February 14, 2013
Posted to IEEE’s “Today’s Engineer”. The article cites a source that certifications are worthless at Microsoft. Yet the author doesn’t point out that Microsoft has a sizable education and certification business unit. He also quotes another subject about their off target definition of software engineering without a balancing comment of what IEEE defines software engineering to be.
IEEE Software is highly involved in certification with their very respectable CDSP exams and is involved in the newly announced Professional Engineering license examination.
OPINION: I think IEEE is basically too darn big and too focused on generating income.
I’ve since joined ACM and read that they are redefining how they give authors different options for distribution of content submitted to their journals and conferences. If IEEE has something similar I missed it. I think ACM’s choices are thoughtful and in line with their mission.
May 29, 2012
To Software Engineering Professionals:
After years of hard work by countless software professionals across the country, the Software Engineering Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam is ready for its maiden administration in April 2013. This will mark the culmination of one phase of the journey and a critical step in the overall philosophy surrounding software engineering and the licensing of software engineers in the United States.
The implementation of the exam creates a path to licensure for practicing software engineers, which helps solidify the profession as a recognized field of engineering. It may take years to thoroughly implement engineering licensure in the culture of software development, but the implementation of this exam is a huge step forward in the recognition that software engineering does directly and significantly impact public safety, health and welfare.
In anticipation of the implementation of the exam, the Software Engineering Licensure Consortium developed a guidance document to help Licensing Boards throughout the United States understand the unique aspects of the field of software engineering. That document will be ready for release by the end of 2012.
To help get the word out, I am asking that you share this information with any and all unlicensed software engineers and students in software engineering programs and encourage them to pursue licensure and take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (while in school) and the PE exam (after acquiring engineering experience) like other engineering disciplines currently do.
Thank you for support of software engineering and the new software engineering examination.
Lance Kinney, P.E.
Please find the NCEES Software Engineering Exam specification attached and see the links below for the announcements of the Software engineering exam.