I last took an exam about 10 years ago. Even then, the walnut looking organ housed in my skull didn’t do too well at retaining large quantities of information in a short space of time. The CPUX-F qualification put this to the test.
I’d noticed in early August ’16 that UserVision were holding a course in early 2017 for people to gain a qualification as a “Certified Professional for Usability and User Experience”. With a few links sent to work, The Weather were kind enough to foot the bill for this and the course was booked.
In your day to day work, you largely operate on auto-pilot. You become a creature of habit. It’s no bad thing. By doing so, everyday tasks become easier to complete, both in terms of effort and time. I quickly learned that in order to pass the CPUX-F exam, I’d need to learn new information and the walnut organ was fired into gear again.
So, according to The CPUX-F Website:
The certificate “UXQB® Certified Professional for Usability and User Experience – Foundation Level (CPUX-F)” attests that the certificate holder is:
- Familiar with basic terms and concepts of usability and user experience
- Able to apply basic concepts in the following areas of competence:
- Usability principles and guidelines
- Understanding and defining the context of use
- Specifying user requirements
- Describing user interaction
- Usability testing
- Inspections and user surveys
- Process orchestration and use of methods
Having worked within the field of user experience for the last 5 years or so, I felt confident that I’d be able to give the test paper a go without much prior study. I did that. And duly failed with a lowly 34%. After realising that work needed to be done, much of my christmas and early part of the year was spent surrounded by keycards, complete with statements in a vague attempt to memorise information.
The 2nd February quickly came around, and with it, a half day intensive course run by Chris Rourke of UserVision. A morning summarising the syllabus, as well as a few tips and tricks that would improve the chances of attaining the required 70% pass mark. Come 14:00, the exam kicked off and the work I’d put in was about to be tested. I marked the 40 answers that I believed to be correct, handed in the paper, left the room and hoped. I waited for a week until for the results to be emailed to me.
Sure enough, 7 days after sitting the exam, an email dropped into my inbox stating that I’d passed the exam with a mark of 84%. Needless to say I was pretty pleased (as well as relieved at not blowing works’ money) that I passed. I now have a qualification to my name, as well as gaining a lot of extra knowledge that I didn’t have prior to starting the revision.
Earlier last week, I received my certificate in the post. It’s nice to have a hard copy, but I have no idea where to put it. I’m sure it can live quite happily in a filing box in the office at home for a while.
Thanks for reading 🙂