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 is a benefit of having well-written learning objectives?

A. indicates how to apply the information back on the job
B. specifies expected behaviors upon completion of the training
C. accurately reflects assumptions about the target audience
D. specifies whom the educational program is intended for

CAP Answer

The correct answer is B, "specifies expected behaviors upon completion of the training". Any training that is presented to students must have well-written learning objectives so that students and instructors can determine if those objectives have been met, through demonstration of skills or through testing.

The training should be given to instill a behavior pattern in the student, whether it is for general knowledge, such as material safety, or for skill performance, as in executing a new SOP. A comparison of actual behavior versus the learning objectives can be a valuable feedback component that helps improve the training presentation and/or content.

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