Computer Society and UT Launch Fast-Track Training for CSDP Exam

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 13 May, 2010 – The IEEE Computer Society and its registered education partner United Training have developed a new and easier distance-learning format to help students prepare for the Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) exam.

The Fast-Track Training CSDP preparation sessions will let students take advantage of top-caliber CSDP trainers without leaving their offices. Furthermore, the three-day courses will enable employers and test-takers to avoid paying for travel costs or extended time off of work. The first Fast-Track Training class is scheduled for 28-30 June. To register or view the course outline, visit http://www.unitedtraining.com/CourseInfo/Outlines.aspx?CourseNumber=csdp.

"The launch of the Fast-Track Training distance-learning option provides our CSDP candidates with a very cost-effective way to prepare for the exam. This fits in with the trend of employers looking for ways to reduce their training and travel budgets and is a win-win for all," said Chris Ruoff, Senior Manager of Business and Product Development for the IEEE Computer Society’s Certification and Training Programs.

“We are thrilled to leverage today’s modalities of learning to have the ability to reach and prepare more potential candidates on the CSDP certification," said Christopher Roy, president of United Training. "Not only will the students have a great experience but they will save a great deal of time and travel expenses.”

Geared toward mid-career professionals, the CSDP certification demonstrates an individual’s proficiency of the knowledge required of an experienced software development professional. More and more professionals have taken the CSDP to demonstrate their knowledge and advance in their careers. Employers are recognizing the value in standardizing their software development practices through certifications like the CSDP.

The CSDP preparation course covers the 15 CSDP knowledge areas (KAs) and a sample examination. In preparation for the Fast-Track Training course, students will have access to the CSDP online e-learning course for six months. Together, the e-learning and instructor-led courses will help a student identify their strengths and weaknesses within the 15 CSDP KAs in preparation for the exam. The voucher included with the course lets the student schedule his or her examination appointment at any Prometric test center.

The preparation course is US $1,295 for nonmembers and $1,195 for IEEE members. The cost includes the Fast-Track distance-learning course, the CSDP e-learning course, the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), and a voucher to sit for the CSDP exam. Participation instructions, live question-and-answer session, a live demonstration, and troubleshooting and support will also be provided.

To take the CSDP exam, individuals must have a bachelor’s degree, be a CSDA certificate holder, an educator at the post- baccalaureate level, or a full member of IEEE. In addition, four years of software engineering experience or an advanced degree and two years of software engineering experience are required.

Students can participate in the Fast-Track Training via LiveMeeting, Skype, or a call-in number while an in-person preparation class is being held. They will be able to view instructor activities on their computers and whiteboards, and hear the instructor’s presentation and student conversations in the classroom.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology, and is known globally for its computing standards activities.

The Computer Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses. Its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program for mid-career professionals and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential for recent college graduates confirm the skill and knowledge of those working in the field. The CS Digital Library (CSDL) is an excellent research tool, containing more than 250,000 articles from 1,600 conference proceedings and 26 CS periodicals going back to 1988.

About United Training

United Training is a consortium of independently owned and operated information technology training centers from around North America. United Training's member companies are committed to training excellence, growing the IT marketplace, the career development of each student, and enhancing the performance and productivity of companies it works with.
United Training provides businesses with a way to obtain high-quality IT training on a national level, from the very best regional providers. In business since 2000, United Training has developed systems, strategies, products, and best practices that maximize the potential for member companies to thrive and flourish.

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