After about three and half months of (mostly) weekend study, I sat for and passed the Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering – Foundation Level (CPRE-FL) exam today. And for anyone interested or who might benefit from it, I thought I would share some thoughts on the certification itself, the exam, and my study process.
For anyone not familiar with the CPRE certifications from the Certification wiki page on this site, or the CPRE wiki page, you should be aware that the CPRE certification is offered by the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB) as an entry-level certification for those who either wish to, or are, engaged in requirements engineering practices. As a Foundation-level exam, the focus is on core concepts in eliciting, documenting, validating, and managing requirements.
There will likely be fewer new wiki entries in the next couple of months or so because I decided to study for the CPRE-FL certification. I started about 3 weeks ago and it looks like it will take me a month or two more before I think I am ready to try the exam. I decided to study for the CPRE for the same reason I went for the CBAP, to learn. But I also wanted to go through the process so that I could see if I wanted to recommend it to any of the BA’s that I mentor (now or in the future) or possibly to the BA practice center that my employer is setting up and for which I am a “coach”.
It’s slow going the way I do it. I am four chapters into the syllabus and study guide, with 160 self-study questions created so far. 5 more chapters to go just for the review and question creation. Then I put all those study questions to use by running myself through trial exams.
If anyone has any suggestions on ways to prepare for the exam I would appreciate your suggestions. I’m going to write up my experiences once I am done, probably as a combination of blog posts and updates to the wiki entry for CPRE, and would like to be able to talk about different ideas that people may have.