Usability is becoming increasingly critical to online success, but most designers or developers have no formal training in it. HFI's Certified Usability Analyst (CUA) program validates a usability practitioner's expertise in user-centered design.
Usability professionals speak out
Training, Certification, and Career Outcomes – (pdf file)
There are currently 4386 HFI-Certified Usability Analysts.
HFI-Certified Usability Analysts have a clear understanding of research-based principles of designing interfaces from the perspective of the end user. They perform data gathering, task analysis, and usability testing. They pinpoint the usability problems and offer design solutions. The usability analyst brings the critical success factor to bear throughout the development life cycle. That is, designing for the user.
HFI-Certified Usability Analysts pass an examination demonstrating their mastery of the fundamental principles of user-centered design. The following HFI courses provide a solid foundation in this knowledge. You can take the certification exam without having to take these courses.
Course 1. User-Centered Analysis and Conceptual Design
User-centered analysis is the basis for designing software interfaces that are intuitive and easy to use. In this course, you'll learn the methods of analyzing user requirements.
Course 2. Practical Usability Testing
A critical component of creating a user-centered application is progressive testing. This course provides practical techniques to help you move the design into accordance with the user's needs, limitations, mental models and cognitive styles.
Course 3. The Science and Art of Effective Web and Application Design
This course draws on the most up-to-date usability research and on the principles of successful visual design. You will learn how to create winning Web sites that balance user performance and visual appeal.
Course 4. Putting Research into Practice
This course provides participants a fast-paced review of recent usability research with a distinct "How can I use this?" focus.
Several times a year, HFI will offer a two and a half hour online exam.
In India we offer a proctored exam for those wishing to be certified. For information on examinations in India, please contact email@example.com.
Register for exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, HFI-Certified Usability Analysts receive an authenticated certification diploma. If you do not pass the exam, you can retake it within six months at no cost. For pricing of the courses and the examination, please see below.
Our policy is "Once a CUA, always a CUA." However, HFI-Certified Usability Analysts can stay up-to-date on the latest Web design research by attending the Putting Research into Practice course each year.
Future options may include affiliation of the program with a university so students would receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for taking the four courses.
Courses range from $1,345 to $1,645 each.
There is a $175 fee to take the two and a half hour online examination once all classes are completed. If you wish to take the exam without taking the HFI courses, the fee is $750.
If you prepay for the complete certification track in advance (four courses plus the examination) the cost is $5,320. This track must be completed within a two-year period. This certification track fee is non-refundable, but course seats may be transferred to another person. Contact Judy or Karen at 1-800-242-4480 or by email if you would like to be on this track. For information about onsite pricing, please call 1-800-242-4480.