8. What is the IFPUG’s CFPS (Certified Function Point Specialist) certification?


The CFPS cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram — Cer­ti­fied Func­tion Point Spe­ci­a­list — aims to for­mally recog­nize pro­fes­si­o­nals capa­ble of per­for­ming func­tion point counts accu­rately and con­sis­tently and that also know the IFPUG’s latest coun­ting practices.


To be cer­ti­fied, the pro­fes­si­o­nal must pass the exam that is pre­pa­red by IFPUG whose mini­mum grade to pass is 90%. This exam con­sists on appro­xi­ma­tely 150 mul­ti­ple choice ques­ti­ons based on their Coun­ting Prac­ti­ces Manual. The test is 3 hours long. It is a hard exam to pass because of the time avai­la­ble and high accu­racy rate, but unfor­tu­na­tely the IFPUG does not dis­close any infor­ma­tion in regards to pass/fail exam rates.

The cer­ti­fi­cate is valid for three years, after this the owner must take another exam for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion renewal or par­ti­ci­pate in the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exten­sion pro­gram (regar­dless of whether there was any change in the ver­sion of the manual). This pro­gram allows you to extend the certification validity by two years through the accu­mu­la­tion of cre­dits in vari­ous acti­vi­ties such as: per­form func­tion point counts, tea­ching, wri­ting arti­cles or books, volun­te­e­ring in some of the IFPUG’s com­mit­tees. Howe­ver, this renewal can only be per­for­med twice in suc­ces­sion, after this the pro­fes­si­o­nal will be requi­red to undergo exa­mi­na­tion to renew his or her cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Until the start of early 2008, the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exa­mi­na­tion was con­duc­ted by paper with a manual cor­rec­tion. From July 2008 on, the exam was auto­ma­ted and became applied by any Pro­me­tric accre­di­ted cen­ter in the world. From November 2016 on, iSQI started to apply the exam, instead of Prometric, in the Flex mode, wich means that the candidate can apply for the exam at home if desired. You can cho­ose between having the test in English, Por­tu­guese or Italian.

There is no prerequisite of higher edu­ca­tion, evi­dence of expe­ri­ence with Func­tion Point Analy­sis (FPA) or atten­dance of any course to attempt the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The only pre­re­qui­site to take the CFPS exam is to be affi­li­a­ted with the IFPUG. But without pro­per pre­pa­ra­tion, the chance of appro­val is low. Even for the pro­fes­si­o­nal who is taking the exam to renew the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, pre­pa­ra­tion is nee­ded and studying andexer­ci­ses are essen­cial. Our CFPS Exam Pre­pa­ra­tion course is desig­ned spe­ci­fi­cally to sup­port the can­di­date to take the IFPUG’s exam on his jour­ney for pre­pa­ring for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (or recertification).








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