Professional Certificate

Software Application Development

Technology in the world today is constantly evolving, which is why companies are searching for tech experts. That is where our affordable Software Application Development Professional Certificate comes in—designed specifically to help you sharpen your skills for this growing field, from variables, procedural abstraction and conditionals to the E-R model and SQL. 1

According to Burning Glass Technologies, an analytics software that provides real-time data, there was an increase of 64% in job postings requesting software development skills from 2014–2018. 6 That’s just one data point to support your pursuit of advanced skills in our Software Application Development Professional Certificate.

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Solve Today's Tech Problems

In our Software Application Development Professional Certificate program, you will learn the fundamentals of programming and database design. These skills provide software developers the ability to build secure business software applications—versatile knowledge that can adapt to a variety of organizations and career paths.

Upon completion of your eRasmussen courses, you will be able to use multiple programming languages and utilize problem-solving skills for your career needs.


Evolve Your Career

Cultivate in-demand, relevant job skills quickly and increase your potential without an overwhelming investment of time or money.

Apply Fundamental Knowledge

Introduce yourself to the fundamental aspects of programming and learn how even the basics can help you solve a variety of business problems.

Upskill Your Career

Businesses are dependent on secure, functional software in today’s digital economy. Gain the skills to help build the secure business software they need.

Build Your Resume

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the software development field is expected to grow over 21%, which is must faster than average, by 2028. 5 Start advancing your skills today with this Professional Certificate.


What You Will Learn

  • COURSE 1

    Foundations of Software Design

    • Explore fundamental aspects of programming as it relates to proper software design concepts
    • Understand how computational techniques are applied in solving a variety of problems
    • Learn about variables, procedural abstraction, utilizing handlers, conditionals and loops
    • Recognize and understand different data types
    • Comprehend software engineering by writing useful computer programs
    • Practice using pseudo-code, flow charts and a high-level programming language
  • COURSE 2

    Database Fundamentals for Programming

    • Learn about relational databases and their efficient design
    • Understand the definition of tables and indexes, logical and physical design, and transaction management
    • Comprehend the E-R model in relation to database design
    • Describe and utilize Structured Query Language (SQL)
Two business professionals review and collaborate on software development programming language.
Learn to use various programming tools and techniques to assist your organization.

Two Courses

Completing these courses will qualify you for the Professional Certificate. Show your proficiency by sharing your badges and certificate on your resume or LinkedIn®.



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Why Rasmussen

Affordable and Convenient

Engaging content such as videos, infographics and interactive elements emphasize skill mastery, not just theory. Earning a Professional Certificate means quickly realizing the benefits of your new proficiencies with validated skill competencies to showcase on your resume.

Plus, all of the eRasmussen Professional Certificates are available to everyone with no costs or fees to help support our community of motivated learners.



  • Career training that’s easy to manage

    • No cost to you 7
    • Cloud-based and available on your time
    • Average completion time per course is just six to eight hours 2
    • Easily digestible content units (45–90 minutes), including video, imagery and interactive elements that keep you engaged
    • Our courses save your progress in real time, allowing you to pause your work and complete it later

2 courses

$0 per course 7

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  • About Enrollment

    About Enrollment

    • When can I register?

      Registration and enrollment are on demand and always available.
    • After enrolling, when will I receive additional details?

      After payment is processed, it may take a few minutes, but the course will become available on your dashboard. At this time, all coursework will be available to you.
    • Is financial aid available?

      No, financial aid is not available for Professional Certificates. Some employers, however, reimburse students for professional development. Check with your human resources or professional development team to see whether you qualify.
    • What is the refund policy?

      All of the eRasmussen Personal Certificates are available at no cost to you. 7
    • Who can enroll?

      eRasmussen Professional Certificate courses are available to individuals seeking professional development in the United States except California.
  • About Access

    About Access

    • How long will I have access to this online course?

      You will have access to each course in which you’re registered for 90 days after the registration date.

    • How long does the program take to complete?

      Individual courses are estimated to take about four to six hours to complete.

    • Are extensions granted if requested?

      No. Sufficient time to complete coursework has been built into each course of the Professional Certificate. If a course is not finished and a learner wants to re-enroll to complete it, they will have to register for the course again and restart from the beginning.

    • What are the technical requirements to access online courses?

      A fully functional PC or Mac® computer capable of running a Windows® virtual machine is required. ChromeBooks®, Android® devices, tablets and mobile phones are not recommended. An internet downstream connection speed of 2 Mbps or higher is strongly recommended.

      The following web browsers are formally supported and tested:

      • With PCs running Windows OS:

        • Firefox®
        • Microsoft Edge®
        • Google Chrome®
      • With Mac computers running OS X:

        • Google Chrome
        • Firefox
    • Can course materials be downloaded to save for later use?

      The materials used in this course—including video lessons, quizzes and tests—are copyrighted. They are intended for individual use by registered learner. Unauthorized or illegal use, or attempted unauthorized or illegal use, of these materials may result in a suspension and/or cancellation of the user’s account.

  • About Courses

    About Courses

    • Do courses or Professional Certificates qualify as credits toward a degree?

      No. These are non-credit, non-degree resources intended for professional development. Although courses apply toward Professional Certificates, neither the courses nor the Certificates transfer toward a degree.

    • Do courses or Professional Certificates qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEU)?

      No. These are intended for individual professional development, but do not qualify for CEUs.

    • How many courses are there for the Software Application Development Professional Certificate?

      There are two courses for the Software Application Development Professional Certificate.

    • Are there prerequisites for this Certificate?

      No, there are no prerequisites for any courses toward Professional Certificates.

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  1. The content and professional certificates offered under eRasmussen are different from the academic programs offered by Rasmussen University. Professional certificates are intended for the purposes of professional development and training and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit, non-accredited, non-licensed and are not intended to transfer to any institution of higher education.

  2. Students must complete all work in the assessment within 90 days.

  3. A refund totaling the amount paid for an individual course will be issued to any participant who requests cancellation within 7 calendar days of starting a course. No badge or certificate will be issued for courses where a participant requests a refund, even if the work was completed prior to the end of the 7-day trial timeframe. Payments are made via PayPal and refunds will be issued via PayPal.

  4. LinkedIn is a registered trademark of LinkedIn Corporation.

  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 10, 2019] Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  6. Source: Labor Insight Jobs (Burning Glass Technologies) [accessed December 18, 2019] Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  7. eRasmussen will extend access to its online non-credit courses at no cost. No prior or future commitment is required. Professional Certificates are intended for the purposes of professional development and training and are not intended to prepare individuals for entry-level employment. They are non-credit, non-accredited, non-licensed and are not intended to transfer to any institution of higher education.

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