8411 or email certifications@isa.org with the request.

You may qualify for an exception if you meet certain conditions and submit documentation to Scantron no later than five (5) calendar days after the scheduled testing appointment. If the exception is approved, there will be a no-show exemption fee of 50 USD payable via secure e-commerce (credit card) and collected by Scantron. Please contact Scantron by phone at (919) 572-6880 or email candidatesupport@scantron.com for more details.

Test Results

Scantron will email the results to you immediately after you complete the test. If you pass the test, you will receive an email containing a digital badge from isa_badges@isa.org within 24-hours of completing the test. If you fail the test, you will receive a score report that lists the domains and indicates the percentage of questions answered correctly within each domain. Note that the percentages are not used to calculate a candidate’s passing score.

If you do not receive an email containing your results within 24 hours, please contact Scantron by phone at (919) 572-6880 or email candidatesupport@scantron.com.   

Special Test Accommodations

Candidates who request special test accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (or a similar international standard) must submit their test scheduling requests at least 30 days prior to their preferred test dates. Note that some special test accommodations may not be available for online testing.

If you have a request, contact one of ISA's Customer Support representatives at +1 919-549-8411 or email certifications@isa.org.

Contact Scantron

You can contact Scantron by phone at (919) 572-6880 or email candidatesupport@scantron.com.

Scantron's business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, excluding holidays. Voice mail will accept candidate inquiries outside of these business hours.