Professional Software Developer Certification

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This professional competency certification requires successful completion of Certificates of Proficiency in the following four key knowledge areas:

  • Software Requirements,
  • Software Design,
  • Software Construction, and
  • Software Testing.

In addition, the certification requires the successful completion of two applied modules.

Professional Software Developer -- Bundle

Non-Members:  $775
Members: $595
Student Members: $345


Professional Software Developer -- Exams Only

Non-Members: $485
Members: $390


Recommended Prerequisites:

Candidates seeking this professional certification should have completed a minimum of two years of college education in computer science or equivalent in a related field and two years of relevant experience in industry. However, there are no prerequisites required for registration.


This professional competency certification requires the successful completion of 2 parts.

Part I - IEEE CS Exam. One online exam (containing questions from the following 4 knowledge areas):

1. Software Requirements

2. Software Design

3. Software Construction

4. Software Testing

Part II - PROXOR. The successful completion of:

Applied Exam Module I

Applied Exam Module II

Professional Software Developer Certification Requirements

 Part I - IEEE CS Exam Duration:   100 minutes
 Exam Questions:           80 questions (one online exam from all 4 KAs)
 Exam Location:    Exams are 100% online and proctored remotely
 Part II - PROXOR Exam Duration:   Applied Module I:  180 minutes
  Applied Module II: 180 minutes



Part II - Applied Modules

Registrants may choose to re-take the applied Authentic Exam™ modules exam more than once. An exam fee of $150 will be required for each exam re-take.
Click to download the Applied Module re-testing application. For processing, please email completed form to


The applied Authentic Exam™ modules require three hours each. Candidates may choose to re-take exam modules more than once. An exam fee will be required for each exam re-take.

These Authentic Exam TM modules test the readiness of individuals to participate in the workforce as professional software developers.  The examinee is placed in the context of an actual practicing professional software developer. They are provided with a system (base code), a set of tasks to be performed on that system (fix defects or add functionality), professional tools, documentation and other support materials. In each three hour exam module the examinee is presented with two performance tasks to solve.

Watch the Authentic Examination powered by Proxor video below.

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Upon completion, exam solutions are evaluated automatically using an extensive battery of automated tests.  Each of the four exam tasks undergo up to 180 distinct evaluation tests.  These automated tests evaluate examinee performance based on the following three key elements:

I. Did the solution sufficiently address the major task elements?

II. Did the solution handle known special cases?

III. Did the solution break existing functionality?

Annual IEEE CS / INTEL Platinum Software Developers

Annual IEEE CS Intel Platinum Software Developer PrizeGet the recognition you deserve.

Each year the three outstanding candidates who attain the highest scores while taking the IEEE CS Professional Software Developer Certification exams will be recognized for their achievement. They will receive a $3000 cash prize and a certificate of distinction recognizing them as IEEE CS / Intel Platinum Developers. The cutoff date is May 12, 2017.

Winner's names will also be announced at the IEEE CS Annual Banquet. Talented software developers are encouraged to showcase their skills, distinguish their credentials with the IEEE CS Professional Software Developer Certification and compete for this meritorious distinction.


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