CPSA Advanced Level

Certified Professional for Software Architecture – Advanced Level (CPSA®-A) builds on the Foundation level of the iSAQB® CPSA® program.

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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.


To apply for CPSA Advanced Level certification, contact us at cpsa@certible.com with all eligibility evidence according to the iSAQB Advanced Level Examination Regulations