CCST Certification and PE License Exam Preparation

 

Are you preparing to become an ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) or planning to take the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) Professional Engineer (PE) licensure exam? ISA offers a variety of resources, including books, study guides, online and computer-based courses, self-directed training and instructor-led review courses to help you succeed and achieve your professional goals.

Official ISA CCST Exam Preparation Guides

The ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) certification exam program covers four domains:

  • Calibration, Maintenance, Repair, Troubleshooting
  • Project Start-up, Commissioning, Loop-check, Project Organization, Planning
  • Documentation
  • Administration, Supervision, Management

Each domain area includes separate tasks which are noted in the study guides, with practice questions relevant to the tasks that pertain to the particular level for which you are preparing. Relevant formulas and conversion references are also included, as well as answer keys to help identify the areas you may need to apply additional study.

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CCST Study Guide Level I

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CCST Study Guide Level II

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CCST Study Guide Level III

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ISA CCST and PE Exam Preparation Books & Guides

Calibration-A-Technicians-Guide

Calibration: A Technician’s Guide

This comprehensive review of process instrument calibration provides a foundation for understanding the principles and applications of the most frequent tasks that a technician performs. It also serves as an excellent study guide for the calibration domain in CCST certification.

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Condensed Handbook of Measurement and Control, Third Edition (with CD)

Selecting and implementing measurement and control devices for process automation applications is made easier with this best-selling reference. This clear and concise third edition provides quick access to ISA symbology, instrument and control valve selection criteria, and conversion guidelines, with new sections on maintenance, calibration, decision-making skills, and consulting. A bonus CD-ROM is also included. Whether you are an experienced engineer, technician, salesperson, or project manager, or new to the field, you will better understand how to assess, compare, and select the various methods of measurement and control with this valuable and economical handbook in your library.

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Control Systems Engineer Technical Reference Handbook

This book is an excellent technical reference guide for the control systems professional, as well as a study aid for the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) Professional Engineer (PE) licensure exam. It provides a detailed insightful view into the fields of measurement, final control elements, signals/transmission/networking, automation/control systems, relief devices, codes /standards such as NEC, NFPA 70E, hazardous areas, safety instrumented systems, and basic electrical (motors and UPS topologies). Additionally includes sample problems/solutions for use in preparation for the CSE PE Exam.

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Control Systems Engineering Exam Reference Manual, Third Edition (PDF only)

This expanded and updated third edition, available in a downloadable PDF format, is for use in preparing for the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) Professional Engineer (PE) licensure exam. The exam covers a broad range of subjects, from the electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering disciplines. Experience in engineering or designing process control systems is almost a necessity to pass this exam. This manual will review the foundations of process control and demonstrate the breadth and width of the CSE examination. Topics in the book include process measurement and calibration, sizing process control elements, digital logic, analog signals, process safety and shutdown, industrial control networks, NEC and NFPA codes. Recommended reference material and detailed examples are also provided.

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Control-Systems-Engineering-Study-Guide-Fifth-Edition

Control Systems Engineering Study Guide, Fifth Edition (PDF only)

This downloadable fifth edition is for use by individuals preparing for the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) Professional Engineer (PE) licensure exam. The manual provides candidates for the professional engineer license with information about the scope and design of the exam, sample questions, and resource references for further study.

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Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, Second Edition

Edited by Vernon L. Trevathan, with contributions from more than 35 leading experts from all aspects of automation, this book is a key resource for anyone who is studying for the ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP), ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST), and/or Control Systems Engineer (CSE) Professional Engineer (PE) licensure exams. The book defines the most important automation concepts and processes, while also describing the technical skills required to implement them in today’s industrial environment.

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Loop Checking: A Technician’s Guide

In today’s competitive markets, manufacturers strive to continually improve manufacturing performance to meet their business needs and goals. As process control loops have a major impact on a plant’s financial performance, focusing on loop performance is critical. This technician’s guide defines loop checking in the broader scope of control loop performance in addition to the more traditional terms of the plant startup. It discusses general methods and practices that can be applied across many processes/industries. Featured topics include: loop checking basics, factory acceptance testing, wiring and loop checks, performance benchmarking, and sustaining performance.

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Project-Management-A-Technicians-Guide

Project Management: A Technician’s Guide

Books on project management typically focus on the theory of project management and the role of the project manager or project engineer. This text explores project management from a technician’s perspective and is an excellent resource for preparing for the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) exam.

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Start-Up: A Technician’s Guide, Second Edition

When new plants or systems go online, control systems technicians face special challenges. The start-up you are involved with may be a newly built or substantially changed facility, or the start-up of a portion of a manufacturing facility. Author Diane R. Barkin explores and explains the crucial role a technician plays in this process. From the first start-up team meeting to the last round of tuning and loop checking, Barkin uses her extensive practical experience in the process control field to walk you through the issues and skills typically required during a start-up.

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Troubleshooting: A Technician’s Guide, Second Edition

Troubleshooting loops and systems is something all technicians must do, but that few truly master. This newly revised edition draws on the author’s long experience as an instrument and electrical engineer and his maintenance expertise to provide a detailed look at the skills and knowledge required for troubleshooting.

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CCST Study Library Special Bundle

ISA has assembled an extensive resource collection at a bundled discount price to help you expand your industry knowledge and prepare for professional certification and license exams.  The 17 books in the CCST Study Library are excellent resources for day-to-day automation and control tasks, as well as an in-depth study for ISA’s CCST certification program. These books are peer-reviewed and written by industry experts, and they focus on the topics that matter most to your technicians, including: automation and control system design, implementation and maintenance, safety systems; industrial data communications; cybersecurity; instrumentation systems; and much more.

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CSE Study Library Special Bundle

The CSE Study Library is a specially priced ISA bundle that includes valuable resources to help you prepare for the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) Professional Engineer examination produced by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and administered by U.S. state professional license boards each October.

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ISA CCST Exam Preparation Courses

Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level I Exam Review Course (TS00)

This is a fast-paced review of the knowledge and practical skills necessary to install and maintain standard measurement and control instrumentation. It is intended for practicing technicians preparing for the CCST Level I exam. An explanation of the examination process and practice certification-type exams are provided.

OnlineCourse_80x80Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level I Exam Online Review Course (TS00E)

This course is a fast-paced review of the knowledge and practical skills necessary to install and maintain standard measurement and control instrumentation. It is intended for practicing technicians preparing for the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level I exam. Practice certification-type exams and an explanation of the examination process are provided.

Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level II Exam Review Course (TS02)

This is a fast-paced review of the knowledge and skills necessary for technicians with 7+ years of practical experience who are preparing to sit for the CCST Level II exam. An explanation of the requirements, examination process and practice certification-type exams are provided.

OnlineCourse_80x80Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level II Exam Review Course (TS02E)

This online course is designed for technicians with seven or more years of practical experience who are preparing to sit for the CCST Level II exam. The self-paced course runs for 13 weeks. You will have access to 25 online modules, each taking approximately 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.

Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level III Exam Review Course (TS03)

This course reviews the knowledge and skills areas included on the Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level III 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 CCST certification exam.

OnlineCourse_80x80Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level III Exam Online Review Course (TS03E)

This online course reviews the knowledge and skills areas included on the new Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level III examination. The intent is to prepare an automation professional who meets the exam criteria to take the exam. The content is based on the latest job analysis domains, tasks, knowledge areas and skill areas developed and regularly reviewed and updated as the basis for the CCST certification exam.

ISA Professional Engineer (PE) License Exam Preparation Course

Control Systems Engineer (CSE) PE Exam Review Course (EN00)

This course reviews the knowledge and skills areas that are included on the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) Professional Engineer licensure exam produced by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and administered by U.S. state professional license boards each October. The intent of the class is to prepare an engineer with four or more years of experience to take the exam by providing instruction in the broad range of technical areas that will be tested.

OnlineCourse_80x80Control Systems Engineer (CSE) PE Exam Online Review Course (EN00E)

This online course reviews the knowledge and skills areas that are included on the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) Professional Engineer licensure exam produced by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and administered by U.S. state professional license boards each October. The intent of the class is to prepare an engineer with four or more years of experience to take the exam by providing instruction in the broad range of technical areas that will be tested.

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Additional Professional Engineer (PE) License Exam Reference Materials

Click this link for a 12-page PDF download listing additional reference materials designed to help you prepare for the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) Professional Engineer license exam.

 

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