As the use of Function Point Analysis continues to grow, it is essential that individuals with a specialized level of knowledge be distinguished. The Certified Function Point Specialist (CFPS) designations are formal recognition of a level of expertise in the area of Function Point Analysis. A CFPS is acknowledged as having the skills necessary to perform consistent and accurate function point counts and comprehension of the most recent counting practices. At this time, industry recognition of the quality and integrity of the CFPS Certification Exam process and the value of the CFPS designation is widespread enough that companies around the world now commonly include FPA and CFPS requirements in contracts. As companies use FPA more and more in their contracts, IFPUG, as the body who certifies an individual’s capability, must ensure that the certified individual does indeed have the required expertise. Therefore, ongoing renewal that includes active testing is required to maintain the current high status of the CFPS designation and to maintain IFPUG’s reputation.
The Certification Exam is a rigorous test of both the knowledge of the counting rules laid out in the current release of the CPM and the ability to apply those rules. The Certification Exam is structured so that both the knowledge and the ability to apply the definitions and rules as published in the current CPM are tested. The Certification Exam currently is composed of three sections: Definition, Implementation, and Case Study. · The Definition section consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. The Definition section specifically tests the individual’s knowledge of definitions and rules. · The Implementation section consists of 50 multiple-choice questions. The Implementation section indirectly tests the individual’s knowledge of definitions and rules, and directly tests the individual’s ability to apply the definitions and rules through small story problems. · The Case Study section consists of ten cases totaling 50 marks The Case Study section directly tests the individual’s ability to apply the definitions and rules of the CPM using varying case topics. The duration of the Certification Exam is 3 hours . If you are taking a Certification Exam in a language that is not your native speaking language you will be granted a ½ hour extension to the 3 hours – in total 3 ½hour to complete the Certification Exam. Currently the English, Brazilian Portuguese and Italian versions of the Certification Exam will be available remotely. Countries considered to be English-speaking or that use English as their business language include Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, and United States of America. Any country with English as their recognized business language is considered as English speaking country. The Certification, registration, result and certificate will be delivered by IFPUGs Certification partner iSQI. The certification exam will be delivered using a remote certification approach and technology called FLEX. More information about FLEX will be given in the sections on registration and Exam Day requirement and Conditions. In addition, See appendix D for more about iSQI FLEX.