165.00 CHF for members of any digitalswitzerland association
120.00 CHF for professional members of the FSIE
Conditions: The application includes all formal checks and a onetime re-checking of rectified material. If the new examination is unsuccessful and a new attempt is carried out, the registration fee is due again.
Contact us to begin the application process.
1’530.00 CHF for members of any digitalswitzerland association
1’300.00 CHF for professional members of the FSIE
Conditions: The certification fee includes the case study assessment (and an eventual onetime re-assessment after corrections being made) and the 60 minutes exam if the case study is accepted. Both executed by 2 certified Experts FSIE of the specialisation. If the case study or exam fails, there is no refunding and for a new attempt, a new application must be made.
Re-Certification Fee (after every 3 years)
500.00 CHF for members of any digitalswitzerland association
0.00 CHF for expert members of the FSIE (included in the membership)
Conditions: cf. certification regulation (continuing education and practice)
The FSIE basic IT competences acquired through basic IT education are those of the specialisations but at a lower level according to Bloom's taxonomy1 1 up to 6. The maximum level for basic IT competences is level 3 application. Most practices are required at the levels of 2 comprehension or 1 knowledge. They are listed as the Core Body of Competences (CBOC) further below.
The FSIE relies on the existing Swiss IT tertiary education to assure the basic IT competences of the candidates. Hence, we acccept all IT tertiary degrees of the Swiss Universities, Polytechnics ETHZ/EPFL, Universities of Applied Sciences and Higher Schools. A tertiary degree is one with NQF level 6 at least, i.e. B.Sc. or HF. They are all listed below.
If you do not possess such a degree (e.g. equivalent but not Swiss, no degree but equivalent competences, ...), we analyse your application individually ("sur dossier").
Before applying to the certification FSIE, our candidates must have accomplished advanced or further education in their chosen specialisation (MAS, CAS or DAS, existing certificates in the domain). We expect a minimum effort of 16 ECTS (400 - 500 hours). This is demonstrated through in electronic copies of certificates. Our accepted certificates are listed in the specialisation description.
After the initial certification, the Expert FSIE™ enters the phase of life-long learning. The FSIE assesses and recommends continuing education events for each of the specialisations as well as for updates to the basic IT competences (CBOC). These are not provided by FSIE. For assessment, all education providers are called to send-in their offerings to the FSIE.
Every three years, we check whether further education (event-suitability and other measures according to our regulation) of at least 18 CEP (Continuing Education Points, equivalent to 9 days) is carried out.
The expert FSIE must first demonstrate practical experience in technical engineering and/or operational skills for at least 2 years on a full-time basis after completion of the basic IT training. As a transitional arrangement, we accept that these records can originate from any year. In the future, this will be limited to recent years.
Also, the expert FSIE must prove the practice in its selected specialization. The minimum requirement is a 40% FTE capacity reported with references not older than 6 years. The FSIE carries out a sample check of the references. The value of 40% was chosen (a) to support part-time employees and (b) to support 2 titles.
A final first practice related requirement is the assessment of your personal competences by 2 referenced colleagues of your practice.
After the initial certification, the Expert FSIE enters the life-long learning phase which has a strong practical component: Every 3 years we check whether the specialisation practice is continued with a capacity of at least 40% FTE. The demonstration is analogue to the first one with randomly checked references.
The current Code of Conduct convers the personal committments to quality, ethics, continuing education, and professionalism, the obligation for an impact analysis of the socio-technical environment in work assignments as well as principles in the behaviour with customers, colleagues and in the market.
We require each candidate to submit a case study from practice in the specialisation.
Successfully assessed case studies are published on the FSIE member's download page.
Please consult the FSIE case study regulation for getting to know the exact procedure.
The FSIE requires you, as an Expert FSIE of any specialisation, to be able to apply the following practices. According to Bloom1, the application involves using your knowledge to solve practical tasks using appropriate techniques and rules.
The FSIE requires you, as an Expert FSIE of any specialisation, to understand the following practices listed. According to Bloom1, this means that you demonstrate to understand the facts and ideas by organizing, comparing, translating, interpreting, giving descriptions, and stating the main ideas.
The FSIE requires you, as an Expert FSIE of any specialisation, to be able to know about the following practices. According to Bloom1, to know is to remember facts, terms, basic concepts, or answers without necessarily understanding what they mean.
Analytical thinking and problem solving
The expert analyses problems and opportunities effectively, identifies which proposals may deliver the most value and works with stakeholders to understand the impact of those proposals. The expert is creative, can lead a decision-making process, learns effectively, can generalise and visualise concepts and systems and systematically solves problems.
The expert gains trust and respect of stakeholders by consistently acting in an ethical manner, delivering quality results on time and demonstrating adaptability to changing needs and circumstances. The expert is organized, dependable, reliable, plannable and confident.
The expert knows the basic legal and regulatory context (e.g. Swiss OR, ZGB, etc. basic concepts and regulations) he/she is working in. Generic business topics like finance/accounting, logistics, sales, marketing, supply chain management, human resources are known. The expert masters various project methodologies that determine the timing (big steps or small increments), the approach (waterfall or agile), the role of those involved, the accepted risk level, and other aspects of how IT work is approached and managed.
The expert is competent to listen to and understand an audience. When communicating, the expert understands how he/she is perceived by an audience, understands the communication objectives, the message itself, and the most appropriate media and format to be used.
Leadership and teamwork skills
The expert facilitates the interaction in the team, with and among the stakeholders. Leadership, i.e. the motivation and channelling of the focus of individuals towards shared objectives, is important. The expert works well in teams, mediates and resolves conflicts. The expert teaches others using appropriate techniques to facilitate the understanding of his work.
Tools and technology
The expert uses and masters a variety of hardware devices and software applications to support communication and collaboration, create and maintain artefacts, model and visualise concepts, track issues, and increase the personal and overall productivity. When presenting, he/she masters the presentation technology (beamers, adaptors, pointers, ...).
Below, you find our current list. It is continually updated.
1 Bloom, B. S. (1956). Taxonomy of educational objectives. Vol. 1: Cognitive domain. New York: McKay, 20(24), 1.