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. The CSDA is the first step towards becoming a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP).
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
|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 e-learning, an on-line, self-paced course containing 4 modules and 500 practice questions.
|Take the Exam |
Locate and schedule your exam from at most Prometric test centers world-wide.
Fees and Testing Information
The CSDA e-learning system includes six (6) months of access for a candidate. The CSDA examination fee includes a $50 processing fee, which is nonrefundable and nontransferable. All fees must be paid in US dollars, and checks must be drawn from a US bank.
| ||IEEE or IEEE Computer |
|CSDA e-learning course||$245*||$345*|
|Total Examination Fee||$295*||$395*|
|Bundle package (e-learning and exam)||$495*||$645*|
* Prices subject to tax charges. Click here for more information.
Testing windows and the application deadlines:
|Testing Window |
4 January - 3 July 2010
16 August – 17 December 2010
|Application Deadline |
3 June 2010
17 November 2010