Secure Programming

Secure Programming Foundation offers an intensive hands-on introduction to secure software development. In this course, you will learn what common programming errors can lead to software vulnerabilities, how these errors are exploited by attackers, and how you can prevent the software flaws that enable cyberattacks.

  • Learn the fundamentals of secure software development from experienced security consultants;
  • Return to work ready to apply secure development principles in your design and code;
  • Prepare for your certification assessment with a free sample exam.


Experience with at least one programming language is required.

What are the benefits of an S-SPF certificate?

An S-SPF certificate demonstrates that you have an in-depth understanding of common software vulnerabilities and best-practice countermeasures. If you are considering a career in software development or software auditing, this ability is essential to set yourself on the path.

Who should certify?

The course and the certificate are ideal for your career advancement if you are a(n)

  • (Aspiring) software developer, software engineer or software auditor;
  • Aspiring lead developer or architect;
  • Aspiring software development manager.

How to prepare for the certification exam?

You can prepare for your certification exam by taking a course or by self-study.

We also offer classroom training through our accredited education partners. To find a course in your country, visit the Get Trained page.

If you prefer to prepare by self-study, make sure that you fully understand the requirements before you book your exam. Download the exam syllabus and the sample exam to familiarise yourself with the structure and topic areas of the certification exam.

How to book a certification exam?

You can take your certification exam at an accredited exam centre or online.

For more information on the exam, please refer to the SECO Examination Guide.

S-SPF certificate and digital badge

Upon successful completion of a SECO Secure Programming Foundation certification exam, you will receive the S-SPF certification title and a digital badge. Your credentials will grant you a one-year SECO membership. After your certification expires, you will have the option to re-certify by paying a small fee.

For more information on the certification process, please refer to the SECO Certifications Guide.

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