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Prerequisites

  1. The candidate has to be a holder of at least three CPRE Advanced Level certificates.
    Up to two certificates can be substituted by other forms, e.g. university lectures clearly related to RE, certain certificates linked to other education schemes (e.g. CBAP, BCS Diploma in Business Analysis, ...), or a substantial publication.
  2. Activity as a Requirements Engineer in various roles and projects amounting to at least three years of full-time equivalent.
  3. Activity as a trainer or coach in the Requirements Engineering field.

Preparation

Expertise as a level of knowledge and experience cannot be imparted through a syllabus or training course only. Expertise is the result of continuous personal development and activity in the respective field. Consequently, an Expert Level Syllabus or training courses do not exist!

The Exam

The exam regulations for the CPRE Expert Level. define the examination process.
The examination consists of the following three parts:

Part 1: Written application
The written application has to demonstrate that the candidate fulfils the prerequisites (see above).
Part 2: Written assignment
The written assignment has to demonstrate that the applicant has in-depth know-how in the Requirements Engineering field.
Part 3: Oral examination
The oral examination is a face-to-face meeting or a video conference at a dedicated place. It takes 90 minutes and comprises three parts:

  1. Case (30 minutes after 2 hours preparation time).
    The candidate has to present his/her suggestions and thoughts on a given case.
  2. Questions on Requirements Engineering in the context of the candidate’s projects (30 minutes).
  3. General questions on Requirements Engineering (30 minutes).

Language

The default language for all three exam parts (written application, written assignment, oral examination) is English.

Exam results

The examination is considered passed when all three parts of the examination are passed.
Passing part 1 is a prerequisite for participation in part 2, and passing part 2 is a prerequisite for participation in part 3.
The certification body informs the candidate about each result. Concerning the oral exam, the candidate receives the results immediately after the examination.

Looking for a possibility to take the exam?

Please contact a certification body.

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  • 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.

    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.

  • In August 2016 the exam regulations for multiple choice exams were modified, why?

    Before August 2016 negative points were awarded for wrongly marked questions.

    This regulation was difficult to explain to the candidates and additionally - under the pressure of the exam, particularly in online exams where incomplete answered questions are highlighted - candidates tended to check answers which they were not sure about and therefore lost many points.
    During IREB’s regular quality assurance of the exams, simulations with several thousand exams have been run to investigate on the impact of changes to the negative marking and the percentage needed to pass.

    Based on the results of these simulations, IREB modified the exam regulations in terms of

    • scoring: no deduction of points for incorrect answers since August 2016
    • percentage to pass the exam: at least 70.00 % of the maximum points have to be achieved now

    The type of examination and questions remained unchanged.

  • In which language can I take the exam?

    The following languages are available for the exams:

    Foundation Level:

    • Chinese (Mandarin)
    • Dutch
    • English
    • French
    • German
    • Portuguese (Brazil)
    • Spanish

    Advanced Level Requirements Elicitation and Consolidation:

    • English
    • German

    Advanced Level Requirements Modeling:

    • English
    • German

    Advanced Level Management

    • German
  • 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 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.

  • 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.