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Apply for CSA Certification

This application is for the Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® Exam ONLY.

If you are interested in education options, click here.

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



*** Important Information ***

You are applying online for the Certified Senior Advisor Certification. If you are unable to make an online application you may submit a paper application by downloading the CSA Application for 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.

Participation in an education and/or training program is not a requirement for obtaining the CSA certification.



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.



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.



If you have a disability covered by a national disabilities program (e.g. Americans with Disabilities Act), and you wish to request accommodation for a qualified disability, please email the certification department at


Once You Are Authorized to Schedule Your Exam:

It is recommended that you schedule your exam at least 45 days before your desired examination date. You can schedule your exam for any available appointment time prior to your expiration date. If you have not passed the CSA exam in that time period your authorization to test will expire and you will be required to re-apply for CSA certification. Neither SCSA nor Pearson VUE is responsible if you do not schedule an appointment before your authorization expires.

NO SHOW Policy

  • • If you need cancel or reschedule your exam you must call Pearson Vue Testing directly at 1-877-839-7768 and you must do so at least 48 hours prior to your exam appointment.

  • • If you do not cancel your exam appointment or miss your exam appointment, you will be considered a "No Show".

  • • If you are a "No Show" or if you do not pass the exam there is an additional charge of $115.00 to re-schedule.

Scheduling Your Exam (After you have been authorized)

  • • You may schedule your examination by phone or online.

  • • For a list of cities with test sites, click, visit

  • • If you do not find a test center within two hours of your zip code, or a date and time that you prefer, contact Pearson Vue Testing for help at 1-877-839-7768.

  • • Upon completion of your exam registration, you will receive an email confirmation from Pearson VUE with your scheduled exam information. Be sure to verify the information is correct and read the Pearson VUE Testing Center policy at the bottom of your email confirmation.

Disclaimer: Application for Certification and the CSA Exam is separate from enrollment into the CSA Education program. Enrollment in CSA Education program is not required.

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