iSAQB® Software Architecture – Foundation Level (CPSA-F)

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iSAQB® Software Architecture – Foundation Level (CPSA-F)

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As a software architect, you are responsible for the components and interactions within a system. The internationally recognized iSAQB® Certified Professional for Software Architecture - Foundation Level certification attests to your comprehensive knowledge in the field of software architecture.

How do I obtain the iSAQB® certification?

To be certified you must pass the iSAQB® Software Architecture - Foundation Level exam.

You can prepare for the iSAQB® Software Architecture - Foundation Level exam by attending a training course with a recognized iSAQB® training provider; participants will have relevant content and topics clearly explained and taught to them.

The syllabus covers the basics of software architecture:

  • Role and tasks of software architects
  • Architecture requirements, architecture goals
  • Non-functional requirements and quality goals
  • Components/building blocks and their interfaces and dependencies between them
  • Cross-cutting concerns and technical concepts
  • Documentation and communication of architectures

You can test your knowledge without obligation and free of charge before taking the exam by our online mock exam.

What are the entry requirements?

Participants should have the following knowledge and/or experience:

  • At least 18 months of practical experience in software development, acquired by programming various projects or systems outside of education.
  • Knowledge of and practical experience in at least one higher programming language.
  • Basics of modeling and abstraction.
  • Basics of UML (class, package, component and sequence diagrams) and their relation to source code.
  • Practical experience in technical documentation, especially in the documentation of source code, system designs or technical concepts.

Helpful for the understanding of some concepts are also:

  •  Knowledge of object orientation
  •  Practical experience in at least one object-oriented programming language
  •  Practical experience in the design and implementation of distributed applications, such as client/server systems or web applications.

More information can be found here

How does this certification benefit me?

With the iSAQB® Certified Professional for Software Architecture - Foundation Level certification:

  • You will have an internationally recognised certification
  • You will learn about the conceptual design and importance of software architecture
  • You will understand the tasks and responsibilities of software architects and their roles in projects
  • You will get to know the methods and techniques for developing software architectures
  • You will gain insight into requirement and project management, as well as testing and development related to software architecture
  • You will learn about the documentation and communication of software architecture

Who is this certification for?

This certification is aimed at anyone interested in the topic of software architecture. It is particularly suitable for:

  • Software designers, software developers
  • Software architects
  • System analysts

What other certifications can you recommend?

After completing the Foundation Level, you can go on to take the Advanced Level.

Are there special conditions for students?

Full-time students pay a reduced fee of up to 50% (cannot be combined with other discounts).

Please contact us at to obtain your individual discount code. Please send appropriate proof (i.e. a valid student ID or a current certificate of enrolment from a university, college or vocational school) along with your request.


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International Software Architecture Qualification Board
Exam questions
Minimum score
60 %
Examination Time
75 min
You will need to have a basic knowledge of software development in order to complete this certificate.
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