The Altshuller Institute

for TRIZ Studies

Associate Certification

• Annual or Lifetime Member of AI
Recommendations for passing the test
• Applicant should have a good theoretical knowledge of all Examination Topics listed below.
• Having some experience in practical application of TRIZ methods will be advantageous.
Admission to the test:
• Applicant should have a current picture ID and have preregistered to take the test
Examination Topics
I. Function Analysis
• Definition of function
• Function types: main, auxiliary
• Useful, harmful, adequate, inadequate (insufficient, excessive) functions
• Concept of ideality
• Ideal engineering system
• Trimming
‒ Concept of trimming
‒ Rules of trimming (ideal ways, ideality tactics)
II. Problem Modeling and Problem Solving
1. Modeling problems as engineering contradictions (technical contradictions, system conflicts)
• Definition of an engineering contradiction
• Typical engineering contradictions
• 39 typical parameters
• Altshuller’s (Contradiction) Matrix
• 40 Inventive Principles
2. Modeling problems as physical contradictions
• Definition of a physical contradiction
• Methods of resolving physical contradictions
III. Laws (Trends/Patterns) of Engineering System Evolution
• Law of Increasing Ideality
• Law of Non-Uniform System Development
• Law of Transition to Supersystems
• Law of Increasing Dynamization
• Law of Transition to Microlevels
• Law of System Completeness
• Law of Increasing Coordination (Harmonization)
• Law of Shortening of Flow Paths
• S-curve Evolution
Open-book, multiple-choice
No computers allowed – any TRIZ book or training material is allowed.
A test contains 6-8 problems divided into 3 groups:
– Function analysis
– Resolving conflicts/contradictions
– Laws (trends/patterns) of evolution.
Passing final grade – 75%. All tests will be graded by members of the TRIZ Certification Board. All grades will then be averaged to obtain the final grade.
Test Administration
Test will be administered at a designated location and dates as published on the AI website as required. Test will be proctored by a member of or by a person assigned by the Certification Board. Duration of test is up to 4 hours. Test Results Test results will be available within fourteen business days (excluding holidays) after the test date. Grade attained will be sent to each participant. Those who pass will also be sent a certificate.
Application and Fee
Please register for the Associate Test using the application form. The fee for annual AI members is $150 USD. If you are not an annual member, you make pay $200 for membership and exam fee. ($45 discount)
If you fail the exam and wish to retake it, a new exam fee will be required.
See Application for Associate attached below.
Click here to pay the exam fee.
Associate Certification Sample Questions
Recommended References
Altshuller, G.S. (1988). Creativity as an Exact Science, New York: Gordon and Breach.
Altshuller, G.S. (1999). The Innovation Algorithm, Worcester, MA: Technical Innovation Center.
Fey, V., Rivin, E. (2005). Innovation on Demand: A New Product Development Using TRIZ, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Mann, D. (2002). Hands-on Systematic Innovation, CREAX Press.
Rantanen, K., Domb, E. (2002). Simplified TRIZ: New Problem-Solving Applications for Engineers and Manufacturing Professionals, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Terninko, J. Zusman, A., Zlotin, B. (1998). Systematic Innovation: An Introduction to TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving), Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Royzen, Z. (2008). Designing and Manufacturing Better Products Faster Using TRIZ, TRIZ Consulting, Inc., Seattle.
Salamatov, Y. (1999). TRIZ: The Right Solution at the Right Time: A Guide to Innovative Problem Solving,
Insytec B.V., The Netherlands, 1999.
Altshuller, G., Zlotin, B., Zusman, A., Philatov, V. (1999) Tools of Classical TRIZ , Ideation International Inc.
Altshuller, G.S. (1995). And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared, Worcester, MA: Technical Innovation Center

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  • Philippines

    I have a quick question. I'm currently a university student in the Philippines and at the moment I don't have money to travel abroad but I, along with a few friends, would really like to take the Associate Certification this year. Would it be possible to "be there and not be there" by taking a live online exam? :)

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  • India

    Great day Hi,

    Iam an engineering professional working in india i wish to appear for the Associate Certification next year 2016. i would like to understand the possibilty of having this exam online. Secondly are there any approved coaching center exist in india where i can get familar about the concepts.:) before i appear for this exam.

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