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Become a Certified Senior Advisor

The Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® is the leading certification for professionals serving older adults, and is a designation awarded to qualified individuals. Earning the CSA certification requires individuals to pass a rigorous exam and to uphold the highest ethical standards for the benefit and protection of the health and welfare of seniors. CSAs are multidisciplinary professionals who have demonstrated advanced knowledge in the multiple processes of aging.

How to Qualify

To qualify for the CSA certification, and to use the CSA designation, individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the candidate information profile
  • Complete the disclosure questionnaire
  • Pass the CSA certification examination
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Pass the Roles, Rules, and Responsibilities Ethics Exam
  • Complete and submit the signed Certified Senior Advisors Application for Certification.
    • Includes agreeing to the CSA Terms of awarding and maintaining certification.
  • Agree to abide by and uphold the CSA Code of Professional Responsibility

Details on eligibility and conduct standards can be reviewed in the Compliance Information. For more information about the CSA Certification program please review the CSA Certification Handbook.



How to Apply

Candidates for certification must complete all requirements for obtaining certification, including passing the CSA Exam and completing the Roles, Rules and Responsibilities Ethics quiz, within one year of the application date. Participation in an education and/or training program is not a requirement for obtaining the CSA certification.

There is a $395 fee to take the CSA exam. The fee includes the exam and application. Once we receive your application and payment, we will process your application and email you instructions on how to schedule your exam.

To start the application for becoming a Certified Senior Advisor go to our Certification Application or call 800.653.1785 for assistance with the application process.


*Disclaimer: Participating in the Working with Older Adults course does not guarantee passing the CSA Exam. The Working with Older Adults course is an independent self-study, which requires students to spend time reviewing and studying the course materials outside the live course or the online course options.



Scope of CSA Certification

Certified Senior Advisors (CSAs) are professionals, who in the course of their practice, apply multidisciplinary knowledge of the aging process and aging issues to identify the most appropriate options and solutions for seniors’ individual needs and best interests to improve their lives.



Certified Senior Advisors

Over 3100 professionals across the U.S. are currently certified and meet all criteria for holding the CSA designation. 

CSA Accredited Certification

The Certified Senior Advisor certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The Society of Certified Senior Advisors is committed to maintaining the high standards of ANSI and NCCA accreditation to help ensure the health, welfare and safety of the public. Click here for more detailed information.

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SCSA understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities, managing conflicts of interest and ensures the objectivity of its certification activities.


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