IREB CPRE-EL (Expert Level)

CPRE Expert Level – High Level Excellence in Requirements Engineering Knowledge and Experience

The expertise on this highest level of the CPRE program results from continous involvement and activity in the field. These indiviudal yet profound forms of expertise can neither be subsumed into a syllabus nor transferred by trainings. The CPRE Expert Level therefore has no syllabus or training courses. Candidates, however, need to fulfill the following prerequisites before applying for the exam.

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  1. Hold at least three CPRE Advanced Level certificates. The term “Advanced Level“ refers to the CPRE Advanced Level (up to June 30, 2022) and the CPRE Advanced Level – Specialist – (after June 30, 2022).

    Up to two can be substituted by other forms clearly related to RE such as university lectures, certain certificates linked to other education schemes (e.g. CBAP, BCS Diploma in Business Analysis, etc.), or substantial publications.

  2. Be active as a Requirements Engineer in various roles and projects amounting to at least three years of full-time equivalent.

  3. Be active as a trainer or coach in Requirements Engineering.

The Exam

The exam regulations for the CPRE Expert Level define the examination process.
The examination consists of the following three parts:

Part 1: Written application
The written application has to demonstrate that the candidate fulfils the prerequisites (see above).
Part 2: Written assignment
The written assignment has to demonstrate that the applicant has in-depth know-how in the Requirements Engineering field.
Part 3: Oral examination
The oral examination is a face-to-face meeting or a video conference at a dedicated place. It takes 90 minutes and comprises three parts:

  1. Case (30 minutes after 2 hours preparation time).
    The candidate has to present his/her suggestions and thoughts on a given case.

  2. Questions on Requirements Engineering in the context of the candidate’s projects (30 minutes).

  3. General questions on Requirements Engineering (30 minutes).

Exam registration

Candidates interested in taking the CPRE Expert Level exam, please contact us at to submit your application and proof of prerequisites (as one single .pdf file), or any related questions. We are happy to assist you from a smooth start to a successful finish.

The exam procedure consists of three parts: written application, written assignment, and oral exam. For further details about the exam regulations, please take a look at our dedicated section for exam procedures.

Please note: the default language for the exam is English. Applicants may ask for other languages for the written assignment and/or oral exam, on which decisions are made exclusively by the IREB. The written application, however, must be provided to us in English.