To become the recognized leader in automation and control education, providing training, certifications, and publications to prepare the workforce to address technology changes and industry challenges in the most flexible and relevant ways.
Accomplishing our Mission
ISA serves the automation community by providing non-biased, vendor-neutral professional development opportunities that increase knowledge, technical skills, and competency. By offering lab-intensive opportunities, automation professionals can build essential skills through valuable, hands-on experience.
ISA currently offers two certification programs:
How to Access Technical Training
ISA offers relevant and flexible training opportunities, including:
- Classroom courses
- Instructor-guided online courses
- Self-paced modular Courses
- Onsite courses and certification exams at your location
- Boot camp courses on critical topics
- Hands-on portable laboratories
- Virtual classroom training
Certifications and Certificate Programs
ISA's certification programs provide an objective, third-party assessment and confirmation of an individual's skills.
- Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®)
- Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®).
- ISA/IEC 61511 Safety Instrumented Systems Certificate Program
- ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Certificate Program
Visit the Certifications and Certificates webpage to learn more.
ISA is committed to providing a learning environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon an individual's race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Illegal discrimination or harassment (sexual or otherwise) or intimidation in the learning environment in any form will not be tolerated by ISA. Contact ISA at (919) 549-8288 or firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of any violation of this policy.
ISA is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). ISA complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, ISA is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.
Newest Course Offerings
SCADA Systems Integration
This is a self-paced, online course consisting of 7 modules which take a detailed look at an introduction to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.
Overview of ISA/IEC 62443 for Product Suppliers
This course provides an overview of how the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards can be used by the supplier to implement a security development lifecycle, and to develop IACS systems and components that are secure by design and offer security by default.
Understanding Changes in IEC 61511
This interactive video on-demand course is designed to help students become familiar with the new safety systems standard (IEC 61511). IEC 61511 (and national equivalents, like ISA 84.00.01 which has been renamed to ISA 61511-2018) is the globally accepted practice for the design and implementation of safety instrumented systems.
Industrial Data Communications Systems
Starting from the basics, this course gives you the tools to design and maintain industrial communications systems on your plant floor. You'll learn the underlying principles behind today's industrial communications systems, including Modbus, Data Highway Plus, Ethernet, and TCP/IP.
Assessing the Cybersecurity of New or Existing IACS Systems
This course will provide students with the information and skills to assess the cybersecurity of a new or existing IACS and to develop a cybersecurity requirements specification that can be used to document the cybersecurity requirements of a project.
Cybersecurity Design & Implementation
This on-demand, modular course will provide students with the information and skills to select and implement cybersecurity countermeasures for a new or existing IACS in order to achieve the target security level assigned to each IACS zone or conduit. After successfully completing all eight modules, students may take the exam for ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Design Specialist.
IACS Cybersecurity Operations & Maintenance
This on-demand, modular course focuses on the activities associated with the ongoing operations and maintenance of IACS cybersecurity. This involves network diagnostics and troubleshooting, security monitoring and incident response, and maintenance of cybersecurity countermeasures. After successfully completing all five modules, students may take the exam for ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Maintenance Specialist.
Management of Alarm Systems
This 2-day course focuses on the key activities of the alarm management lifecycle provided in the ANSI/ISA18.2 standard, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries, and the IEC version, IEC62682.
Fundamentals of Industrial Process Measurement & Control
The Fundamental of Industrial Process Measurement & Control is now offered in a modular computer-based training format that delivers the same great information in small easily understandable chunks. You can buy the entire course or choose only the modules that meet your individualized needs, budget, and time constraints. Choose from among 12 highly-informative modules. Those who purchase all 12 modules will receive a 10% discount. Module access is good for one year from date of purchase! Register here to try a free sample module!
Overview of Penetration Testing for Industrial Control Systems
In this one day overview, an instructor will walk students through the process of penetration testing industrial automation and control systems. Penetration testing provides facilities and companies with valuable feedback as to how their system might be compromised, and the impact that might result.
Implementing Business to MES Integration Using the ANSI/ISA95 Standard
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of the ANSI/ISA95 standards so that students can apply them to implementing an integration between plant manufacturing systems and business systems. By understanding the object models and information flows defined in the ANSI/ISA95 standards, you will have the tools you need to specify, design, and execute a successful business to manufacturing integration project.
Batch Control Using the ANSI/ISA88 Standards
This course presents an approach to developing functional requirements/specifications using the models and terminology defined in the ANSI/ISA88 batch control standards. A review of the characteristics of batch manufacturing systems is included.
Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) Level II Online Exam Review
This course provides a fast-paced review of the knowledge and skills necessary for technicians with 7+ years of practical experience who are preparing to sit for the CCST Level II exam.
Developing and Applying Standard Instrumentation and Control Documentation
This course will present the methodology for the designing and developing control systems documentation. The development of piping and instrument diagrams (P&IDs) and related ISA drawings are emphasized.
CyberSensors: Advancements in Automation CyberPhysical Security
This course provides an overview of the available technologies within the industrial automation industry as well as a deeper understanding of the security principles for effective operations with cybersensors.
Overview of Industrial Wireless Technology
Wireless systems and wireless technologies have advanced to the point where stable, robust, and secure networks are ready for deployment in industrial settings. As such, professionals crossing many disciplines (e.g., process, automation, IT, controls) come face-to-face with understanding the implications and opportunities that such wireless networks may provide to them and their plant.