In order to maintain proficiency as knowledge, methods, and techniques evolve, a certificate holder must be actively engaged in professional practice, learn emerging practices, and maintain and develop skills. Every three years, the certificate holders must either retake the CSDP exam or obtain a minimum of 30 Professional Development Units (PDUs) as long as they continue the full-time practice of software engineering. Failure to meet requirements by the recertification deadline will result in the loss of the CSDP credential.
CSDP holders must obtain recertification within three years of the certificate being issued. For example, if you were certified on 20 January 2012, your recertification deadline is 20 January 2015. Applications must be postmarked 30 days before the deadline to avoid being assessed a US $100 late fee.
It’s the certificate holder’s responsibility to record and document activities during the three-year certification period. Keep records on a worksheet so that it can be easily summarized and submitted to satisfy the recertification requirement. Incomplete or undocumented activities aren’t acceptable for reporting purposes.
Qualifying PDU activities are divided into seven categories. Each activity must clearly apply to at least one Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) knowledge area. Please note that 1 PDU is equivalent to 1 Continuing Education Credit (CEU). The seven categories eligible for PDUs are: Educational Activities, Publishing, Presentations, Technical/Professional Service, Self Study, Employment, and Contribution to SWEBOK, CSDA, or CSDP.
After receipt and review of the submitted recertification application, certificate holders are notified as to whether the submitted package satisfies the recertification requirements. If the application is satisfactory, a certification credential update is issued to the certificate holder. If the application is unacceptable, the entire package is returned to the certificate holder for further processing and resubmission. It is the certificate holder’s responsibility to assure that all reprocessing is completed prior to the recertification deadline. Rejected applications may be appealed to the Certification Committee.
Each year, 5 percent of the recertification applications are randomly audited to validate activities and ensure program standards for professionalism, ethics, and fairness. If an application is selected for audit, the certificate holder will be notified by letter and asked to supply, within 30 days, supporting documentation for each activity listed on the application.
Applications can be rejected when full 30 PDUs aren’t obtained, when PDUs are outside the software engineering field, and when inadequate supporting documentation is submitted. The certificate holder has 30 days from the date the rejection notice was mailed to resolve the recertification requirement discrepancy. If the discrepancy is not resolved, the certificate holder may fulfill the 30-PDU requirement and resubmit documentation no later than 90 days following the current certification’s expiration. A US $100 late fee will apply.
Certificate holders who fail to satisfy recertification requirements by 90 days after their certificate’s expiration are automatically decertified and must retake the CSDP exam or appeal the decertification to reclaim their certification.