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What Is a Requirements Engineer?
July/August 2008 (vol. 25 no. 4)
pp. 16-17
Barbara Paech, University of Heidelberg, Germany
The lack of a clear definition about what constitutes a requirements engineer is problematic. Companies trying to establish clear RE responsibilities don't have clear standards on how to train their people, define the role, or choose the right people for the job. The Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering initiative ( has established a syllabus and a certification framework to improve this situation in industry.

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Index Terms:
software certification, requirements engineering, certified professional requirements engineering, IREB
Barbara Paech, "What Is a Requirements Engineer?," IEEE Software, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 16-17, July-Aug. 2008, doi:10.1109/MS.2008.106
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