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Streamlined Path from Defense Acquisition University Certification to INCOSE Certification

by Christine Kowalski | May 23, 2019

INCOSE Media Contact: Lisa Hoverman,
DAU Media Contact: John Snoderly,

Streamlined Path from Defense Acquisition University Certification to International Council on Systems Engineering Certification

SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2019) – The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is excited to announce that individuals who have earned Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Level II and III Engineering Certifications (previously called Systems, Planning, Research and Development) have a streamlined path to INCOSE Systems Engineering Certification at the Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) and Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) levels.

“Receiving an ASEP or CSEP certification from INCOSE demonstrates and recognizes critical knowledge and experience in the field of systems engineering,” said INCOSE President Garry J. Roedler. “By streamlining this process, our hope is to help more qualified systems engineers become certified and reach the next level in their careers.”

Those with a Level II or Level III DAU Engineering Certification may bypass the INCOSE knowledge exam with proof of certification. Qualifying individuals can simply become INCOSE individual members and complete the ASEP application and payment to become ASEPs. They may also apply knowledge exam results toward earning their CSEP.

Those with Level III DAU Engineering Certification get a streamlined path to CSEP and do not need to take the knowledge exam. They also do not need to document their qualifying degree, as DAU has already confirmed that. The remaining technical requirements – for experience documentation and references – will be addressed in a form. Qualifying individuals will write a single narrative description of their work experience that is signed by their current supervisor, with no additional references required. This application, proof of DAU certification and the CSEP application fee will qualify INCOSE members to become CSEPs.

For more information on the INCOSE Systems Engineering Certification, go to:

About the International Council on Systems Engineering

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization that promotes international collaboration in systems engineering practice, education and research. INCOSE’s mission is to “address complex societal and technical challenges by enabling, promoting and advancing systems engineering and systems approaches.” Founded in 1990, INCOSE has more than 70 chapters and over 17,000 members worldwide. For additional information about INCOSE visit Become a member today.

About the Defense Acquisition University

The Defense Acquisition University is a best, in-class corporate university for the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Their mission is to “Provide a global learning environment to develop qualified acquisition, requirements and contingency professionals who deliver and sustain effective and affordable warfighting capabilities.”

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