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  • Does my reference have to be a SEP?

    May 26, 2023

    References must know what SE is, but they don't have to be systems engineers.

  • Checking Certification Status Online

    May 19, 2023

    INCOSE Certification status is available on the INCOSE website.

  • Where can I get a CSEP polo shirt or jacket?

    Apr 21, 2023

    Impress your friends by bringing a SEP logo towel to the beach! Or, get a SEP logo polo shirt for wearing at work. Purchase from the Lands End online store.

  • Is the exam offered only in English?

    Apr 14, 2023

    Many of INCOSE's Certification candidates come from countries where English is not the first language they learn.

  • Videos: How to describe your SE experience

    Apr 07, 2023

    Learn what to do and what not to do when filling out the experience section of your CSEP or ESEP application.

  • New Certification Starting 1 April 2023: DSEP

    Mar 31, 2023

    Applications for INCOSE's newest (oldest?) certification level will be open starting on 1 April 2023. The Dinosaur Systems Engineering Professional (DSEP) will NOT be based on whether our coworkers and family members refer to you as a dinosaur.

  • Videos: How to be a great reference

    Mar 24, 2023

    Choose qualified references and help them express themselves in their INCOSE forms.

  • Who wrote these questions?

    Mar 17, 2023

    All exam questions and answers come from the text in the Systems Engineering Handbook. What is the path they take from handbook content to scored question on the knowledge exam?

  • Rethinking Corporate Agreement

    Mar 10, 2023

    We're checking that our corporate agreements are appropriately benefiting all stakeholders.

  • Test the Test

    Mar 03, 2023

    Interested in INCOSE Certification but haven't started studying? This is the perfect time. We are offering free beta tests online for up to 100 candidates. You will be given one month (March 2023) to study using an online version of the not-yet-released Fifth Edition of the INCOSE SE Handbook. This is only open to those who are not yet certified.

  • INCOSE on Social Media

    Feb 10, 2023

  • What Animal Would Make the Best Systems Engineer?

    Feb 03, 2023

    The honey badger was a write-in favorite for its indifference to criticism.

  • SEBok vs INCOSE SE Handbook

    Jan 20, 2023

    The INCOSE SE Handbook and the SEBOK are different documents, useful for different purposes.

  • I HEART Captions

    Jan 13, 2023

  • 2023: The Year of the Expert

    Jan 06, 2023

    INCOSE's Expert Systems Engineering Professionals are among the top tier of INCOSE members. They are recognized for the technical contributions they have made and for the leadership they continue to give to other engineers and products.

  • INCOSE's Virtual Book Club

    Dec 30, 2022

    INCOSE's Yammer community includes book recommendations. INCOSE SEPs may claim time spent reading about SE to earn PDUs toward ASEP and CSEP renewal.

  • 'Twas the Night Before CSEP

    Dec 23, 2022

    Sheryl Gunn wrote a poem about her experience preparing for the INCOSE knowledge exam.

  • It's not what you teach, it's what you assess

    Dec 16, 2022

    INCOSE's Academic Equivalency program allows university coursework to count toward the knowledge requirement for ASEP or CSEP certification.

  • What volunteer activities qualify for PDUs?

    Dec 09, 2022

    There are three categories of volunteer activities that qualify for PDUs. Using your technical skills in your community helps others and helps improve you.

  • How much do I need to study for the exam?

    Dec 02, 2022

    Here are some factors to consider when setting aside time to prepare for the INCOSE knowledge exam.

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