Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) Certification Program !!

CAP certification provides a non-biased, third-party, objective assessment and confirmation of an automation professional's skills – specifically, the CAP exam is focused on 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. The CAP certification exam reflects the documented knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for competent job performance.

CAP® program:
  • Sets the standard for the automation professional 
  • Promotes safety and improves productivity 
  • Establishes your professional credentials 
  • Prepares you for additional job responsibilities 
  • Improves ROI by impacting mission critical decisions 
  • Proves that you're an automation leader 

Who are CAPs?

Working in process automation and manufacturing automation industries around the globe, CAPs 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. CAPs are an elite group of automation professionals that have proven they possess an extensive knowledge of automation and controls. CAPs have documented evidence that they possess the expertise and qualifications to excel in their fields.


How was the CAP® Examination created?

Questions on the exam were derived from the actual practice of automation professionals as outlined in the CAP Role Delineation Study and job task analysis. Using interviews, surveys, observation, and group discussions, ISA worked with automation professionals to delineate critical job components to develop test specifications to determine the number of questions related to each domain and task tested. This rigorous program development and ongoing maintenance process ensures that CAP certification accurately reflects the skills and knowledge needed to excel as an automation professional.


What topics or areas of study are covered in the CAP® exam?
The following list will give you the highlights of topics covered in the CAP exam, and also offers an online, easy-to-access review of the full CAP Body of Knowledge.

CAP Body of Knowledge

  • The development of a valid examination for the CAP certification process began with a clear and concise definition of the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for competent job performance. Using interviews, surveys, observation, and group discussions, automation professionals to delineate critical job components. The knowledge and skill bases for the questions on the examination were derived from the actual practice of the automation professionals as outlined in the 2012 CAP Role Delineation Study.
    CAP test specifications were developed by combining the overall survey evaluations of importance, frequency, and criticality, and converting the results into percentages. Importance, frequency, and criticality ratings were weighted equally in this computation. These percentages are used to determine the number of questions related to each domain and task, as shown in the chart below. which includes all information compiled to develop test specifications.

    CAP Performance Domains and Test Specifications

    % of TestNumber of Items on Test
    I. Feasibility Study11%19
    II. Definition12%21
    III. System Design20%35
    IV. Development19%33
    V. Deployment16%28
    VI. Operation and Maintenance22%39
    TOTAL:100%175

    In addition to the CAP test specifications based on the Domains, the test questions are also distributed by knowledge or technical topic categories to ensure broad coverage of technical topics. The distribution of exam questions among these technical topics is particularly important to those preparing for the exam.
    CAP Test Specifications by Technical Topic Category% of TestNumber of Items on Test
    I. Basic Continuous Control14%24
    II. Basic Discrete, Sequencing, and Manufacturing Control13%23
    III. Advanced Control9%16
    IV. Reliability, Safety and Electrical13%23
    V. Integration and Software21%37
    VI. Deployment and Maintenance16%28
    VII. Work Structure14%24
    TOTAL:100%175

CAP Program Requirements & Documentation!!

General criteria to qualify to take the CAP examination include a commitment to the ISA Code of Ethics, a completed application with documentation included to support the education and experience requirements, and the application fee. Applicants must meet either the qualifications outlined in I or II below to be eligible to sit for the CAP exam.

Acceptable work experience and education requirements:


I. If you hold a 4 year technical degree:

  • Four-year academic degree from an accredited educational institution in a technical or technology field including engineering, chemistry, physics, math, etc.
  • Related work experience
    Related experience means a minimum of five years of work in the automation field. One (1) year of work experience means 1,500 hours of active employment. A cumulative total of 7,500 hours of documented work experience is required during the five-year period prior to your application date. Passing the CAP Associate Recognition Program exam counts as one (1) year of work experience.

II. If you hold a 2 year degree or do not have a degree:

  • Related work experience
    Related experience means a minimum of ten (10) years of work in the automation field. One (1) year of work experience means 1,500 hours of active employment. A cumulative total of 15,000 hours of documented work experience is required during the ten (10) year period prior to your application date. An Associate Degree in automation or a related technology from an accredited educational institution will count as two (2) years of work experience.
  • Evidence of responsible charge position
    Two (2) work related references should be submitted that demonstrates that the applicant has had at least two (2) years experience in automation in a position of responsible charge. Each reference should be completed and signed by a former supervisor or someone who is in a position to attest to the applicant’s responsibilities. At least one of the references must be signed by a current or former supervisor.
    Responsible charge does not refer to management control or administrative functions such as accounting, labor relations, or marketing.
    The span of control necessary to be considered in a position of responsible charge includes:
    • Personally makes critical automation project decisions, or reviews and approves proposed decisions prior to implementation, including consideration of alternatives.
    OR
    • Judges the quality of other technical specialists and the validity and applicability of their recommendations before such recommendations are incorporated in the work.
     
Work experience and educational periods may not overlap when compiling the total number of years required for this certification. It reserves the right to audit information provided in your certification application. A random selection of applicants will be chosen for audit. If your application is audited, you will be required to verify your employment history, education, and position of responsible charge as it relates to your application eligibility. Applicants who are audited must complete an audit form and return to ISA within sixty (60) days of audit notification. Failure to do so will result in revocation of your application and certification.

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1,https://www.excelautomationsolutions.com/

2. http://atci.in/#courses

3. http://www.smeclabs.com/plc_training.html

4. http://plcscadatraining.com/certified_automation.html

5. http://iraceautomation.com/courses/

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