LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 7 April, 2010 – Three dozen IEEE Computer Society volunteers from universities, government agencies, and the private sector contributed efforts to refreshing the Certified Software Development Professional certification to bring it in line with current practices and other Computer Society software development offerings. The 14-month effort involved 122 person-days.
The CSDP exam refresh process began with a job requirements analysis that led to the framework for the new examination, which will be available to test-takers on 12 April. Items from the existing CSDP examination were reviewed in May 2009 to see how many would be relevant for the new examination. And in June, the process of writing and reviewing 390 new items was initiated.
The new examination brings the CSDP in alignment with Version 3 of the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), which is planned for completion this year. The new examination is also aligned with current software engineering industry trends. These changes will maintain the CSDP’s standing with ISO-IEC standards for software engineering certifications.
Four knowledge areas that will be present in Version 3 of the SWEBOK Guide —software engineering economics, computing foundations, math foundations, and engineering foundations—were added to the CSDP exam. The CSDP refresh is also part of an effort to create consistency between the CSDP and the Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential, Version 3 of the SWEBOK Guide, and the SE 2004 Curriculum.
The Computer Society would like to thank the following volunteers who contributed to this project:
• Dr. Ann Gates, University of Texas El Paso
• Dr. Annette Reilly, Lockheed Martin
• Aura Sheffield, Engineering Solutions, Inc.
• Bernard Puroll, Visteon Corp.
• Bipul Das, NIKSUN, Inc.
• Bob McCann, Lockheed Martin
• Chris Bohn, Unites States Air Force
• Dave Barnett
• Deana Seigler, Raytheon
• Don Bagert, Southeast Missouri State University
• Eddie Burris, University of Missouri-Kansas City
• Dr. Gerald Radack, Concurrent Technologies Corp.
• S. Imran Mudassar, Ajilon Consulting
• Jamie Douglass, Boeing
• Jeff Randorf, Missile Defense Agency
• Lawrence J. Cox, Los Alamos National Laboratory
• Lucy Garcia, Northrop Grumman
• Marcus Hervey, Air Force Institute of Technology
• Melvin Perez-Cedano, Rochester Institute of Technology
• Michele Townley-Cochran, Raytheon
• Mike Schoenfeld,Roche Diagnostics
• Mini S. Varghese, Antares Management Solutions
• Oscar Mondragon,SIECenter Mexico, ITESM
• Paul Robinson, PhDx Systems, Inc.
• Pete Knoke, University of Alaska Fairbanks
• Pierce Gibbs, Boeing
• Robert J. Mueller, Department of Plant Biology/TAIR, Carnegie Institution for Science
• Russ Bartlett, Pinnacle Technical Resources
• Sandra Robinson, Lockheed Martin
• Scott Smith, Department of Defense Business, Transformation Agency
• Xiang (Sean) Yin, Tyco Safety Products
• Steve Poole, Attachmate Corp.
• Steve Tockey, Construx Software
• Sutap Chatterjee, Verizon
• Dr. Timothy Lethbridge, University of Ottawa