International Society of Automation (ISA)

Certified Control Systems Technician - Level III (CCST-III)


Credential: Certified Control Systems Technician - Level III (CCST-III)
Credentialing Agency: International Society of Automation (ISA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

ISA's Certified Control Systems Technician Program (CCST) offers third-party recognition of technicians' knowledge and skills in automation and control. CCSTs calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. CCST certifications are available at three levels, and each level requires the successful completion of an examination. To qualify to sit for the CCST examination, the candidate must have a minimum of 13 years of combined education, training, and/or experience.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Control Systems Technician - Level III (CCST-III)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    low

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 13 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Society of Automation (ISA)

67 T.W. Alexander Drive
PO Box 12277
Research Triangle Park, NC  27709

Phone: (919) 549-8411

Fax: (919) 549-8288
Email: info@isa.org

Candidates must have a thirteen-year total of education, training, and/or experience. The following elements may be used to satisfy this requirement:

  • A registered apprenticeship in an instrumentation, measurement and control, electronics, electrical, and/or mechanical program, if applicable.
  • Academic degree (or equivalent) in a related technology area, to a maximum of four years.
  • Related work experience, including at least two years in instrumentation/measurement and control.

Note: At least five years of the thirteen required must be specifically in instrumentation, measurement, and control.

The Certified Control Systems Technician - Level III (CCST-III) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Complete documentation of work experience and education are a MUST to fulfill the requirements to qualify for each level of testing. Work experience and educational periods may not overlap when compiling the total number of years for a level. Related experience always means work done in the instrumentation, measurement and control, electronics, electrical and mechanical fields. One (1) year of work experience means 1500 hours of active employment during a twelve (12) month period.

Written Exam

  • Calibration, Maintenance, Repair, Troubleshooting (19%)
  • Project Start-up, Commissioning, Loop-check, Project Organization, Planning (14%)
  • Documentation (10%)
  • Administration, Supervision, Management (57%)

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Control Systems Technician - Level III (CCST-III) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Control Systems Technician - Level III (CCST-III)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Control Systems Technician - Level III (CCST-III) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certificants must document a total of 90 Professional Development Points (PDPs). PDPs can be earned by documenting 3 years of work experience during the renewal period or documenting a combination of work experience and continuing education. Certificants may also renew by registering for an examination through ISA. Additional Information regarding recertification can be found in the ISA CCST Renewal Policies Brochure.

Additional considerations for the Certified Control Systems Technician - Level III (CCST-III) include:

  • There is no academic requirement for any level. However, candidates may substitute post secondary education in related technologies for a maximum of four years work experience as defined for each level of certification. Related technologies include instrumentation, measurement and control, electrical, electronics or mechanical technologies. An academic degree, or equivalent, means an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in the above technologies or 40 semester hours in technology. Successfully completing the CST in Training Recognition Program equals one year of education. See the CST in Training web page for more details on the program.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

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Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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