Software Developer Certifications and Professional Associations
Make the Most of Your Degree by Pursuing Software Developer Certifications
At DeVry, we are with you every step of your educational journey. That includes helping prepare you to pursue industry certifications that can demonstrate to employers your specific skills and depth of knowledge. In earning a software development degree from DeVry, there are several software developer certifications that you can prepare to pursue as well. Below is information about a couple of those certifications:
Comp TIA ITF+
This certification from technology association CompTIA evaluates fundamental IT skills, including IT infrastructure, software development and database use. It is designed for students who are exploring a career in IT, as well as those who work in roles that require a broad understanding of technology. No prior IT experience is required.1
Microsoft Technology Associate – Python
This exam tests a candidate’s ability to write Python code and recognize data types supported by Python. The specific skills measured include control flow with decisions and loops, ability to perform input and output operations, ability to document and structure code, and troubleshooting and error handling. The Microsoft Technology Associate – Python certification exam has various requirements for instruction hours or experience. Please see Microsoft Certifications for more information.
Microsoft (MTA, MSCA, MSCE)
Microsoft offers a series of certifications that measure skills in using Microsoft products, including Azure, Dynamics 365, Windows, Microsoft 365 and SQL Server. Those certifications include the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications (described above), the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certifications, and the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer / Expert (MCSD & MCSE) certifications. Depending on your level of experience with Microsoft products, those certifications are awarded at the fundamental, associate or expert level.2
At DeVry, qualified students3 can apply for up to a $300 reimbursement for the cost of taking one exam.
Software Developer Professional Associations and Organizations4
Once you graduate, it is wise to stay connected with others in your field for networking and professional development opportunities. Software developer professional associations and organizations are a great place to start and can be a resource to lean on throughout your career. These associations bring together professionals working in the same or similar fields for the sharing of knowledge, ongoing professional development, networking and career development.
The following are 5 software developer professional associations to consider5:
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society
The IEEE Computer Society is an organization for computing specialists within IEEE, the world’s leading association of engineering and technology professionals. The Computer Society supports the theory, practice and application of information-processing science and technology, and the professional standing of its members, by offering over 200 conferences, a digital library with 800,000 articles, magazines and journals, online education and more.
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ACM has over 100,000 members worldwide, including computing educators, researchers and practitioners who share ideas and resources to meet the field’s challenges. Members can join any of 37 different Special Interest Groups (SIGs) on topics like computer graphics, programming languages, software engineering and security. ACM also supports a network of 860 local professional and student chapters for connecting with colleagues nearby.
Association of Software Professionals (ASP)
The ASP is an international professional association made up of hundreds of software developers and vendors. It offers discussion groups for members that are open 24/7, as well as discounts on developer tools and Windows utilities.
Association for Women in Computing (AWC)
The AWC was one of the first professional organizations to promote the advancement of women in the computing field. AWC members include programmers, systems analysts, web developers, trainers, and consultants. AWC promotes opportunities for its members through networking and technical and career-oriented presentations.
Python Software Foundation (PSF)
The PSF maintains and supports Python, one of the most widely used programming languages. PSF runs a major conference for Python developers and supports other Python conferences, meetups, user groups, and development projects around the world.
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3Eligible programs include Bachelor of Computer Information Systems and specializations within this program including: Cyber Security Programming, Computer Forensics, Software Programming, Information Systems Security, Web Development and Administration, Database Management and Web Game Programming Specialization. Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology - Electronics and the Renewable Energy specialization within this program. Associate in Information Technology and Networking and specializations within this program including: Automation and Electronic Systems and Network Systems Administration. Associate in Information Technology and Networking with specialization in Information Systems & Programming. Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking and specializations within this program including: Cyber Security, Cloud Based Networking and Virtualization and Mobile and Networked Devices. Bachelor’s in Software Development and specializations within this program including: Software Design and Programming, Web and Mobile Application Development and Big Data and Analytics. Bachelor’s in Network and Communications Management. Speak to your Student Support Advisor for additional information.
4Reference in this publication to any specific trade, firm or corporation name is for general information purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, partnership or certification of any kind by DeVry University.