Your PSP Developer certification is valid for a period of three years and expires the last day of the month in which you were awarded your certification. (For example, if you received your certification on June 24, 2012, you must renew your certification no later than June 30, 2015.)
In order to qualify for renewal of your certification, you must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to professional growth and personal development by completing 60 Professional Development Units or successfully pass the PSP Developer examination. Payment of a $75 renewal fee is also necessary to maintain your certification. The SEI will send you a certification renewal notice 90 days prior to your certification expiration date to remind you of the need to renew.
To renew your PSP Developer Certification, submit the following to the SEI:
To re-take the PSP Developer examination, refer to the registration instructions.
The SEI Certification Program uses PDUs to quantify learning and development activities. PSP Developers must complete 60 PDUs within the three years prior to their certification expiration date.
One PDU can be earned for every one hour spent in a planned, structured experience or activity as approved by the SEI. It is your responsibility to ensure that activities meet renewal criteria. To maintain a balance in renewal activities, some activities have a maximum number of credits that you can count toward the 60 PDU total.
Activities that qualify for PDU credit are divided into four categories:
You can earn a maximum of 45 PDUs per category per renewal cycle; PDUs do not carry over into the subsequent cycle. Individual category elements may have additional credit restrictions for each renewal cycle.
Credit is awarded only for providing education through courses and presentations directly related to software development process improvement
Each PSP Developer must maintain a Certification Renewal Log that lists PDU activities.
It is important that the log contain specific data to accurately identify the submitted activity. The log and supporting documentation must be sent to
The SEI Certification Program reserves the right to randomly audit a percentage of submitted logs each year. This will ensure that the quality of the activities submitted continues to meet program requirements. PSP Developers selected for an audit will be notified by letter and may be asked to supply additional information or supporting documentation.
The SEI may find that items in a submitted renewal log do not fully meet the renewal criteria. For example, PDU credits may need to be adjusted if activities do not meet the criteria in the listing above. If your Certification Renewal Log is rejected, you will be notified and will be given 60 days from the notification date to correct the discrepancy.
The renewal fee of $75 must be paid prior to the certification expiration date. Payment can be made by major credit card by completing the renewal payment form. If payment is not received by the due date, you will receive a letter notifying you that your certification benefits will expire in 30 days. Payment not received 30 days after the due date will result in a suspension of your certification. Payment not received within 60 days will result in termination of your certification. If your certification is terminated, you must reapply via the normal application process and pass the PSP Developer examination in order to have your certification reinstated.