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The prerequisite for admittance to a CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner exam is a CPRE Foundation Level certificate or a certificate in Requirements Engineering from BCS.

To answer the exam questions correctly, you will need to know/master the educational objectives as defined in the syllabus of the respective Advanced Level module. Attending a classroom training course is not an essential entry criteria for the exam, but it is recommended.

The prerequisite for admittance to the Specialist exam in a CPRE Advanced Level module is the possession of the Practitioner certificate of the same module.


You can prepare for the exam by:

The exam

Practitioner exam
The exam is taken as a multiple-choice test and lasts 75 minutes. On request non-native speakers may be granted a 15 minute extension. Usually the exam is conducted immediately after completing a training course, though it may also be taken later if desired, e.g., in a test center.
Specialist exam
The exam consits of a written assignment and must represent a realistic project situation from your working environment and demonstrate that you are capable of applying the acquired RE knowledge.

If a syllabus is fundamentally revised, a six-month transition period applies during which the examination can be taken according to the old or new syllabus.

The examination regulations for the CPRE Advanced Level define the content of the examniations as well as the process.

Available languages

The exam can be taken in English or German, Advanced Level Elicitation in French as well.

Exam results

The result of the multiple-choice test and the corresponding Practitioner certificate or the result of the written assingment and the corresponding Specialist certificate will be sent to you by the certification body within four weeks.

Check if you are well prepared

The practice examination serves the purpose of simulating an actual CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner multiple-choice exam. See the downloads at the bottom of this page.

Looking for a possibility to take the exam?

If you attend a classroom training course the training provider organizes the Practitioner exam for you.
For information on public exams consult the certification bodies' websites, where you can find times and dates of upcoming exams as well as information on the application process.

You can download the task definition for the written assignment, i.e. the Specialist exam in the download area, for submission details please contact the certfication body.

For further information see certification bodies

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  • Are there transition periods for exams after a new syllabus version has been published?

    In the case of syllabus updates, a transition period allows candidates to choose on which syllabus version they take the exam.
    This is to ensure that anyone who prepared based on the syllabus of a previous version can take the exam based on that syllabus content - even if a new version has already been launched.

    Information on transition periods for the Foundation Level and RE@Agile Primer can be found in the text when downloading the relevant syllabus. For the Advanced Level modules, the transition periods are defined in the examination regulations.

  • 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.

  • How do I know whether I have passed the exam?

    The certification body sends the result by post to the address stated by the examinee on application. If you have passed the exam, you will receive your certificate together with the result.
    If you take the exam online you get your result immediately after the examination. The certificate will be delivered to you later by post. The certificate obtained via an online exam is dispatched within the same time as the results of conventional exams.

  • How do I register for the exam?

    The certification bodies offer public examinations or they provide the exam after a training course. Online exams in a test center are available as well. You register for a public examination directly at the certification body. The scheduled dates for public examinations are published on their websites.
    Alternatively, remote exams conducted under supervision are also possible.

    Usually the examination subsequent to a training course is organized by the training provider. They will handle the registration for you.
    You can also sit for the exam at a training provider without having attended the course. Please contact the training provider in advance in order to clarify the procedure.

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

    Yes, a CPRE Advanced Level certificate issued before July 1, 2022 is 1:1 equivalent to the CPRE Advanced Level Specialist and continues to have lifetime validity. 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 ( the date of the Advanced Level exam split), but I did not pass the written assignment. Can I get the CPRE Advanced Level Practitioner certificate?

    Until December 31, 2023 it is possible to request the CPRE Advanced Level Practicioner certificate of the corresponding module for the passed multiple-choice exam from the certification body where you took the exam. Any costs incurred must be requested directly from the Certification Body.

  • In which language can I take the exam?

    The following languages are available for the exams:

    Foundation Level:

    • Chinese (Mandarin)
    • Dutch
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Persian
    • Polish
    • Portuguese (Brazil)
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Swedish

    Advanced Level:
    all modules

    • English
    • German

    Requirements Elicitation only

    • French
  • Must the CPRE exam be taken immediately after the training course?

    The CPRE exam can be taken immediately after the training, but this is not essential. If the participant of the course does not feel confident to take the exam immediately he or she should consult the trainer if it may be better to sit for the certification at a later stage. This would allow more time to become familiar with the topics where the participant still has gaps and thus only sitting the exam when fully prepared.

    For this reason for the Advanced Level exam there is a period of 12 months after having passed the multiple choice exam for the submission of the homework (written assignment). This gives the candidate the opportunity to gather further practical experience in the chosen topic which may be incorporated in the written work.

  • 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.

  • When I haven’t passed the exam is it possible to retake the exam or is it necessary to repeat the training?

    A rerun of the training course before repeating the exam is not necessary.
    The exam can be retaken at most twice without a waiting period. If you fail the exam for the third time you may only retake it one year after the third exam date at the earliest.

  • Where can I find information on the written assignment (e.g. the task definition) for the CPRE Advanced Level Specialist?

    The download area contains the relevant documents and information for each module: Advanced Level written assignment