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Certified Software Development Professional

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Established  2002

Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) is a professional certification in software engineering conformal to ISO/IEC 24773.


This certification was offered by the IEEE Computer Society to experienced software engineering and software development practitioners since 2002. After December 2014 this certification program has been discontinued, all issued certificates are recognized as valid forever. A number of new similar certifications were introduced by the IEEE Computer Society, including the Professional Software Engineering Master (PSEM) and Professional Software Engineering Process Master (PSEPM) Certifications.

To become a Certified Software Development Professional candidates had to have four years (initially six years) of professional software engineering experience, pass a three-and-half-hour, 180-question examination on various knowledge areas of software engineering, and possess at least a bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering. The CSDP examination tested candidates' proficiency in internationally accepted, industry-standard software engineering principles and practices. CSDP credential holders are also obligated to adhere to the IEEE/ACM's Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.


The IEEE Computer Society introduced the CSDP in 2002, and on October 27, 2008, it became the first certification to conform to ISO/IEC 24773 standard for software engineering certification.

Determination of eligibility

Candidates had to undergo a peer review of their education and professional qualifications in order to receive authorization to take the CSDP examination. Candidates therefore had to submit an application to the IEEE Computer Society that provided verifiable information regarding their educational background and professional experience.

The Certified Software Development Associate certification was available to graduating software engineers and early-career software professionals who did not meet the eligibility requirements for the CSDP.

CSDP examination content

The CSDP examination content was based on the Guide To The Software Engineering Body of Knowledge. The examination covered content from all primary knowledge areas in the SWEBOK Guide Version 3. Below is a list of the topics tested in terms of their proportion of the total examination.

  • Software requirements 11%
  • Software design 11%
  • Software construction 9%
  • Software testing 11%
  • Software maintenance 5%
  • Software configuration management 5%
  • Software engineering management 8%
  • Software engineering process 5%
  • Software engineering methods 4%
  • Software quality 7%
  • Software engineering professional practice 5%
  • Software engineering economics 5%
  • Computing foundations 5%
  • Mathematical foundations 3%
  • Engineering foundations 4%
  • References

    Certified Software Development Professional Wikipedia

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