The primary qualification for being accredited as an ASD is a pass in an on-line multiple choice examination that adheres to the Principles of Symbian OS curriculum. This curriculum is reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that the accreditation stays up to date with recent developments in the Symbian operating system. The most recent release of the curriculum in October 2008 made only minor changes to the required learning points and introduced a new numbering convention. This helps to make clear when an accreditation has expired due to the evolution of the programming platform.
The V2 and V2.1 (2006–2008) version of the curriculum removed the requirement to know DBMS in detail and consolidated the standard C++ questions into fewer sub-topics so as to concentrate testing on Symbian OS specific features. It contained the following major topics: