CSDA: 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. 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

1
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.
REGISTER
2
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.
PREPARE
3
Take the Exam
Locate and schedule your exam from at most Prometric test centers world-wide.
TEST

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
Society Members
Non-Members
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

 

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