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
|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.
|Prepare for the Exam |
Exam preparation options include the CSDP e-learning course, which is an on-line, self-paced course.
|Take the Exam |
Locate and schedule your exam at most Prometric test centers world-wide.
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 |
|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