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The Associ­ation

The Inter­na­tional Software Architecture Quali­fi­cation Board (iSAQB®) brings together profes­sional software architecture experts from industry, consulting, training, academia, and other organizations.

About the iSAQB®

iSAQB® in Numbers

Past & Present

About the iSAQB®

The iSAQB® promotes inter­na­tional standards in software architecture

The Inter­na­tional Software Architecture Quali­fi­cation Board (iSAQB) is an associ­ation comprised of leading industry experts, consulting firms, and educa­tional thought leaders. As a non-profit organi­zation, the iSAQB develops techno­logical standards and certi­fi­ca­tions in the field of software architecture. The main goal of the iSAQB is the standard­ization and continuous improvement and growth of the knowledge of software archi­tects on a global scale.

CPSA® – Inter­na­tionally recog­nized education and training program
of the iSAQB®

As holder of the inter­na­tional certification system Certified Profes­sional for Software Architecture (CPSA®), the iSAQB itself does not conduct any training courses or exami­na­tions. It does, however, establish training and exami­nation regula­tions, accredits training organi­za­tions as well as independent certification bodies and defines the necessary processes.

The iSAQB follows the DIN EN ISO/IEC 17024 standard and therefore does not perform CPSA® certi­fi­ca­tions itself. The respon­si­bility for this lies solely with the licensed certification partners that conduct and evaluate tests as well as the issuing of certifi­cates for successful partic­i­pants. This ensures that all CPSA® certi­fi­ca­tions are always performed neutrally and independently.

The CPSA® program is aimed at everyone who works on solution struc­tures in IT projects: primarily software archi­tects, devel­opers, and quality assurance specialists, but also systems analysts who want to commu­nicate better with their developers.

The iSAQB® in Numbers

founded in


as the German Software Architecture Board
more than


CPSA® Certified Professionals


Members & Member Companies

Ever since the iSAQB was founded, more than 20,000 CPSA® certified profes­sionals worldwide have success­fully completed at least one of the two CPSA® levels – the Foundation Level (CPSA‑F®) and the Advanced Level (CPSA‑A®). An Expert Level (CPSA‑E®) will soon be added as a further and highest certification level. Over 150 members and member companies are part of the iSAQB. They promote the work of the board or actively partic­ipate in the working groups of the association.

Past & Present

History of the iSAQB®

The prede­cessor organi­zation of the iSAQB was founded in 2001 as the German Software Architecture Board. The first CPSA® training took place the following year. In 2008 the organi­zation was renamed, and thus the Inter­na­tional Software Architecture Quali­fi­cation Board e. V. (iSAQB e. V.) was founded. In the meantime, the iSAQB has developed into a globally recog­nized expert associ­ation for the personal certification of software architecture professionals.

Organi­zation of the iSAQB®

The iSAQB e. V. is the central organi­zation and origin of the iSAQB. The association’s area of respon­si­bility lies primarily in the defin­ition and mainte­nance of the exami­nation regula­tions as well as the new and further devel­opment of the content of all CPSA® curricula. The strategic direction of the entire certification and training program is deter­mined primarily by the Strategy Council.

The iSAQB GmbH was founded in 2018 as operating company of the iSAQB e. V. It is a reliable service partner for all CPSA® certified and inter­ested parties, training providers, certification bodies, univer­sities, and cooper­ating organi­za­tions. The tasks of the iSAQB GmbH include a large part of the economic and admin­is­trative activ­ities as well as marketing activ­ities of the iSAQB. Like the associ­ation, the GmbH also works without the intention of making a profit. The management of the GmbH reports to the advisory board of the association.

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you become a member of the iSAQB?

You can apply for membership or sponsorship at any time (a corre­sponding form is available here). As an active member, you should spend approx­i­mately ten days a year working for the iSAQB — in one or more working groups of your choice. Preference will be given to new members who have experience in training software architects.

Who are the people behind the associ­ation, and what are its aims?

The associ­ation was founded in 2008 by about 20 volun­teers, and is a non-profit organi­zation. The iSAQB e. V. brings together various software architecture experts. Its members include profes­sionals from industry, consulting, training, academia, and other organi­za­tions or associations.

A list of current active members can be found online here.

The purpose of the associ­ation is to standardize the training of software archi­tects internationally.


Appli­cation for iSAQB e. V. Associate Membership

With this document an appli­cation for an iSAQB e. V. membership can be made.

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Articles of Associ­ation

Articles of Associ­ation of the Inter­na­tional Software Architecture Quali­fi­cation Board (iSAQB) e. V. with details concerning name, regis­tered seat, purpose, bodies, board, working groups, and information on membership.

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