Are you preparing to become an ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) or the Professional Engineer (PE) exams? 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. This page contains some of the many resources offered by ISA. For complete information on other professional certification and licensure programs, exams and ISA preparation courses and study resources, click here.

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.

ISA CCST Exam Preparation Books

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 the Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) certification.

 

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Condensed Handbook of Measurement and Control, Fourth Edition

This is an authoritative and indispensable resource for anyone who is responsible for selecting and implementing measurement and control devices for process automation applications. Read a brief Q&A with the author and download a free 80-page book excerptclick this link.

 

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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 Professional Engineer (PE) licensure exam.  The book includes sample problems/solutions preparing for the PE Exam. Download a free 41-page excerpt from the book, click this link.

 

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CSE Exam Reference Manual, Third Edition

This expanded and updated third edition, available in a downloadable PDF format, is for use in preparing for the Professional Engineer (PE) licensure exam. The exam covers a broad range of subjects, from the electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering disciplines. Read a brief Q&A with the author and download a free 45-page book excerptclick this link.

 

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Control Systems Engineering Study Guide, Fifth Edition

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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A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, Third Edition

Edited by Nicholas P. Sands and Ian Verhappen, 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 Professional Engineer (PE) licensure exams. Read a brief Q&A with the authors and download a free 116-page book excerpt, click this link.

 

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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.

 

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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

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.

 

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ISA CCST Exam Preparation Courses

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

TS02E – Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level II Exam Online Review Course

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.

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

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.

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

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.

PE Exam Preparation Courses

EN00 - Control Systems Engineer PE Exam Review Course

This course reviews the knowledge and skills areas that are included on the Professional Engineer (PE) examination produced by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and administered by U.S. state professional license boards, and selected countries. The intent of the ISA 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.

EN00E - Control Systems Engineer (CSE) PE Exam Online Review Course

This online course reviews the knowledge and skills areas that are included on the Professional Engineer (PE) examination produced by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and administered by U.S. state professional license boards, and selected countries. The intent of the ISA 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.

Want to know if your country offers the Professional Engineer (PE) credential? Click this link to use a search tool at the NCEES website to determine licensure availability globally.

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.

For more information on professional certification, exams and ISA preparation courses and study resources, click here.

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