New Certification Exam Windows Announced

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 16 August, 2010 – The IEEE Computer Society has announced new exam windows for its Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) and Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credentials.

The examination for both certifications can be taken between August 16 and December 17 or between January 10 and June 26. The deadline is November 17 to register to take the examination during the first test window and May 26 to register for the early 2011 test window.

Registrations and applications received after these dates will be applied to the next available examination window.

The CSDA, which has no prerequisites, is intended for undergraduates, recent graduates, and entry-level developers. For more details, visit or email

The CSDP is designed for mid-career professionals and requires a combination of education and experience. For more information, visit or email

For general certification questions, send email to,, or

The Computer Society recently introduced assessment courses for both the CSDA and CSDP that are designed to help software professionals evaluate their mastery of the software engineering body of knowledge as they prepare for the CSDA or CSDP examinations. The courses help software developers assess the breadth and depth of their understanding in the 15 Knowledge Areas (KAs) contained in Version 3 of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK Guide).

The online, self-paced assessment courses were developed by 14 subject-matter experts in the software engineering field. Each assessment course provides a survey of selected SWEBOK Guide topics. The assessment courses, like the Computer Society’s certifications, are intended to provide a measure of a developer’s knowledge and expertise.

The Computer Society also recently updated the CSDP examination to bring it in line with current industry practices and Version 3 of the SWEBOK Guide. Knowledge areas on software engineering economics and computing, math, and engineering foundations were added in the process.

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 38 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. For more information, go to

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