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



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28/9/2020 (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.

Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. Two options of training. Choose between residential classroom-based, or online CSDA courses
  2. You'll be CSDA certified in just 3 days. With us, you’ll be CSDA trained in record time
  3. Our CSDA course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  4. Pass CSDA first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  5. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  6. You’ll learn CSDA faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  7. You’ll be studying CSDA with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 76,298 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business


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.


Here's the Firebrand Training review section. Since 2001 we've trained exactly 76,298 students and asked them all to review our Accelerated Learning. Currently, 96.74% have said Firebrand exceeded their expectations.

Read reviews from recent accelerated courses below or visit Firebrand Stories for written and video interviews from our alumni.

"I was fairly foreign to most components of the CCNA course. The Firebrand instructor made all parts of the course clear leading to many "AHA!" moments. "
P.L., IBM CLoud. (3/8/2020 (Monday) to 8/8/2020 (Saturday))

"Provided with the appropriate materials to get through the course. Instructor was very knowledgeable and covered all the topics required."
A.H., NHS North of England CSU. (3/8/2020 (Monday) to 8/8/2020 (Saturday))

"The instructor was very knowledgeable about the course material, the course did run very fast which I understand was the point of it so whilst it may have been a bit too fast for me, I appreciate how well the instructor kept on track and taught the class as well as answering the questions"
C.M., i-dash. (3/8/2020 (Monday) to 8/8/2020 (Saturday))

"Excellent course so much in-depth information passed on. Excellent instructor - course was intensive no doubt about it. But will be back later in 2020 for some more education. "
Adele Reed. (3/8/2020 (Monday) to 6/8/2020 (Thursday))

"The course really keyed in all the topics of the exam. The material slides, documentation, labs was well written and presented. The instructor really knew his stuff and you could tell he was passionate about the subject. When also considering the difficult times we live in with COVID-19, the training and the staff were superb."
Chuck Ashmore. (27/7/2020 (Monday) to 31/7/2020 (Friday))

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