The CSA certification and education programs are developed through a rigorous practice analysis/research study involving hundreds of professionals who work with the older adults from the academic community, industry practitioners, regulators, business and non-governmental organizations. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the CSA credential applies to professionals in all areas of the aging industry. SCSA is committed to maintaining the high standards of ANSI and NCCA accreditation by continually improving its certification and education programs.
In order to maintain the CSA certification, individuals are required to demonstrate a commitment to high standards, continuing education, professional ethics, and trust. This sets the CSA credential holder apart from other practitioners working with older adults.
The Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA) was founded in 1997, to develop an education program based on the expertise of renowned doctors, attorneys, gerontologists, accountants, and financial planners. This founding group held a shared vision: that seniors would benefit from an in-depth, standardized education for the professionals who work with them. The resulting program became the basis for the Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® designation. Since then SCSA has continued its path to maintaining high standards of excellence in its certification program with accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), and by launching a rigorous research study involving professionals who work with seniors and senior issues from the academic community, industry practitioners, regulators and NGOs to ensure the CSA exam covers the practical real-world knowledge that those who work with seniors every day need, to meet the new challenges of a fast-growing, aging population.