IREB prescribes an exam process for each level of certification and defines the minimum requirements for the exam environment. The exam questions are also provided by IREB. These are uniform worldwide and are available in different languages.
Passing the exam is required to obtain the corresponding CPRE certificate. The CPRE certificates are valid indefinitely.
There are two ways to take an exam:
SAQ Personnel Certification is responsible for organising and evaluating the exam. The written confirmation of the result will be issued 10 to 15 working days after the exam.
The exam is either written or PC-based, but in any case at an exam location that fulfils the conditions specified by IREB and under the supervision of a person authorised by SAQ Personnel Certification, who will be accountable for the proper conduct of the exam.
The IREB Examination Regulations apply to the conduct of the exam.
The exam can be taken in German or English. Currently, English is available for the modules Requirements Elicitation and Consolidation and Requirements Modelling, it will soon be available for Requirements Management.
The written exam will be evaluated by SAQ. You will receive the result in writing sent to the residential address provided by you when you enrolled. An experienced IREB assessor evaluates the thesis.
After passing both parts you will receive your certificate.
The CPRE Expert Level Examination Regulations defines the scope of an exam and its sequence. The exam is composed of the following three parts:
Part 1: Written application
The written application must prove that the candidate meets the exam requirements (see above).
Part 2: Thesis
The thesis must show that the candidate has in-depth knowledge of Requirements Engineering.
Part 3: Oral exam
The oral exam is a face-to-face meeting or a video conference at a defined place. It lasts 90 minutes and consists of three parts:
The language for all three parts of the examination (written application, thesis, oral exam) is English.
The exam is deemed passed if all three partial exams have been passed. Passing Part 1 is a prerequisite for participation in Part 2, passing Part 2 is a prerequisite for participation in Part 3.
The SAQ informs the candidate about the respective result. In the case of the oral exam, the result is communicated immediately after the exam.