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IEEE Computer Society Certifications – Distinguish Yourself!

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The IEEE Computer Society’s vendor-neutral software engineering certification programs help you distinguish yourself and are the best way to prove your abilities, skills, and knowledge.

Certified Software Development Associate logoThe Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential, which is intended for graduating software engineers and entry-level software professionals. It bridges the gap between education and industry requirements, and builds a solid foundation of established development practices.

Certified Software Development professional logoThe Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) credential is intended for mid-career software professionals looking to confirm their proficiency of standard software development practices and advance in their careers.

Before scheduling an exam, you must have received an authorization-to-test email from the IEEE Computer Society. For more information, visit the IEEE Computer Society website or follow the “Related Links” on this page. You may also contact the IEEE Computer Society at (866) 681-7613.

Scheduling for a computer-based exam

Your authorization-to-test email will tell you the first and last dates you may take the exam. It is up to you to make an appointment to take the exam in that timeframe. Exam appointments may be made up to one business day in advance. Locations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Schedule Test Online
  • Schedule Test Over the Phone

After you schedule your exam, Pearson VUE will send you a confirmation email listing your exam date, your exam time, the address and phone number of the test center, and directions to the test center.

If you choose to schedule online, you will have to create a Pearson VUE web account. Please note that account activation may require up to 24 hours. You will be notified by email when your Pearson VUE account is activated. When creating your account and scheduling your exam, you will need your IEEE Computer Society candidate ID number from the authorization-to-test email sent to you upon completion of the application process.

Before the exam date, you may want to visit the Pearson VUE Testing Tutorial to become familiar with the computer-based testing system.

Last updated 2013-02-18