Creating A CSDCAS Account


To create an account, click “Create An Account” beneath the login information on the CSDCAS homepage. You will be asked to create a username, password, security question, supply valid contact information, agree to terms, and click on the “Create My Account” button to activate a new CSDCAS account and be assigned a CSDCAS ID#. For your own security, do not share your password or account information with anyone.

YOU MAY ONLY CREATE ONE ACCOUNT PER APPLICATION CYCLE. Creating more than one account will lead to delays and difficulty in handling the receipt of your transcripts and letters of reference. Any applicant who creates multiple accounts will have their duplicate accounts terminated, including any documents associated with those accounts. NO REFUNDS will be given for any terminated duplicate applications.

WARNING: Purposefully creating multiple accounts to circumvent any aspect of the application process is a violation of the Professional Code of Conduct and may subject you to sanctions by CAPCSD.


If you have created an active account during the 2015-2016 or 2016-2017 cycle, instead of clicking “Create New Account,” sign in with your previous login information to begin the process for the current cycle. If you have forgotten your username or password, click “Forgot username or password” to retrieve it. Please see the “Re-Applying to CSDCAS” section of our instructions for more detailed information on how to proceed once you log in.

UNDERSTAND: Even if you would like to start over with a “fresh” application, the new re-applicant process will give you the option to do so. If you would like to start completely fresh, still sign in with your old account information. Do NOT create a new account.

If your previous CSDCAS account is older than 2015-2016 and you have never before created an account on our 3.0 platform, your application information is no longer accessible. Please proceed by creating a new CSDCAS account.


The CSDCAS staff does NOT have access to your password information. To retrieve your password, please click the “Forgot your username or password?” link under the login prompt, and an email will be sent to you prompting you to reset your login information. Please note that passwords and usernames are case sensitive.


Unlike the previous version of the CSDCAS application, you must select at least one CSD program designation to apply to in order to move on and begin your application. Doing so does not finalize your selections; you will be able to remove program designations at any time before you submit.

Once you have selected at least one CSD program, you will come to your CSDCAS Dashboard. Your name and CSDCAS ID# appear in the top right hand corner. You should use this ID# when sending materials to CSDCAS or contacting us via e-mail or phone. By clicking on your name, you can also access your profile information, our Instructions and FAQs for the application, and an application to our fee assistance program.

The application is divided into four main sections in the middle of the screen. Each section contains progress bars to help guide you through the process.  The four main sections are:

Personal Information

In this section you will fill out all relevant contact and biographic information, as well as report other personal historical information.

Academic History

This is where you will record the schools you have previously attended, enter your coursework, and report your standardized test scores.

Supporting Information

This is where you will request letters of reference from your evaluators and report your various non-academic experiences.

Program Materials

The CSD programs to which you are applying can require that you answer school-specific questions, compose personal essays, or upload supplemental materials which you may submit directly to them via this section of the CSDCAS application. Once you have added schools to apply to in the designations section, the requirements for their supplemental materials can be found here. You may also view important information about each program you are applying to, including deadline requirements, in this section.

Across the top, you will find that this dashboard is located on the “My Application” tab. On this bar, you can also select additional tabs to add CSD programs to your application, submit to CSD programs, and check the status of your application, documents, and test scores.

On the left, a box displays notifications sent to you from the CSDCAS staff. CSDCAS highly recommends that all applicants monitor this inbox, as some messages may be filtered as spam by your e-mail address, yet will still appear here.