Certification Blog

Certification Overview
  • 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.

  • Who wrote these questions?

    Feb 17, 2021

    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?

  • Blog Introduction

    Feb 17, 2021

    INCOSE blog is maintained by the INCOSE Certification Program Office and provides information to augment the main INCOSE website. If you have a topic you’d like to have addressed in the blog, email certification@incose.net and they’ll forward it to the Program Manager.

  • Does it matter if my job title isn’t “Systems Engineer”?

    Jan 26, 2021

    You may have a job title of “Consultant” or “Supreme Chief Engineer.” Does INCOSE care?

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