ISA, working with industry experts and academicians, developed guidelines for a control systems technician associate degree program. These guidelines are designed to serve as a possible resource for educational institutions that offer an associate degree program for control systems technicians or a similar technology program. View or download the PDF CST Associate Degree Program

The model curriculum suggested here will be of particular interest to educators who wish to prepare their students to take ISA’s Control Systems Technician (CST) Associate exam. The CST Associate program is a recognition program for students who pass the CST Associate exam. This exam covers fundamental knowledge of calibration, loop checking, troubleshooting, and start-up and is based on the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) fundamental knowledge and skills. On the back page of this brochure, you will find an example of how the key CCST Level 1 tasks could be mapped to the courses suggested in the model curriculum. For more information about the CST Associate Program, visit