Certified Software Development Associate/Professional


Logo Usage Guidelines

The IEEE Computer Society, as a matter of policy, intends on continually enhancing our certification programs as well as promoting our credential holders to the public. Allowing both the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) and Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) credential holders to utilize the logo and designation according to the Logo Usage Guidelines will provide credential holders with an additional benefit to their certification, and will promote recognition of CSDA and CSDP certification among the software engineering industry.


The CSDA and CSDP designations and logos are a symbol of your professionalism, understanding of, and dedication to your industry. Applications have been made with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register the Certified Software Development Associate and Certified Software Development Professional names, CSDA and CSDP acronyms, and logo and the tagline “Doing Software Right”. 

Who may use the CSDA and CSDP designations and logo?

Only certificate holders in good standing may use the designations:

“Certified Software Development Associate” or “CSDA” and the CSDA logo

“Certified Software Development Professional” or “CSDP” and the CSDP logo. 

Are there any limitations on usage?

Certificate holders are encouraged to use the logo on their stationery, business cards, web pages, marketing materials, publications, etc. 

CSDA/P certification is attributed to the individual only, not to his or her employer. The CSDA/P logo or designation may not be used to imply that a firm or product is certified or endorsed by the CSDA or CSDP Programs, the IEEE Computer Society or IEEE.

Certificate holders must follow the graphic guidelines and regulations for logo use.

Expiration: If your certification expires, the CSDA/P designation, logo and any reference to certification must be removed from any and all promotional materials including, but not limited to advertising, letterhead, resume, business cards, and company and individual web sites within 30 days of expiration.

Revocation: If your certification is revoked, the CSDA/P designation, logo and any reference to certification must be removed from any and all promotional materials including, but not limited to advertising, letterhead, business cards, and company and individual web sites within 3 days of revocation.

Graphic Guidelines and Regulations

  • The CSDA/P logo must be at least 10mm in height, as measured from the top of the graphic to the bottom.
  • A 5mm buffer zone exists around the perimeter of the logo. No text or graphic may be placed within the buffer zone.
  • The CSDA/P logo must be clearly legible and of appropriate color and contrast. When placed on a black background, the logo must always reverse. 
  • No changes may be made to any of the design elements of the logo, including the lettering, thickness and ratio of height to width. The CSDA/P logo must never be taken apart and recombined in any way to create new artwork. No part of the logo may be changed or re-sized in any way relative to the rest of the logo.
  •  The CSDA/P logo may not be the dominant or largest element and may not be larger than your company name or logo. The logo may not occupy more than 10 percent of the total space on letterhead, business cards, web pages, etc.
  • Care should be taken to ensure that the use of the logo does not imply that the CSDA/P Program, IEEE Computer Society or IEEE endorses anything outside the scope of certification.
  • The CSDA/P logo may not be imitated in any manner on your materials.
  • The CSDA/P logo may not be translated into any other language. 
  • The CSDA/P logo may not be oriented on its side. The text should always read horizontally.

The CSDA and CSDP logos and acronyms are the exclusive property of the IEEE Computer Society. They may not be used except by CSDA or CSDP credential holders in good standing as outlined in this document. Any unauthorized use will be grounds for compensatory or other legal action. 

The IEEE Computer Society and the CSDP Program encourage the use of the CSDP logo and acronyms. The IEEE Computer Society does not charge for their use in the above manner. Logos are available on the CSDP web site and on computer disk, free of service charge. 

The IEEE Computer Society does not presently charge a licensing fee for use of the CSDP logo. However, the Computer Society reserves the right to change the terms of this policy at any time. In addition, the Computer Society reserves the right to withdraw the right to use the CSDP logo at any time and for any reason.

Please fill out the Logo Usage Guidelines form and fax to 1-866-489-5084 or email to certification@computer.org.

If you have any questions as to whether your proposed use of the logo is in compliance with the guidelines, or have a question about logo usage, please email certification@computer.org.