International Society of Automation News Release
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ISA introduces new online version of its Control Systems Engineer (CSE) Professional Engineer (PE) examination review course

Students can study at their own pace - Anytime, Anywhere, and Any Place

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (07 April 2014) - In continuing to develop new training offerings in self-directed, distance education, the International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces a new online, instructor-assisted course that reviews the knowledge and skill areas tested on the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) Professional Engineer (PE) examination.

The new course - Control Systems Engineer (CSE) PE Exam Review Course (EN00E - Online) - provides the same comprehensive, in-depth review and instructional quality of ISA's classroom-led CSE PE course, yet enables students the advantage of studying at their own pace with 24/7 access to the course materials throughout the duration of the course. The offering of this new course begins on 5 May 2014.

Students can access pre-recorded training modules, receive and submit homework assignments and take sample tests online any time of the day or night. Live, pre-scheduled question-and-answer sessions with the instructor and other students encourage interactive discussions and ensure all key issues or concerns are addressed. In addition, if students have any additional questions to raise or matters to discuss, instructors are always accessible through email. The final exam is also taken and scored online.

Students taking the course will be able to:

  • Follow the guidelines for taking the CSE exam
  • Identify the breadth of the knowledge and skills areas covered
  • Apply recognized standards for symbols and documents
  • Recognize the basic calculation techniques for measurement devices
  • Apply process variable measurements and sensor selection
  • Compare the various final control elements/valves
  • Explain basic process control loops: their configuration, operation, and performance
  • Follow discrete logic in motor and interlock control
  • Describe various signal conversion and wiring arrangements
  • Compare various installation methods and techniques
  • Determine material requirements from physical parameters
  • Use safety instrumented basics
  • Interpret system scope statements and apply to design needs

All technical subjects and skill areas on the CSE PE exam are covered during the 12-week course period. Below is the week-to-week schedule.

  • Week 1: CSE Professional Engineer Overview & Control Systems Concepts
  • Week 2: Sensor Characteristics & Pressure Measurement
  • Week 3: Level & Temperature Measurement
  • Week 4: Flow Measurement
  • Week 5: Signals & Transmission, Smart Transmitters, and Wiring Considerations
  • Week 6: Control Valve Types, Characteristics, Sizing, Calculations, Selection & Installation
  • Week 7: Pressure Relief Devices, Variable Speed Drives & System Documentation
  • Week 8: Control Types & Characteristics
  • Week 9: Sample Loop Problems & Control Loop Tuning
  • Week 10: Control Room Ergonomics, System Architecture, Configuration & Programming
  • Week 11: Safety Instrumented Systems & Code Application (ISA, ANSI, NEC, NFPA)
  • Week 12: Final Exam

To register for this new online ISA course, which begins in 5 May 2014, visit the course registration page. For immediate assistance, email [email protected] or call +1 919-549-8411.

About ISA Training

ISA's courses are known and respected worldwide for their unbiased, practical approach to technology application. All ISA courses are led by industry experts who offer in-depth, real-world coverage of topics critical to automation and control success. You will be able to immediately apply what you learn in the classroom when you return to work. Learn more.

About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation ( is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (