Developing and Applying Standard Instrumentation and Control Documentation (FG15E) - Online

Length: 8 weeks
CEU Credits: 1.4
Course Hours: Online Course – Refer to Syllabus
Certification of Completion: A Certificate of Completion indicating the total number of CEUs earned will be provided upon successful completion of the course.ISA's online instructor-assisted training courses offer the benefit of a high quality ISA training course with the added advantage of studying at your own pace in the office, at home, or while traveling.

This online course utilizes pre-recorded training modules, homework/practice exercises, as well as e-mail and live discussions. Students will have access via email to an instructor throughout the course, as well as a discussion group to communicate with other students in the class.

This online, self-paced course runs for eight (8) weeks. You will have access to online modules, each taking approximately 30-60 minutes. Your course syllabus will guide you through the course modules and provide assignments and opportunities to interact with the instructor and other course participants. 


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. This course covers both the development and the reading/interpreting of these documents, making it beneficial to engineers, designers, software programmers, system integrators, and technicians.

You will be able to:

  • Design, develop, and interpret the documents used to define instruments and control systems for a typical project, including P&IDs, loop diagrams, specification forms, instrument lists, logic diagrams, installation details, and location plans
  • Explain the information included on each document
  • Plan document development as it relates to project management
  • Apply ISA standards for symbols and terminology to documentation
  • Describe the relationship of ISO 9000, OSHA process safety management (PSM), and API 750 to control systems documentation

What You'll Cover:

  • P&IDs: Definition and Use | ISA Standard Symbols and Identification | Contents and Piping Information | Design and Construction | Developing from Flow Diagrams | Scheduling Considerations | Hazardous Area Considerations
  • Instrument Lists: Definition and Use
  • Control System Software: PLC/DCS Functional Requirement Documentation Development
  • Logic Diagrams: Definition and Use | Symbology | Interpretation | ISA Standards
  • Installation Details: Use | Development | Materials of Construction | Valves | Scheduling
  • Location Plans: Purpose and Development | Structural Considerations | Electrical and Other Trays | Panel Location
  • Instrument List: Specification Forms | An ISA20 Specification Form
  • Loop Diagrams: Purpose | Interpretation | Development | ISA Standards | Scheduling Considerations
  • Control Methods: Feedback | Feedforward | Ratio | Cascade | Control Valves
  • Standards and Documentation: ISA5.1 - ISA5.6 | ISO 9000 | OSHA | Process Safety System Management | API 750



Students are asked to take the pre-exam, which includes questions related to the subject matter areas. Answers will be provided for students to assess their knowledge, prior to beginning the course material.

WEEK 1 –
•     Module 1: Introduction/Overview – Part 1
•     Module 2: Introduction – Part 2

WEEK 2 –
•     Module 3: P&ID Basics

WEEK 3 –
•     Module 4: Symbols and P&IDs

WEEK 4 –
•     Module 5: Other Documentation

WEEK 5 –
•     Module 6: Instrument Location and Installation

WEEK 6 –
•     Module 7: Loop Diagrams and Multiple Loop Control

WEEK 7 –
•     Module 8: Functional Requirements Documentation

WEEK 8 –
•     Final Examination


Course Materials (Digital Format):

  • Course note-set with slides from course modules and course syllabus
  • ANSI/ISA-5.12009 - Instrumentation Symbols and Identification  

Features of ISA CyberU online course:

Online Pre-recorded Course Modules

Your instructor has pre-recorded each course module so that you can access the course presentations on your schedule. Each module is a web/audio session that takes approximately 60 minutes.

Ask the Expert

Interact with your expert instructor, via email throughout the course and through scheduled live Q& A sessions. You can expect a reply to your email within 24 hours. This email address is active during the entire course duration.

The Q&A sessions provide an opportunity for you and your classmates to speak one-on-one with the instructor. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course material and interact with your fellow classmates.

Class Discussions

You will be invited to subscribe to a course discussion group that includes course participants. You can use this discussion group to post questions and share experience relevant to the course with other class members.

Course Assignments and Exams

Take the course pre-test before you begin studying the course material to get a better understanding of areas that you will want to focus on more during the course.

Homework assignments for all modules will be indicated on the syllabus. The homework assignments are designed to help expand your understanding of the course material.

Complete the final exam for the course in order to receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) credit. The final exam will be taken and scored online.

You must receive at least 80% on the course exam to receive CEU credit.

Continuing Education Units (CEU) credits are awarded to all students who successfully complete the final course exam.

If you wish to register offline, download the Training Registration Form, complete, and return to ISA with your payment.

Not sure this particular course is for you?
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.


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