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IREB® Requirements Engineering Foundation

The Requirement Engineering certification course gives you a professional and structured way of working with requirements. The course adds value by reducing the risk of developing the wrong system, helping you better understand the end-user’s problem, providing a basis for estimating the development effort. The availability of proper requirements is a prerequisite for testing the system. IREB-Certification is included in the course.

Target audience

This course is for everyone working with Requirements Engineering, Business Analysis, testing, software, and systems development, who is demanding in terms of quality and professionalism, should strive for it.
It doesn’t matter if you’re working agile, DevOps or waterfall, then you can use the core knowledge of this topic. The Foundation Level encompasses the elicitation of requirements with appropriate documentation, requirements verification and validation as well as their management throughout the end-to-end product life cycle. The course is especially useful for the following roles:
  • Requirements Engineers
  • IT Business Analysts / Consultants
  • Product Owners
  • Domain Experts
  • Project or IT Managers
  • Quality Managers
  • Software Testers
  • Software Developers
  • System Analysts
There are no prerequisites to applying for the Foundation Level, but we recommend that you have practical experience in the field of requirements.

Learning objectives

  • A professional and structured approach to requirement engineering / Business Analysis
  • Know what Requirement Engineering is about and understand the value of it
  • Know where Requirement Engineering can be applied
  • Know and understand the principles of Requirement Engineering
  • Familiarity with international terminology
  • Understands the basic techniques and methods of Requirements Engineering
  • Tools to work efficient with requirements
  • Knowledge of best practices


  • Introduction and Overview of Requirements Engineering
  • Fundamental Principles of Requirements Engineering
  • Work Products and Documentation Practices
    - Natural-language-based work products
    - Template-based work products
    - Model-based work products
    - Glossaries, documentation structures, prototypes
    - Quality criteria
  • Practices for Requirements Elaboration
    - Sources for requirements
    - Elicitation
    - Negotiation and conflict resolution
    - Validation
  • Process and Working Structure
    - Influencing factors
    - Process facets
    - Configuring a RE process
  • Management Practices for Requirements
    - Life cycle management
    - Change management, configuration management and traceability
    - Requirements attributes and views
    - Prioritization
  • Tool Support
    - Tools in Requirement Engineering
    - Introducing tools


During the 3 days of the course the syllabus will be covered. Our courses are characterized by a high level of activity, as the theory is supported by examples and exercises. You should expect about 10 hours of preparation prior to the course, and 10 hours after the course before the exam. The course material and the exam will both be in English.


You will recieve an exam voucher and can book your exam online or in our Test Center.
Exam questions can be both single questions with only one correct answer as well as multiple questions with two or more correct answers. There are also True/False Statements. The exam is closed book, i.e. no materials are allowed to be used. To pass the exam, you must achieve at least 70% of the total score possible.
The questions vary in difficulty and therefore are assigned a different number of points (1-3 points).
  • Number of questions: 45
  • Duration of the exam: 75 minutes and for non-native speakers, 90 minutes
  • Format: Multiple Choice, closed book
  • Language: English

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