The Software Developer Certification Program

The Software Developer Certification (SDC) is a credentialing program being developed at Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with the Kenya Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Board. The purposes of the program include but are not limited to:

1. Identifying job candidates with the programming skills of entry-level software developers.
2. Demonstrating the presence of a well-trained software workforce in Kenya and elsewhere.
3. Providing guidance to educational and training institutions.

The program consists of an authentic examination that tests an individual's ability to perform tasks that entry-level developers routinely encounter on the job. Test takers write, compile, debug, and test real software to demonstrate their abilities in a secure, proctored exam. 

The examination is currently in the development phase.  A pilot version of the exam has been developed and exam administrations began in December 2012.