For the first time, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) has certified a control system integrator company in Africa.

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,” said Bob Lowe, executive director of CSIA, in an association announcement. “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.”

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CSIA certification requires integrator companies to undergo a third-party audit and follow 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.”

To learn more about CSIA and its certification program, visit www.controlsys.org.