International Requirements Engineering Board

The International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB) was founded in Fürth in Germany in October 2006. IREB e.V. is as a legal entity based in Germany.

The IREB is responsible for the international qualification scheme called "Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering (CPRE)". The qualifications are based on a syllabus and guidelines for accreditation and examination.

It is the IREB's role to support a single, universally accepted, international qualification scheme, aimed at requirements engineering for professionals, by providing the core syllabi and by setting guidelines for accreditation and examination.

The contents of each syllabus are taught as courses by training providers, which have been acknowledged by IREB. They are globally marketed under the brand name "Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering".

Each course is concluded by an examination covering the contents of the syllabus. After the examination, each successful participant receives the "Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering" certificate.

The accreditation process and certification are regulated by the steering committee of IREB.

The steering committee of IREB is built out of the personal members of IREB. Personal members of the IREB are international experts in requirements engineering from universities, economy and education.

The personal members de:Klaus Pohl (Informatiker) and de:Chris Rupp are authors of the book [1] as reference teaching book to prepare the exam "Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering" in foundation level.


Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering

The IREB Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering is a standardized qualification for requirements engineers and business analysts. The certification is based on a multiple-choice exam covering the freely available syllabus. The Foundation Level exam has no pre-requisites. The education program is offered in 10 countries (date: December 2008).

As of October 2011, there were over 6,000 IREB Certified Professionals for Requirements Engineering worldwide.


The exam for the Foundation Level has a theoretical nature and requires knowledge especially in the field of requirements engineering with focus on, but not exclusively for, the specification of software products.

The IREB Syllabus for the Foundation Level of the IREB Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering sets the following priorities:

  • The focus is on acquiring the necessary practical knowledge and learning the basic concepts in requirements engineering, with reinforcement through practical exercises. There is no intention of presenting the complete theoretical framework or current and future research activities.
  • The Foundation Level seeks to convey fundamentals that are equally valid for any domain, e.g. for embedded systems, security systems, classic information systems, etc. In addition, the training can cover the suitability of the presented approaches for the various domains based on their special characteristics. However, it is not a goal to present specific requirements engineering for a given domain.
  • The syllabus is not based on a specific procedural model and an associated process model that stipulate the planning, control and order of carrying out the learned concepts in actual practice. No specific requirements engineering or even software engineering process is emphasized.
  • The syllabus defines necessary knowledge of a requirements engineer. However, it does not elaborate on the exact interfaces between this field and other software engineering disciplines and processes. Nor is any attempt made to define other roles occurring in IT projects.
  • The syllabus does not attempt to convey all methods and techniques that are used in requirements engineering. Rather, the course represents today’s most commonly used set of methods and techniques. Above all, the course intends to inspire attendees to actively gain for more experience in requirements engineering on their own authority

See also



  • Pohl, Klaus; Rupp, Chris (2009). Basiswissen Requirements Engineering. Heidelberg: dpunkt Verlag. ISBN 978-3-89864-613-0. 

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