Educational events, online courses, webinars and exam preparation offerings for April feature a variety of choices including classes on instrumentation for hazardous environments, burner management, process control valves, MES user requirements, electronic equipment maintenance and tuning control loops. Special programs for April feature the ISA Technician Training Boot Camp and a new, online review course Training Globefor the Certified Automation Professional® certification program examination.

Onsite Training

In addition to taking ISA classroom training at ISA headquarters, regional locations and industry events, you can also receive customized ISA training at your facility through ISA Onsite Training.  This option can bring any ISA course or combination of courses – along with ISA’s world-class instructors, training materials and portable laboratories – directly to you.  Simply pick the time and place.  Contact ISA at +1 919-549-8411 or info@isa.org.

Note: If a class date is not showing in the course offerings page or registration appears closed, contact ISA at info@isa.org or call customer service at +1 919-549-8411 to get a registration update or waiting list status.

Featured Programs

ISA Technician Training Boot Camp (TTBC)
ISA Technician Training Boot Camp (not just for technicians) combines a unique technical training course − minimum lecture and maximum hands-on experience − with bonus features, including a plant tour, technical library, and social events, to enhance the learning experience and to maximize knowledge gained. More than 75 percent of your time will be spent on equipment labs. This week of intensive training will cover a broad range of technical topics needed to get the job done right. Starting with basic instrumentation fundamentals and ending with the advanced and ultimate in smart technology, this comprehensive program will serve as a vital building block to your professional development and skills enhancement efforts. This course also serves as a solid introduction to other ISA courses that will help you advance your automation and control career. ISA Technician Training Boot Camp starts 7 April at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

New_80x80 ExamPrepChecklist_80x80OnlineCourse_80x80 Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) Online Exam Review Course (EC00E)
This self-paced, online course reviews the knowledge and skill areas included on the Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) certification program 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. This course is the recommended replacement for the discontinued CAP Learning System preparation tool, as it incorporates content similarly included in that tool. The online course starts 28 April.

Fundamental Skills Training

Introduction to Industrial Automation and Control (FG07)
This course combines lecture and hands-on labs to provide an overview of industrial measurement and control. Technicians, engineers, and managers are provided with a foundation for communication with other control system professionals. The class serves as a solid fundamental course for introduction to other ISA courses. The 4.5-day class starts 28 April in Newark, Del.

Technical Skills Training − Instrumentation Maintenance

Installing, Calibrating, and Maintaining Electronic Instruments (TI25)
This popular course offers a combination of practical information and hands-on experience, covering proper installation, calibration, and maintenance of electronic instruments. You will examine characteristics of electronic control systems; techniques for installing electronic instruments; and procedures for configuring and calibrating transmitters, transducers, and controllers. Approximately 40 percent of your time in this course is spent working with equipment. The 4.5-day class starts 7 April in King of Prussia, Penn.

Electrical Systems and Principles (TI15)
This course covers electrical principles and components used in industrial instrumentation, emphasizing safety. The material covered includes using schematic symbols, the National Electrical Code (NEC), and basic test equipment. This course serves as an excellent overview for those who have never had electrical training and as a refresher/update for those who have had electrical training (though not too advanced) sometime ago. An understanding of basic algebra is expected. The three-day course starts 7 April at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Industrial Electronics (TI20)
This course introduces the theory and practical application of industrial electronic components. The emphasis is on safety, electrostatic discharge damage, and prevention. An understanding of basic electrical systems is assumed. The two-day class starts 10 April at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Electrical Noise Effects on Instrumentation Control Equipment (TI21)
This course provides an understanding of electrical grounding from an electrical and instrumentation loop relationship. It also covers grounding for personnel/equipment protection as well as for electrical noise. Signal wiring and noise reduction methods are also presented. The material assumes the student has a basic understanding of electrical principles and signal wiring. The National Electrical Code (NEC) is referenced throughout the course. The two-day class starts 14 April at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Technical Skills Training – Control Systems

Tuning Control Loops (TC05)
This course is directed to anyone who would like to gain a better understanding of how to tune control loops − whether they have tuned loops but would like to become more proficient or they have never tuned a loop before. Registrants are expected to have a basic understanding of instrumentation and controls (either by working experience or taking fundamental courses such as ISA’s FG07: Introduction to Industrial Automation and Control) as this course does not cover that material. The three-day course starts 7 April in Houston, Tex.

Troubleshooting Instrumentation and Control Systems (TC10)
This course presents a systematic approach to troubleshooting and start-up of single- and multi-loop control loops. You’ll see how pressure, level, flow, and temperature loops operate to maintain good process control systems. Knowledge of instrumentation and control is assumed. The two-day class starts 10 April in Houston, Tex.

Automation and Control Training – Cybersecurity

Using the ANSI/ISA99 (IEC 62443) Standards to Secure Your Industrial Control System (IC32)
The move to using open standards such as Ethernet, TCP/IP, and Web technologies in supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and process control networks has begun to expose these systems to the same cyberattacks that have wreaked so much havoc on corporate information systems. This course provides a detailed look at how the ANSI/ISA99 standards can be used to protect critical control systems. It also explores the procedural and technical differences between the security for traditional IT environments and those solutions appropriate for SCADA or plant floor environments. The two-day course starts 1 April in Burbank, Calif.

Automation and Control Training – Plant Maintenance

Sizing, Selecting, and Applying Process Control Valves (EI30)
You will gain a practical understanding of control valves, actuators, and positioner designs and their applications. This course also provides methods that can be used to identify specific valve problems and to arrive at acceptable solutions within engineering tolerance. The three-day class starts 7 April at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Automation and Control Training – Safety

Advanced Safety Integrity Level Selection (EC52)
This course focuses on further hands-on examples of safety integrity level (SIL) selection using a variety of different techniques. Students will be better able to save their companies time and money through the optimization of system performance requirements. This course is a follow-on to EC50 (Safety Instrumented Systems − Design, Analysis, and Justification). The course is required for the ISA84 Safety Instrumented Systems Certificate Program 2. You can register for the course only or for the certificate program which includes course and exam. The two-day course starts on 1 April in Columbus, Ohio.

Advanced Design and SIL Verification (EC54)
This two-day course focuses on more detailed design issues and further hands-on examples of system analysis/modeling. Students will be better able to perform system design and analysis thus saving their companies time and money in optimizing system designs. This course will enable you to analyze any system technology and configuration to see if it will meet the required SIL (safety integrity level) and determine if existing systems are safe enough, if they need to be upgraded, and whether proposed systems will meet the performance requirements. The class will start 3 April in Columbus, Ohio.

Applying Instrumentation in Hazardous (Classified) Locations (ES10)
This course provides a detailed, systematic approach to specifying and implementing instrumentation in hazardous locations. The two-day class will be held starting 3 April at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Burner Management Systems Engineering Using NFPA Code 85 and ANSI/ISA77 Standards (ES16)
This two-day course covers the safe startup, monitoring and shutdown of multiple burner boiler furnaces. It also discusses causes of furnace explosions and the relationship between burner management systems and boiler control systems. Prior attendance at ISA ES15: Boiler Control Systems Engineering course or an understanding of boilers and boiler control is assumed. The class starts 3 April at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Certification and Licensure Preparation

CExamPrepChecklist_80x80ertified Maintenance and Reliability Technician (CMRT) Exam Review Course (TM00)
This course is designed as a fast-paced review for the experienced maintenance mechanic. It provides a thorough overview of the knowledge and mechanical skills required in today’s industrial maintenance environment. It is designed specifically for industrial maintenance mechanics preparing for the CMRT exam. An explanation of the examination process and practice taking a certification-type exam is provided. The three-day class starts 4 April at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

ExamPrepChecklist_80x80Control Systems Engineering (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 (PE) examination 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. . The content is based on the CSE Exam Specification that went into effect in October 2011. The three-day course starts 29 April at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

ISA Section-Sponsored Training Courses

OPC: The Windows to the World are Open (IC50C)
Sharing data between current control system offerings requires a myriad of hardware, software drivers, and configuration tools from each vendor. OLE for Process Control (OPC) is an industry-wide standard that breaks this proprietary lock by offering open connectivity based on principles adapted from MS Windows integration standards. Using case studies and an OPC client/server demonstration, this seminar shows you the benefits and drawbacks of using OPC in your plant, how to link diverse industrial equipment into an effective plant-wide communications network, how to securely share plant data on the Internet, and how to justify the economics to move to OPC.  The one-day seminar will be held 8 April in New Haven, Conn.

Online, Instructor-Assisted Courses

ISA’s CyberU online instructor-led training courses offer the benefits of high-quality ISA training courses with the added advantage of studying at your own pace in the office, at home or while traveling.  Courses use online training modules, additional text materials, online evaluations, and email discussions. Students have access via email to an instructor and have an opportunity to participate in live Q&A sessions with the instructor and other class participants.

OnlineCourse_80x80Introduction to Industrial Pressure, Level, and Density Measurement Technologies (EI05E)
This course presents an overview of the principles and applications of modern pressure, level, and density measurement systems, emphasizing underlying instrument technologies; device performance and design; and specification, selection, installation, and maintenance requirements for instruments and transmitters. This six-week CyberU course starts 7 April.

OnlineCourse_80x80 Cybersecurity for Automation, Control, and SCADA Systems (IC32E)
The move to using open standards such as Ethernet, TCP/IP and web technologies in supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and process control networks has begun to expose these systems to the same cyberattacks that have wreaked havoc on corporate information systems. This course provides a detailed look at how the ANSI/ISA99 standards can be used to protect your critical control systems. It also explores the procedural and technical differences between the security for traditional IT environments and those solutions appropriate for SCADA or plant floor environments. The course starts 7 April.

Webinar Series − Control Systems Security & ANSI/ISA-62443

Webinar_80x80 Cybersecurity Risk Assessment for Automation Systems (IC32CW1)
Risk analysis is an important step in creating a cybersecurity plan for your automation system. Risk analysis not only identifies security vulnerabilities but also provides the business case for the countermeasures that reduce risk. This course introduces control engineers to the concepts of risk analysis and how they are applied to industrial manufacturing and control systems based on the ANSI/ISA99 standards. This course is also valuable for IT professionals who wish to learn the special considerations of automation systems in performing risk analysis. The webinar will be held 19 March.

Webinar_80x80Using Firewalls and Security Zones on the Plant Floor (IC32CW2)
The network firewall is one of the most important tools in any cyber security designer’s tool box. This seminar introduces the industrial controls engineer to the world of firewall system design, focusing on how these devices can be effectively deployed on the typical plant floor to help meet the ANSI/ISA99 security standards. The webinar will be held 26 March.

Webinar_80x80A Tour of the ANSI/ISA99 Security Standards (IC32CW3)
This webinar introduces you to the ANSI/ISA99 Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems standards and how these are organized. You will be given a brief introduction to the terminology, concepts, and models of ANSI/ISA99 cybersecurity and elements of creating a cybersecurity management system. The webinar will be held 2 April.

Webinar Series − Enterprise Control Integration & ANSI/ISA95

Webinar_80x80Applying Manufacturing Execution Systems (IC60CW1)
Every enterprise that manufactures anything has some sort of manufacturing execution system (MES) − some means of tracking what needs to be done and how it gets done. Whether it’s effective or not depends on its ability to provide structure and control, visibility and accountability, and support for the kind of flexibility and responsiveness demanded by today’s make-it-now, make-it-my-way economy. This webinar offers an introduction to and advantages of MES, explained using the ISA95 models. The webinar will be held 16 April.

Webinar_80x80Applying ISA95 for Specification of MES User Requirements (IC60CW2)
The seminar will provide participants instruction on how to use the ISA95 models as a basis for a structured method for collecting and writing the User Requirements Specifications for a manufacturing execution system (MES). The webinar will be held 23 April.

Webinar_80x80The ISA95 Object Models for Enterprise Control System Integration, Part 1: Introduction (IC55CW1)
This seminar presents the ANSI/ISA95 standard defining integration of business logistics systems − enterprise resource planning (ERP), production lifecycle management (PLM), and supply chain management (SCM) − to manufacturing control systems and manufacturing execution systems (MES). This seminar explains the ISA95 object models that are the basis for exchange of information between enterprise and control systems. The webinar will be held 30 April.

Webinar_80x80The ISA95 Object Models for Enterprise-Control System Integration, Part 2: Application Example (IC55CW2)
Using a complete case study, this webinar will explain the complex relationships between the objects in the ISA95 object models. These models explain which information is exchanged between enterprise and control systems, and are the basis for developing interfaces between those systems. The seminar will also pay attention to steps in integration projects, typical aspects of integration architectures (like XML and Middleware) and points of concern, and best practices. The webinar will be held 8 May.

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