The certification examination is designed to identify the candidate’s ability to assist management in improving the quality of information systems within the specialization represented by the certification, evaluate his/her ability to apply quality assurance knowledge to practice in the discipline, and provide a foundation for granting professional recognition. The framework of any profession is the body of knowledge upon which it bases its standards.
The examination reflects state-of-the-art principles and practices from the disciplines included in the associated Body of Knowledge for the certification specialty. The exam expects that familiarity with current industry topics via experience, periodicals, and textbooks is continually being maintained. It is the philosophy of the International Software Certification Board (ISCB) that knowledge of significant developments in the information services industry be current. For this reason, the examination instrument is continually reviewed and revised to implement these factors into the testing process.
Professional certification is a significant undertaking. Sufficient time and energy should be allocated by the candidate toward preparation. Most of the needed preparation involves reviewing and brushing up on the various knowledge domains in the certification’s respective Body of Knowledge. If candidates have extensive experience in the practices described in the knowledge domains of the Body of Knowledge, the examination should not be difficult.
It is suggested that candidates create a study plan for themselves. This does not need to be elaborate but simply a plan to set goals for completing various sections of study. Today’s professionals have many demands on their time such as family, work, community and the like. Recognize that these demands will slow down the study process so those must be considered when planning. And remember, study is not complete until the entire plan has been executed!
Candidates should avoid last minute cramming as it is rarely beneficial in the long term. If their experience is minimal, or is limited to only certain areas of those related knowledge domains, they should seek study materials and work experience that will broaden their knowledge and experience. Unless candidates have had extensive exposure to management principles, and a broad array of job responsibilities within information services related to the certification knowledge domains, they are very unlikely to pass the certification examination.
The ISCB designed the certification programs such that individuals could reasonably be expected to pass the exam when a good self-study regiment was employed along with the requisite experience. However, some individuals find professionally developed training programsbeneficial to augment their course of study.