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

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. The CCST examination is only one requirement for certification. The candidate must also meet minimum requirements comprised of work experience and education.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 15E Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15G Aircraft Structural Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 7A THAAD Fire Control Communications (TFCC)/Radar Operator/Maintainer ASI some          
Enlisted 91A M1 Abrams Tank System Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 91B Wheeled Vehicle Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 91E Allied Trades Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 91F Small Arms/Towed Artillery Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted E5 Instrument Maintenance (Power Station) ASI some          
Enlisted S2 Mechanical Equipment Maintenance (Power Station) ASI some          
Enlisted U2 Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI most          
Enlisted U3 Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI other          
Warrant Officer 140K Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Tactician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140L Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Support Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 913A Armament Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 914A Allied Trades Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 915A Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 915E Senior Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer/Senior Ordnance Logistics Warrant Officer WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 919A Engineer Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 948D Electronic Missile Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 7 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

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

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

Candidates must have a seven-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: Applicants must have at least two years of specific education, and/or training, in instrumentation, measurement, and control.

The Certified Control Systems Technician - Level II (CCST-II) 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.

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

  • Calibration, Maintenance, Repair, Troubleshooting (61%)
  • Project Start-up, Commissioning, Loop-check, Project Organization, Planning (23%)
  • Documentation (10%)
  • Administration, Supervision, Management (6%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Control Systems Technician - Level II (CCST-II) 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 page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

Individuals must document 90 PDPs by:

  • Documenting 3 years of work experience during the renewal period, OR
  • Documenting a combination of work experience and continuing education, OR
  • Registering for an examination

Additional information regarding recertification can be found on the ISA website.

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

Additional considerations for the Certified Control Systems Technician - Level II (CCST-II) 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.
  • Applicants with total of seven years or more of education, training, and/or experience can apply for a higher level CCST certification. For details, go to the CCST Program Requirements on the ISA web site.