CSIA certification expanding across the globe; first certified integrator approved in Africa

CSIA certified members provide solutions for automation projects worldwide

MADISON, Wisconsin - For the first time, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) has certified a control system integrator company in Africa, demonstrating CSIA's continued commitment to promoting the highest standards in business and management in the automation industry around the world.

GIL Automation is the first company in Africa to reach the CSIA certified level. A leading system integrator based in Nigeria, Gil Automation serves the oil and gas, food and beverage, power, water and mining industries.

"With Gil Automation achieving CSIA certification, we are proud to say that we now have certified members on every continent with the exception of Antarctica," says Bob Lowe, executive director of CSIA. "More and more CSIA members around the world recognize the need to grow and sustain a successful integration company in order to meets the needs of industry clients now and in the future. By becoming CSIA certified, they are developing good business and management skills in addition to technical knowledge."

CSIA certification requires integrator companies to undergo an intense third-party audit and follow strict performance standards. Members must meet or exceed the 79 criteria taken from CSIA's Best Practices and Benchmarks Manual to become certified. An audit is required every three years to maintain CSIA certification.

"Certifications are important to all industries," Lowe adds. "Being CSIA certified is the only way that directors of manufacturing, plant operations managers and other industry leaders know they are choosing and working with one of the most professional and capable control system integrators available."

CSIA certified members are independent, professional service providers who offer the best solutions for automation projects. To learn more about CSIA and its certification program, visit www.controlsys.org. To find a comprehensive online directory of qualified CSIA system integrator members, visit www.csiaexchange.com.

About CSIA

Founded in 1994, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is a not-for-profit, global trade association that seeks to advance the industry of control system integration. Control system integrators use their engineering, technical and business skills to help manufacturers and others automate their industrial equipment and systems. CSIA members provide a range of services in dozens of industries.

Headquartered in Madison, Wis., CSIA is the "go-to" resource for system integration providers. CSIA helps members improve their business skills, provides a forum to share industry expertise, and promotes the benefits of hiring a certified control system integrator. CSIA has more than 400 members in 27 countries.

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