Professional Software Developer Certification
This professional competency certification requires successful completion of Certificates of Proficiency in the following four key knowledge areas: Software Engineering Requirements, Software Engineering Design, Software Engineering Construction, Software Engineering Testing and the successful completion of two applied modules.
Candidates seeking this professional certification should have completed a minimum of two years of college education in computer science or equivalent in a related field and two years of relevant experience in industry. However, there are no prerequisites required for registration.
This professional competency certification requires the successful completion of two parts.
Part I. One online exam (containing questions from the following four knowledge areas):
1. Software Requirements
2. Software Design
3. Software Construction
4. Software Testing
Part II: The successful completion of:
Applied Exam Module I
Applied Exam Module II
|Part I Exam Duration:||180 minutes|
|Exam Questions:||160 questions (one online exam from all 4 KAs)|
|Exam Location:||Exams are 100% online and proctored remotely|
|Part II Exam Duration:|| Applied Module I: 180 minutes |
Applied Module II: 180 minutes
Part II - Applied Exam Modules
To complete this professional certification all required exam modules must be successfully completed within a two year period.
The applied Authentic Exam™ modules require three hours each. Candidates may choose to re-take exam modules more than once. An exam fee will be required for each exam re-take.
These Authentic Exam TM modules test the readiness of individuals to participate in the workforce as professional software developers. The examinee is placed in the context of an actual practicing professional software developer. They are provided with a system (base code), a set of tasks to be performed on that system (fix defects or add functionality), professional tools, documentation and other support materials. In each three hour exam module the examinee is presented with two performance tasks to solve.
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Upon completion, exam solutions are evaluated automatically using an extensive battery of automated tests. Each of the four exam tasks undergo up to 180 distinct evaluation tests. These automated tests evaluate examinee performance based on the following three key elements:
I. Did the solution sufficiently address the major task elements?
II. Did the solution handle known special cases?
III. Did the solution break existing functionality?
Performance along these dimensions is then tabulated and aggregated into overall scores for each of the four different assigned tasks. An overall competency rating from basic, intermediate, and advanced is then assigned. The rating is based on the performance for each task. A final report is provided to the examinee detailing the breakdown of scores for their performance. A score of zero indicates that the candidate was unable to correctly solve any aspects of the assigned exam tasks, while a score of 4 indicates that all four tasks assigned were completed with few if any defects.
- A score of 1 identifies a Beginner level.
- A score of 2 identifies an Intermediate Skill level.
- A score of 3 or higher identifies an Advance Skill level.
Annual IEEE CS / INTEL Platinum Software Developers
Get the recognition you deserve.
Each year the three outstanding candidates who attain the highest scores while taking the IEEE CS Professional Software Developer Certification exams will be recognized for their achievement. They will receive a $3000 cash prize and a certificate of distinction recognizing them as IEEE CS / Intel Platinum Developers. The cutoff date is May 15, 2016.
Winner's names will also be announced at the IEEE CS Annual Banquet. Talented software developers are encouraged to showcase their skills, distinguish their credentials with the IEEE CS Professional Software Developer Certification and compete for this meritorious distinction.