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IEEE Computer Society Certification and Credential Program

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Overview of the IEEE Computer Society Certification and Credential Program

Associate Certifications

Associate Software Engineer Certifications

The IEEE Computer Society Associate Software Engineer Certifications are designed to assess software engineering knowledge.

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Professional Competency Certifications

Professional Competency Certifications

The IEEE CS Professional Competency Certifications are based on a dynamic function of knowledge, skill and expertise.

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Certificates of Achievement


The Certificates of Achievement (Continuing Education) are granted for the completion of a specified program, or specified courses. 

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In 2002, the IEEE Computer Society introduced the Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) certification, which was later followed by the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA). These certifications were designed to assess and confirm proficiency in established software development practices and to distinguish professionals that have demonstrated a commitment to lifelong learning.

The CSDA and CSDP certifications continue to be recognized and honored by the IEEE Computer Society. The new certification program has expanded to addresses growing challenges, specific knowledge competencies, and special skill sets that are now required in the practice of Software Engineering.

The program includes Associate Software Engineer Certifications, Professional Competency Certifications, and a number of topic specific Certificates of Achievement.

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