CSDP: Certified Software Development Professional


The CSDP credential is intended for mid-career software development professionals that want to confirm their proficiency of standard software development practices and advance in their careers.

Who is eligible to take the CSDP?

If you are a Senior Member of IEEE or a Licensed Software Engineer, no further qualifications are necessary.  All other candidates are required to meet both Education and Experience requirements as outlined below.

Education: (need at least one)

  • You have a bachelor's degree
  • You are a CSDA certificate holder
  • You are an educator at the post-baccalaureate level
  • You are a full member of the IEEE

Experience: (need at least one)

  • You have an advanced degree in software engineering and at least two years (about 3,500 hrs) of experience in software engineering/development
  • You have at least four years (about 7,000 hrs) experience in software engineering/development

Get Certified in 3 Easy Steps

1
Apply for the Exam
Exam fees are affordable and in many cases paid for by your employer. See the Fees and Testing Information section below.
APPLY
2
Prepare for the Exam
Exam preparation options include the CSDP e-learning course, which is an on-line, self-paced course.
PREPARE
3
Take the Exam
Locate and schedule your exam at most Prometric test centers world-wide.
TEST

Fees and Testing Information

The CSDP e-learning system includes six (6) months of access for a candidate. The CSDP 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
CSDP e-learning course $345* $445*
Total Examination Fee $395* $495*
Bundle package (e-learning and exam) $595* $745*

* Prices subject to tax charges. Click here for more information.

Testing windows and the application deadlines:

Testing Window

4 January - 18 March 2010 (current CSDP exam)
12 April - 3 July 2010 (refreshed CSDP exam)
16 August - 17 December 2010 (refreshed CSDP exam)
Application Deadline

18 February 2010
3 June 2010
17 November 2010

 

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