Computer Society to Launch Certification Newsletter

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 18 August, 2009 – The IEEE Computer Society on 1 September will launch a monthly certification newsletter to keep current and future credential holders apprised of the newest developments.

Besides news about the IEEE Computer Society’s certification program, Certification Connection will feature targeted job listings from, software development news, related offerings from CS Press, and information about special offers.

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IEEE Computer Society 2009 President Susan K. (Kathy) Land, CSDP, is a strong proponent of software engineering certifications. “With the advent of software process improvement, models like the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), ISO 9001, and Lean and Six Sigma we still find that many, many software projects fail. Why? I would challenge that we are failing in educating individuals in software engineering fundamentals.”

The Certified Software Development Associate credential, designed for entry-level software developers, was introduced in May 2008 and rolled out worldwide in September. It is intended to provide undergraduate computer science and software engineering students their first credential toward a solid career foundation as a software development practitioner. The Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) certification is intended for mid-career software development practitioners.

The CSDA and the CSDP are the first two certifications that conform to the newly-released ISO/IEC 24773 standard, which stipulates methods of certifying software engineering professionals worldwide. The basis of both certifications is the Computer Society’s Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK). For more information on the Computer Society’s certifications, go to

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. The 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.


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