IREB is an independent, non-profit organization. It was founded in 2006 by leading RE representatives from science, research, industry and consulting with the vision to create an internationally accepted and professional basis for Requirements Engineering, and to improve RE and BA in practice.
With this in mind, IREB has established the Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering (CPRE) certification concept.
Today IREB is a worldwide renowned body of experts for the individual certification of professionals in Requirements Engineering and Business Analysis; CPRE exams are taken around the world.
It is IREB’s declared goal to foster further education in the field of Requirements Engineering.
Requirements Engineering as a first step in system development has a significant impact on the project success. It delineates the scope of a project and establishes the common basis for communication for all disciplines involved in the project. Requirements Engineering directly influences the project costs. The better the Requirements Engineering, the less expensive the errors that occur during development, thus decreasing overall costs.
First, the concept of the CPRE certification follows the DIN EN ISO/IEC 17024:2012 standard, which requires the strict separation of training and certification, thus avoiding conflicts of interest. This separation is decisive for the worldwide credibility and acceptance of the CPRE concept and certificate.
Secondly, the contents of the CPRE scheme are based on the expertise of a broadly-based and international group of RE specialists - always focusing on proven and highly practical methods.
Thirdly, IREB implemented the CPRE Glossary - easing the communication amongst professionals and business partners.
A consistent education provides the basis for a common understanding of Requirements Engineering within a company, as well as between business partners. Communication is much more efficient if the same "language" is used. This is of particular advantage for multinational companies, as the CPRE educational philosophly spreads globally.
The labor market for requirements engineers and business analysts gains in transparency. The different levels of the CPRE certification provide the possibility to precisely describe the skills needed for a certain position or the skill level attained by an individual.
Due to the higher level of training, requirements specifications from customers or suppliers become less defective, and provide a better basis for both project planning as well as the development and testing of products. This leads to a reduction in overall development costs and an increased probability of meeting deadlines.
Since 2007, more than 39,000 professionals in 75 countries have succeeded in the CPRE Foundation Level examination - with a rising trend worldwide!
For more information on figures and countries see the statistics.
With the currently available Foundation Level and three Advanced Level modules, IREB has not yet finished its work. The board is always striving for a continuous improvement of the CPRE certification concept and artifacts, as well as for the development of new modules and the Expert Level.
In our work on these ambitious goals IREB is always open for impulses from outside. Professionals willing to contribute their expertise are welcome to join the efforts of IREB.
Contact us, if the CPRE concept has convinced you and if you’d like to support IREB: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IREB association (in German: IREB e.V.) is the origin of IREB. Its important tasks include providing the syllabi, examination regulations, scripts, etc. The Executive Committee and the Council decide on the conceptual orientation of the CPRE scheme.
The IREB limited company (in German: IREB GmbH) was founded to deal with all administrative and marketing activities and to coordinate the working groups. Like the association, the limited company is not profit-orientated. The manager of the limited company reports to the Executive Committee of the association.
The IREB association is composed of
A member is a natural person or a representative of an organization. The members are experts in the IREB's fields of work and often also bring knowledge from related disciplines.
Detailed information can be found in the Articles of Association of the IREB e.V..
The thematic work is done in working groups which have been set up by the Executive Committee. Various permanent working groups are responsible for the development and maintenance of the syllabi and the Glossary, as well as for continuous monitoring of the quality of the examinations.
If necessary, temporary working groups are created to work on specific subject matters.
Non-members may also participate in a working group.
REQB® will be integrated into IREB® and all REQB® members are welcome to become members of the IREB® organization. REQB® members may become members of the existing IREB® working groups and an International Development group, consisting of IR IREB® and REQB® members, will be established to further internationalize and grow certification in Requirements Engineering.
There will be a single RE certification scheme, presented under the IREB® brand, based on the current IREB® CPRE certification scheme. Contents from the REQB® certifications will be integrated where appropriate.
After October 1st, 2017 only IREB® CPRE certificates will be issued.
All REQB certificates keep their validity.
Conversion of the REQB® Foundation Level certificate to an IREB® CPRE Foundation Level certificate is required in order to be eligible for IREB® CPRE Advanced Level certification (see above).
For the IREB® CPRE Expert Level, the REQB® Advanced Level certificate will be accepted as one of the required prerequisites.
The following REQB® certificates can be registered after conversion to the corresponding IREB certificate:
Registration without previous conversion:
All REQB® training providers may offer IREB® CPRE training courses and become official training providers of IREB®.
Existing contracts between training providers and REQB® will be fulfilled by IREB®.
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