COSMIC Certification

The standard Functional Sizing for software engineering professionals

Recognition and Career Development

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COSMIC Certification opens new doors for professional and career development.  Employers often require proof of proficiency or training to demonstrate that you are capable of performing the tasks required of you. The COSMIC organization has set up a Certification Scheme for those who require such proof.

There are currently two certifications available:

  1. COSMIC Foundation Level
  2. Early & Quick Size Estimating

The COSMIC Foundation examination is designed to test your knowledge about the basic principles of Functional Size Measurement, the COSMIC Method, and the Measurement Process.

The Early & Quick Size Estimating examination is designed to test your knowledge and ability to estimate the COSMIC size of a software project at an early stage of the software development.

If you pass the examination(s) you will be awarded a certificate, and your name may be added to the published list of certificate holders.

Recognised Globally

COSMIC is the certifying body of the COSMIC Sizing Methodology.  The Certification Program provides a valid, reliable, and consistent method of assessing COSMIC measurement skills, knowledge, and understanding. Certified COSMIC professionals are globally recognized for their ability to reliably and consistently measure software size.

The COSMIC Professional Certification Program supports this vision by:

  • Providing reliable certifications based on sound exam development best practices 
  • Offering a world-class certification program 
  • Supporting the COSMIC learning journey through globally consistent training, ongoing support, and Communities of Practice

Take a step towards becoming a Certified COSMIC measurement professional today!

Next Steps

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COSMIC’s exams focus on the skills, knowledge, and experience required to successfully perform software measurement and estimation in a working environment. Before taking the certification exam, individuals are recommended to attend the relevant course and are encouraged to read recommended books and articles, and take advantage of videos and enablement resources, in addition to gaining real-world experience in the role. 

COSMIC maintains rigorous quality standards to ensure that those who have earned the certification are well prepared to consistently measure software according to the COSMIC principles.

  • Attend a course and study the measurement manual

  • Apply your learnings to real world examples

  • Take a practice exam

  • Book, pay for and take the (online) exam

Courses are available from some of the vendors listed here.

We require payment for taking exams to cover the time required by our exam supervisors.

The Chair of the Certification committee is Jean-Marc Desharnais. If you are interested in organizing or taking an exam, please contact him at [email protected]