IEEE Computer Society Releases New Cert

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Are You Experienced?



If you are, you might qualify for the IEEE Computer Society’s new
Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) certification. The
certification exam will be offered during two “windows” in 2002: April
15 to June 30, 2002, and Oct. 5 to 26, 2002. Applications for the April
15 to June 15 window must be postmarked by May 15, and applications for
the October window must be postmarked by Aug. 17, 2002. The CSDP is the
first certification to be offered in a series under the Computer
Society’s “Doing Software Right” initiative.



The CSDP credential recognizes IT professionals who adhere to
educational and experiential standards and who have the necessary
knowledge and skills for successful software engineering. The CSDP exam
was developed by industry and academic experts in conjunction with the
Chauncey Group International.



The CSDP is designed for mid-level professionals who are experienced in
software engineering. Candidates must have a bachelor’s or equivalent
degree and at least 9,000 hours of experience in at least six of the 11
knowledge areas covered by the exam. The knowledge areas are the
following: Business Practices and Engineering Economics; Software
Requirements; Software Design; Software Construction; Software Testing;
Software Maintenance; Software Configuration Management; Software
Engineering Management; Software Engineering Process; Software
Engineering Tools and Methods; and Software Quality.



Candidates have three and a half hours to complete the 180 multiple-
choice questions on the exam. Certification is valid for three years,
and certificants must earn continuing education credits to qualify for
recertification. The CSDP exam is administered at Prometric testing
centers in the United States and Canada and in some cities in Brazil,
China, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan and Russia. The cost to take the
exam for members is a $100 application fee and a $350 exam fee ($450
total); non-members pay the $100 application fee plus a $500 exam fee
($600 total).  



The Computer Society’s Web site has tons of information on the
credential, including recommended reference materials, sample questions
and a glossary of software engineering terminology. You can find out
more by checking out



Information about this certification can also be found at


Online Certifications to Help Monster Users Land Jobs



Monster and Brainbench have teamed together to offer a new co-branded
site that allows Monster job seekers to take Brainbench’s online skill
certification tests. According to Monster’s latest Monster Meter poll,
87 percent of Monster users said job skills and certifications are very
important elements on a resume, and 58 percent said they are extremely



The poll ran from March 25 to April 1, 2002 and asked Monster users:
“How important is it to highlight job skills and certifications on your
resume?” Altogether, 29,111 users voted:



* 58 percent said, “Extremely.”
* 29 percent said, “Very.”
* 9 percent said, “Somewhat.”
* 4 percent said, “Not at all.”



The new offering from Monster and Brainbench will help Monster job
seekers one-up their competitors for employment through online
certifications, which provide proof of their job skills and knowledge.
The certification tests can be found on My Monster
( Once you register, you can take one of
Brainbench’s more than 375 online certifications in numerous fields,
including IT. Once a user completes an exam and adds it to his or her
Brainbench transcript, it can also be attached to an online resume on



Brainbench has been administering online certification tests since 1999.
Some examples of IT-related tests from Brainbench include: C++, Check
Point FireWall-1 Administration, Cisco Network Design, Citrix
Administration, ColdFusion 5, Computer Telephony Integration, Disaster
Recovery and Planning, Internet Technology Fundamentals, IP Routing and
Switching, Linux Programming, Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
Administration, Network Technical Support, Project Management, Technical
Writing. Wireless Network Technology and XML.



For more information on Brainbench certifications, go to If you’re looking for a job, and you want to
include your Brainbench certification on your resume, go to and register.



References Available Upon Request



If you’re like me, you have always included that redundant line at the
end of your resume, “References Available Upon Request,” and then once
you’re at the interview, you hand over a list of names and hope it is
sufficient. So what are references for anyway?



The hiring manager uses a reference check to make a tough decision
between the most qualified job candidates. So you need to spend some
time and give careful consideration to the people you want to include.
You should keep in close contact with your references, and make them a
part of your ever-expanding career network. That way, the next time
you’re out job hunting, they’ll still be there for you—whether they’re
there to provide a reference or they know about some openings you might
qualify for.



You don’t need to send references with your resume, according to
Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of RHI Consulting
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