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Target audience

The Advanced Level addresses the holders of the CPRE Foundation Level certificate, who want to deepen their knowledge of particular Requirements Engineering and Business Analysis activities.

Setup of the CPRE AL and acquired skills

At CPRE Advanced Level, there are two stages for each module (see below) - Practitioner and based on this, Specialist. Each of them has its own exam and for each a separate certificate is awarded.
The holder of a CPRE AL certificate

Available CPRE AL modules

Four independent modules are available:

For each module there are two stages: Practitioner and Specialist.

CPRE AL Syllabi, scripts and exams

For all AL modules syllabi, scripts, multiple-choice practice examinations (Practitioner exam) as well as the task definition for the written assignment (Specialist exam) are available.
See the downloads at the bottom of this page.

How to get prepared for the CPRE AL level exam?

The basis for the teaching content is provided by the CPRE AL syllabus and scripts of the respective modules, as well as the CPRE Glossary.

Classroom training

Attendance of a CPRE training course is recommended but not mandatory. The training providers recognized by IREB can prepare the participants optimally for the exam.
For further information see training

Self-study

It is also possible to prepare for the CPRE exam via self-study.

Where to take the CPRE AL exams?

Practitioner exam
Training providers usually offer packages that include both the CPRE training course and the sitting of the subsequent multiple-choice exam on-site, administered by an independent certification body.
Following self-study you will need to contact a certification body in order to register for the exam.
Specialist exam
For submission details of the written assignment, contact the certification body.

For possibilities to take the exam see the list of certification bodies.

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  • Can I go straight through the CPRE Advanced Level Specialist, or does it require the CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner?

    The prerequisite for taking a CPRE Advanced Level Specialist exam is a CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner certificate in the corresponding module.
    See the graphic showing the relation of the CPRE Advanced Level certificates.

  • Do I have to take the CPRE Advanced Level Specialist exam within a certain period of time after the CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner exam?

    No, this is not required. The CPRE Advanced Level Specialist exam can be taken at any time, there is no temporal link. The CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner certificate is a prerequisite for the further CPRE Advanced Level Specialist exam in the same module; beyond that, they are distinct certificates.

  • I am in the midst of taking a CPRE Advanced Level exam. What is the impact of changing the CPRE Advanced Level certification to Practitioner and Specialist on my certification?

    You have the choice!

    You can either complete the certification on the basis of the examination regulations in force until June 30, 2022 with a CPRE Advanced Level certificate of the corresponding module. As before, the written assignment must be submitted within twelve months after passing the multiple-choice exam.

    Or you can switch to the new examination regulations with CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner and Specialist certificate of the corresponding module, which will be in force from July 1, 2022. In this case, the multiple-choice exam and the written assignment are no longer linked.

    In both cases, you will receive information about the procedure from the Certification Body where you are taking the exam.

  • I hold a CPRE Advanced Level certificate in one of the CPRE Advanced Level modules that was issued before July 1, 2022. Is this certificate still valid?

    All CPRE certificates have a lifetime validity, therefore your CPRE Advanced Level certificate is still valid.
    See the graphic showing the relation of the CPRE Advanced Level certificates.

  • I hold a CPRE Advanced Level certificate of one of the CPRE Advanced Level modules issued before July 1, 2022. Do I need to exchange this certificate to one of the CPRE Advanced Level certificates issued from July 1, 2022 onwards?

    No, a CPRE Advanced Level certificate issued before July 1, 2022 is 1:1 equivalent to the CPRE Advanced Level Specialist certificate of the corresponding module, as the exams taken for it are identical in total.
    If you wish, you can request the CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner and the CPRE Advanced Level Specialist certificate for the corresponding module from the Certification Body where you took the exams. Please note that you have to request both certificates for the corresponding module, as the possession of the Specialist certificate is not possible without the Practitioner certificate of the corresponding module. See the graphic showing the relation of the CPRE Advanced Level certificates.

  • I hold a CPRE Advanced Level certificate of one of the CPRE Advanced Level modules, issued before July 1, 2022. Which Advanced Level certificate does this correspond to as of July 1, 2022?

    The CPRE Advanced Level certificate issued before July 1, 2022 is equivalent to the CPRE Advanced Level Specialist certificate of the corresponding module.
    In summary, CPRE Advanced Level exams (Practitioner plus Specialist) taken from July 1, 2022 onwards are identical to the exams taken before July 1, 2022. See the graphic showing the relation of the CPRE Advanced Level certificates.

  • I passed the multiple-choice exam on one of the CPRE Advanced Level modules before July 1, 2022 but did not pass the written assignment. Can I get the CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner certificate?

    The multiple-choice exams for the CPRE Advanced Level before July 1, 2022 and those for the CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner are absolutely identical. Therefore, you can request the CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner certificate from the Certification Body where you took the exam - regardless of how long ago the exam was taken.

  • Is it possible to start with the Advanced Level or must the Foundation Level be obtained first?

    The CPRE Foundation Level certificate - or an equivalent - is the prerequisite for admission to the CPRE Advanced Level examination.

    The British Computer Society (BCS) offers a variety of diplomas for professional development. Within the diploma Business Analysis there is a certificate Requirements Engineering. This certificate has a large overlap with the CPRE Foundation Level certificate. Therefore BCS and IREB have closed an agreement that candidates who have completed the BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering will be exempt from taking the IREB CPRE Foundation level to progress to the Advanced level.

  • Is it possible to start with the CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner or must the CPRE Foundation Level be obtained first?

    The CPRE Foundation Level certificate - or an equivalent - is the prerequisite for admission to the CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner examination. See the graphic showing the relation of the CPRE Advanced Level certificates.

    The British Computer Society (BCS) offers a variety of diplomas for professional development. Within the diploma Business Analysis there is a certificate Requirements Engineering. This certificate has a large overlap with the CPRE Foundation Level certificate. Therefore BCS and IREB have closed an agreement that candidates who have completed the BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering will be exempt from taking the IREB CPRE Foundation level to progress to the CPRE Advanced level Practitioner. The BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering is sufficient and equivalent!

  • Is there a charge for the retrospective issuance of the CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner certificate if I have passed the multiple-choice exam before July 1, 2022, but have not passed the written assignment?

    IREB is not involved in the cost structure of the Certification Body and does not receive any payments for the retrospective issuance of certificates released as of July 1, 2022. Therefore, any costs incurred must be requested directly from the Certification Body.

  • Is there a fee to exchange my old CPRE Advanced Level certificate to one of the CPRE Advanced Level certificates awarded as of July 1, 2022?

    IREB is not involved in the cost structure of the Certification Bodies and does not receive any payments for the exchange of certificates. Any costs incurred must therefore be requested directly from the Certification Bodies.

  • What does the exam look like?

    The exam in the Foundation Level is a multiple choice questionnaire. For details see the exam regulations of the Foundation Level.
    The exam in the Advanced Level consists of a multiple choice questionnaire to achieve the Practitioner certificate and a written assignment for achieving the Specialist certificate. For details see the exam regulations of the Advanced Level.