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

Which of the following statements describes an advantage of a self-study workbook for operator training?

A. Promotes reading, which is the most preferred learning style of adult learners
B. Provides interactivity through paper-and-pencil self-check questions and tests
C. Allows participants to delve deeper in areas of particular interest
D. Provides all participants with a common baseline of knowledge

CAP Answer

The correct answer is D, provides all participants with a common baseline of knowledge. Self-study workbooks ensure that all students have been exposed to the same learning objectives and material, assuming successful completion of the self-study course requirements.

Answer A is incorrect, since the most preferred learning style for adult learners is interactive or hands-on learning. Answer B is important, but this same advantage can be said of classroom/lecture and online/computerized study methods.

Answer C is not an advantage particular to self-study workbook training, as all forms of training will spark interest in many areas, which should lead to further study.

Reference: Trevathan, Vernon L., A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, Second Edition, ISA, 2006.