Best practices for managing a control system integration business are the focus of two days of intensive training offered by the Control System Integrators Association. CSIA Boot Camp will be Sept. 27 – 28, in Orlando (Fla., U.S.) immediately following the ISA’s Automation Week.
Boot Camp is designed to help control system integrators prepare for the CSIA Certification audit, although any system integrator interested in learning best practices for business management is welcome to attend. To become CSIA Certified, control system integrators must join CSIA and demonstrate through an independent audit that they have implemented the association’s best practices.
During the training, representatives from Exotek, one of the CSIA-approved certification auditors, will review the systems, policies and procedures necessary to successfully prepare for and pass a CSIA certification audit. Because audit preparation is a company-wide endeavor, identifying an internal champion to lead the effort is recommended. The audit leader and other key personnel will benefit most from attending Boot Camp.
“The Boot Camp offered me an opportunity to really dive into the best practices specifically as they relate to the key audit points. The course walked you through in detail the expectations for each section and having folks there who could help to explain each point was very helpful,” says Emily Smith, who attended last year’s Boot Camp. Smith is director of treasury services and human resources at Integrity Integration Resources, a CSIA Certified member based in Plano, Texas.