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Foundation Level - CPRE FL

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Target audience

The Foundation Level addresses the advanced beginner in Requirements Engineering and provides the core knowledge of this topic. Everyone working with Requirements Engineering, Business Analysis, software and systems development, who is demanding in terms of quality and professionalism, should strive for it. The Foundation Level encompasses the elicitation of requirements with appropriate documentation, requirements verification and validation as well as their management throughout the end-to-end product life cycle.
There are no prerequisites to applying for the Foundation Level.

Skills acquired through the CPRE FL certificate

A person with a CPRE FL certificate

The CPRE FL Syllabus

The applicable syllabus for education in the Foundation Level is:

For English and German only
From October 1, 2020 until March 31, 2021 exams for the CPRE Foundation Level certificate can be taken both, based on syllabus version 2.2 and syllabus version 3.0. Candidates may choose. From April 1, 2021 on, exams can only be taken based on syllabus version 3.0.

All other languages
Exams for the CPRE Foundation Level certificate can be still be taken based on syllabus version 2.2 only. As soon as the CPRE Foundation Level syllabus 3.0 is published in a certain language, there will be a transition period of six months for this language during which the exam can be taken both on the basis of syllabus version 2.2 and on the basis of syllabus version 3.0.

How to get prepared for the CPRE FL exam?

The basis for the teaching content is provided by the CPRE FL syllabus, the CPRE Glossary and the book Requirements Engineering Fundamentals.

Classroom training

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

Online training

Especially for CPRE aspirants in countries where CPRE training providers are few and far between, an online training course can be a good alternative to classroom training.
For available online training courses see online training

Self-study

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

What the CPRE FL examination comprises

The examination consists of a written examination (multiple choice test).
For further information see exams

Where to take the CPRE exam?

Training providers usually offer packages that include both the CPRE training course and the sitting of the subsequent exam on-site, administered by an independent certification body.
Following an online training course or a self-study course the CPRE exam can also be taken in a test center. During the COVID-19 pandemic IREB allows exceptionally remote proctored exams as well.
For possibilities to take the exam see the list of certification bodies.

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  • Is it also possible to acquire the content of the CPRE Foundation Level training in a self-study?

    Yes, it is possible. Ideally refer to both the CPRE Foundation Level syllabus and to the book Requirements Engineering Fundamentals.

    Check out the practice examination to verify whether you are sufficiently well-prepared for the exam.

  • 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.

  • What does it mean: IREB and REQB join forces?

    What happens with REQB®?

    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.

    Which certification scheme will be continued?

    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.

    What certificates will be available?

    After October 1st, 2017 only IREB® CPRE certificates will be issued.

    What happens to my REQB® certificate? Does it remain fully valid?

    All REQB certificates keep their validity.

    • Holders of the REQB® Foundation Level certificate may convert it free of charge into an IREB® CPRE Foundation Level certificate in order to follow the IREB® CPRE Advanced Level career path.
    • Holders of the REQB® Agile Practitioner certificate may convert it free of charge into an IREB® CPRE RE@Agile Primer certificate.
    • REQB® Advanced Level certificates will be accepted as one of the required prerequisites for the IREB® CPRE Expert Level.

    Where can I request the change of my REQB certificate?

    Our partner GASQ has provided a form where you can request the change of your REQB certificate .
    Please contact GASQ at info@gasq.org for further information on the conversion of certificates.

    Is it possible to apply for IREB® CPRE® certification with an REQB® certificate?

    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.

    Is it possible to register the REQB® certificate in the CPRE Registry of IREB®?

    The following REQB® certificates can be registered after conversion to the corresponding IREB certificate:

    • REQB® Foundation Level certificate, as IREB CPRE Foundation Level certificate
    • REQB® Agile Pactitioner certificate, as IREB RE@Agile Primer certificate

    Registration without previous conversion:

    • REQB® Advanced Level certificate (no conversion possible)

    What happens to the REQB® training providers?

    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®.

    Who can I contact if I have questions about my old certificate?

    Please send a mail to info@gasq.org

  • 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 and a written assignment. For details see the exam regulations of the Advanced Level.