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  • How many years of references do I need for ESEP?

    Jul 14, 2021

    The reference requirement for ESEP is the same for all candidates, and does not require the references confirm all work experience claimed.

  • How do I know which exam I'm taking?

    Jul 09, 2021

    INCOSE changes its exam to align with the INCOSE SE Handbook. It does not change based on certification level (ASEP vs CSEP).

  • Who reviews my certification application?

    Jul 02, 2021

    While some organizations review only a portion of submitted materials, all INCOSE certification applications are reviewed by trained individuals.

  • How can my university get an Academic Equivalency?

    Jun 25, 2021

    The INCOSE Certification Program recognizes multiple verification methods for an applicant's knowledge of the Systems Engineering Handbook. One of the paths is through Academic Equivalencies (AcEqs).

  • Where are the SEPs?

    Jun 12, 2021

    INCOSE has SEPs around the globe, with a large number in the US and Western Europe.

  • Who can proctor an INCOSE exam?

    Jun 11, 2021

    Wondering if you can host the INCOSE knowledge exam? Here are the requirements for an exam host and the procedure to be followed for hosting the INCOSE knowledge exam.

  • Online Exam

    May 21, 2021

    How to take INCOSE Knowledge Exam at home proctored by Examity- Check out the steps by reviewing the testing guide here:

  • What documentation do I need to renew my certification?

    May 14, 2021

    INCOSE's Certification Program requires that ASEPs and CSEPs continue their professional development after their certification. They list their professional development activities in their renewal paperwork.

  • What happens if I'm denied certification?

    May 07, 2021

    Candidates for certification must meet all requirements within a set period of time. There are multiple ways to meet some requirements.

  • ESEP Leadership

    Apr 30, 2021

    The "E" in ESEP stands for "Expert," not "Experienced." The ESEP shows technical leadership, more than just time in role.

  • How do I stay certified?

    Apr 23, 2021

    An INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional Certification is valid for a period of three years for CSEP and five years for ASEP. INCOSE Systems Engineering Professionals (SEPs) should track their professional development activities throughout their certification period.

  • All SE, all the time

    Apr 16, 2021

    Few of us are lucky enough to do all systems engineering, all the time. It can be confusing to figure out how to record this work experience on the INCOSE application form.

  • What credit do I get for my advanced degree?

    Apr 09, 2021

    A graduate degree is a great way to expand your knowledge, and INCOSE appreciates that it’s an important part of professional development for systems engineers.

  • When and where can I take the exam?

    Apr 02, 2021

    The INCOSE knowledge exam is offered in multiple ways, to be accessible globally.

  • Am I qualified?

    Mar 26, 2021

    The Program Office occasionally hears from candidates who want to know if they are qualified for certification.

  • How much time does it take to get certified?

    Mar 19, 2021

    The time needed to get certified depends on time spent both by the applicant and his or her references and by the INCOSE review team. There is much a candidate can do to make it go faster.

  • What if I fail the exam?

    Mar 12, 2021

    Many candidates fail the knowledge exam on their first attempt. What do they do next?

  • Is the exam offered only in English?

    Mar 08, 2021

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

  • What’s the passing score?

    Feb 17, 2021

    INCOSE works with professional psychometricians to develop our test formats, content, and scoring methods.

  • May I take the exam before submitting the application?

    Feb 17, 2021

    INCOSE's Certification Program is working to eliminate barriers to getting certified. This includes setting the timing of fees to best align with organizational expenses.

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