ISA certification provides an objective, third-party assessment and confirmation of a person's skills, and gives them the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and be recognized. ISA currently offers two certification programs: Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) and Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®).

Certification is a formal recognition of individuals who have demonstrated proficiency within, and comprehension of, a specialized body of knowledge at a particular point in time. Generally, qualification criteria for such programs include specific requirements of education, experience, and examination. Certification is not a license to practice.

ISA's certification programs

  • Set the standard for automation professionals and control systems technicians
  • Promote safety and improve productivity
  • Establish your professional credentials
  • Prepare you for additional job responsibilities
  • Improve ROI by impacting mission critical decisions
  • Prove that you're an automation leader


Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) Program

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

ISA Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) Program

Working in dozens of different industries worldwide, CCSTs calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. Many companies prefer candidates with a CCST certification because they can trust their documented knowledge of automation and control systems.


ISA Recognition Programs

ISA's recognition programs offer students and professionals new to the field an opportunity to be recognized for knowledge, skills, and interest in automation careers. These programs serve as a great introduction to an eventual certification and can offer applicants a way to stand out from the crowd while gaining the experience required for a CAP® or CCST® certification. ISA offers two recognition programs:


ISA's Support of the CSE License Program

ISA supports the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) License, a specialized Professional Engineering (PE) license recognized in the United States for engineers in automation and control. ISA offers training courses and review materials to help engineers prepare for the exams, which are offered by state boards in the US in October of each year.


ISA Certificate Programs


ISA has developed several certificate programs designed to increase knowledge and awareness of ISA’s industry-renowned safety and cybersecurity standards.

Searching for the Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanics (CIMM) Program?

The Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (CIMM) certification program has been transferred to the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals and is now referred to as CMRT.