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

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
Society 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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