A4Q Design Thinking Foundation Level

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A4Q Design Thinking Foundation Level

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The A4Q Design Thinking Foundation certification attests to an individual’s knowledge and understanding of this collaborative, innovation-seeking approach to problem solving and solutions development.

Holders of the certificate can apply the core principles of design thinking and use design thinking approaches to identify, and evaluate, creative and practical outcomes to real-life problems and business challenges.

The certification is supported by accredited training. The accredited training course will help participants to develop their design thinker’s toolkit and show how to use empathy and experimentation to achieve human centred innovative solutions. The course will help participants to use and align tools (e.g. visualisation, rapid prototyping and customer co-creation) with design thinking processes.

The course is heavily focussed on developing the design thinking mindset and expertise in the use of design thinking methods so that participants will be ready to effectively apply learning back in the workplace.

How do I obtain this certification?

To be certified you must pass the Design Thinking Foundation Level exam. We strongly recommend that you attend a training course with an accredited training provider to gain maximum benefit and to support skills development. Test your knowledge without obligation and free of charge before taking the exam and download our mock-exam including answers.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no specific entry requirements to be eligible for this certification or to attend an A4Q accredited design thinking course.

How does this certification benefit me?

You will be able to explain the design thinking approach to solving problems.You will be able to apply design thinking approaches and tools to a variety of challenges and problems.You will be able to participate positively in collaborative ideation and evaluation.

Who is this certification for?

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to understand the theory of Design Thinking and how to apply this human-centred approach to achieve real business value. This includes:

Product OwnersScrum MastersProduct ManagersSoftware Engineers UX DesignersDesignersAnyone involved in coaching or training teams seeking to implement design thinkingManagers seeking to understand how design thinking can add value in their organisationBusiness Analysts working with design thinking teams

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Alliance for Qualification
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Minimum score
65 %
Examination Time
60 min
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A4Q Design Thinking Syllabus EN

A4Q Design Thinking Foundation Syllabus V0.6.5 - ENGLISH

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