Certified Software Development Associate

The CSDA credential is intended for graduating software engineers and entry-level software professionals and serves to bridge the gap between your educational experience and real-world work requirements.  Register Now to get started today!  Questions? feel free to email us: csda@computer.org.


The CSDA is the first step towards becoming a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP).

CSDA Eligibility

While there are no formal requirements for the CSDA, the following are recommended guidelines for candidates:

  • Recent software or computer engineering graduates
  • Under-graduates in their final year of a bachelor's degree program in software or computer engineering
  • Non-degree professionals with more than 2 years of programming experience


Get Certified in 3 Easy Steps

Please note: If you would like to register for the CSDA Examination or would like to purchase the CSDA Preparation Course, you will need a web account. If you do not have one, please register for a free web account here.

Register for the Exam
Exam fees are affordable and in many cases paid for by your employer. See the Fees and Testing Information section below.
Prepare for the Exam
Exam preparation options include the CSDA Preparation Course, an on-line, self-paced course.
Take the Exam
Locate and schedule your exam from at most various test centers world-wide.


Fees and Testing Information

The CSDA Preparation Course includes six (6) months of access for a candidate. The CSDA examination fee includes a $50 processing fee, which is nonrefundable and nontransferable. We accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check and wire transfer.  Checks should be made payable to the Computer Society and drawn on a US Bank.  All fees must be paid in US dollars.  For wire transfer information, please refer to the Certification FAQ.

  IEEE or IEEE Computer
Society Members
CSDA Preparation Course $245* $345*
Total Examination Fee $295* $395*
Bundle package (preparation and exam) $495* $645*

* Prices subject to tax charges. Click here for more information.
Please also note that if you reschedule or cancel with the testing vendor less than 30 days of your scheduled examination appointment, you will be charged a fee by the IEEE Computer Society.  More information can be found here.

Testing windows and the registration deadlines:

Testing Window
18 November - 29 December 2012

Registration Deadline
29 November 2012


  For any questions regarding CSDA, please call (866) 681-7613.





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