What is SEP Certification?

Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) certification formally recognizes your progress through your career as you develop and apply systems engineering knowledge and practices.  INCOSE offer three levels of certification ASEP, CSEP and ESEP. 

Certification is a formal process whereby a community of knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled representatives of an organization, such as INCOSE, provides confirmation of an individual's competency (demonstrated knowledge and experience) in a specified profession. Certification differs from licensing in that licenses are permissions granted by a government entity for a person to practice within its regulatory boundaries. Certification also differs from a "certificate" that documents the successful completion of a training or education program. 




How do I get Certified?

Explore the three certification levels to see which is the best fit for you. You can apply at any level


Associate Systems Engineering Professional

If you have just started practicing – or want to start practicing – systems engineering, then ASEP is for you. This certification is for people at the beginning of their career as a systems engineer. The ASEP has “book knowledge” but not yet significant experience as a systems engineer.


Certified Systems Engineering Professional

If you are a practicing Systems Engineer with more than five years of systems engineering professional work experience, then CSEP is for you.


Expert Systems Engineering Professional

If you are a systems engineering leader with recognized systems accomplishments and have many years of systems engineering professional work experience, then ESEP is for you.

"[T]he journey towards SEP certification truly helped me understand deeply to bring in a holistic approach from a systems perspective to drive improved solutions."

- Ankita Jawale, ASEP

Certification FAQs

No, you may apply directly to any certification level. 

There is no mandatory training for any level of INCOSE certification, nor does INCOSE endorse any training providers. Many individuals find it helpful in preparing for the knowledge exam. They work with independent training providers.

Yes, INCOSE's Certification Application Reviewers read your description of the work you did and are not bothered by the job title you had at the time.

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