Systems Engineering Certification

Demonstrating knowledge and experience in the practice of Systems Engineering

Certification Agreements

University & Organizational Agreements 

INCOSE continues to expand the reach and influence of its certification program through the establishment of agreements with key strategic partners. These relationships may allow candidates to save money, to get credit for requirements for certification, or to get equivalency to INCOSE Certification.  If your organization wants to investigate establishing an agreement related to INCOSE certification, please contact the INCOSE Certification Program Office. 
INCOSE agreements are suited for a variety of organizations. Corporate agreements offer a reduction in fees and references when an employer commits to submit high-quality application packages. There is no cost to set up a corporate agreement. 
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University agreements are also called Academic Equivalencies. They are the result of INCOSE’s determination that a university’s coursework may serve as an alternative to the INCOSE knowledge exam. There is no cost to set up a university agreement, although membership in the Corporate Advisory Board (or local chapter equivalent, plus fee) is required. 

INCOSE also has agreements with other certification programs and with individual INCOSE chapters. In all cases, the goal is to reduce duplication of effort by INCOSE certification candidates and assessors. 

Corporate Agreements

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What are they?

INCOSE’s Certification Program partners with corporations to help well-qualified employees submit for INCOSE Certification. These agreements offer financial discounts for bulk payments and also reduction in the number of references required for some CSEP candidates. There is no cost to having an agreement, just benefits for organizations that submit high-quality applications.  

Who has them?

INCOSE has recognized companies from around the globe. These companies have signed agreements with INCOSE to ensure well-qualified employees apply for INCOSE Certification.

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How do I get one?

A corporation should reach out to INCOSE at to discuss whether its internal screening of applications make it a good fit for setting up a Memorandum of Agreement for this streamlined process.  

Academic Equivalency Programs

What are they?

An academic equivalency is an arrangement between INCOSE and a university that enables students to prove their knowledge of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook without taking the INCOSE knowledge exam. 

Academic Equivalency Overview

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Current Equivalency Programs

INCOSE has recognized more than 12 university programs. These universities have approved Academic Equivalency Programs for their coursework. Students who score well enough in the required courses, taken during the effective dates of the equivalency, may bypass the INCOSE knowledge exam when applying for ASEP or CSEP certification. Interested individuals should contact the universities directly to learn which courses are required and what minimum score in each course is required.  



Course Location(s) 

Effective Dates 

Point of Contact 



Online and in-person 
Fort Collins, CO, USA 

August 2020 – Present 


Online and in-person 
Ithaca, NY, USA 

June 2018 - Present 


Online and in-person 
Philadelphia, PA, USA 

Fall 2019 - Present 


Online and in-person 

Rolla, MO, USA 

August 2018 - Present 


Online and in-person 

Monterey, CA, USA 

January 2020 - Present 


 Online and in-person  
Huntsville, AL, USA 

 January 2021 - Present 



Detroit, MI, USA 

January 2019 - Present 


 Online and in-person 
Ann Arbor, MI, USA 

 February 2020 - Present 


Online and in-person 

Canberra, ACT, Australia 

January 2019 - Present 



Online and in-person 

Worcester, MA, USA 

June 2019 - Present 


How do I get one?

Universities interested in getting their programs recognized for future graduates should follow the steps listed and linked to this web page. Students in these programs will be able to bypass the knowledge exam on their path to becoming an Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) or Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP). 

Administrative Requirements

  • Organization is a paying member of the INCOSE Academic Council or local INCOSE chapter equivalent.
  • INCOSE SE Handbook is required material in course
  • Program has a current INCOSE CSEP or ESEP affiliated 
  • Students get high marks (definition varies by program) in all required courses 
  • Applies to students who start the required courses after the equivalency is granted to those courses 

Technical Requirements

  • University documents their verification methods for student success against the INCOSE knowledge exam learning objectives 
  • Submit the completed learning objectives spreadsheet to 
  • Submit additional supporting information as requested by the Certification Advisory Group 
    • May include course test questions, scoring rubrics, and course syllabi 

Related Certifications



  • Individuals with either OMG or INCOSE certification are eligible for a discount on fees with the other certification. 

  • POC: Terrance Milligan 



Country-Specific Programs 

Germany (GfSE) 

Individuals certified as SEZert Level C or Level B may be recognized as INCOSE ASEP or INCOSE CSEP, respectively. 

POC: Sven-Olaf Schulze 


Individuals in the UK who are interested in INCOSE certification may apply through the INCOSE UK chapter. 

POC: Lynn Davis 


Australia (SESA) 

Individuals in Australia who are chartered engineers have a streamlined path to become INCOSE CSEPs. 


USA (DoD Engineering / DAU) 

Individuals certified at DAU Engineering Level II or Level III may be recognized as INCOSE ASEP or CSEP through a streamlined process. Applicants with Engineering Level III should complete Form 1B to apply for CSEP. 

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