IBUQ

The IBUQ Association improves and promotes the user friendliness and utilization conveniences of interactive human-machine interfaces. Based on national and international statutes, standards and requirements, the Association develops up-to-date usability standards and conducts certification services for businesses and/or their employees.

Acquiring the basic knowledge outlined in the IBUQ syllabus will assure that fundamental insights into human patterns (e.g. perception, mental models, handling of errors) as well as the techniques required for the development of interactive systems (e.g. styles of interaction, modeling methods, dialog development) are acquired. Standards and norms as well as style guides are also included.


Included in the syllabus is the central idea of including Usability Engineering as a part of the overall development process.  As such, it describes a process where usability is not only considered at certain points during development, but rather that a set of usability engineering processes must exist which include everything from requirements analyses to prototyping and specification to the implementation and evaluation as well as testing.


The foundation level of the Usability Professional certification program is of interest to all individuals and occupations involved in the topic of software or internet applications development, e.g. software developers, GUI programmers, project managers and project staff, organizers, executives, employees working for specialized departments, IT auditors and quality assurance officers. Initial development experience is a requirement. For participants to acquire eligibility to take the Usability Professional Advanced Level (Advanced Level) certification, they have to have Foundation Level certification.

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Usability Engineering

These days, usability is a critical factor in the development and design of software and Internet applications. Quite often, functionality is included in software that cannot be used or used properly because the feature is either too complicated or because the user is unable to find it.


According to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), usability is defined as the extent to which a product can be used by certain users in order to attain certain goals effectively, efficiently and satisfactorily in a specific usage context [TA08, page 4]. Consequently, the suitability for certain uses and hence the compatibility of a system within the context of usage, is defined in a specific user context.


Jakob Nielsen [93] lists the following objectives as the benchmark for the quality of user interactions with a system:

  • Learnability: How easy is it for users to accomplish basic tasks the first time they encounter the design?
  • Efficiency: Once users have learned the design, how quickly can they perform tasks?
  • Memorability: When users return to the design after a period of not using it, how easily can they reestablish proficiency?
  • Errors: How many errors do users make, how severe are these errors, and how easily can they recover from the errors?
  • Satisfaction: How pleasant is it to use the design?

Certified Professional for Usability and User Experience Engineering - Foundation Level

Acquiring basic knowledge will assure that fundamental insights into human patterns (e.g. perception, mental models, handling of errors) as well as the techniques required for the development of interactive systems (e.g. styles of interaction, modeling methods, dialog development) are acquired. Standards and norms as well as style guides are also included.

Please find the latest IBUQ Foundation Level Syllabus here.

Certified Professional for Usability and User Experience Engineering - Advanced Level

Acquiring basic knowledge will assure that fundamental insights into human patterns (e.g. perception, mental models, handling of errors) as well as the techniques required for the development of interactive systems (e.g. styles of interaction, modeling methods, dialog development) are acquired. Standards and norms as well as style guides are also included.

Exam

The exam for IBUQ International Board for Usability and User Experience Qualification certification is based on the respective IBUQ syllabus. The exact topics covered by the exam are precisely defined in the Learning Objectives set forth in the syllabus. Consequently, the Learning Objectives provide the framework for the exams. The exam consists of multiple choice questions.
Candidates are eligible to participate in an IBUQ exam either after having attended an accredited course or if they are participants of an open exam (no prior course attendance required).

However, GASQ recommends participants attend a training program with an accredited provider prior to taking the exam.
If you should be interested in arranging for an open exam for a group of 8 or more individuals who do not require accredited training, we will be pleased to arrange an exam at your location within Germany. To make such arrangements, please complete our exam form and submit it to info@gasq.org. We will contact you to arrange the details as soon as possible.

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FAQ

I have lost my certificate. Is it possible to apply for a new one?
It is possible to apply for a replacement certificate; a processing fee of € 35 will be charged.

Is it possible to review the exam?
For a fee of € 80, a target-actual comparison can be performed at our business premises in Nuremberg, Germany. Conducting a target-actual comparison means that you will be presented the exam questions along with the solutions. You will have a time limit of 15 minutes to conduct this review. Subsequently, you will be denied access to the questions that are currently being used in the exam.
If I do not pass, is it possible to take the exam again?
Yes, you can re-take the exam; however, you will be charged another exam fee.

Do I have to meet any prerequisites to participate in the Foundation Level?
No.

Is it possible for me to take the Advanced Level exam immediately without first passing the Foundation Level exam?
No. Before you are eligible to take the Advanced Level exam it is mandatory for you to have passed the Foundation Level exam.

When will my certificate expire?
The validity of both the Foundation and the Advanced Level certificates is indefinite.

Will I incur any other fees besides the exam fee?
No.

Will I have to attend a course before I sign up for the exam?
No, attending a course is a choice you make at your discretion. You can also take the test by self-study. However, we recommend you attend a course offered by an accredited training provider.

Will you notify my supervisor/employer as to whether I have passed or failed the exam?
No.