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ISO Standard for Software Engineering Professionals
November 7, 2008

The increasing globalization of the software industry implies that a software engineering professional is likely to work in different countries over the course of a career. It is therefore important to develop ways to increase the international acceptance of professional certifications in this domain.

The newly published International Standard ISO/IEC 24773, Software engineering – Certification of software engineering professionals – Comparison framework, will respond to the needs of multi-national organizations or suppliers when developing software for a foreign customer who requires software engineering professional certifications.

ISO/IEC 24773:2008 establishes a framework for comparison of schemes (a set of certification requirements for software engineering professionals) for certifying software engineering professionals. This International Standard specifies the items that a scheme is required to contain and indicates what should be defined for each item.

The standard refines and supplements the processes for certification of individuals included in ISO/IEC 17024:2003, Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons.

ISO/IEC 24773:2008, Software engineering – Certification of software engineering professionals – Comparison framework, was developed by ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology, Subcommittee SC 7, Software and systems engineering. It costs 56 Swiss francs and is available from ISO national member institutes and from ISO Central Secretariat through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing & Communication department.

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