New Test Windows Announced for Software Development Certifications

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 1 February, 2012 – The IEEE Computer Society will hold two test periods this year for its Certified Software Development Associate and Certified Software Development Professional credentials.

The first examination window will run from 20 May to 30 June. The deadline to register for the CSDA or apply for the CSDP is 30 May. The second examination window will run from 18 November to 29 December with a 29 November deadline to register or apply. Registrations and applications received after the deadline will be applied to the next available test window.

The CSDP examination was recently refreshed to include all 15 knowledge areas that will be contained in the new Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), as well as content updates to all knowledge areas.
For answers to general certification questions, email Send email to for answers to CSDA questions and email to for CSDP questions.

The CSDP certification is intended for mid-career software development practitioners, while the CSDA is geared toward entry-level software developers. For more information, visit
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 SWEBOK.

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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