Software Quality Certification

Structural quality issues are at the heart of system breaches and IT outages making headlines weekly. Consequently, there is growing demand for software quality training and certification. CISQ is investigating certification programs to empower technology vendors and service providers to certify the structural quality of software.


Certifying the Structural Quality of Software

A conformance assessment program is being developed to validate that software quality tools and IT service providers are conformant to CISQ/OMG structural quality standards. Once a provider is conformant to the standards, the provider can certify software quality characteristics (Security, Reliability, Maintainability, etc.) of an IT product.


Tools that are CISQ-conformant must demonstrate compliance in four areas:


  1. The capability to properly load and prepare all software within the analysis boundary
  2. The capability to analyze and detect all CISQ quality characteristic violations within the scope of the quality characteristics for which certification is sought
  3. The capability of the software to accurately compute the CISQ-specified measures from the results of the analysis
  4. The capability to provide auditable reports that identify all violations detected in the analysis and the measures derived from the software


Evaluation of service process consists of three sub-processes:


  1. A service engagement process
  2. An application set-up and analysis process
  3. A results delivery and interpretation process


Professional Certification Exam

A software quality certification program for developers will help to address the IT industry’s skills gap by training IT pros in the structural quality of software. Read more about the OMG Certified CISQ Developer™ (OCCD™) Program being considered for development.