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CPSA® — Certified Profes­sional for Software Architecture 

The Inter­na­tional Standard in Training and Certification of Software Architects 


We Want to Make You Stand Out

As a non-profit organi­zation, the Inter­na­tional Software Architecture Quali­fi­cation Board (iSAQB®) oversees and develops the Certified Profes­sional for Software Architecture (CPSA®) certification scheme. CPSA® certi­fi­ca­tions are globally recog­nized quali­fi­ca­tions for IT profes­sionals. They provide evidence of sound knowledge and valuable skills in the field of software architecture.


iSAQB® Accredited Partners

iSAQB® Accredited Training Providers and Trainers have gone through an intensive testing process before they are allowed to offer and conduct CPSA® trainings. They are committed to the highest quality standards of knowledge transfer and training aligned with CPSA® curricula.

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Over 20k CPSA® Exams in the Last Two Decades

More than 20,000 IT profes­sionals worldwide have already success­fully completed one or two CPSA® levels. Show your compe­tence as a Certified Profes­sional for Software Architecture and give your career a vital boost!

Don’t Miss Our iSAQB® News

Call for Papers of the Software Architecture Gathering — Digital 2021 starts now

20 Apr
The next virtual edition of the iSAQB Software Architecture Gathering (SAG) will take place October 11–14, 2021. For several years, the SAG has provided unpar­al­leled information that software archi­tects… Read more

Publi­cation of new curriculum version 2021.1 of the CPSA‑F®

01 Apr
As of April 1, 2021, the new version 2021.1 of the Certified Profes­sional for Software Architecture-Foundation Level (CPSA‑F) curriculum replaces the previ­ously valid version. It is available in German… Read more

The iSAQB® supports training of software archi­tects at univer­sities with free educa­tional material for the CPSA‑F®

18 Mar
One of the main goals of the Inter­na­tional Software Architecture Quali­fi­cation Board (iSAQB®) is to inter­na­tionally promote the education and training of future software archi­tects at univer­sities. As part… Read more

German version of the CPSA‑F® mock exam published

17 Mar
The iSAQB® has now published the mock exam for the Certified Profes­sional for Software Architecture-Foundation Level certification (CPSA‑F®) in German as well. The mock exam simulates a complete CPSA‑F exam… Read more

Spanish version of the mock exam for CPSA‑F® certification now available

19 Feb
The iSAQB now offers the mock exam for the Certified Profes­sional for Software Architecture-Foundation Level certification in Spanish. From now on, candi­dates of the Spanish CPSA‑F® exam can also… Read more

Blog Posts From iSAQB® Experts

Functional Architecture Is Better

20 Apr
Wittgen­stein wrote, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” Moritz Nähr, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons And functional architecture works best with functional programming languages. Functional… Read more

The (new) Software Architecture Foundation Curriculum

01 Apr
Want to learn Software Architecture? Look no further – the recently released iSAQB Foundation Curriculum covers all your needs! A group of inter­na­tional software architecture experts has been working on… Read more

Migrating the iSAQB® Mock Exami­nation to AsciiDoc

31 Mar
The iSAQB provides a mock exam for the Foundation Level certification. This post shows how we moved this exam from docx format to AsciiDoc, facil­i­tating collab­o­ration and enabling automated… Read more

The iSAQB CPSA Certification Scheme – Meaning, Benefits, and Structure

05 Mar
In this brand-new podcast episode, Carola Lilienthal, Gernot Starke, and Eberhard Wolff sat together to discuss the iSAQB’s two-level certification scheme CPSA – Certified Profes­sional for Software Architecture –… Read more

Software Archi­tects in Changing Times

03 Dec
Christoph Witte: Hello, my name is Christoph Witte. I’m a freelance journalist. I’m here in front of the booth of the Inter­na­tional Software Architecture Quali­fi­cation Board at the OOP… Read more

An adequate and suitable software architecture is the main success factor for any IT project.

Mahbouba Gharbi, Chair­woman of the
iSAQB Executive Board


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