The following table lists the steps you typically go through to apply for certification:

Step Description Link or Material
1. Determine what type of certification you wish to apply for.
You may enter at the ASEP, CSEP, or ESEP level,
You can transition from an existing ASEP certification to a CSEP or an existing CSEP certification to an ESEP.
See Which is Right for Me?
for additional guidance.
2. Complete the certification application form. Form 1A for ASEP;
Form 1 for CSEP; or
Form 41 for ESEP

PDF Sample Application
3. Submit your completed application and payment online by logging into you Profile Home where a link can be found in the Certification section. Once you have submitted your application, you will be able to submit your online payment and send notifications to your references, if required for your certification. You will have one year to complete the process. If you have already submitted your form, you can call the INCOSE office to make payment. How Much Does it Cost?
4. If CSEP or ESEP, you will be able to send your designated references an e-mail notification and link for them to upload their completed reference directly into your certification record. If you did not submit your application online in your Profile, you will need to contact your references and request they submit forms to . Form 4B for CSEP or
Form 43 for ESEP
5. For ASEP or CSEP wait for INCOSE acknowledgement and instructions to take the exam
If you're currently ASEP certified, the knowledge exam is not required.
For ESEP, wait for INCOSE acknowledgement and instructions to support the oral interview.
6. For ASEP or CSEP prepare for the exam.
For ASEP and CSEP:
INCOSE SE Handbook
7. For ASEP and CSEP, schedule and take the appropriate exam(s) at a convenient Prometric test facility. The exam fee is paid directly to Prometric. Note that no materials can be brought with you to the test station. You will be notified of your test status (pass/fail) immediately upon completion of the exam.
8. For ASEP or CSEP, if necessary, retake the appropriate exam(s) at a Prometric test facility. The re-exam fee is paid directly to Prometric. Note that you are allowed at most two re-examinations over the one year application period.  
9. INCOSE will send you your certification credentials if the above steps are successfully completed within one year of application submittal.  
10. If not approved, consider appealing the INCOSE decision. Appeal Form 11
11. Leverage your certification for the benefit of yourself, your organization, and the systems engineering community. Begin your professional development for renewal. Renewal Information
Certification Resources

REMEMBER, you only have one (1) year to complete all the steps, starting from the date you submit your payment.

The certification examination is administered by an independent test organization. Information on how to schedule an examination is sent to an applicant after the application package and payment have been received by the INCOSE Certification Program Office.

You will have the opportunity to take the exam at any one of the designated Prometric locations in nearly 100 countries. You will make an appointment to take the exam at a time convenient to you. There are no prescheduled group examinations at events such as the International Symposium or International Workshop. To see if a testing center near you has already been already been authorized to administer the CSEP exam, visit: To request that a new testing site be activated, please contact the Certification Office.

The ASEP/CSEP examination is two hours long. It consists of 120 multiple-choice questions. Typically, each question will have about five possible answers of which multiple choices are correct. All correct answers to a question must be selected to receive credit for a successful response; no credit is given for a partially correct answer to a question.

Note that the application fee is non-refundable, even if you do not pass the examination. Even if you pass the examination, you are not certified by INCOSE until you complete the entire application process.

Candidates from Germany, Korea and China will be allowed to take the “old” exam or the “new” exam in 2016.  This is due to alternate handbook distribution schedules in these countries.  

Please submit written request to if you qualify and wish to take the v3.2 exam.