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PDP Operational Status

The PDP has reached it's Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with the following capabilities:  competency self-assessment, browsing & searching the content catalog, and storing learning resources on your "bookshelf."

No learning resources are published in the PDP.  The PDP is a knowledge broker and makes learning resources available through the PDP.

NEW PDP PAGES 24 November 2022:  The 4 PDP main pages are the Home, Competency Self-Assessment, Browse the Content Catalog, and My Bookshelf pages.  Over the next year, we will be adding PDP Supporting pages where the PDP supports the other areas or the other areas support Professional Development.  Under the "Supporting Pages" link in the top blue bar is a drop-down menu with 2 new supporting pages:  PDP & Certification and PDP & Learning Development Plans.  Learning Development Plan information will be added after IW 23, but the page has now the Professional Development Completion Report you can download and send to your manager.  Please check out both pages.


23 November 2022:  Some users have reported not seeing some capabilities (e.g., "Add to Bookshelf" button, the Feedback button, and the Notes button) even while logged in.  The reason not everything is seen because the PDP doesn't think you are logged in. The recommendation if you cannot see everything, log out of the website, and then log back in.


Welcome to INCOSE’s Professional Development Portal (PDP).  The PDP is a comprehensive solution for Systems Engineers and other professionals who want to enhance their systems engineering knowledge and skills.  Everyone will be able to use it, but INCOSE members will have access to features that non-members don’t, including online courses, textbooks, articles, and videos.

PDP DISCLAIMER:  “The presence of learning resources on the Professional Development Portal (PDP) does not represent INCOSE’s endorsement, nor does the absence of any learning resources known to the user imply they are not endorsed by INCOSE.”

The preferred browsers for the PDP are Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

The main PDP features currently available provide the ability to:

  • Conduct a competency self-assessment based on INCOSE’s System Engineering Competency Framework (ISECF) to help the user determine which learning resources to browse and search for.  Click the PDP Competency Self-Assessment page.
  • Browse and search the PDP Content Catalog to find needed learning resources.  Content will be added regularly.  However, about 700 learning resources are currently available, which includes INCOSE products, SE Handbook, some textbooks, and SE mini-courses.  Click the PDP Browsing the Content Catalog page.
  • Save browse/search results on their “bookshelf.”  Each user will have the opportunity to save the learning resource results from the browse / save to their own “bookshelf” to review later.  Click the PDP My Bookshelf page.
  • Provide feedback on broken links, “bugs” on the site, identify learning resources that are classified incorrectly, recommend additional learning resources to be included in the PDP Catalog, and provide general comments. View the Feedback Overview video at the bottom of this page for details.  

For a short overview of the PDP, please watch the Introduction to the PDP video at the top of this page.

User Value Statements

  • New Engineer


    As a new engineer, the PDP provides me an appreciation of the totality of Systems Engineering, an understanding of Systems Engineering terminology, sufficient awareness to ask questions about Systems Engineering topics, and some tools / appreciation to be able to get started as a Systems Engineer.

  • New Systems Engineer


    I’ve been an engineer for a while, but just learning to be a systems engineer. The PDP helps me integrate my existing engineering knowledge with additional Systems Engineering concepts. It introduces me to the terminology, topics and tools of Systems Engineering, and helps me identify the area's most relevant and valuable for me to work and investigate further.

  • Experienced System Engineer


    I have been doing systems engineering for quite a while. The PDP allows continuous development; helps my development by filling-in and providing new knowledge, tools, concepts, theories, and perspectives on SE to keep current in a rapidly changing world; and in the future, will offer me the opportunity to act as a mentor / coach to less experienced Systems Engineers.

  • Volunteer Contributor


    As a volunteer contributor, I can be recognized and validated for my work, and I can give back to the Systems Engineering community.  In the future, the PDP will help me gain and develop a professional network within the Systems Engineering community and conduct discussion / validation / development of my Systems Engineering approach through discussions questions.

  • Training Provider Contributor


    As a training provider, the PDP provides a linkage to potential students / clients and helps me promote my course / business. Feedback from the PDP gives me validation of my material, and engagement gives me an indicator of what areas of Systems Engineering there is an unmet demand for education and training.

  • Corporation Contributor


    As a corporate training provider, I get value from having our material made available on the PDP by: (1) enhancing our company’s reputation as practitioner of Systems Engineering, (2) benchmarking and validating our material by feedback from users and comparison with related material from other sources, (3) promoting our company’s "take" or style of Systems Engineering, and (4) identifying / encouraging / preparing our potential employees.

  • Corporate Official


    As a corporate official for my company, I can see that the PDP provides worthwhile assistance to help our employees achieve their development goals, in combination with training and experience for our company. We can see that each of our employees can develop an individual development plan with access to innovative Systems Engineering ideas, and that our employees learn from an international range of Systems Engineering experts and expertise.

Search the PDP Content Catalog

            (Search only in the PDP Content Catalog by POC, phrase in the title, and phrase in the abstract)

System Engineering Content Search

(Search outside the PDP Content Catalog - includes, SEBOK, BKCase and OMG MBSE Wiki)

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