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What is the CSDP? How to Pass the CSDP Exam?

The IEEE Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) certification is a software development (engineering) certification that has all of the components of a professional certification. The CSDP is intended for mid-career software engineering professionals who can meet the following qualifications:

  • Pass the 150 question CSDP software engineering qualifying exam
  • Education: (need at least one)
    • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university
    • A CSDA certificate
    • A post-baccalaureate-level teaching experience
    • A full membership in the IEEE
  • Experience: (need at least one
    • An advanced degree in software engineering and at least two years (about 3,500 hours) of experience in software engineering/development
    • At least four years (about 7,000 hours) of experience in software engineering/development
Note that KAs from Volume III will have a greater impact on the score for the CSDA exam than on the score for the CSDP exam
Table 1: The differences between the CSDP and the CSDA exams
  Volume I Volume II Volume III
Software Engineering Essentials Knowledge areas (KAs) SW requirements, SW design, SW construction, SW testing, & SW maintenance SWE [project] management, SCM, SWE process, SWE methods, & SW quality Engineering economics, computing, mathematics, engineering, measurements
% coverage for the CSDP exam 47% 35% 18%
% coverage for the CSDA exam 39% 24% 37%
 


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