• ISA Certified Automation Professional®  (CAP®) Certification Program

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    ISA CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective assessment and confirmation of an automation professional’s skills – specifically, the CAP exam is focused on direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information systems, systems integration, and operational consulting. The CAP certification exam reflects the documented knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for competent job performance.

    ISA's CAP® program: 

    • Sets the standard for the automation professional 
    • Promotes safety and improves productivity 
    • Establishes your professional credentials 
    • Prepares you for additional job responsibilities 
    • Improves ROI by impacting mission critical decisions 
    • Proves that you're an automation leader 

     

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    Who are ISA CAPs?

    Working in process automation and manufacturing automation industries around the globe, CAPs are responsible for the direction, definition, design, development/application, deployment, documentation, and support of systems, software, and equipment used in control systems, manufacturing information systems, systems integration, and operational consulting. CAPs are an elite group of automation professionals that have proven they possess an extensive knowledge of automation and controls. CAPs have documented evidence that they possess the expertise and qualifications to excel in their fields.

    How was the ISA CAP® Examination created?

    Questions on the exam were derived from the actual practice of automation professionals as outlined in the CAP Role Delineation Study and job task analysis. Using interviews, surveys, observation, and group discussions, ISA worked with automation professionals to delineate critical job components to develop test specifications to determine the number of questions related to each domain and task tested. This rigorous program development and ongoing maintenance process ensures that CAP certification accurately reflects the skills and knowledge needed to excel as an automation professional.

    What topics or areas of study are covered in the CAP® exam?

    The following list will give you the highlights of topics covered in the CAP exam, and ISA also offers an online, easy-to-access review of the full CAP Body of Knowledge.

  • Basic Continuous Control

    Process Instrumentation • Analytical Instrumentation • Continuous Control • Control Valves • Analog Communications • Control System Documentation • Control Equipment

  • Basic Discrete, Sequencing, and Manufacturing Control

    Discrete Input & Output Devices and General Manufacturing Measurements • Discrete and Sequencing Control • Motor and Drive Control • Motion Control
  • Advanced Control Topics

    Process Modeling • Advanced Process Control • Control of Batch Processes • Environmental • Environmental Monitoring • Building Automation

  • Reliability, Safety, and Electrical

    Alarm Management • Reliability • Process Safety and Safety Instrumented Systems • Electrical Installations • Safe Use and Application of Electrical Apparatus

     

  • Integration and Software

     

    Digital Communications • Industrial Networks • Manufacturing Execution Systems and Business Integration • System and Network Security • Operator Interface • Data Management • Software • Custom Software

  • Deployment and Maintenance

    Operator Training • Checkout, System Testing, and Startup • Troubleshooting • Maintenance • Long-Term Support and System Management
  • Work Structure

    Automation Benefits and Project Justifications • Project Management and Execution • Interpersonal Skills