The system for training users and specialists on the Theory of inventive problem solving includes five levels approved by the International TRIZ Association (MATRIZ). The subdivision into levels is intended to stimulate professional growth of persons working in the field of TRIZ application as well as to create best conditions for accurate positioning of specialists in the eyes of potential clients ordering services involving TRIZ application.
The levels are divided into two categories – users (levels 1-3, attestation) and specialists (levels 4-5, certification).
The first three levels reflect the degree of TRIZ knowledge. Levels four and five reflect, primarily, the effectiveness of the candidate’s activities in the field of TRIZ.
Persons, who have taken a TRIZ course in the volume specified for level 1, possess knowledge of basic TRIZ notions and obtain understanding of TRIZ place in the system of innovations, in compliance with TRIZ certification standards.
Besides, persons, who have taken a TRIZ course in the volume specified for level 2, obtain skills of using main TRIZ tools in compliance with TRIZ certification standards.
Persons, who have taken a TRIZ course in the volume specified for level 3 and correspond with level 2 requirements, become able to use obtained knowledge for solving practical problems in their main sphere of activity in compliance with TRIZ certification standards.
Persons, who are qualified as level 4 specialists, have defended a level 4 thesis and are able to use TRIZ in the areas, which are not related to their main sphere of activity (including fulfillment of orders from an individual or corporate client) involving TRIZ application; they are acquainted with developments in the field of TRIZ, which are beyond the boundaries of TRIZ knowledge required for level 3 specialists and can apply this knowledge in practice; they are capable of teach TRIZ in the volume specified by МАTRIZ.
Persons, who are qualified as level 5 specialists, have defended a level 5 thesis and are able to independently state problems and solve them using TRIZ; they are engaged in theoretical and practical developments in the area of TRIZ, development of TRIZ as a scientific theory, including development of methodological foundations of TRIZ, tools for the analysis of problems and synthesis of inventive problem solutions, etc.; they broaden practical TRIZ application.
Attestation for Levels 1-3 is preceded by a classroom instructions or instructions by correspondence and is based on results of term and course papers, completed during the training process and defended according to the specified procedure. If the candidates for the 2 or 3 level certificates do not have the previous level, then the attestation must include checking for knowledge and skills relevant to all the previous levels.
Authorized representatives of МАTRIZ CEM responsible for the attestation (hereinafter referred to as “authorized representatives”) deal with local issues related to the Levels 1-3 certification. Their decision is approved by MATRIZ CEM.
The process of certification is regulated by “Provisions for TRIZ certification for Level 4” and “Provisions for TRIZ certification for the highest level (TRIZ Master)”.
Only a person having a Level 3 TRIZ certificate has the right to request Level 4 certification. Only a person having a Level 4 TRIZ certificate has the right to request Level 5 certification.
Certification for Levels 4 and 5 should be based on the results demonstrated by an applicant when accomplishing independent tasks, taking part in conferences and competitions, preparation of publications, manuals and inventions, rendering consulting and other services. Publications could be devoted both to descriptions of solved problems and to theoretical and methodological issues. Materials published in TRIZ Journal, in MATRIZ certification bulletin, in magazines and other published sources marked “Recommended by МАTRIZ”, as well as on the МАTRIZ web site, could also be considered as publications (in addition to generally accepted list of editions). Decision regarding certification is made based on the quality of dissertation thesis. The total set of works of an applicant in the field of TRIZ could be regarded as a dissertation thesis. The dissertation thesis is reviewed and recommended for the defense by the CEM.
A decision on issuing a Level 4 MATRIZ certificate is made by the CEM and enters into force after it is approved by МАTRIZ President. Every six months the Chairperson of the CEM should submit to MATRIZ Presidium the information on new Level 4 specialists. This information is also published in the Bulletin on attestation and certification.
For the level 5 certification, the Chairperson of the CEM submits a list of Dissertation Council Members to be approved by MATRIZ Presidium, no less than 7 and no more than 12 persons. The decision on qualifying an applicant as level 5 specialist is taken by MATRIZ Dissertation Council. The order of its work is specified in “Provisions for TRIZ certification for the highest level (TRIZ Master)”.
A decision on qualifying an applicant as Level 4-5 specialist based on a summary of experience is proposed by the CEM or by the Dissertation Council, is made by MATRIZ Presidium and enters into force after it is approved by MATRIZ President.