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iSAQB CPSA-F (Foundation Level)

Certified Professional for Software Architecture – Foundation Level (CPSA®-F) is the first level of the iSAQB® CPSA® program.

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The iSAQB® Certified Professional for Software Architecture programme (CPSA®) provides software architects with a standardised scheme for initial and further training that is globally recognised. The curriculum of the Foundation Level includes general terms of Software Architecture. Therein, also the role of the software architect is emphasized, and state-of-the-art methods are utilized to create software architectures.

Candidates participating in a licensed ‘CPSA® Foundation Level’ training course learn about:

  • the concept and significance of software architecture,

  • tasks and responsibilities of software architects

  • the role of software architects within projects,

  • state-of-the-art methods and techniques for developing software architectures.

The focus is on the acquisition of the following skills:

  • consulting representatives from requirements management, project management, testing and development involved in a shared project in order to make essential decisions on software architecture together,

  • documenting and communicating software architectures on the basis of views, architecture patterns and technical concepts,

  • understanding the main steps necessary for developing software architectures as well as implementing these independently in small and medium-sized systems

As a neutral association the iSAQB® is not entitled to offer exams but provides training associations.
The Curriculum and examination requirements are listed on the iSAQB® Website. Please make sure to use the lastest version of the documents for the exam preparation.

To prepare for your iSAQB CPSA® exam you have a choice of Training Providers as well as a body of official Self-Study literature to use individually or in addition to a training.
To take your exam, simply visit our Exam Registration and choose your desired exam type, language, and a location and date that suits you.

Prerequisites

There are no formal preconditions to take the CPSA® Foundation Level exam.

Exam Format

CPSA® Foundation Level is a multiple-choice exam.

CPSA-F (Foundation Level)

The regulations for the CPSA-F exam define the process and assignment of points for evaluation. The  CPSA-F examination consists of a multiple-choice test with approximately 60 questions (depending on which randomized questions are drawn). You have 75 minutes to answer the questions and are awarded points for every correct answer. In order to pass the exam you have to score at least 60 percent of the examination’s maximum possible points. During the exam the use of aids is not allowed.

Validity

iSAQB CPSA certificates have lifetime validity.

Self-Study: Preparing for the CPSA Foundation Level exam

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The most import step for your CPSA®-F exam preparation is taking a close look into the documents section of the iSAQB®. There you will find the latest version of the CPSA®-F curriculum, exam regulations and a mock exam, as well as a comprehensive glossary of software architecture terminology. The curriculum provides for each of its sections clearly defined goals and specific vocabulary, which makes your preparatory work very efficient. Within the exam regulations you will also find example questions that give you a glimpse into the actual test scenario.

For candidates looking for a more in-depth preparation we can also recommend Software Architecture Foundation, by Gernot Starke and Alexander Lorz, which complies with the CPSA®-F curriculum and covers it accordingly, as well as Software Architecture Fundamentals by Mahbouba Gharbi, Arne Koschel, and Andreas Rausch.