Software Development Foundation Credential

Foundation Credentials are awarded to individuals who have successfully completed a Tech Industry Gold accredited Foundation Training Programme. They have passed a classroom assessment proving their knowledge and skills in a process which is quality assured by TechSkills.

The credentials include core skills (ie the core content applicable to all foundation training programmes) and specialist skills relevant to different pathways into digital and tech careers.


Credential Software Development Foundation
Issued by TechSkills, a techUK company
Type Certified Skills
Description This individual has demonstrated an understanding of tools and techniques to design, develop and implement software. They produce code that is reliable, efficient and easy to maintain, and seek continual improvement in quality and cost. They have successfully completed a Tech Industry Gold accredited training programme, meeting industry skills standards for employability in entry level Software Development roles, with a holistic blend of technical, business, project and professional skills.
Skills tags
  • Business Value And Risk
  • Communication
  • Full Stack Development
  • Project Management
  • Quality-Driven Development
  • Software Architecture
  • Software Design
  • Software Development
  • Software Release And Maintenance
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Teamwork
Earning Criteria This individual has successfully completed a classroom assessment proving their knowledge of the following:

  • Technical foundations including systems development lifecycle stages, data management and analysis, use of visualisation tools, safety and security.
  • The design and development of software products using structured software construction methods and ensuring maintainability and testability.
  • The design of algorithms to solve computational problems, using basic types of operators and appropriate control logic.
  • The application of industry standard architectures and frameworks for stand-alone or web applications (e.g. Digital Design Libraries, Model-View-Controller, Microservices).
  • The use of appropriate methods to interact with data sources (e.g. API, Database) and manage application data (e.g. SQL, Object Relational Mapper).
  • Operating system portability and appropriate protocols for software interoperability across distributed platforms (e.g. SNMP, HTTP).
  • Software testing, issue management, configuration management, release management, software maintenance and security standards.
  • Business understanding including the application of technology to deliver business value, risk management, and regulation and compliance.
  • Project management processes and tools, including planning, delivery, evaluation and the management of, quality, stakeholder communications and risk.
  • Professional skills including client communications, teamwork, self-direction and personal performance improvement.
Standards Tech Industry Gold is the industry accreditation for tech and digital skills. Successful completers of Tech Industry Gold accredited programmes have met industry standards covering the holistic blend of technical, business, project and professional skills required for job readiness. Tech Industry Gold is led by employers and managed by TechSkills.