CSDP: Professional Development Unit (PDU) Categories


 

The intent of recertification is to make sure that Certified Software
Development Professionals not only keep current with trends in the
industry, but also to encourage broadening and deepening the certificate
holder's capabilities across all of the SWEBOK Guide knowledge areas.
Below are the categories of activities that will earn recertification
PDUs (beginning 18 March 2013).
 
In all cases, PDUs can only be claimed for activities that are directly
related to at least one of the SWEBOK Guide Knowledge Areas. The claimed
activity does not have to itself be specifically identified in the SWEBOK
Guide, but it must be clearly consistent with the intent of the Knowledge
Areas.
 
PDUs may not be claimed for taking the CSDP certification examination
nor for any activities prior to the current recertification period. All
claimed activities must be completed within your recertification period.
Total PDUs required for recertification in a 3 year recertification
Period is 30. Excess PDUs from one recertification period cannot be
carried over to the next recertification period.
 
For the next 12 months until April 2014, CSDP holders can opt to re-certify 
under the old criteria or under this new criteria.

Category 1 - Active Practice

Practice of any area of software engineering as part of regular employment
or volunteer work that is not included in any of the following categories,
below. Active practice includes requirements, design, programming, testing,
supervision, project management, research, teaching and so on. This can be
as an employee, open source developer, self-employed professional,
educator, or consultant. PDUs claimed for activities in this category
cannot also be claimed in any of the other categories.
 
1 PDUs per 500 hours of active practice (note: 1 year of full time
employment is ~2000 hours, or 4 PDUs)
 
This category has a maximum limit of 12 PDUs per recertification cycle.

Category 2 - Learning Activity

Includes attending university/academic classes, professional training
courses, formal in-company presentations, conference sessions, conference
panel discussions, webinars, computer based training, and reading of
books, blogs, research papers, articles and so on.
 
0.5 PDUs per presentation-hour of university class, professional
training course, formal in-company presentation, conference session,
conference panel discussion, webinar or computer based training.
 
1 PDU per 33 full pages read in a book.
 
0.1 PDU per 1000 words read in an article, research paper, blog, etc.
 
This category has no maximum PDUs per recertification cycle, however no
more than 5 of the PDUs in this category may be claimed for material
that is not readily available to the general public (e.g., proprietary

presentations).

Category 3 - Writing

Includes writing and publishing (but not necessarily publishing
externally) books, articles, research papers, and blogs that were written
Or co-authored by the certificate holder. This category includes
Contribution of content to standards, SWEBOK Guide, writing exam items
for CSDA and CSDP exams, etc.
 
0.3 PDUs per 1000 words written if the content is not formally peer
reviewed before publication.
 
0.6 PDUs per 1000 words written if the content is formally peer
reviewed before publication.
 
In cases where PDUs per 1000 words written would be inappropriate (e.g.,
collaborative standards development, CSDA/CSDP exam item writing, or any
similar effort) 0.2 PDUs per hour of participation.
 
This category has no maximum PDUs per recertification cycle, however no
more than 5 of the PDUs in this category may be claimed for material
that is not readily available to the general public (e.g., proprietary
reports).

Category 4 - Presenting

Includes creating and presenting academic classes, professional training
courses, formal in-company presentations, conference sessions, conference
panel discussions, webinars, tutoring, mentoring and so on. PDU is
given for the first presentation only. No PDU is given for repeat
presentation of the same material even if the material is re-presented in
a different recertification period and/or to a different audience.
 
1.5 PUDs per presentation-hour of university class, professional
training course, formal in-company presentation, conference session,
conference panel discussion, webinar, tutoring, mentoring, or computer
based training.
 
This category has no maximum PDUs per recertification cycle, however no
more than 5 of the PDUs in this category may be claimed for material
that is not readily available to the general public (e.g., proprietary
presentations).

Category 5: Peer Reviewing

Includes peer reviewing books, articles, research papers, blogs, software,
or documentation (such as specifications and designs) to the extent that it
is not already claimed in the Active Practice category. This category also
includes acting as an accreditor or appraiser, to the extent that it
is not already claimed in the Active Practice category. A requirement to
count this activity is that the certificate holder actively gave written
feedback to the author, editor or manager as part of this process.
Repeated reviews of the same artifact or organization, even after they
have been subsequently changed, do not count. This category includes
reviewing standards, SWEBOK Guide content, exam items for CSDA & CSDP, and
so on.
 
0.2 PDUs per hour of peer review activity.
 
This category has no maximum PDUs per recertification cycle, however no
more than 5 of the PDUs in this category may be claimed for material
that is not readily available to the general public (e.g., reviews of
Proprietary reports or proprietary assessment/appraisal).

Category 6: Professional/Technical Service

Includes active participation in professional societies and organizations
in the software engineering field. This means more than simply joining
these organizations or attending their meetings. PDU cannot be claimed
simply for membership or attendance (this should be claimed under Learning
Activity category). Participation involving writing or presenting should
be claimed under the Presenting category. Involvement must be as an
officer, board member, or committee member and actively performing tasks
that assist the organization.
 
3 PDUs per 1 year term served.
 
This category has a maximum of 9 PDUs per recertification cycle.

Category 7: Other

Other items not covered above may be considered. The software professional
will need to provide the details of the activity for which PDU is
claimed, substantiate the hours spent on the activity, describe the
specific task(s) performed, and the SWEBOK Guide-related Knowledge Areas
involved.
 
0.1 PDUs per hour of activity.
 
This category has a maximum of 5 PDUs per recertification cycle.