C++ Institute is recognized as the world's leading organization to offer a high-stakes C/C++ certification programme, allowing candidates to test at thousands of accessible and secure testing centres worldwide.
C++ Institute is committed to the development of a global standard in C and C++ certification, which allows programming specialists, software developers, and IT professionals from all over the world to assess and document their programming skills accurately and objectively in order to gain recognition for their expertise.
C++ Institute and Pearson VUE, the leader in computer-based testing, have established cooperation on the exclusive delivery of the certification program created for the C and C++ programming languages. On the foundations of this cooperation, C++ Institute and Pearson VUE have started to provide the first recognized C/C++ testing and certification program.
C was developed in the 1960s and 1970s. C++ was developed in the 1980s and 1990s. They have become the most widely used programming languages of all time. Currently, there are more than 3 million C and C++ programmers worldwide, but still the shortage of programmers on the job market is almost five times bigger than in any other IT specialization.
C++ Institute brings together a large community of IT professionals, programmers, C/C++ enthusiasts, schools, universities, education and training companies as well as IT enterprises. Testing and certification standards offered by C++ Institute meet strict requirements of independent testing and certification authorities such as the Association of Test Publishers. C++ Institute has set itself a goal to promote both the C and C++ programming languages and the mechanisms designed for assessing levels of proficiency in them.
C++ Institute and Pearson VUE are committed to providing the whole IT community with test and certification program of the highest quality. We are dedicated to the accuracy and functionality of the testing material. We put a lot of effort into making our test development process highly precise, thorough and conscientious.
C++ Institute has built two paths of education, testing and certification. The first path covers the C programming language and the second one the C++ programming language. Each programming path consists of the following three levels of qualifications:
Associate – the foundation level. A holder of certificate at the associate level possesses the knowledge of the basics of programming in the C (CLA) or C++ (CPA) language, demonstrates fundamental programming techniques, customs, vocabulary and the most common library functions.
Professional – the advanced level. A holder of certificate at the advanced level possesses the knowledge of advanced programming in the C (CLP) or C++ (CPP) language, 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.
Senior – the expert level. A holder of certificate at the senior level possesses knowledge of heavily 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 highly complex algorithms.
Hierarchy of qualifications for the C and C++ languages
The candidate who wishes to obtain any of those certificates must pass a given certification exam at one of over 5,200 Pearson VUE Test Centres (click to locate a test centre) in the world. To gain a higher level certification the candidate must first be certified in the lower one. This means that, for example, in order to get the CPP certificate the candidate must pass the CPA exam first, and similarly – to obtain the CPS certificate, they must pass the CPP exam first. The same applies to the C path. The C and C++ paths are independent of each other. Follow the path that suits you best. To read more about the C and C++ certification exams currently available at Pearson Vue Test Centres, please click here.