ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) program

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Certified Automation Professionals (CAPs) are responsible for the direction, design, and deployment of systems and equipment for manufacturing and control systems.

CAP question

A project manager prepares a work breakdown structure (WBS) identifying each major task and related subtasks required to fulfill the project objective. Subtasks are further reduced into units and subunits with associated cost projects and assigned responsibilities. This activity occurs during which phase of a project's life cycle in the ISA CAP program's model?

A. Project definition
B. Feasibility study
C. System design
D. Software development

CAP Answer

The answer is A: "Project definition".

The ISA CAP Model for Automation Project Flow includes the following project phases:

  1. Feasibility Study
  2. Project Definition
  3. System Design
  4. Software Development
  5. Deployment
  6. Operation, Maintenance, and Support

The CAP Model includes a set of activities that should be performed during each phase.  During the Project Definition phase, the project design basis and development of the cost estimate are completed.  The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is developed to support the Design Basis (listing of tasks to be completed) and to support the Cost Estimate (time and resource allocation for each task and subtask).

Reference: Trevathan, Vernon L., A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, 2nd Ed., 2006