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IEEE - Firebrand's Training for IEEE's Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA)



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28.3.2022 (Monday)


Learn effective, technology-neutral software development - in just 2 days - with Firebrand’s accelerated training for IEEE’s Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) certification.

You’ll study the IEEE Software Engineering Body of Knowledge as you learn the principles and processes involved in software requirements, software design, software construction and software testing.

This accelerated course will also cover:

  • User interface (UI) design in a software project
  • Software models
  • Functional and non-functional requirements
  • Error handling and security in a software design project
  • The managerial skills needed in software construction

Learn faster using Firebrand’s Lecture | Lab | Review methodology; you’ll be immersed in software development as you combine hands-on practical experience with theoretical knowledge.

You’ll sit the official Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) exam onsite as part of your accelerated course. This exam is covered by your Certification Guarantee.

Four reasons why you should sit your CSDA course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be CSDA trained and certified faster. Learn more on this 3-day accelerated course. You'll get at least 12 hours a day of quality learning time in a distraction-free environment
  2. Your CSDA course is all-inclusive. One simple price covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals – so you can focus on learning
  3. Pass CSDA first time or train again for free. Your expert instructor will deliver our unique accelerated learning methods, allowing you to learn faster and be in the best possible position to pass first time. In the unlikely event that you don't, it's covered by your Certification Guarantee
  4. Study CSDA with an award-winning training provider. We've won the Learning and Performance Institute's "Training Company of the Year" three times. Firebrand is your fastest way to learn, with 113776 students saving more than one million hours since 2001


Benefits of Training with Firebrand

  • Two options of training - Residential classroom-based, or online courses
  • A purpose-built training centre – get access to dedicated Pearson VUE Select facilities.
  • Certification Guarantee – pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)
  • Everything you need to certify – you’ll sit your exam at the earliest available opportunity after the course - either immediately after your classroom course, or as soon as there are slots available, if you've taken it online
  • No hidden extras – one cost covers everything you need to certify


  • Functional and non-functional requirements
  • Requirements elicitation techniques
  • Software models to be used to flush out and extract hidden requirements
  • Requirements analysis
  • Requirements engineering in the context of software development life cycles and processes
  • Requirements validation techniques
  • Evaluate requirements to identify defects
  • Common techniques used to manage changes to requirements
  • Essential design principles and methods relative to the overall software design process
  • The concepts of concurrency, data persistence, error handling and security to a typical software design project
  • Essential elements of software structure and architecture in terms of styles, patterns and families of programs and frameworks within software development projects
  • Key principles involved in the development of user interface design to a software development project
  • Function, object, data structure and component-based design methodologies in a typical software design project
  • Managerial skills required in software construction complexity: anticipating change, constructing for verification, and employing construction standards throughout a software construction project
  • Key construction life cycle models - including planning and measurement - to software construction projects
  • Construction considerations such as design, languages, coding, testing, quality, and reuse
  • Key construction technologies such as API, state-based and table-driven techniques, runtime configuration, middleware, and other technologies in a typical software construction project
  • Key software construction tools such as GUI builders, unit testing tools, profiling, performance analysis, and slicing tools
  • Testing terminology
  • Software test processes and techniques
  • Testing techniques, including domain, code, fault, usage, and model-based, within software testing scenarios
  • Test evaluation scenarios to specific software testing objectives
  • Testing process, taking into account all common practical consideration

Exam Track

You'll sit the following exam at the Firebrand Training Centre, covered by your Certification Guarantee:

  • Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) exam

Additional information:

  • Exam duration: 180 minutes
  • Total questions: 160

What's Included

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)


There are no prerequisites for this accelerated course.

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


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