CST Associate Recognition Program - Control Systems Technician
CST® Associate Recognition - Requirements and Documentation
Recognition of your achievements is critical when you seek employment.
The ISA CST Associate program will give you a recognition that
demonstrates your commitment to a career in automation and control
and shows that your educational accomplishments are only the beginning.
An ISA CST Associate will have specialized work experience and/or an
educational background in instrumentation and control or a related field
and be able to successfully complete an ISA examination.
The ISA CST Associate examination is designed to measure a
fundamental understanding of knowledge in instrumentation
Visit the ISA (International Society of Automation) website:
ISA CST (Control Systems Technician) Associate Recognition Program
ISA’s CST Associate Requirements:
A CST Associate will meet specific criteria based on educational courses or work experience in automation and control, electrical, electronics,
or mechanical technologies at the time of submitting an application.
To qualify to become a CST Associate...
If you hold technical degree
or no degree:
- You must pass a two hour 75 question multiple choice closed book examination.
- No reference material of any kind may be brought in to the exam room.
- Self-powered or battery operated, non-programmable calculators are allowed.
Not ready for the CCST?
- Successfully completed 16 semester course hours
or 24 quarter hours from an educational institution
within the related technology areas. Courses in
basic science, mathematics, social science,
humanities, and communications will not count toward
- Completed two year academic degree in related technology area (e.g. degree in Instrumentation Engineering Technology).
Related technology areas include instrumentation, measurement and control, electrical, electronics, or mechanical technologies.
Computer programming courses related to practical engineering applications will qualify.
- Two years of work experience in related technology area with a minimum of a high school diploma.
- One (1) year of work experience means 1,500 hours of active employment.
Don't feel ready to take the Certified Control Systems Technician Exam?
CST® Associate Recognition - Performance Domains and Test Specifications
Try the CST Associate Recognition Program Exam.
The CST® Associate Recognition exam will cover four major domains that have been organized as follows.
|CST Associate Specifications by Domain
||% of Test
||Number of Items on Test
|II. Loop Checking
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Systems Technician® (CST®) Associate Program
Working in process automation and manufacturing
automation industries around the globe,
CSTs are responsible for the direction,
definition, design, development/application,
deployment, documentation, and support of systems,
software, and equipment used in control systems,
manufacturing information systems, systems integration, and operational consulting.
CSTs are an elite group of automation professionals that have
proven they possess an extensive knowledge of automation
and controls. CSTs have documented evidence that they
possess the expertise and qualifications to excel in
ISA Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®)
Working in dozens of
different industries worldwide, CCSTs calibrate,
document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace
instrumentation for systems that measure and control
level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process
variables. Many companies prefer candidates with a CCST
certification because they can trust their documented
knowledge of automation and control systems.
ISA supports the
Control Systems Engineer (CSE) License, a specialized Professional Engineering (PE) license recognized in the United States
for engineers in automation and control. ISA offers
training courses and review materials to help engineers prepare for the exams, which are offered by
state boards in the US in October
ISA and NCEES recommended material for the CSE:
Control Systems Engineering Exam Reference Manual: A Practical Study Guide, 3rd Edition. Which cover the material and the knowledge requirements
of the NCEES exam specifications, to be able to pass the CSE examination.
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