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How Do I Apply for Certification?
 

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 or you can transition from an existing certification to either CSEP or ESEP. 

See Which Certification Level is Right for Me? for additional guidance.

2

Complete the certification application form.

ASEP/CSEP Application Form
MS Word
ASEP/CSEP Application Instructions

Adobe PDF

ESEP Application Form
MS Word

ESEP Application Instructions
Adobe PDF

Sample Application
Adobe PDF

3

Pay the application fee - You will have one year to complete the process upon receipt of payment.

How much does certification cost?
Secure Online Payment Form

4

Email or mail the signed form and copy of transcript/diploma.

Contact: sep-application@incose.org Certification Program Office INCOSE
7670 Opportunity Rd #220
San Diego CA 92111

5

If CSEP or ESEP contact your references and request they submit forms to sep-reference@incose.org .

CSEP Instructions to References
MS Word
CSEP Reference Comments

MS Word

ESEP Instructions to References
MS Word
ESEP Reference Comments
PDF

6

For ASEP or CSEP wait for INCOSE acknowledgement and instructions to take the exam

For ESEP, wait for INCOSE acknowledgement and instructions to support the oral interview.

7

For ASEP or CSEP prepare for the exam.

NOTE: Verion 4 of the Systems Engineering Handbook will be the basix of the exam starting on 1 May 2015.  Until then, version 3.2.1 or 3.2.2 of the handbook should be used to prepare for the INCOSE CSEP/ASEP exam.

For ASEP and CSEP:
INCOSE SE Handbook

 

8

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.

www.prometric.com

9

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.

10

INCOSE will mail you your certification credentials if the above steps are successfully completed within one year of application submittal.

11

If not approved, consider appealing the INCOSE decision.

To appeal for reconsideration

12

Leverage your certification for the benefit of yourself, your organization, and the systems engineering community. Begin your professional development for renewal.

Renewal Information

 

Resources for SEPs

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: www.prometric.com. 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.

On May 1, 2015, the INCOSE Certification knowledge exam will transition to being based on Systems Engineering Handbook Version 4 (SEHBv4).  Until then, INCOSE System Engineering Handbook v3.2.2 should continue to be used to prepare for the certification exam for CSEP and ASEP. This delay from SEHBv4 release until exam updates allows applicants who have already began studying to continue using currently published materials.  It also gives individuals and training providers adequate time after SEHBv4 release to prepare for the examination based on the new material.

 
 
 
 
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