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CPSA® — Certified Profes­sional for Software Architecture 

The Inter­na­tional Standard in Training and Certification of Software Architects 


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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.


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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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Recognized iSAQB® Trainingsprovider - Arabilis (Silberrücken AG)
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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

The General Meeting 2022 of the Inter­na­tional Software Architecture Quali­fi­cation Board (iSAQB®)

The 15th general meeting of the iSAQB took place on May 5 and 6, 2022, in Düsseldorf, Germany. On both days, a wide range of strategic and opera­tional decisions were made by the members to put the iSAQB on a solid foundation once again for the coming period. In addition, the successful projects of all…


The iSAQB® CPSA‑F® exam is also available in French now

The iSAQB has published the Certified Profes­sional for Software Architecture-Foundation Level (CPSA‑F) exam in French. This means that the CPSA‑F exam can be taken in six languages now: English, German, Spanish, Italian, (Brazilian) Portuguese, and French. All recog­nized certification bodies offering the CPSA‑F exam can be found here: To the Recog­nized Certification Bodies.


New curriculum version 2022.1 of CPSA‑A® module ARCEVAL has been published

As of February 10, 2022, the new curriculum version 2022.1 of the CPSA‑A module ARCEVAL (Architecture Evalu­ation) replaces the previous version. The curriculum is currently available in German. The English trans­lation is in the works and will follow soon. Regarding content, the ARCEVAL curriculum has a new chapter structure in which, for example, Anforderungen in…


New curriculum version 2021.1 of CPSA‑A® module EMBEDDED has been released

As of November 24, 2021, the new curriculum version 2021.1 of the CPSA‑A module EMBEDDED (Dependable Embedded Systems) in English replaces the previous version. The curriculum is now based on the current CPSA‑A curriculum template with fine-grained, numbered learning goals. The former chapter on functional safety now has a broader focus on depend­ability, the real-time…


Blog Posts From iSAQB® Experts

IREB and iSAQB Round­table: Requirements Engineering Meets Software Architecture

“How does Requirements Engineering impact Software Architecture decisions and vice versa?” At the first joint round­table of IREB and iSAQB, experts Gernot Starke (iSAQB) and Rainer Grau (IREB) discuss how the cooper­ation of both disci­plines works in practice and what needs to be improved. A deeper dive into these questions can provide important answers for almost…


Why Should I attend the CPSA® Advanced Training CLOUD­INFRA (Infrastructure, Container, and Cloud Native)?

What is behind the CPSA Advanced Level training CLOUD­INFRA: Infrastructure, Container, and Cloud Native? What can partic­i­pants expect from this training course which is one of 17 modules of the iSAQB’s multi-level CPSA program (Certified Profes­sional for Software Architecture)? The module curators Marc Haid and Anja Kammer shed light upon some very relevant questions concerning…


Why Should I attend the CPSA® Advanced Training REQ4ARC (Requirements for Software Architects)?

The CPSA Advanced Level module REQ4ARC, one of 17 Advanced Level training options, concen­trates on requirements for software archi­tects. But what exactly is in it for partic­i­pants? The iSAQB member and curator of REQ4ARC, Gernot Starke, took the time to give a short interview about this module with some highly relevant questions concerning content, target…


Why Should I attend the CPSA® Advanced Training EMBEDDED (Embedded Systems)?

The iSAQB’s multi-level CPSA scheme, short for Certified Profes­sional for Software Architecture, is a program of further education. It is aimed at IT profes­sionals who work on solution struc­tures. At Advanced Level, the second step of the CPSA program, partic­i­pants can choose between 17 modules – and one of them covers the topic of embedded…


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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