Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) Exam Review Course (EC00V)

This is a special Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) course offering. Our virtual instructor-led courses, taught remotely by experienced instructors in short sessions over several days, leverages distance learning web technology. The VILT delivery allows attendees to continue to work at their normal job duties between sessions while letting them immediately apply their newly gained knowledge to their current work projects.

For examination and test location details for ISA's CAP click here.

Upon approval of your application, you will receive an eligibility letter with instructions on when and how to schedule your exam electronically. You must take your exam within your Testing Window twelve (12) month eligibility period. For more information on scheduling an examination and testing center locations visit www.isa.org/examscheduleAll CAP exams are closed book.


This course reviews the knowledge and skills areas included on the CAP examination. The intent is to prepare an automation professional who meets the exam criteria to take the exam. The content is based on the Job Analysis Domains, Tasks, Knowledge Areas, and Skill Areas developed as the basis for the CAP certification exam.

For other training to help prepare for the CAP exam, see Training Resources.

You will be able to:

  • Define the scope and format of the CAP exam
  • Compare process variable measurements and control valve selections
  • Discuss how the various types of control technologies are used in industrial automation, including process control from basic to advanced control, discrete, batch, motor and, motion control
  • Identify the range of digital communications used in automation and how these are used in system integration
  • Explain when safety instrumented systems (SISs) are needed and how they are specified
  • Recognize the importance of electrical issues that relate to grounding and noise
  • Apply the critical areas of automation opportunity identification and project justification
  • Interpret the best practice methodology for automation project execution

You will cover:

  • Field Devices: Pressure, Level, Temperature, and Flow Measurement | Analytical Measurement | Discrete Field Devices | Control Valves | Communication Concepts
  • Control and Simulation: Response and Loop Characteristics | PID Control | Advanced Regulatory Control | Multi-variable Control | Distributed Control System | Control Strategy Design Steps | Documentation | Batch Control | Discrete Control | Drive Control | Motion Control
  • Operator Interface and Alarm Management: Human Machine Interface (HMI) | Historical Data
  • Integration: Communications | Manufacturing Execution System (MES) | Network Security
  • Safety, Reliability, and Electrical: Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) | Hazardous Area Classification | Protection Techniques | Intrinsic Safety | Pressurized Enclosures | Grounding, Shielding, and Interference
  • Maintenance Management: General Maintenance Activities | Maintenance Repair and Improvement | Computerized Maintenance Management | Maintenance Execution Responsibilities
  • Workflow and Project Leadership: Opportunity Identification and Project Justification | Communications and Team Processes

Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

  • Practice taking CSE exam-related questions

Course Resources (included with registration):

  • ISA Textbook:Control Systems Engineering Study Guide, 5th Edition.

Recommended Resource: A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, 2nd Edition by Vernon Trevathan
If you wish to register offline, download the Training Registration Form, complete, and return to ISA with your payment.

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A pre-instructional survey is available for you to evaluate your level of understanding of the course material and to show you the types of questions you'll be able to answer after completing the course