IEEE to Expand Advocacy of Professional Certification for Software Developers

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<strong>March 4</strong><br />The IEEE Computer Society, an organization of computer professionals, announced it will expand advocacy of the Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) program among its nearly 90,000 members worldwide and the IT community at-large, as well as increase the numbers of those taking the software engineering e-learning course associated with the certification.<br /><br />&ldquo;Although software engineering is projected to be one of the fastest-growing occupations through 2014, employers and the public at-large can&rsquo;t be assured of the quality or knowledge of these workers, even those involved in mission-critical applications,&rdquo; said Susan K. (Kathy) Land, CSDP, president-elect of the IEEE Computer Society. &ldquo;IEEE believes the software engineering field must incorporate all the rigorous requirements of a professional discipline so employers and society are assured developers have validated skills and are receiving continuing education.&rdquo;<br /><br />IEEE is partnering with ITPG Inc., which develops and delivers world-class professional education and certification programs, to provide market analysis and develop strategic relationships, staff a call center in support of CSDP exams and e-learning courses and promote the CSDP worldwide.<br /><br />With offices in Virginia, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo, ITPG will utilize its global marketing resources to reach software engineering professionals around the world for IEEE, according to Dow Williamson, ITPG&rsquo;s vice president of corporate development.<br /><br />&ldquo;ITPG is perfectly suited to help IEEE members and nonmember software developers learn more about the CSDP and become trained and certified,&rdquo; said Williamson. &ldquo;We are gratified that the IEEE Computer Society, one of the pre-eminent technology professional organizations in the world, has entrusted us to promote the growth of this important certification.&rdquo;<br /><br />Introduced in 2001, the CSDP is the only professional certification offered by IEEE and the sole brand name credential for software developers. It is intended to validate competence for mid-level software developers and software engineering professionals. <br /><br />&ldquo;The CSDP provides a true measure that a professional possesses a broad understanding of the software development discipline and is committed to his or her career,&rdquo; said Steven C. McConnell, CSDP, CEO and chief software engineer at Construx Software, a technical consulting firm in software development best practices. <br /><br />To obtain the CSDP, candidates must pass an exam demonstrating mastery of the software engineering body of knowledge (SWEBOK), subscribe to a professional code of ethics and possess a bachelor&rsquo;s or equivalent degree and at least 9,000 hours of experience in at least six of the 11 knowledge areas the exam covers. To maintain their certification, CSDPs must complete annual continuing professional education.<br /><br />The CSDP exam was developed and is regularly updated through a job-analysis process that provides an industry-accepted, systematic procedure for identifying and validating specific domains of the profession, as well as the knowledge and skills that are necessary to perform it. The e-learning course is designed to help those preparing to take the CSDP exam better understand best-practice principles and concepts in designing, constructing and testing software.<br />

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