Certification course -
IBCS® Certified Consultant

Implementing the SUCCESS formula of the IBCS® Standards in an organization is just as interesting as it is challenging. This course is geared towards consultants and employees with many years’ experience in controlling or Business Intelligence projects.


After attending the course, participants will be able to implement the SUCCESS formula of the IBCS® Standards on client projects or in their own organizations.


Participants of the IBCS® certification course meet the following prerequisites:

Introductory training: Participation in the introductory one-day training “IBCS® with SUCCESS”.

IBCS® Standards: Proving in-depth knowledge of the IBCS® Standards by passing an online assessment. You are best prepared for the assessment after attending the “IBCS® Workshop”.

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Attendance fee

The attendance fee for the three-day certification course including examination, coordination of work samples, certificate, personal profile page on ibcs.com, and announcement on our website and in the IBCS® newsletter is EUR 3,200 per person, plus VAT.

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Dr. Rolf Hichert, Prof. a.D.

Managing Partner at HICHERT+FAISST IBCS© Institute and President of the IBCS Association

Dr. Jürgen Faisst

Managing Partner at HICHERT+FAISST IBCS Institute and Managing Director of the IBCS Association


Day 1

08:30 Reception and distribution of materials

09:00 Welcome

Participants, program, and organization

09:30 IBCS® with SUCCESS

  • Conceptual rules
  • Perceptual rules
  • Semantic rules


  • Rules for conveying a message and organizing content
  • The Pyramid Principle

13:30 Group exercise on conceptual design

  • Build a storyline for a presentation by applying the Pyramid Principle
  • Presentation and discussion of results


  • Rules for choosing the proper visualization: Does and don’ts
  • How to avoid clutter

18:00 Evening program

Sightseeing and get-together

Day 2

09:00 Welcome

Summary of Day 1


  • A systematic approach for increasing information density
  • Scaling rules for ensuring visual integrity

11:00 UNIFY and IBCS® notation manual

  • Benefits of applying notation standards
  • Topics for a standardized notation
  • Corporate guidelines

13:30 Group exercise on visualization

  • Design charts for the presentation of a given storyline
  • Presentation and discussion of results

16:00 Enablement

  • Notation concept
  • Management sponsorship
  • Software support

Evening home exercise

Task assignment and individual preparation of a brief presentation for Day 3

Day 3

09:00 Presentations of results

  • Short presentations of the homework results
  • Discussion in a plenary session

13:30 Open topics

Discussion of topics for future versions of IBCS®

14:45 Exam

Certification test with 10 open text questions about IBCS®

15:45 Conclusion

Feedback and next steps


End of course


On all days there is lunch together at 12:30. Snacks and refreshments are served in coffee breaks at around 10:30 in the morning and 15:00 in the afternoon. After the course you are invited for an Apéro – a kind of small reception, at which snacks and refreshments are served.