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Licensing Software Engineers?
November/December 2008 (vol. 25 no. 6)
pp. 35-37
Philippe Kruchten, University of British Columbia
To further your professional development, should you aim to become a licensed professional software engineer? The author answers this question, as well as questions about when and where licensing is important.

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Index Terms:
licensing, certification, professionalism
Citation:
Philippe Kruchten, "Licensing Software Engineers?," IEEE Software, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 35-37, Nov.-Dec. 2008, doi:10.1109/MS.2008.149
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