Certification Discounts Offered for Employed, Unemployed

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 9 September, 2009 – Many software development professionals are tuning up their resumes to make themselves more marketable during these times of economic uncertainty. And many of those laid off from jobs are looking for ways to differentiate themselves amid competition from other highly qualified candidates.

To help both categories of software professionals, the IEEE Computer Society is offering a number of certification packages and discounts. The Certified Software Development Associate for entry-level professionals or Certified Software Development Professional for mid-level professionals can provide a means of demonstrating value to present and future employers.

The special promotions include:

$295 Certification Beta Exam Bundle (expires 16 October, 2009)
This $295 special bundle package includes the CSDP elearning course, the CSDP beta examination, a free Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), and supplemental exam preparation materials. This exam can only be taken from 16 November-10 December. More details can be found at http://www2.computer.org/portal/web/certification/csdpbeta.

• Unemployed Discount (no expiration)
The Computer Society is offering the CSDA or CSDP e-learning and exam at the discount price of $450.

• CSDP GI Bill Provision
The US Department of Veterans Affairs will reimburse up to $400 of the cost of obtaining a CSDP certification.

IEEE Computer Society member and senior software test engineer Dan Bocko is making use of a recent period of unemployment to obtain a CSDP designation. He’d previously been interested in pursuing a CSDP, but just didn’t have the time while employed.

“While searching the job opportunities, I noticed that more and more employers are valuing certifications and that was a clue to me that I needed to get something on my resume,” he said. “I selected the CSDP as it is the broadest software certification out there and covers the elements of the software development lifecycle better than any other software certification.”

Bocko worked through his former employer and was referred to a dislocated worker program at his local employment center in Elk Grove, Minnesota. Working with them, he was able to get funding for both a CSDP training course and the examination. Today he is studying to take the CSDP and hopes to have that on his resume in fall 2009.

For more information on these options, email the Certification Department at certification@computer.org

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, certifications, and online courses.

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