Get Certified

It's a goal of the Consortium to make applying for certification a straightforward and transparent process! This section of the website includes the full candidate handbook, details about certification eligibility, the exam content outlines, applying for core and specialty certifications, requesting exam accommodations, all program fees, and how to appeal a decision. While we think it is pretty comprehensive, please don't hesitate to contact the Consortium staff with application questions at Our team is here to support you!

These are the steps to earn your Student Affairs Educator Certification:

Step 1: Determine your eligibility.

Step 2: Apply online.

  • Application cycles are held at various times each year. Find information about open application cycles here.

  • Create an online user profile in Prolydian and start your application

  • Complete your application, including uploading all required documents and submitting information about employment references. Before submitting, pay all associated application fees. All fees are listed here.

  • If you are seeking testing accommodations due to a documented disability or qualifying medical condition, please submit the required information in the online application. Read more about available accommodations here.

Step 3: Prepare for the exam(s).

Step 4: Take the online exam(s).

  • The Core CSAEd exam includes 150 multiple-choice questions and the Specialty exams each include 50 multiple-choice questions. 

  • At your scheduled exam time, log in to your Prolydian account to find your exam appointment(s). Follow instructions in your confirmation email and on the website to access your exam.

Step 5: Get Certified, Get Recognized!

  • Once you’ve passed your certification exam(s) you will receive a score report, an online Certificate, a digital badge, a lapel pin, and have the opportunity to opt-in to being listed on our public directory.

  • You’ll get access to exclusive certificant benefits like our LinkedIn community group, information about continuing education opportunities, and networking and educational programs.

Step 6: Maintain your certification(s).