The Altshuller Institute

for TRIZ Studies


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Prerequisites for taking Practititoner Exam

  1. Annual or Lifetime Member of AI
  2. Must have Associate Certification from AI

Recommendations for passing the test

  • Applicants should have a sufficient command of science and mathematics.
  • Applicants should have good theoretical knowledge of all Examination Topics listed below.
  • Having practical application of TRIZ methods will be advantageous.


Candidate should provide the following documents with the application:

  1. Copies of any documents showing attendance at TRIZ training
  2. Copies of any TRIZ related papers or projects
  3. Copy of Associate TRIZ certificate from AI or equivalent certification from MATRIZ
  4. Any letters of recommendation

Examination Topics


Function Analysis

  • Definition of function
  • Function types: main, auxiliary
  • Useful, harmful, adequate, inadequate (insufficient, excessive) functions
  • Concept of ideality
  • Ideal engineering system


  • Concept of trimming
  • Rules of trimming (ideal ways, ideality tactics)


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

3.   Modeling problems as substance-field (S-F) models

  • Concept of a S-F model
  • Types of S-F models:
    – Incomplete
    – Complete
    – Chain
    – Double
    – Complex
  • S-F analysis and the System of Standard Inventive Solutions
  • 5 classes of the System of Standard Inventive Solutions

4.      Function modeling of problems

5. ARIZ (ARIZ-85-C and later versions).


  • 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
  • Law of S-curve Evolution

Test Structure and Grading

  • Open-book.
  • A test contains 10 problems divided into 5 groups:
    – Function analysis
    – Resolving conflicts/contradictions
    – Sufield analysis
    – ARIZ
    – Laws/lines of evolution.
  • If a candidate demonstrates a faultless TRIZ analysis (i.e., correctly applied TRIZ concepts, rules, and algorithms), but could not come up with a specific concept of solution for that problem, his/her work is graded 90%.
  • Passing final grade – 75%. All tests will be graded by 5 members of the TRIZ Certification Board. All grades will then be averaged to obtain the final grade.

Practitioner Certification Test Sample Questions

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Test Administration

  • Four times a year, at a designated location and dates as published on the AI website.
  • Administered by a member of or by a person assigned by the Certification Board.
  • Duration – up to 8 hours.

Test Results

  • Test results will be available within fourteen business days (excluding holidays) after the test date.


  • $400 USD. If you fail the exam and wish to retake the exam, a new fee will be required.

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.
  • 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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