C and C++ Certifications

The programming languages C and C++ have been around for years, making their debut in the 1960s to 1970s (C) and the 1980s to 1990s (C++). Although nearly every college and university in the U.S. offers a C/C++ programming course, the C++ Institute and Pearson VUE decided to carve a niche in the certification landscape by offering the world’s first international C/C++ certifications.

Candidates can choose the C or the C++ path, and move up the cert ladder from associate to professional to senior. Of the six potential certifications, three are currently available:

  • CLA: C Programming Language Certified Associate
  • CPA: C++ Certified Associate Programmer
  • CPP: C++ Certified Professional Programmer

The remaining exams are on the horizon with the CLP: C Certified Professional Programmer scheduled for release in December 2015. Both the CLS: C Certified Senior Programmer and CPS: C++ Certified Senior Programmers are targeted for release in 2016.

C++ Institute certifications are good for life, because, well, the languages haven’t changed much over the years. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t high demand for these skills. And a C/C++ certification is a perfect stepping stone to many platform- and vendor-specific certs, such as the MCSD.

Certification Name

C or C++ Associate, Professional and Senior (items in bold are currently available):

C Programming Language Certified Associate (CLA)
• C Certified Professional Programmer (CLP)
• C Certified Senior Programmer (CLS)
C++ Certified Associate Programmer (CPA)
C++ Certified Professional Programmer (CPP)
• C++ Certified Senior Programmer (CPS)



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