Certified Professional for Software Architecture – Advanced Level (CPSA®-A) builds on the Foundation level of the iSAQB® CPSA® program.
The iSAQB® Certified Professional for Software Architecture program (CPSA®) provides software architects with a standardised, globally-recognised training scheme. The curriculum of the Advanced Level builds on the Foundation Level with modules developed according to iSAQB’s specification.
Holders of the CPSA-A will be able to:
- Design medium-sized to large IT systems independently and in a methodologically sound manner
- Assume technical and content-related responsibility within IT systems of medium to high criticality
- Plan, design and document appropriate measures to meet non-functional requirements
- Accompany development teams in the process of implementing these measures
- Manage and direct architecture-related communication processes within medium-sized to large development teams
For the purpose of CPSA-A training, iSAQB has defined the three following skills areas:
- Methodical skills: a systematic approach to architectural tasks, regardless of the technologies used
- Technological skills: knowledge and implementation of technology solutions used in design tasks
- Communicative skills: communication, presentation, argumentation and moderation skills as well as the ability to cooperate productively with different stakeholders
For licensed training that follows the iSAQB curriculum, a certain amount of credit points is awarded. For the full list of accredited modules and credit points awarded please see the iSAQB website
To qualify for the Advanced-Level examination, an applicant must collect a total of at least 70 credit points from licensed iSAQB training courses, with a minimum of ten points from each skill area.
iSAQB CPSA certificates and advanced level credit points have lifetime validity.