Who Is Eligible?
SPDP is open to all DoD members—active duty,
civilian and contract*. (Any civilian employee of a federal agency can take SPDP. It is not specific to the DoD.) Selection into a course is on a first-come, first-serve basis however Air Force members take
If you are a member of foreign military,
SPDP courses can be made available through
embassy contact as a US foreign military
sale. Please contact us for procedures on
enrolling international students into SPDP.
* Per a recent change in policy, IAW DoD &
USAF Education & Training Course
Announcements (ETCA) guidance under General
Procedures, Pg 11, Table 5.2., contractors
must have the statement "The contract
requires the government to provide
training." present in their contract or task
order. This applies to government support
contractors, contractors performing
government work, and federally funded
(FFRDC) contract employees. Additionally,
enrollment is approved only if 1) the
training is not available from other
sources, 2) providing the training is a
material and direct benefit to DoD, and 3)
exceptions are approved by AF/A1DL. Please
refer to the following website for
contractor application guidelines and
Are the four SPDP "certificates" still available, or will they be replaced by something else?
SPDP now offers two program certificates
based on the two program tracks: one
certificate for Software Project Management,
the other for Software Development.
Completion of a series of courses is
required for a program certificate. We also
provide course completion certificates for
each SPDP course you complete. We no longer
offer the old certificates.
We hope in the near future to convert these
two AFIT certificates into AF certification
for software engineering. We are currently
working the issue, and anyone who holds the
AFIT certificate will automatically receive
the AF certification when that process is
complete and approved.
Are there any active duty service commitments for taking an SPDP course?
No. Military students will not incur an
active duty service commitment for taking
any SPDP course.
Are there any prerequisites to SPDP courses?
Yes. All students must complete SWE 201
before taking any of the SPDP track courses
(SWE 301 – 350 and SWE 410 – 450). We also
require students to complete SWE 301 before
taking any 300-track courses (SWE 310 –
350). SWE 310 – 350 and SWE 410 – 450 do
not have any other prerequisites. SWE 399
and 499 do not any prerequisites, not even
Can you please help with a certificate location/printing?
Please log into AFIT NOW
Left Side, click on Review CL Training
History scroll down to CL Events
Completed for the Current Certification
Period Click on the Event Name
underscored, your certificate should come
Can you take more than the scheduled course time to complete a course?
Generally no. The courses are developed
with the notion that they could be taught in
a certain number of hours…as though they
were live courses. (In fact, a number of
our courses may be prepared for on-site
delivery as-is.) So, we will not extend the
course end date, and we expect the work to
be completed on schedule. However, in
exceptional cases, the Dean may individually
disenroll a student if clearly unable to
complete the material due to external
How are SPDP courses scheduled?
SPDP courses are scheduled in sequential
order starting in January and ending in
September. A course will typically start on
the second Monday of the month and run for
three contiguous weeks within that month.
The track courses (SWE 310 – 350 and SWE
410 – 450) will be offered sequentially over
five months over three distinct pipelines
(three opportunities to take any given
course). These courses are available as
pairs, i.e., SWE 301 and 410 are available
at the same time. Otherwise, courses will
not overlap so that you can complete a track
within one year. Please see the schedule
for specific course start and end dates.
SWE 201, 399 and 499 are exceptions. SWE
201 is a self-paced online course available
at any time of the year. SWE 399 and 499
are offered quarterly or on-demand as
instructors can support.
How do I register for an SPDP course?
SPDP courses are now managed through the
AFIT Now registration system, and are listed
can review the course information and enroll
from this site. You may register for any
available course, to include registering in
more than one course at a time. However, we
recommend against taking three or more SPDP
How do the previous SPDP CSE courses count towards the new SPDP 4.0 program?
Students who have completed SPDP CSE courses between 2003-2009 and have not completed all of CSE 479-486 can have those courses credited to equivalent SWE courses.
A course completion certificate for the SWE
equivalent course can be issued upon
request. The following table outlines which
SWE courses are credited by a CSE course.
For instance, if you have taken CSE 481, you
are credited for SWE 201 if you’ve taken
CSE 482, then you get your choice of credit
for either SWE 310 or SWE 401, but not
both. There are no equivalent SWE courses
for CSE 487, 488, 489 or 496.
Note: you will not receive additional or the
difference in CLPs for credited SWE courses,
and the SWE courses may not appear in your
How many Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) are awarded for the WSWE Courses?
WSWE 201-Introduction to Software
WSWE 301-Software Project Management–30 CLPs
WSWE 320-Software Architecture and Design
WSWE 330-Software Construction Management-24
WSWE 340-Software Test Management-24 CLPs
WSWE 350-Managing Software Deployment and
WSWE 399-Current Software Acquisition and
Management Topics–10 CLPs
WSWE 410-Software Requirements Engineering-
WSWE 420-Software Architecture and Design
WSWE 430-Software Construction Techniques-24
WSWE 440-Software Test Engineering-24 CLPs
WSWE 450-Software Deployment and Sustainment
WSWE 499-Current Software Technology Topics–
How many slots are available for an SPDP course?
Currently, each course offering has thirty
(30) available slots, on an Air Force
prioritized, first-come, first-served
basis. If course offering demand is greater
and the instructor can handle the workload,
this number can be increased. If there are
fewer than five (5) registrations, then the
course offering will be cancelled.
How much time during the workday will these courses require?
The CLPs announced for each course directly
correspond to the number of hours to
complete the course. Since most of our
courses are between 18 to 24 hours and three
weeks long, you should expect to spend
approximately 1 to 1.5 hours per workday on
SPDP. We expect that your supervisor allows
you this time during duty hours when he/she
approves your enrollment in the course.
Is a book required? If so, how can you get it?
SPDP is going forward into a 100% completely
online resource. Courses may still require
a book, and those books will be provided
electronically. The vast majority of these
texts will be offered free-of-charge through
Safari Online. Information on accessing
Safari Online and which books you need is
provided in your course welcome letter.
Please visit http://www.afit.edu/library/
click on “E-Books” scroll down and click
on “Safari Online Computer Books”
click “Register Now” (NOTE: you must
register through your work email account –
after registration is complete you can log
in from any account thereafter.) you will
then be asked for your first name, last
name, and email - then click continue.
Safari will send you an email with your
account information including your password -
once you receive that you can finish the ”
Account Confirmation/Sign in” process which
asks you for your “User Work Email”
and “password” you just received via email.
Is each course self-paced, or can you go online any time during the course period and complete the lessons? Can you do most of the work on weekends?
SPDP courses are instructor-led. What this
means is the instructor sets the pace for
each individual offering, so it can vary
from course to course. You can work on an
assignment at your pace on your time, but,
in general, your assignment must be
completed by scheduled due dates. Most if
not all of the content is accessible to you
via Blackboard, however, there may be live
sessions held periodically in a course. We
do expect frequent communication during the
course, and for all assignments to be
completed by the course end date. We want
to avoid having students wait until the last
few days of a course to complete all of the
material—there is a dedicated focus to
exchanging information with peers rather
than “get it done”.
Is there any equivalency credit granted for similar DAU courses?
Some of the DAU and WSWE courses cover some
of the same material however it is not
enough to grant you course equivalency.
Should I take the program’s track courses in numerical order?
Ideally, yes. Everyone starts with SWE 201
as a prerequisite, and should move into SWE
301. From there, we highly encourage
students to complete the courses in order
since topics and case studies from previous
courses can appear in subsequent courses for
What do I expect after applying for a SPDP course?
Each application goes through several
steps. First your supervisor must
approve the application, second the course
manager will look to see what
pre-requisites there are and if they've been
meet and finally if there are
slots still available. You will recieve
email notifications along the way.
What type of credit do I receive for SPDP courses?
SPDP courses automatically apply continuous
learning points (CLPs) for Acquisition
Professional Development Program (APDP)
students through the AFIT Now registration
system. The number of CLPs varies per
course, so please check the registration
page for specific amounts. Unfortunately
AFIT does not offer college credit for SPDP
courses. However, feel free to refer your
college or university to us if they have a
program that will award credit for
professional continuing education courses
from members of the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools
accredited with the Higher Learning
When will I be notified that I’m enrolled in a SPDP course?
When you enroll in a course through AFIT
Now, you are placed on a waiting list. One
week prior to the course start, we will
allocate available slots to eligible
students. You will receive a notification
via email that day if you are given a slot,
or if you remain on the waiting list. If
you are on a waiting list at that point, we
highly recommend you apply for subsequent
offerings. The wait list slot will be
automatically cancelled for you after the
start of class.