• Taking an ISA Certification Exam

    Applying for ISA Certification

    Applying for certification is easy!

    • Review the CAP® application or CCST® application options and complete the application.
    • Submit your completed application and fees to ISA.
    • When your application is approved, you will be mailed a testing eligibility code.
    • Go to www.prometric.com/ISA to locate a Prometric electronic testing center near you, enter your testing eligibility code, and schedule your exam date and location.*
    • You will receive an email from Prometric confirming your test date and location.
    • Report to the testing center at the scheduled time with a valid, government-issued form of identification with a photo and signature, and the confirmation email you received from Prometric.
    • You will receive your pass/fail results immediately after completing the exam at the Prometric testing center.

    Prometric Exam Tutorial

    All ISA certification exams are closed book. No reference material may be brought in to the test site. For CCST Levels I and III, Units Conversion Tables will be provided to candidates in either paper format for paper/pencil exams or as part of a PDF file for electronic exams for reference during the examination. Click here to review the Units Conversion Tables.

    For international applicants, please note that the validation study for the exams was done in the United States so there may be questions on the exam that reference US standards and codes. For a reference of possible US standards and codes to review for each exam, see below:


    Electronic Exam Testing Windows

    Each year, the CAP and CCST exams are available electronically during three testing windows. Each exam testing window will have a deadline for applications to be considered for testing in that window. Eligible candidates will only be able to test during the testing windows.

    As of 1 January 2011, the candidate eligibility window, or testing window, has been extended to twelve (12) consecutive months. Once your application is approved, testing must be completed within your assigned twelve-month testing window which is based on your application submission/postmark date. Please allow six (6) weeks for application review and notification of eligibility to test and testing window assignment.

    In order to schedule an exam, you will need to send your completed application by the specified application deadline for your preferred exam testing window. The application deadlines and testing windows are as follows:

    Exam Testing Window Exam Application Postmark/Submission Deadline Exam Application Postmark/Submission Timeframe
    Window 1: 1 March 2015 – 28 February 2016 Thursday, 15 January 2015 16 September 2014- 15 January 2015
    Window 2: 1 July 2015 – 30 June 2016 Friday, 15 May 2015 16 January - 15 May 2015
    Window 3: 1 November 2015 – 31 October 2016 Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16 May - 15 September 2015


    Your first exam testing date and all rescheduling and retesting must be scheduled during the testing window for which you are approved to test. 

    You may reschedule your exam once, and the rescheduled date must be during your approved testing window.

    You may schedule up to two (2) retests during your approved twelve-month testing window. Each retest must be scheduled a minimum of 30 days after your last exam date (this includes your initial exam date).

    If you do not successfully pass the CAP or CCST exam within your twelve-month testing window, you must reapply for the exam by submitting a new application and fee. Once approved you will be given a new twelve-month testing window based on your application submission/postmark date. 

    Special Event Exam Dates

    ISA offers our certification exams in a paper/pencil format at some special events. Click the certification program below to see these special paper/pencil exam dates:


    Private Exam Sites

    ISA certification exams can be scheduled for private sites/companies in the United States and will be administered as paper/pencil exams. Click the following link to review information on scheduling a private test site in the United States.

    ATTENTION: Private exams will no longer be scheduled outside the United States.

    If you apply for electronic testing and determine that you will take the ISA CAP or CCST review course that has a paper/pencil exam the day after the course, you must contact ISA to change your exam format and exam date. If you do not, there will not be materials available for you to test during the paper/pencil exam. You must notify ISA of this change at least thirty (30) days in advance of the paper/pencil exam date. You will then receive a confirmation letter, rather than an eligibility letter, which you must bring with you to be admitted in to the paper/pencil exam room.

    If you have applied for a paper/pencil exam with a review course where the fee for the exam was waived (by completing both the exam application and the separate course registration), and you wish to change to electronic testing, you must notify ISA and send the application fee to ISA to change your exam format. You will then receive an eligibility letter, rather than a confirmation letter, which you will need to schedule your electronic exam. Please be advised that you will be assigned a twelve-month testing window based on the postmark/submission date of your application fee. This means, the next testing window, as outlined above, may not be open immediately after you have completed the review course.

    To order a Study Guide for the CAP or CCST exams, contact ISA:

    Phone: +1 919-549-8411
    Fax: +1 919-549-8288
    Email: info@isa.org

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