Certified Innovation Engineer developed by Certificore for innovation professionals who wants to certify their skills. 

Target Group/Audience 

This qualification is the advanced of the innovation certification scheme is aimed at anyone working within an organization (internally or externally) who may require to have and demonstrate a solid knowledge and understanding of the innovation and its application. The certification can also cater for candidates seeking personal certification, also in regards to their knowledge and understanding of the requirements and the content of the standard. 

This qualification will provide the advanced level of knowledge to its holders and will certify that they have a solid understanding of the standard and its content.Note that this qualification provides the advanced level of knowledge for: 

  1. Innovation Teams
  2. Product Research and Development Teams
  3. Continual Improvement Teams 

Learning Objectives 

Candidates will be introduced to the principles and core elements of the innovation, and more specifically: 

  1. Innovation Essential Terms 
  2. Innovation Process Steps
  3. Innovation Models & Methods
  4. Idea Management
  5. Creativity Tools
  6. New Product Development and Market Research
  7. Assessment of Innovation
  8. Innovation Measurement
  9. Innovation Excellence


CIE Certification Exam is designed to validate a candidate’s knowledge of the contents and requirements of the innovation and will allow for further development along the innovation certification path. The CIEexam focuses on the following two (2) categories in the cognitive domain of Bloom’s taxonomy: 
 Knowledge

 Comprehension 

Entry Criteria/Training Requirements 

No specific entry criteria exist for candidates of the CIE examination. However, it is strongly recommended that candidates have at least a basic knowledge of innovation concepts and terminology and have undergone some formal training on the subject with a proposed duration of 16 hours. A detailed breakdown of these training hours, per topic area is provided in the syllabus section. 

Assessment Approach 

The assessment approach used for the CIE certification focuses on the two basic categories of Knowledge and Comprehension. Knowledge is defined as recalling previously learned material, from facts to theories and represents the lowest level of learning outcomes in the cognitive domain. Such learning outcomes are turned in assessment objectives that include knowing and recalling such as: 

 Common and/or basic terms, definitions, concepts and principles of innovation 

 Specific innovation requirements and facts

 Innovation methods and tools 

Delivery Paper based
Type 40 Multiple choice questions Single answer, one of four possible answers Each question is awarded one (1) mark 
Duration 1 hour (60 minutes) 
For non-native speakers or candidates with a disability, an additional 15 minutes of extra time is allowed. 
Pass Mark 65% (26/40) 
Invigilator / Proctor Yes . Physical or Web proctoring 
Open Book Yes 
Prerequisites None 
Certification validity N/A 

Comprehension is the lowest level of understanding and entails the ability to grasp the meaning of the material taught, including some sort of interpretation, translation or estimation during the process. Such learning outcomes and in turn assessment objectives go beyond simply recalling information and may include: 

 Understanding facts, concepts and principles

 Interpreting material (i.e. charts, graphs, text)

 Justifying a Process, procedure and assessment method 

The assessment incorporates the above learning outcomes as it uses assessment objectives that cater for the above cognitive domain categories. 

Examination Format 

The tests are derived from a regularly updated question test bank (QTB) based on the test specification detailed below. Questions are used interchangeably among test sets. The overall difficulty level of each test is the same with any other test. A candidate is never assigned the same test in the case of multiple examination attempts. 

Detailed Syllabus 

The syllabus contains references to the innovation domain and is structured into sections relating to major subject headings and numbered with a single digit section number. 

The recommended training hours, per Syllabus Category are also provided in this table. 

At the end of the training session, allow 30 minutes for the candidates to familiarize themselves with the exam process and the sample questions. 

An additional hour could be provided for the sample test and/or answering the sample test for better preparation of the exam. 

Syllabus details for CIE Certification and Training : 

CIE 1.1  Introduction,
Terms and Definitions
CIE-1.1.1Innovation Essential Terms
 CIE-1.1.2 Innovation Process Steps
CIE-1.2 Innovation Models & MethodsCIE-1.2.1 Process Innovation
 CIE-1.2.2 Functional Innovation
 CIE-1.2.3Design Innovation
 CIE-1.2.4Product Innovation
 CIE-1.2.5Service Innovation
 CIE-1.2.6Business Model Innovation
 CIE-1.2.7Co-Creation Innovation
 CIE-1.2.8Open Innovation
 CIE-1.2.9Systematic Innovation
 CIE-1.2.13Social Innovation
 CIE-1.2.14Nonprofit Innovation
 CIE-1.2.14Cross-Industry Cooperation
 CIE-1.2.16Innovation Benchmarking
 CIE-1.2.17Applying Agile Principles to Innovation
 CIE-1.2.18Applying Lean Principles to Innovation
CIE-1.3 Idea ManagementCIE-1.3.1 Idea Sources and Idea Generation Methods
 CIE-1.3.2 Idea Creation Culture and Motivators
 CIE-1.3.3 Idea Evaluation Methods
 CIE-1.3.4 Suggestion Systems and Idea Management Platforms
CIE-1.4 Establishment of Creative Workers and Creative Corporation & Creativity ToolsCIE-1.4.1 Corporate Creativity and Methods
 CIE-1.4.2 Quickscore Test  
 CIE-1.4.3 Kano Analysis
 CIE-1.4.4 Nominal Group Technique
 CIE-1.4.5 Synectics
 CIE-1.4.7Six Thinking Hats
 CIE-1.4.8Design Thinking
 CIE-1.4.10Breakdown Tree Diagram
 CIE-1.4.11Morphological Analysis
 CIE-1.4.12Lotus Blossom
 CIE-1.4.13TRIZ Analysis
 CIE-1.4.15Mind Mapping
 CIE-1.4.16Affinity Diagram
 CIE-1.4.17Force Field Analysis Diagram
CIE-1.5 Innovation ExcellenceCIE-1.5.1  Innovation Strategy Development
 CIE-1.5.2Innovation Portfolio
 CIE-1.5.3Prioritization and Focus
 CIE-1.5.4Building Innovation Roadmap
 CIE-1.5.5Growing and Sustaining Innovation
 CIE-1.5.6Innovation Roles in an Assosciation
 CIE-1.5.7Innovation Drivers
 CIE-1.5.8Innovation Barriers and Innovation Killers
 CIE-1.5.9Innovation Culture
CIE-1.6 Assessment of Innovation : Structure, People, Internal and External Environment, StakeholdersCIE-1.6.1 How to assess Your Innovation Maturity
 CIE-1.6.2 Innovation Maturity Model
 CIE-1.6.3Innovation Measurement and Performance Metrics
 CIE-1.6.4Innovation Strategy Measurement
 CIE-1.6.5Innovation Process Measurement
 CIE-1.6.6Innovation Input-Output Measurement
 CIE-1.6.7Innovation Learning Measurement

Test Specification
The examination will consist of six (6) sections with the following structure: 

CIE-1.1 Introduction, Terms and Definitions 5.0% 
CIE-1.2 Innovation Models & Methods20.0% 
CIE-1.3 Idea Management20.0% 
CIE-1.4 Establishment of Creative Workers and Creative Corporation & Creativity Tools20.0% 
CIE-1.5 Innovation Excellence20.0% 
6CIE-1.6 Assessment of Innovation 15.0%
 TOTAL100 %

Recommended Reading for Certification Exam Preperation

  1. Global Innovation Science Handbook 1st Edition by Praveen Gupta (Editor), Brett E. Trusko (Editor)
  2. HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Innovation (with featured article “The Discipline of Innovation,” by Peter F. Drucker) Paperback – March 12, 2013 by Harvard Business Review (Author), Peter F. Drucker (Author), Clayton M. Christensen (Author), & 1 more
  3. Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive Age Hardcover – May 23, 2017 by Greg Satell (Author)
  4. Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era: Lessons from Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft Paperback – May 19, 2017 by Matthew C. Le Merle (Author), Alison Davis (Author)
  5. The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth Hardcover – November 19, 2013 by Clayton M. Christensen (Author), Michael E. Raynor (Author)
  6. Beyond the Idea: How to Execute Innovation in Any Organization Hardcover – September 24, 2013 by Vijay Govindarajan (Author), Chris Trimble (Author)
  7. The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm Hardcover – January 16, 2001by Tom Kelley (Author), Jonathan Littman (Author), Tom Peters (Foreword)
  8. Rework Hardcover – March 9, 2010 by Jason Fried (Author), David Heinemeier Hansson (Author)
  9. Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs Paperback – April 15, 2013 by Larry Keeley (Author), Helen Walters (Author), Ryan Pikkel (Author), & 1 more
  10. Innovation Tools: The most successful techniques to innovate cheaply and effectively Paperback – June 16, 2016 by Evan Shellshear (Author)
  11. The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm Hardcover – January 16, 2001by Tom Kelley (Author), Jonathan Littman (Author), Tom Peters (Foreword)
  12. The Innovation Killer: How What We Know Limits What We Can Imagine — and What Smart Companies Are Doing About It – July 17, 2006 by Cynthia Barton Rabe (Author)

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