Rumors have been floating around the industry for some time that the IREB would be revising its “Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering Foundation Level” certification, and the board has finally announced that it would be offering training and certification in CPRE Foundation Level 3.0 starting in the fall of 2020. Below, we present an initial preview of what to expect.
According to the IREB, the reasons they’re reworking the current 2.2 standard isn’t necessarily the body of relevant RE knowledge presented in it, as that is still solid and meets the needs of that market. However, surveys carried out in the summer of 2017 revealed that some of the methods and techniques they taught no longer corresponded to actual practice, in particular those related to agile methods.
IREB CPRE Foundation Level 3.0 to come in Fall 2020
The IREB is currently aiming to publish the new standard in October 2020, and will also provide a a six-month transition period within which candidates can choose whether they want to take the certification exam on the basis of syllabus 2.2 or 3.0. The transition period will begin when the new standard is published (in each exam language) and is intended to ensure continuity and seamless transition in training.
Foundation Level 3.0 will first be offered in English and German, with other languages added on a continual basis. Along with 3.0, the IREB will also be publishing a handbook for the Foundation Level, like the one already provided for individual CPRE Advanced Level modules. The handbook can be downloaded for free from the IREB website. In addition, the IREB will also offer a new version of the CPRE glossary together with the CPRE Foundation Level 3.0 syllabus, which will be coordinated with the new version of the syllabus and ISTQB glossary.
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As an accredited provider of IREB CPRE training, we’re optimally prepared for the change, but will also continue to provide training based on the current 2.2 standard until the new version appears. These certifications are equivalent and remain valid for an unlimited period of time – meaning now’s a great time to get a start on your training in requirements engineering!
As soon as the 3.0 standard is released, we’ll immediately adapt the course appropriately as well as the preparation we offer for certification. And finally, we offer all course participants an update/refresher from 2.2 to 3.0, made available as a service on our learning platform.