IEEE Certified Software Development Professional Designation

After more than three years of extensive research among professionals, employers and their customers, the leaders of the IEEE Computer Society realized the time had come to develop and offer a Certified Software Development Professional designation

Professional certification has three critical components:

  • Exam-based testing demonstrating mastery of a Body of Knowledge (BOK);
  • Extensive experience base in the performance of the work or profession being certified; and
  • Continuing professional education, measured and relevant to the BOK.

The IEEE Computer Society certification is the only software development professional certification that has all of these critical support components and carries the mark of the IEEE Computer Society, which has been active in developing software engineering standards for more than 20 years.

Many software vendors, training companies, and vendor-independent groups created their own brand of certification since the 1960s. When the rapidly emerging field of computer technology began to experience exponential growth in the 1980s, more than 200 different certifications emerged. Computing professionals now face a complex and confusing array of choices for determining and demonstrating their competence.

The CSDP credential is a primary certification because it is the only one administered and endorsed by the IEEE Computer Society, which is the only professional society in the world that has provided the highest levels of leadership and expertise needed to unify software engineering standards in the field. For more information, see <>.

Whittington & Associates is pleased to announce that Larry Whittington, Jr., our webmaster, and a Project Manager for Metavante, was in this first group of software engineers to become Certified Software Development Professionals. Larry is also an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer.