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ISA Certified Control

Systems Technician
(CCST) Program
Standards
Certification
Education & Training
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Why a Certification Program?


Benefits Employers
Ensures a high level of skill and competency
Promotes safe practices
Serves as an objective third-party tool to bring employees to the
same level of accountability
Qualification tool for new hires and contractors
Way to establish a pay for performance system

Sampling of Employers Who Support CCST

Alyeska Pipeline Service


Ashland Chemical
BASF
Bay-Tec Engineering
Bechtel Construction Company
Boehringer-Ingleheim Roxanne
Laboratories
BP Oil
Cargill
Central Maine Power Co.
City of Detroit
Cleveland Electric & Power
Colorado Springs Utilities
Coors Brewing Co.
District of Columbia Sewer & Water
Authority
Dupont
Eli Lilly
Emerson Process Management

GE Plastics
Honeywell Inc.
Jacobs Engineering
Kellogg, Brown & Root
Maverick Technologies
Meade Electric Company
Merck
Michigan Consolidated Gas
Motorola
Noramco
Oklahoma Gas & Electric
Pfizer
Rohm & Haas
Southern Company
Total Petrochemical
Tropicana Products Inc.
Valero
Xcel Engery

Why a Certification Program?


Benefits Individuals
Establishes a professional identity
Provides documentation and recognition of knowledge,
experience and education
Opportunities for promotion, pay increases, job portability
Encourages life long learning and professional development

About the CCST Program


CCST was introduced in 1995
Over 9,000 technicians have applied
70% apply at Level I
12% apply at Level II
18% apply at Level III

Nearly 4,000 currently certified as ISA CCSTs


Eligibility requirements

Level I - 5 years education / experience


Level II - 7 years education / experience
Level III - 13 years education / experience
Pass multiple choice exam (Levels I and III)
or simulation exam (Level II)

Who is a CCST?
CCSTs are knowledgeable and skilled in
pneumatic
mechanical, and
electronic instrumentation

CCSTs understand
process control loops, and
process control systems including computer based systems

CCST Performance Domains

Calibration
Loop checking
Troubleshooting
Start-up
Maintenance/repair
Project organization
Administration

How Can I Prepare for CCST Exam?

List of Resources on www.isa.org/ccst at Prepare link


CCST Level I, II, and III Study Guides
CCST Level I Review Course
Technician Guide Series of books

How Do I Apply?
Apply online or download an application from
www.isa.org/ccst
Document your experience and employment history
Complete and return the application to ISA
You will be notified of your eligibility to take the exam and
provided an eligibility number
Visit www.prometric/ISA to select a testing center and
date to take the exam
Take the exam and receive your score immediately upon
completion at the testing center

ISA Certification Programs

CSE

Available U.S. Only

CAP

Available Globally
Focus on Process Control

X
X

Focus on Automation
X

Work Experience Required

4 Yr Technical Degree Required

X
X

Engineering License

Engineering Degree Required

CCST

Varies by State
X*

No Degree Required
*Without 4 Yr Technical Degree 10 years of Automation experience is required

For More Information


Email: ccst@isa.org
Online: www.isa.org/ccst
Phone: 919-549-8411