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ISA publishes fourth edition of its Control Systems Engineering (CSE) exam reference manual

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (00 September 2019) – The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces the fourth edition release of its Control Systems Engineering Exam Reference Manual: A Practical Study Guide—updated to cover the new, 2019 Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Control Systems Engineering (CSE) exam specifications developed and administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

In addition, the new iteration of the book: has been significantly reduced in page length, ensuring that only the most applicable, exam-relevant content is included; and is provided in print—rather than pdf—format, making it convenient to bring along as a valuable resource on testing day. 

All editions have been written by Bryon Lewis, PE, CMfgE, CCNA, CAP®, a Senior Member of ISA who has more than 30 years of experience in electrical, mechanical, instrumentation, and control systems.

“Anyone preparing to take the PE/CSE exam can purchase this book with confidence, knowing that it addresses the pertinent subject matter and specifications found on the exam,” Lewis states. “And because it’s been reduced in size by about a third, it’s easier and faster to use and refer to essential content.”

For more details, read the author interview

For greater perspective on the value and significance of the updated edition, read the Q&A feature with the book’s author.

About ISA

The International Society of Automation ( is a nonprofit professional association founded in 1945 to create a better world through automation. ISA advances technical competence by connecting the automation community to achieve operational excellence. The organization develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.
ISA owns, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (, an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute ( and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (