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Become a DEC charterholder

DEC Institute, CBA and CDAA

DEC Institute's CDAA® and CBA® charterholder exams are available with Pearson VUE, both online and in testing centers worldwide. For more information on each charterholder exam available, please visit

Certification Resources

Certification Terms and Conditions

DEC Institute requires all candidates to accept its Terms & Conditions.

Register to take your DEC certification exam online or at a Pearson VUE test center

You have the option to take the CDAA® and CBA® exams in person at a Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Center or online in the comfort and privacy of your home.

About DEC Institute

The DEC Institute is an international consortia of higher education institutions and leading corporations in the space of Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Digital Assets and Web3 technology, and launched two global charters for industry professionals:

Leading academic institutions such as:

have joined forces for a common vision: to launch the highest knowledge and benchmark industry standard for anyone working in Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Digital Assets and Web3. To remain industry agnostic, DEC has also onboarded some of the leading protocols and service providers in the space. Such as:

The unique and global collaboration was created out of a shared commitment and belief that the industry requires an international standard of education and professional excellence. The DEC Institute is open to onboard academic and industry members interested in further shaping and leading the development of the blockchain profession globally.

DEC Institute has partnered with Pearson VUE, a global leader in the administration of rigorous testing for professional certifications, to allow candidates to access the charter examination either in one of Pearson VUE's about 20'000 test centers worldwide or Pearson's OnVUE live proctored solution. DEC has also partnered with to launch decentralized, preparatory courses for the CDAA® and CBA® exams. All digital certificates are issued over the Accredible platform and are hashed to the Bitcoin blockchain.

DEC charter holders earn the right to use the CDAA® and CBA® designation after passing the examination with Pearson VUE and completing the membership registration. A membership at DEC will allow professionals and job seekers to access the network of certified professionals, academic and industry members, as well as to stay in tune with what’s happening in the industry and the latest development practices.

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Should you take your exam online?

Testing online with the OnVUE system is flexible, convenient and easy — but there are unique requirements you should be familiar with. For example, you’ll need a private, distraction-free space to take the exam. A system test will show if your computer and internet are sufficient. And you’ll be monitored by proctors and assistive AI tools during the test. Weigh your options »

Still have questions about the online exam experience? Watch the short videos below so you know what to expect and are prepared on exam day.

Watch a brief introduction to at-home, online exam delivery with OnVUE.

Learn the difference between testing online with OnVUE and in-person at a Pearson VUE test center.

Make test day less stressful by knowing what to expect before and during your OnVUE exam.

Get familiar with some of the rules and policies you must follow when taking an exam online.

Avoid issues on test day by running the pre-exam systems check.

Last updated 2023-07-17