Professional Software Developer Certification
This professional competency certification requires successful completion of Certificates of Proficiency in the following four key knowledge areas: Software Engineering Requirements, Software Engineering Design, Software Engineering Construction, Software Engineering Testing and the successful completion of two applied modules.
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.
These Authentic Exam™ 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.
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?
Performance along these dimensions is then tabulated and aggregated into overall scores for each of the four different assigned tasks. An overall competency rating from 0 to 4 is then assigned. The score is based on the performance for each task. A final report is provided to the examinee detailing the breakdown of scores for their performance. A score of zero indicates that the candidate was unable to correctly solve any aspects of the assigned exam tasks, while a score of 4 indicates that all four tasks assigned were completed with few if any defects.
A score of 1 identifies a Beginner level.
A score of 2 identifies an Intermediate Skill level.
A score of 3 or higher identifies an Advance Skill level.