Certified Software Development Professional
This certification is offered by the IEEE Computer Society to mid-career software development practitioners. To become a Certified Software Development Professional candidates must have four years of qualified, professional software development experience, pass a three-hour, 180-question examination on software engineering principles and practice, and possess at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The CSDP examination tests candidates' proficiency in internationally-accepted, industry-standard software engineering practices. CSDP credential holders are also obligated to adhere to the IEEE/ACM's Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.
The IEEE Computer Society introduced the CSDP in 2002, and on October 27, 2008, it became the first certification to conform to ISO/IEC 24773 standard for software engineering certification.
Determination of eligibility
Candidates must undergo a peer review of their education and professional qualifications in order to receive authorization to take the CSDP examination. Candidates therefore must submit an application to the IEEE Computer Society that provides verifiable information regarding their educational background and professional experience.
The Certified Software Development Associate certification is available to graduating software engineers and early-career software professionals who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the CSDP.
CSDP examination content
The CSDP examination content is based on the Guide To The Software Engineering Body of Knowledge. The examination covers content from all 10 primary knowledge areas in the SWEBOK. Below is a list of the topics tested in terms of their proportion of the total examination.
- Software requirements 11%
- Software design 11%
- Software construction 9%
- Software testing 11%
- Software maintenance 5%
- Software configuration management 5%
- Software engineering management 8%
- Software engineering process 5%
- Software engineering methods 4%
- Software quality 7%
- Software engineering professional practice 5%
- Software engineering economics 5%
- Computing foundations 5%
- Mathematical foundations 3%
- Engineering foundations 4%
- IEEE Certification home: Certification and Training for Software Professionals
- IEEE's official CSDP web site
- IEEE's official CSDA web site
- Introduction Date
- "IEEE Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional Homepage". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- "ISO/IEC TR 19759:2005". ISO. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
- "Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
- "Software Engineering Code of Ethics" (PDF). Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
- "CSDA: Certified Software Development Associate". IEEE Computer Society. Retrieved 2010-04-27.