ISA’s Online Technician Courses and Recommended Reading


ISA's resources for technicians prepare you to become an ISA Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®). CCSTs are an elite group of automation and control technicians that have proven they possess extensive knowledge of automation and control systems.

You can prepare for your CCST examination by taking courses in our Technician Pathway, including our CCST exam review courses. Learn more about applying to take your CCST exam at isa.org/ccst.

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Continuous & Batch Processesing

Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) Level I 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.
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Instructor-Guided (TS00E)
—> Self-Paced Modular (TS00M)
—> Virtual Classroom (TS00V)

In-person offerings:
—> Classroom (TS00)

Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) Level II Exam Review Course (TS02)
This is a fast-paced review of the knowledge and practical skills necessary for technicians with seven or more years of practical experience who are preparing to sit for the CCST Level II exam.
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Instructor-Guided (TS02E)
—> Virtual Classroom (TS02V)

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Classroom (TS02)

Certified Control System Technician® (CCST®) Level III Exam Review Course (TS03)
Reviews the knowledge and skill areas included in the Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) Level III examination.
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Instructor-Guided (TS03E)
—> Virtual Classroom (TS03V)

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Classroom (TS03)

Control Systems Technician Associate Exam Review Course (TS08)
Reviews the knowledge and skill areas needed to
pass the CST Associate course and exam, which will grant you the CST Associate badge.
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Self-Paced Modular (TS08M)

Fundamentals of Industrial Process Measurement & Control (FG05)
Provides an overview of industrial measurement and control for technicians, engineers, and managers, providing a basic understanding and foundation or communication with other control systems professionals. 
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Instructor-Guided (FG05E)
—> Self-Paced Modular (FG05M)

Introduction to Industrial Processes, Measurement and Control (FG07)
This popular course combines lecture and hands-on labs to provide an overview of industrial measurement and control.
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Classroom (FG07)
—> Virtual Classroom (FG07V)

Developing and Applying Standard Instrumentation and Control Documentation (FG15)
Presents the methodology for designing and developing control systems documentation, including the development of piping and instrument diagrams (P&IDs) and related ISA drawings.
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Instructor-Guided (FG15E)

Instrument Calibration and Documentation for FDA-Regulated Industries (TI24)
This course offers a combination of practical information and hands-on experience, covering fundamental principles of electronic process control instrumentation used in FDA-regulated industries including pharmaceutical and food processes.
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Classroom (TI24)

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.
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Classroom (TI25)

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.
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Classroom (TC05)

Technician Training Boot Camp (TTBC)
A week of intensive training covering a broad range of technical topics. Starting with basic instrumentation fundamentals and ending with the advanced and ultimate in smart technology, this comprehensive program is a vital building block to your professional development.
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Classroom (TTBC)

Batch Control Using the ANSI/ISA88 Standards (IC40)
This online, instructor assisted course presents an approach to developing functional requirements/specifications using the models and terminology defined in the ANSI/ISA88 batch control standards.
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—> Instructor-Guided (IC40E)

Implementing Business to MES Integration Using the ANSI/ISA95 Standard (IC55)
This course will help you effectively use the ANSI/ISA95 standard to integrate enterprise and control systems.
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—> Instructor-Guided (IC55E)

Automation Engineering Survival Training (AEST)
Five-day intensive training curriculum covering measurement basics, control valves, safety and operator effectiveness, industrial security and project management, and advanced process automation.
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Virtual Classroom (AESTV)

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Classroom (AEST)

Industrial Pressure, Level, and Density Measurement Engineering (EI05)
This course presents the principles and applications of modern pressure, level, and density measurement systems.
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Classroom (EI05)

Industrial Flow Measurement Engineering (EI10)
This course presents the principles and applications of modern flow measurement systems. Emphasis is on flowmeter accuracy, performance, system design, sizing, specification, installation, and maintenance requirements.
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Classroom (EI10)

Boiler Control Systems Engineering (ES15)
This course covers boiler components and their purpose. Additionally, the course explains the ISA symbols used in boiler control, how to identify the engineering and control of boilers using these symbols, and a method of presenting the engineering.
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Classroom (ES15)

Burner Management Systems Engineering Using NFPA Code 85 and ANSI/ISA77 Standards (ES16)
This course covers the safe start-up, monitoring, and shut-down of multiple burner boiler furnaces.
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Classroom (ES16)

Cybersecurity & Connectivity

IT and OT Survival Basics for I&C Personnel (TS06)
This course gives you the basic tools to design and build IACS systems. Following the convergence of IT and OT technologies, you will learn the underlying principles behind today's current IACS networks. 
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Self-Paced Modular (TS06M)

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Classroom (TS06)

IT and OT Advanced Skills for I & C Personnel (TS12)
In this course, you will learn about the latest developments in networking, including practical tips on designing, implementing and testing TCP/IP-based networks and how to apply them securely and reliably in an Industrial environment.
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Classroom (TS12)

Electrical Noise Effects on Instrumentation Control Equipment (TI21)
This course provides an understanding of electrical grounding from an electrical and instrumentation loop relationship.
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Classroom (TI21)

SCADA Systems Integration (IC30)
This course provides an in-depth introduction to Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.
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—> Self-Paced Modular (IC30M)

Using the ISA/IEC 62443 Series of Standards to Secure Your Control Systems (IC32)
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rovides a detailed look at how the ISA/IEC 62443 (formerly ISA99) standards can be used to protect your critical control systems.
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Instructor-Guided (IC32E)
—> Self-Paced Modular (IC32M)
—> Virtual Classroom (IC32V)

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Classroom (IC32)

Assessing the Cybersecurity of New or Existing IACS Systems (IC33)
This course helps students assess the cybersecurity of a new or existing IACS through the development of a zone and conduit model of the system, identification of security level targets, and the development of a cybersecurity requirements specification (CRS).
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Instructor-Guided (IC33E)
—> Self-Paced Modular (IC33M)
—> Virtual Classroom (IC33V)

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Classroom (IC33)

IACS Cybersecurity Design & Implementation (IC34)
The second phase in the IACS Cybersecurity Lifecycle (defined in ISA 62443-1-1) focuses on the activities associated with the design and implementation of IACS cybersecurity countermeasures.
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Self-Paced Modular (IC34M)
—> Virtual Classroom (IC34V)

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Classroom (IC34)

IACS Cybersecurity Operations & Maintenance (IC37)
The third phase of the IACS Cybersecurity Lifecycle (defined in ISA 62443-1-1) focuses on the activities associated with the ongoing operations and maintenance of IACS cybersecurity.
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Self-Paced Modular (IC37M)
—> Virtual Classroom (IC37V)

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Classroom (IC37)

Overview of ISA/IEC 62443 for Product Suppliers (IC46)
Provides an overview of how the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards can be used by the supplier to implement a security development lifecycle and to develop IACS systems and components that are secure by design and offer security by default.
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Self-Paced Modular (IC46M)

Overview of Industrial Wireless Technology (IC85)
This course will cover the most relevant details associated with industrial wireless systems with an emphasis on how the various technological choices coexist, interoperate, and interact with each other.
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Self-Paced Modular (IC85M)

Operations & Management

Management of Alarm Systems (IC39)
Focuses on the key activities of the alarm management lifecycle provided in the ANSI/ISA18.2 standard: Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries and the IEC version, IEC62682.
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Self-Paced Modular (IC39M)
—> Virtual Classroom (IC39V)

In-person offerings:
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Classroom (IC39)

ISA CCST Study Library
A 22-book collection of resources for your plant. All ISA books are peer-reviewed, written by industry experts, and focus on topics that matter most to technicians.

ISA Standards Resources

Safety

  • ISA-18 Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries
    The purpose of ISA-18 is to develop standards, technical reports, and guidelines for alarm systems including annunciators, process automation systems, and the general development, design, installation, and management of alarm systems in the process industries. Learn More
  • ISA-84 / 61511 Functional Safety – Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industries
    The documents developed by ISA84 cover the activities involved in the design, operation and maintenance of instrumented systems, from sensor through final element, used to achieve functional safety in the process industries. Learn More
  • ISA-101 Human-Machine Interface
    The ISA101 Committee establishes standards, recommended practices, and/or technical reports pertaining to human-machine interfaces in manufacturing applications. Learn More

Technician Resources

  • ISA-5.1 Instrumentation Symbols and Identification
    This standard is intended to provide sufficient information to enable anyone reading a flow diagram and having a reasonable amount of plant knowledge to understand the means of measurement and control of the process without having to go into the details of the instrumentation that require the knowledge of an instrument specialist Learn More
  • ISA-75 Control Valve Standards
    ISA75 is the parent committee of various subcommittees limited to control valve related standards. Inactivated control valve committees ISA4, ISA39, and ISA59 all chose to join ISA75. Learn More
  • ISA-96 Valve Actuators
    The ISA96 committee develops standards and technical reports related to valve actuation and provides basic requirements for pneumatic, electric, hydraulic, electro-hydraulic, and gas over oil actuators. Learn More
  • ISA-105 Commissioning, Loop Checks, and Factory & Site Acceptance/Integration Tests for Industrial Automation Systems
    The ISA105 committee will develop ISA standards documents to provide guidance and education in the areas of its scope and will consider the adoption and subsequent support of appropriate standards from other organizations. Learn More

Additional Learning Opportunities

In addition to our in-person events and training courses, ISA has a wealth of informative and relevant content shared in a multitude of formats. Much of our content is free. We’ve compiled a list of resources for your convenience.

ISA Reference Books
ISA brings you the most authoritative technical resources on process automation, written and reviewed by experts in their fields. Whether you want to expand your skills, create a reference library, or prepare for a CCST, CAP, or CSE exam, ISA has the books you need to take your career to the next level.

ISA Social Media Accounts:
Check out our social media accounts for consumable content, virtual learning options, and general automation news.

ISA Automation Education Network
Visit the Automation Education Network—your portal to an ever-expanding library of webinars created for busy automation professionals. Here, you can access valuable, technical information from leading industry experts to help you stay in tune with trends and changes in the marketplace. Conducted by the International Society of Automation (ISA), Automation.com, the Automation Federation, ISA100 Wireless, and ISASecure, this integrated lineup of webinars (both live and on-demand) delivers robust, up-to-date content in a fast, convenient format.

ISA Transactions

ISA Transactions, our technical journal, is lauded as the finest journal in the world of automation, covering the science behind measurement, control, and automation trends and techniques. ISA Transactions is a bi-monthly publication available in both print and online versions. Online access is free to ISA Professional Members.  Learn More

Technical Papers
ISA's collection of more than 5,500 technical papers, collected from ISA's renowned events over dozens of years, provides a wealth of information and perspectives from individual presenters and subject matter experts hailing from every country around the world. The technical papers collection is free for ISA members and provided at a modest price per paper for non-members.
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Professional Development Opportunities
Getting involved in ISA can help you enhance your leadership skills and career capabilities - plus, you can build a network of professional contacts and friends to last a lifetime. Investing in your personal and professional development is an often overlooked, but critical, way to get ahead in our industries. 
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