ISA offers a variety of resources to help you prepare for the Certified Automation Professional (CAP®) exam.
A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge is the primary text resource for the CAP exam and provides a complete overview of all technical topics. Order the Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge.
The CAP Study Guide is a comprehensive self-study resource that contains a list of the CAP domains and tasks, 75 review Questions Answers complete with justifications. References that were used for each study guide question are also provided with the question. The Study Guide also includes a recommended list of publications that you can use to do further study on specific domains. Order the CAP Study Guide.
A CAP review course is available in several formats as preparation for taking the certification exam. This course is offered by ISA and can also be offered at your location.
ISA also has a variety of training courses that would be helpful in preparing for CAP. Visit the Automation Professional Training page for a complete list.
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 exam 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.
The following six questions were taken from the CAP exam question item bank and serve as examples of the question type and question content found on the CAP exam.
|Question Number||Correct Answer||Exam Content Outline|
|1||A||Domain 1, Task 4|
|2||C||Domain 2, Task 2|
|3||B||Domain 3, Task 3|
|4||B||Domain 4, Task 7|
|5||C||Domain 5, Task 5|
|6||A||Domain 6, Task 2|
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If your website doesn't show up on the first page of search results on Google, Bing, or Yahoo, your potential customers might not even know you exist. Better search engine marketing can be critical to boosting visits to your website, which can lead to increased brand awareness and higher sales and profits.
But what if you lack the time and technical expertise to Strengthen your site's search engine ranking? It might make sense to hire an experienced, reliable search engine optimization (SEO) consultant.
Here are 10 essential questions to ask when considering a prospective professional SEO consultant:
1. May I have a list of current and past clients?
A reputable SEO consultant should be open to sharing a brief list of current and former clients and his or her contact information, says Vanessa Fox, author of Marketing in the Age of Google (Wiley, 2012) and founder of Nine By Blue, a Seattle-based SEO software provider.
These references can help you gauge how effective the candidate is, as well as verify that the person did indeed work on specific SEO campaigns. Clients may not provide specific analytics, Fox says, but they should be able to at least tell you if they saw a positive impact on their search result ranking, especially in conversions and in gaining an audience, as a direct result of the candidate's consulting services efforts.
2. How will you Strengthen my search engine rankings?
Steer clear of SEO consultants who won't freely discuss their SEO work in detail, cautions Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz, an SEO company aiming to help brands with their digital marketing through SEO strategy, and co-author of The Art of SEO (O'Reilly, 2012). They should explain the SEO techniques they would use to drive up your website's search engine ranking, as well as estimate how long it could realistically take to achieve the SEO campaign goals you agree on.
Make sure the candidate's proposal includes an initial technical SEO review of your website to weed out any problems that could lower your search engine ranking, including broken links and error pages. Consultants also should provide "on-page" optimization, a process to make your website as search engine friendly as possible. It involves improving your website's URL and internal linking structure, along with developing web page titles, headings, and tags.
Also, ask consultants if they provide "off-page" SEO services to help with content marketing and raise awareness of your content on other websites, often via blogs, social media platforms, and press releases.
3. Do you adhere to search engines' webmaster guidelines?
You want an SEO professional who strictly abides by Google's publicly posted webmaster best practices, which specifically prohibit 12 common SEO tricks, including automatically generating spammy content and adding bogus hidden text and links. If a candidate doesn't follow those guidelines, your website could be relegated to a dismally low search result ranking. Or, worse yet, Google could ban it from search results altogether.
Bing and Yahoo also post webmaster best practices that consultants should confirm they follow.
4. Can you guarantee my website will achieve a number-one ranking on Google, Bing, and Yahoo?
If the candidate answers yes, Fox warns, "Turn and run in the other direction as fast as you can." Although it's impossible to guarantee a number-one ranking on any search engine, she says, some unethical SEO consulting services do make such bogus guarantees.
Consider it a red flag if the candidate claims to have an insider relationship with Google or any other search engine that will get you priority search results rankings. Only Google, Bing, and Yahoo can control how high or low websites appear in their search results.
5. Are you experienced in improving local search results?
Appearing in the top local search engine results is especially important to small brick-and-mortar businesses trying to attract nearby customers, Rand says. You'll want an SEO specialist who has expertise in local SEO techniques.
If your website is optimized for what's known as "local SEO," it should appear when someone nearby is searching for a keyword that is relevant to your business. To achieve that, a consultant should conduct keyword research and add your business's city and state to your website's title tags and meta descriptions. Additionally, an expert SEO consultant should get your site listed on Bing, Google, and Yahoo's local listings, which are online directories of businesses that cater to a specific geographical area.
6. Will you share with me all changes you make to my site?
Search engine optimization will most likely require several changes to your existing web page coding. It's important to know exactly what adjustments the SEO expert plans to make and on how many web pages. If you would like the candidate or SEO agency to get your permission before accessing and altering your website code, be sure to say so.
For example, will consultants add new title tags to your existing HTML code or modify the existing ones? Will they provide additional copywriting content highlighting your products and services to beef up the number of visible, on-page keywords relevant to your potential customers? And do they plan to redesign all or some of your website navigation or add new pages to your site?
7. How do you measure the success of your SEO campaigns?
To gauge the success of your SEO effort, you must track exactly how much traffic is being sent to your website and where it is coming from. Consultants should be experienced in using the SEO tool Google Analytics to track improvement in your site's search engine rankings, the number of links from other websites driving traffic to yours, the kinds of keywords searchers use to find your site, and much more.
Be sure to ask how often they plan to share these important analytics with you and how they would use the SEO audit data to continually Strengthen your search engine rankings and website traffic.
8. How will we communicate and how often?
SEO consultants' communication styles and customer service standards vary. You need to find someone whose approach best fits your needs. Ask if the candidate prefers to talk in person or via phone, Skype, texting, or email. And find out how often they will reach out to you with status updates.
9. What are your fees and payment terms?
You need to know how much you'll be charged, of course, and also whether the consultant gets paid hourly, by retainer, or by the project. Project-based payments are the most common in the SEO consulting industry, and they can vary widely, depending on a project's size and complexity. Most contract projects ranged from $1500-$5,000 per project.
According to Moz's 2011 pricing survey of more than 600 SEO firms, the study found that the most common retainers ranged between $251 to $500 a month on the lower end and $2,501 to $5,000 a month on the higher end, while the most common hourly rates ranged from $76 to $200. Fox said consultants who specifically serve small businesses often charge less per month and hour.
Other important payment-related questions: How often are invoice payments due -- every 30, 60, or 90 days? Is there an interest charge for late payments?
10. What happens when we part ways?
When your contract expires or if you terminate it early, you should still maintain ownership of all of the optimized web content you paid the consultant or SEO consulting service to provide, Fox says.
Accordingly, you'll want to make sure the contract states that when you part ways with your search engine optimization consultant they will not change or remove any of the content they added, modified, or optimized on your behalf. You also should ask consultants whether they charge any fees for early contract termination and if so, specify them in the contract.
Wizards of the Coast commits to engaging with cultural consultants on every one of its Dungeons & Dragons releases going forward. The announcement was listed as part of the latest batch of errata for Spelljammer: Adventures in Space, a campaign book that sparked public outcry in August for the inclusion of racist material.
The blog post, written by Wizards’ game design architect Christopher Perkins, states in no uncertain terms that the studio’s new review process “mandates that every word, illustration, and map must be reviewed by multiple outside cultural consultants prior to publication.” The so-called “inclusion-review process” will take place at multiple points during the development of a product — including during the final assembly, when art and text will be reviewed side by side.
“The new inclusion-review process applies to not only products in development but also reprints,” Perkins said. “In other words, every reprint is an opportunity to conduct a new inclusion review on previously published content.”
Cultural consultants are experts on certain cultures and peoples, and are commonly utilized in vetting materials all across modern media from film and television, to comics, novels, video games, and board games. Such experts have featured prominently in the credits of past D&D books, including this year’s hit adventure anthology, Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel — which is, ironically enough, the first D&D book conceived of an executed exclusively by writers of color.
No cultural consultants are listed in the credits for Spelljammer, an oversight that Wizards said lead directly to this summer’s incident in which racist text and art were included in that product. Indeed, multiple changes have been made to Spelljammer since its release date. The latest batch, also released today, includes several adjustments to creatures to make them less racially inclined toward avariciousness and greed.
With its next release, Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen, Wizards is fully embracing its digital future by selling the physical book in a bundle with its digital equivalent. Those digital materials, it seems, will be much more of a living and evolving document going forward. Case in point: All of the changes mentioned in today’s errata have already been implemented online in D&D Beyond.
Thursday’s announcement was made against the backdrop of a nasty lawsuit being fought between Wizards and the newly resurrected TSR, an entity which Wizards bought in 1997. The Seattle-based publisher recently requested an injunction against TSR citing what it calls “despicable” and “blatantly racist and transphobic” content that, if released, could damage the D&D brand. The case is still in the discovery phase, and is set to go to trial in Oct. 2023.
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According to psychologist Dr Anna Colton, all young people are different both in the way they revise and show their stress.
Stress can manifest in many ways. For example, tearfulness, insomnia, a lack of appetite, or eating all the time. Alternatively, young people may show their stress by socialising too much or withdrawing from social activities altogether. To add to this, blind panic, which some young people experience when they are under pressure can result in inactivity - this can often be misinterpreted by parents as laziness.
GCSE examinations in 2023 will mainly return to pre-pandemic arrangements, after several years of disruption due to Covid-19.
Dr Jo Saxton from Ofqual said "I can confirm that, in 2023, we will return to pre-pandemic grading as the next step in getting back to normal.
"But giving the 2023 cohort some protection against any impact of COVID-19 disruption is the right thing to do.
"Students in the 2023 cohort have not experienced national school and college closures during their 2-year courses of study, but we know they have experienced some disruption.
"That’s why we’re putting in place some protection for this cohort."
Return to full curriculum
Grade boundaries for 2023 examinations will be guided by the grades achieved by cohorts of students in pre-pandemic years, alongside prior attainment data. Dr Saxton said this "means the 2023 cohort will be protected in grading terms if their exam performance is a little lower than before the pandemic."
In May the Department for Education confirmed that there would be a return to full curriculum coverage in examinations for all GCSE subjects.
Advance information of exam content will no longer be provided, but students taking GCSE maths, physics and combined science will have formulae and equation sheets.
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There is no shortage of ways that insurance companies will attempt to deny legitimate long-term disability (LTD) claims. Even though the denial creates stress and sleepless nights for claimants in need, the focus for insurers, in my experience, is on increasing their bottom line.
A reason I frequently receive from my clients is that their LTD claim was turned down because the insurance company’s medical consultant doesn’t think they are disabled.
READ MORE: 4 reasons long-term disability claims are rejected, and how to fight back
If you find yourself in this situation, here are the top three things you need to do.
1. Determine if the medical consultant is qualified to comment on your case
The medical consultants hired by insurers, in my experience, often lack the correct expertise to determine if you should qualify for disability benefits.
Typically, they are general practitioners or family doctors. While it’s not inappropriate for these medical professionals to provide a report, your situation might require a specialist.
READ MORE: ‘Get full support from your doctor’: Disability lawyer’s guide to making insurance claims
In some cases, the medical consultant will acknowledge this in their report and recommend that a specialist also review your case. However, insurers often don’t follow that advice.
This happened to one of my clients who suffered a bad concussion. She had chronic pain, headaches, and psycho-cognitive issues.
The report provided by the insurance company’s medical consultant gave opinions on her pain and headaches, but recommended that she see a neurologist about her cognitive difficulties.
Instead of doing this, the insurer hastily denied her disability claim. Samfiru Tumarkin LLP took legal action against the insurance company and we were able to resolve her claim for a very favourable amount of compensation.
READ MORE: What to expect when hiring a lawyer to fight your disability claim denial
2. If the medical consultant did a paper-review, seek legal counsel
It’s not uncommon for the medical consultant hired by the insurance company to write their report on your case without speaking to you.
Instead of asking you to participate in an in-person or virtual assessment, many choose to rely exclusively on the information included in your medical file. This is called a paper-review.
Medical consultants often don’t do a comprehensive review of your file. They only look at certain aspects before providing their conclusions.
READ MORE: The insurer cut off his benefits. Then his lawyer reviewed his medical assessment
If your LTD claim is denied after the insurer’s medical consultant did a paper-review, contact an experienced disability lawyer, like the ones at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.
We can review your situation, inform you of your legal options and help ensure that you receive the compensation you are owed.
3. Skip the appeals process if your LTD claim is denied
After your insurer has turned down your LTD claim, you will likely receive an invitation to appeal the decision.
The appeals process is usually handled by the same insurance company that initially denied your disability benefits.
Appeals rarely work. By appealing multiple times, you run the risk of running out the clock on your two-year window to take legal action against the insurer.
READ MORE: 3 reasons you shouldn’t appeal a denied long-term disability claim
Once the two years are up, the insurance company doesn’t have to pay your LTD claim and you can’t file a legal claim to get the money you deserve.
Let a disability lawyer fight for you
If your long-term disability claim is turned down, don’t lose hope. It’s important to understand that you may still have options.
The team at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP regularly resolves LTD claim denials in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
READ MORE: Insurer being difficult? 3 reasons you should hire a long-term disability lawyer
Our firm knows the law and we have successfully helped numerous clients, including Sandra Bullock and Julie Austin, hold insurers accountable after their claims were denied or closed prematurely.
We provide free consultations and don’t get paid unless we secure the compensation that you are legally entitled to.
Long-term disability claim denied? Asked if you want to appeal the insurance company’s decision?
Contact the firm or call 1-855-821-5900 to secure assistance from a disability lawyer in Ontario, British Columbia or Alberta. Get the advice you need — and the compensation you deserve.
Michael Gerhard is a disability lawyer and senior associate at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, one of Canada’s leading law firms specializing in employment law and disability claims. The firm provides free advice through Canada’s only Disability Law Show on TV and radio.