Non-IFPUG CEP Processes

CEP Non-IFPUG Venue Scheduled Class Process

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CEP non-IFPUG Venue Process to Schedule a Class – Overview

In the past, continued CFPS certification has been achieved through reexamination every three (3) years. The CFPS Certification Extension Program provides an alternative to the examination through a system of accumulating Certification Extension Credits (CEC) through a variety of Activities

A joint task force with representatives from the Education Committee, IFPUG Board of Directors, International membership and Certification Committee has expanded three of the CFPS Certification Extension program Activities. The three Activities – Taking, Teaching and Authoring Classes – may now take place at non-IFPUG venues and be eligible for CEC.

Courses must first be registered by the Service Provider using the CEP non-IFPUG Venue Process to Register a Course. Once a course has been registered, the Service Provider will use the CEP non-IFPUG Venue Process to Schedule a Class to ensure that each time the class is taught it is CEC eligible for the students and/or instructor, and it is properly advertised on the IFPUG web site.

The CFPS Certification Extension Program is under the jurisdiction of the IFPUG Certification Committee and class direction is the province of the IFPUG Education Committee, with oversight for both provided by the IFPUG Board of Directors.

The IFPUG Board of Directors reserves the right to change or discontinue the CFPS Certification Extension Program and/or the Service Provider Class Registration processes at any time, without advance notice. CFPS Certification Extension Program applications postmarked prior to such discontinuance will be evaluated under then current program rules.

Process to Teach a Class for CEC Eligibility

1.  Service Provider notifies IFPUG Office that a Registered Class has been scheduled.

The Service Provider will notify the IFPUG Office of a newly scheduled Registered Class by completing the CEP non-IFPUG Venue Scheduled Class Form. The form may be emailed to IFPUG at ifpug@ifpug.org, or faxed to IFPUG at >faxed to IFPUG at (609) 799-7032, or mailed to IFPUG at 191 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550.

A separate Form must be completed for each Class occurrence. There is a $150 Class occurrence fee which must accompany each Scheduled Class Form.

The Service Provider will also use the Scheduled Class Form to notify the IFPUG Office of changes and cancellations. Cancellations received one (1) week prior to the schedule Class start date will be refunded $100 of the Class occurrence fee.

   2.  Certification Committee reviews Scheduled Class Form

The Certification Committee will review new and changed Scheduled Class Forms to verify Service Provider Course registration, instructor CFPS certification and schedule timing.

NOTE: Classes scheduled the week before or the week of an IFPUG Workshop or Conference will NOT be CEC eligible.

   3.  IFPUG Office posts newly scheduled Registered Class on IFPUG web site

After review and approval of the Scheduled Class Form the scheduled Class will be posted on the IFPUG web site Posting will occur within ten (10) business days of receiving the Form and the Class occurrence fee. See the Scheduled Class Form for details on information that will be posted for each Class occurrence.

   4.  Service Provider sends Class roster and instructor evaluation forms to the IFPUG Office

After the scheduled Class is completed, the Service Provider will send the original class roster, signed by the instructor, and the original instructor evaluation forms to the IFPUG Office, retaining a copy for their records. The IFPUG Office will send a copy of the instructor evaluation forms to the Education Committee.

The IFPUG Office will store Class documentation in a secure manner for all Registered Class occurrences. These records will remain confidential, except for as needed access by the Education Committee and the Certification Committee.

5.  IFPUG Office sends electronic Class certificates to participants

The IFPUG Office will produce secure electronic class completion certificates for each student on the class roster after receiving all class fees, the class roster and the original instructor evaluation forms. The Office will email certificates directly to students if an email address is provided on the roster. If no email address is provided for a student, the electronic certificate will be forwarded to the Service Provider for distribution to the student.

6.  Students/Instructors retain Class documents

Students are responsible for retaining their Class certificates for use when applying for Certification Extension. Instructors are responsible for retaining a copy of the Class roster for use when applying for Certification Extension. Both students and instructors should refer to the application instructions within the CFPS Certification Extension Program document posted on the IFPUG web site under Certification.

CEP NON-IFPUG VENUE PROCESS TO REGISTER A COURSE
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CEP non-IFPUG Venue Process to Register a Course – Overview

This process defines the review of courses taught outside of the IFPUG Workshops that are submitted to provide credit in the IFPUG Certification Extension Program. For courses with a documented standard, the review process will normally be completed within 30 days of submission. If there is no documented course standard for the submitted course, the review process may take 90 days.

The CFPS Certification Extension Program is under the jurisdiction of the IFPUG Certification Committee and class direction is the province of the IFPUG Education Committee, with oversight for both provided by the IFPUG Board of Directors.

The IFPUG Board of Directors reserves the right to change or discontinue the CFPS Certification Extension program and/or the Service Provider Class Registration processes at any time, without advance notice. CFPS Certification Extension Program applications postmarked prior to the discontinuance will be evaluated under then current program rules.

Process to Register a Course for CEC Eligibility

  1.  Course Provider Submits Course Registration Request

A course provider submits a request to register a non-IFPUG venue course to provide IFPUG Certification Extension Credit by filling out the online CEP Non-IFPUG Venue Course Registration Form or printing the form and faxing or mailing the form to the IFPUG office. The form may be downloaded and mailed to IFPUG at 191 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

A copy of the course materials must accompany the registration if the application is mailed. A separate Form must be completed for each Course. There is an $850 per year registration fee per Course which must accompany each Form.

  2.  Determine if Course is CEP-Eligible Where no Standard Exists

If the course has no documented standard and has not been approved to provide IFPUG Certification Extension Credit, the request including a copy of the course materials is forwarded to the IFPUG Certification Committee to determine if the proposed class meets the criteria for the IFPUG Certification Extension Program.

  3.  Establish Course Standard if None Exists

If the course is determined to meet the criteria for the IFPUG Certification Extension Program and no Course Standard exists for that course, the IFPUG Education Committee documents a standard for the course. As part of the standard documentation, the IFPUG Education Committee will ask the IFPUG Counting Practices Committee, New Environments Committee, and Certification Committee if there are specific rule interpretations that they recommend be included in the Course Standard. The IFPUG Certification Committee will determine if the standard is sufficient to determine eligibility for the course in the Certification Extension Program.

 4.  Determine if Submitted Course Meets Course Standard

The submitted course is reviewed by a group of IFPUG Education Committee members that are not affiliated with an IFPUG course provider to determine whether the course meets the criteria outlined in the Course Standard for that course.If the submitted course meets the Course Standard, the Education Committee reports to the IFPUG Office and the IFPUG Certification Committee that the course for that course provider meets the standard and recommends that the course be added to the list of approved courses, and that the class be registered if registration fees have been paid.

  5   Post Registered Course on IFPUG Web Site

After review and approval of the course (see step 2.4 above), the newly registered Course will be posted on the IFPUG web site. Posting will occur within ten (10) business days of approval. See the CEP Non-IFPUG Venue Course Registration Form for details on information that will be posted to the web site for each Registered Course.

  6.  Notify Submitter if Course Does Not Meet Standard

If the submitted course does not meet the Course Standard, the Education Committee notifies the submitter of the area where the course does not meet the Course Standard. If a course is rejected because it does not meet the standard, it may be resubmitted at no additional fee within one calendar year of the initial submission date. Review of a resubmitted course will normally occur within 90 days of the resubmission.

  7.  Submitter Requests Standard Change

If the submitter disagrees with the Course Standard, they may submit justification for the standard to be modified. The IFPUG Education Committee will review the justification and determine whether the standard should be changed. For rules interpretations, the IFPUG Education Committee will forward the justification to the IFPUG Counting Practices Committee for determination of whether the Course Standard should be changed.

   8.  Standard Modification is Communicated to Course Providers

If a Course Standard is modified, the revised standard is provided to the registered course providers for that class. While the course offered by the approved provider will not require a new formal review, the provider must make any appropriate changes to their course to reflect the Course Standard changes for any classes taught more than 90 days after the date the Course Standard change is communicated.

Appendix A – IFPUG Course Standard

Courses taught by IFPUG must meet minimum content standards and adhere to the rules outlined in the International Function Point Users Group ( IFPUG) Counting Practices Manual based on either the current release or the release covered by the IFPUG Certified Function Point Specialist certification exam at the time the class is taught. CEP courses require the live interaction of an instructor that is a CFPS.  Courses utilizing computer, web and/or video based training techniques must have an acceptable level of instructor interaction as judged by the Certification and Education Committee members reviewing the material to qualify as a CEP registered course. The course content standard has three major sections.

1. Required Course Content – Items listed in the Required Course Content section provide a list of topics that must be covered as part of the class to provide consistency to the course across diverse course providers and instructors. Courses that do not meet the required course content standard will not be certified for the Certification Extension Program if taught outside of the IFPUG Workshops.
2. Required Rule Interpretations – Items may of may not appear in the Required Rule Interpretations section of the Standard. If an item is listed, that rule interpretation must be taught as part of the course content.
3. Rule Interpretations for Optional Content – While a course must contain the required course content, it may contain additional information beyond what is required by the course standard. This section allows the designation of rule interpretations if a particular scenario may optionally be addressed in the class. It is impossible to anticipate all cases where a rule may apply in optional course content. However, in cases where rule interpretations are addressed in this section, the course must adhere to this rule interpretation if the rule is addressed within the framework for the class.
4. Failure to Meet the Standard – Classes providing Certification Extension Credit are required to meet the published course standard for that course and adhere to the rules in the IFPUG CPM. The International Function Point Users Group may at its option discontinue the participation of a given course provider or instructor for a particular course or all courses taught by that course provider or instructor in the Certification Extension Program if classes taught by that course provider or instructor fail to meet the standard for that course. An instructor may be denied the ability to teach Certification Extension Credit (CEC) eligible Courses due to poor performance by an instructor based on evaluation of the instructor. Revocation of participation in the Certification Extension Program for a course provider or instructor for a particular course or all courses for violation of course standards or poor performance is done by a vote of the IFPUG Board of Directors.The IFPUG Board of Directors may also revoke the registration to provide Certification Extension Credit (CEC) eligible Course for a course provider or instructor if they fail to meet the requirements for reporting information to IFPUG for the Certification Extension Program or provide fraudulent information.

The IFPUG Board of Directors reserves the right to discontinue the CFPS Certification Extension Program and/or the Service Provider Class Registration processes at any time, without advance notice. CFPS Certification Extension Program applications postmarked prior to such discontinuance will be evaluated under then current program rules.