A common purpose
IREB® and REQB® pursue the same general goal: to improve and foster professionalism in Requirements Engineering (RE) by providing a RE certification scheme with education syllabi and certification examinations.
The certification schemes, which IREB® and REQB® have developed independently of each other, have similar names – CPRE® (Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering) by IREB® and REQB® Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering. This caused confusion and has at times been misleading. Also, their respective foundation level syllabi coincide in their content to a significant extent. This has finally resulted in the decision to concentrate forces within a single organization.
Given the common goal and the similarities in the two approaches, IREB® and REQB® have decided to join forces as of January 18, 2017. As a consequence, there will be a single RE certification scheme in the future, presented under the IREB® brand.
Benefit for candidates seeking RE certification
For candidates striving for more professionalism in RE, one single education scheme to become a Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering is a big benefit, as the weight and reputation of the certificate will become even greater than it already is today.
Effect on REQB® certificates
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.
Such conversion is required for persons who want to follow their education path to the IREB® CPRE® Advanced Level modules.
For the IREB® CPRE® Expert Level, the REQB® Advanced Level certificate will be accepted as one of the required prerequisites.
For more info on the timeline and consequences for Training Providers, Candidates and Trainings see the FAQ!
IREB, the leading expert committee in the discipline of Requirements Engineering, is association partner of REConf® 2017.
“For us as organizer of REConf, it is very valuable to rely on a partner who stands worldwide for profound Requirements Engineering” states Rupert Wiebel, CEO of Hood Group.
Stefan Sturm, CEO of IREB GmbH, says: “It is IREB’s declared goal to establish professional Requirements Engineering worldwide. So we are pleased to actively support the REConf as partner, especially as the REConf is the most important RE conference in German-speaking countries.”
Information about the REConf and the call for papers at https://www.hood-group.com/en/reconf/call-for-papers