IEEE Computer Society First to Market With Software Certifications That Meet New ISO Standard

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Conformance With Prestigious Standard Makes Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) and Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) Certifications Globally Portable

The IEEE Computer Society , the world's leading organization of computing professionals, is proud to announce that its flagship software professional certifications, the CSDA and CSDP, are the first two certifications that conform to the newly-released ISO/IEC 24773 standard.

ISO/IEC 24773 establishes a framework for comparing methods of certifying software engineering professionals. It will enable software engineering professional certifications to be portable between different countries or organizations. The increasing globalization of the software industry makes it more likely that a software engineer will work in different countries over the course of a career. Released on Sept. 1, the new standard requires education, qualification, examination, and certification bodies to have a software engineering body of knowledge and to map it to SWEBOK. In 2005, ISO/IEC JTC 1 adopted the Computer Society's SWEBOK Guide as its umbrella description of software engineering. ISO/IEC 24773 takes this a step further by using the guide as the basis for explaining and comparing software engineering certifications.

"The new standard offers the worldwide software industry a way to assess the competence of software engineering professionals. The IEEE Computer Society is at the center of these developments in two ways. First, all certifications conforming to the standard must use the Society's SWEBOK Guide. Even more importantly, the Society has developed the first certifications that conform to the new standard," said Stephen Seidman, 2008 Vice-President for Educational Activities for the IEEE Computer Society.

The release of ISO/IEC 24773 makes the IEEE Computer Society's two software certification credentials, the CSDA and CSDP, well-positioned for use throughout the world and within many different types of organizations. Both certification programs reinforce and confirm recognized principles and practices of software development in the SWEBOK knowledge areas.

"This is further evidence that the Computer Society's program to recast software engineering as a true engineering discipline is truly on high ground. We were pleased when the international standards committee for software engineering adopted the SWEBOK Guide as the basis for its work. Now, they've taken the next step and identified the guide as the benchmark for defining and comparing certifications in software engineering," said Jim Moore, 2008 Chairman of the IEEE Computer Society Professional Practices Committee.

The Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) credential, introduced in 2002, is intended for mid-career software development practitioners. More information on the CSDP and its benefits can be found at

The Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) credential, introduced in 2008, is intended for entry-level software development practitioners. More information on the CSDA and its benefits can be found at

Additional information on the IEEE Computer Society certification programs can be found at:

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (the International Electrotechnical Commission) work together to develop standards in systems and software engineering. The IEEE Computer Society, known globally for its own systems and software engineering standards activities, also participates in these ISO/IEC joint efforts.

ISO/IEC 24773 can be referenced at:

The SWEBOK guide, developed by the IEEE Computer Society, has been endorsed by ISO/IEC as ISO/IEC TR 19759 and can be referenced at:

About the IEEE Computer Society
With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world's leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the IEEE's 39 societies, the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology. It serves the information and career-development needs of today's computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, and online courses.


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