Checklist for new Training Course Providers and Training Delivery Organizations

Interested parties can obtain a license and then offer training under the name iSAQB® CPSA Certified Professional for Software Architecture®. We have compiled the criteria for obtaining a license for you in the checklist below.

The following information are explicitly an initial overview and initial information on subjects of special importance for a successful cooperation from the iSAQB’s point of view. They serve only as first support and naturally cannot capture and regulate all questions concerning technical, commercial and legal aspects. Also the fulfillment of all mentioned criteria is not sufficient legal grounds for entering into a legal relationship with the iSAQB e. V. The following information reflect the current status (August 23rd, 2018). The iSAQB e. V. is at liberty to change, add or adjust the criteria individually or as a whole for future legal relationships.

Criteria for Training Course Providers (TCP)

Formal Criteria

  • Annual license fee according to current Fees Rules and Regulations was paid
  • List of training delivery organizations was submitted
  • Confirmation from the training delivery organization(s), that they want to work together with the training course provider
  • Training course provider accepts the WG Audit criteria (Examination and Quality Guidelines) to the full extent and is willing to be audited by the WG Audit from the beginning
  • Processes and means are available for the following topics and are documented:
      • Organization and sales of training courses
      • Complaints management with forwarding of complaints to the iSAQB
      • Commissioning of the certifying body
      • Quality assurance of the trainings
      • Notification of training dates and participants on a quarterly basis
      • Payment of a contribution per CPSA training participant and seminar day according to the current Fees Rules and Regulations
Criteria for Training Delivery Organizations (TDO) (aka “Trainer”)

Formal Criteria

  • Software architecture is one of the “core competencies” of the training delivery organization
      • Relevant profiles were submitted, which show at least two years of sufficient practical experience as software architect
      • Software architecture competence is substantiated by reference project(s) or curriculum vitae and can be verified with aforementioned contact persons
      • For individuals, a single CV is sufficient
  • Didactic competence is substantiated by training certificate(s), attendance of similar trainings courses, or by CV
  • Training delivery organization must be able to conduct at least one seminar per year
  • Training delivery organization has read the current valid curriculum and accepts it (could be checked in a conversation with an iSAQB member)
  • Before trainings are conducted, training material is ready for use which is compatible to the curricula currently in effect
  • Training delivery organization accepts the WG Audit criteria (Examination and Quality Guidelines) to the full extent and is willing to be audited by the WG Audit from the beginning
  • Signed NDA is available
      • NDA of training delivery organization must also be valid for trainers used
  • Processes at training delivery organization for the following issues are available:
      • Reporting of training courses conducted and their corresponding number of participants
      • Accounting of fees per participant
      • Quality assurance of the trainers
      • Quality assurance of the documents, incl. revision of documents to align with the current version of the curriculum
  • Annual license fee according to current Fees Rules and Regulations was paid

Special Criteria for the Foundation Level

In principle, there is the possibility for viewing the examination questions. The iSAQB offers this viewing regularly at the annual members’ meeting, however not necessarily on other dates (e. g., working group meeting of the working group Foundation Level). The iSAQB can incorporate new or changed examination questions into Foundation Level exams, without discussing this in detail with the training delivery organization. Training delivery organizations for the Foundation Level explicitly agree to this procedure.

Criteria for the Termination of the Licensing Agreement for Training Course Providers by the iSAQB e. V.

The licensing agreement between the iSAQB e. V. and the training course provider can be terminated by the iSAQB e. V. for example because of one or more reasons mentioned below:

  • The training course provider does not submit the agreed (quarterly) reports of executed trainings including number of training participants more than once until 6 weeks after the end of the quarter. The iSAQB e. V. is explicitly NOT obligated to remind these reports.
  • The training course provider failed to pay the annual licensing fee or the contribution per training participant or does not pay the whole amount charged. In this case the iSAQB e. V. is subject to the legal dunning procedure.
  • The training course provider exceeds the due date of payment of iSAQB invoices within two calendar years at least two times.
  • The training course provider refuses an audit of trainings or internal processes for quality assurance of iSAQB-related events.
  • The training course provider repeatedly uses insufficiently qualified trainers or training delivery organizations for training courses – for example, criticized as a result of an iSAQB audit.
  • The training course provider executes trainings, for which he has no license from the iSAQB (e. g., non-licensed Advanced Level modules).