C/C++ Certification Program

C++ Institute is recognized as the world’s leading organization offering a high-stakes C and C++ certification program, allowing candidates to test at thousands of accessible and secure Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide. C++ Institute is committed to the development of a global standard in C and C++ certification, which will allow programming specialists, software developers and IT professionals from all over the world to assess and document their programming skills objectively and to gain recognition for their expertise.

Cooperation with Pearson VUE

In 2012, C++ Institute and Pearson VUE, the leader in computer-based testing, established cooperation for the exclusive delivery of a certification program created for the C and C++ programming languages. On the foundations of this cooperation, C++ Institute and Pearson VUE began to provide the first globally available C and C++ testing and certification program.

C++ Institute and Pearson VUE are committed to providing the whole IT community with test and certification programs of the highest quality. We are proud to offer professional certifications designed to provide industry recognition of your knowledge, skills and proficiency in C and C++ programming.

Two independent certification paths

C++ Institute has built two paths of testing and certification. The first path covers the C++ programming language and the second the C programming language. Each programming path offers three levels of qualification: associate, professional and senior.



Associate – the foundation level

The holder of a certificate at the associate level possesses knowledge of the basics of programming in the C (CLA) or C++ (CPA) language, and demonstrates fundamental programming techniques, customs, vocabulary and the most common library functions.

The CLA and CPA certification will not only help you gain confidence in the knowledge that you possess fundamental C or C++ skills, but it will also give you a chance to stand out in the job market. It will let you complement your education and will give you a head start on preparing for and advancing to the professional level.

Professional – the advanced level

The holder of a certificate at the advanced level possesses knowledge of advanced programming in the C (CLP) or C++ (CPP) language, and demonstrates advanced programming techniques, customs, and vocabulary as well as advanced library functions. He or she is capable of using and creating complex algorithms and is able to deal with complex coding problems.

The CLP and CPP certification shows that you are passionate about C and C++. It proves that you take your career development seriously and it lets you stand out with a globally-recognized credential. Professional certification reflects your wide programming skills and experience.

Senior – the expert level

The holder of a certificate at the senior level possesses knowledge of very advanced programming in the C (CLS) or C++ (CPS) language, demonstrates remarkably advanced programming techniques and is able to deal with highly complex coding problems. He or she is capable of creating and implementing extremely complex algorithms.

The CLS and CPS certification proves your highest C and C++ skills. It also shows that you have great experience in programming. Certification at the senior level translates into the most demanding job positions and, at the same time, greater income and greater respect. It is a sign that you have reached the top certification level.

Please note that the C and C++ exams at the senior level are currently not available. The highest level of certification currently offered to test candidates is the professional level.

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