The International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA 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 36,000 members and 350,000 customers around the world.
ISA owns Automation.com, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org), 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 (www.isasecure.org) and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (www.isa100wci.org).
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ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) certification is a mark of career excellence that affirms your commitment to quality and demonstrates your expertise and knowledge of state of the practice. Most important, it is acceptance and recognition from your peers.
The CAP program requires that you recertify every three years to maintain your certification. The purpose of recertifying is to ensure that as a CAP-certified professional you maintain the same level of knowledge originally demonstrated when you passed the written examination. If you do not recertify within four (4) months after your expiration date, your certification is considered lapsed and you must reapply and retest.
Send your completed Renewal Application and renewal fee to ISA 60 days before your expiration date to keep your CAP certification active.
You will receive notices (these may come in the form of mail, email, and phone) from ISA when your renewal date approaches, but it is your responsibility to submit your renewal on time. Your certification expires on the date printed on your certificate. Make sure to keep your contact information up-to-date in your ISA account.
If you do not send in your renewal application showing your 135 PDPs within 4 months after the end of your three-year certification period, your certification will expire.
If your certification has been expired for four months or longer, regaining Active Status is only possible by reapplying as a first-time applicant and meeting the work, education, and exam requirements.
If you choose to renew by exam, you must complete the Renewal Application and submit payment ($330 ISA Members; $445 Affiliate Members/Community Members/ List). Once your application is processed, you will receive instructions for scheduling your exam with Prometrics.
To renew by Professional Development Points (PDPs), you must 1) complete the Renewal Application and submit payment ($205 ISA Current Members; $320 Affiliate Members/Community Members/ List) and 2) submit your CAP CDP Activity Record.
On 1 March 2012, ISA implemented the new ISA CAP Continuing Professional Development Program. If your CAP certification renewal date is before 1 March 2013, you can continue using the Original PDP requirements for renewal or opt to use the new ISA CAP CDP Program requirements for renewal. For more information on the Original PDP requirements, click here.
Please note that if you are following the Original PDP requirements you do not need to submit a submit a CAP CDP Activity Record with your renewal application. You should submit the completed renewal application with payment. If you choose to follow the new CAP CDP Program, you must submit a CAP CDP Activity Record along with a completed renewal application (do not complete page 2 of the application) with payment.
The ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) Continuing Professional Development (CDP) Program and its Professional Development Points (PDPs) requirements are designed to be as dynamic as the automation profession the CAP certification program represents and credentials and to assure and enforce continued, relevant professional development in our dynamic professional context.
Professional Development Points (PDPs) are used as a common denominator because there is such a broad range of educational and professional opportunities relating to automation/instrumentation in which credits for professional development activities can be obtained. The following text will define the PDP equivalencies of the various accepted activities.
The CAP CPD Program institutes a PDP reporting process that includes minimum professional development benchmarks. These minimum requirements do not constitute nor do they imply a competency level that is adequate for all certified individuals. To maintain relevancy and competency, it is recommended that you assess your own professional development needs while planning and executing your unique CPD program as you practices in the automation profession. In assessing your individual needs, input from mentors, supervisors, and colleagues may be helpful.
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Your CAP CPD Activity Record must include the following information for each CPD activity submitted for certification renewal:
Note: For audit purposes, you must have and be able to provide upon request documentation for all recorded activities claimed for renewal.
Active professional practice in automation is a significant factor in maintaining and improving your knowledge and skills. You may be an actual automation practitioner or one that is "influencing" the practice of the automation. In this context, "influencing" means having some effect on how the automation profession is practiced without necessarily performing technical work (i.e., management, teaching).
Professional Practice is further defined as:
Refer to the Professional Development Points (PDPs) Summary table below for PDPs allowed for activities in this category.
Formal Automation-related Activities should be included in your CPD program. Formal Automation-related Activities are typically educationally associated and may include an exam or other evaluation process. When no evaluation process is offered, credit may still be claimed in this category for activities that are over four hours in length. Non-evaluated activities of less than four hours should be categorized as Informal Automation-related Activities (see the next section, below).
Examples of Formal Automation-related Activities include:
Unlike Formal Automation-related Activities, Informal Automation-related Activities are shorter in duration and do not involve any evaluation process.
Examples of Informal Automation-related Activities include:
Participation activities are those that promote peer interaction and provide exposure to new ideas and technologies. These activities enhance the automation profession and serve the public interest.
Examples of Participation activities include:
Eligible presentations are those of a technical or professional nature that are discretionary (outside of your normal job functions). Presentations must be developed by the CAP receiving the PDPs. Presentations developed by others will not qualify for PDPs.
Examples of Presentations include:
Refer to the Professional Development Points (PDPs) Summary table below for PDPs allowedfor activities in this category.
Contributions to the Automation Body of Knowledge activities are those that expand or develop the technical knowledge base of the automation profession.
Examples of Contributions to the Automation Body of Knowledge activities include:
You must earn 150 PDPs total across three of the categories below during your three-year certification period. You may not exceed the maximums allowed in each category.
Instructor for an automation-related training course/seminar over four hours in length
2 PDPs x Number of Contact Hours with Students
Additional Certification/License in related areas
Each certification/license = 2 PDPs
General Informal Automation-Related Activities
1 Hour = 0.5 PDPs
Membership/Participation in a Professional Society
Each Membership = 2 PDPs
Each National Society Meeting Attended = 2 PDPs
Each Local/Regional Society Meeting Attended = 1 PDP
Each National Appointed or Elected Position Served = 2 PDPs
Each Local/Regional Elected Position Served = 1 PDP
Each Local/Regional Appointed Position Served = 0.5 PDPs
Delivery of a Paper to an Audince at a Scheduled Meeting
10 PDPs x Number of Deliveries (for published papers)
Delivery of a Paper to an Audience at a Scheduled Meeting
5 PDPs x Number of Delivieries (for non-published papers)
Development of automation-related codes and standards
1 Hour = 0.25 PDPs
Patents (claim once per patent)
Each Patent = 10 PDPs
Publication of reviewed papers
Each Paper = 10 PDPs
Each Thesis = 20 PDPs
Each Book = 40 PDPs over two years
Publication of non-reviewed papers (limit 2/year)
Each Paper = 5 PDPs
Article Review (limit 10 per year)
1 Article = 1 PDP
Paper Editing (limit 5/year)
Each Paper = 2 PDPs
Reviewing of Papers/Presentations for Technical Conference (limit 10/year)
Each Reviewed Paper/Presentation - 1 PDP
Serving in Program Committee for Technical Conference (limit 2 terms/year)
Each Term of Active Service = 5 PDPs
If you do not work/practice full time, you might not be able to meet the requirements of the CAP CPD Program as readily as those who are practicing full time. If this describes your situation, you can submit a written request to the CAP Steering Committee for special consideration to have your CPD PDP requirements reduced. If the Committee grants a reduced requirement, you must submit an Annual Reduced-PDP Submittal Form.
Recognizing that circumstances such as unemployment, illness, etc. cannot be anticipated, the request should be accompanied by a report of current PDPs acquired and anticipated PDPs for the remainder of your certification term. Your individual circumstances will influence what your reduced CPD Program requirements will be. If granted reduced CPD PDP requirements, you will generally be expected to accumulate at least 30 PDPs per year. Upon return to full-time professional practice, you must comply with the full requirements of the CAP CPD Program.
If you feel you were wrongly denied credit for a CPD activity, then you have the right to appeal. For information about the appeal process, please click here.