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INCOSE Knowledge Exams

The INCOSE Knowledge Exams are available on the computer or on paper. Prometric, our computer testing provider, has facilities worldwide where INCOSE ASEP and CSEP applicants may schedule appointments for the knowledge exam.  INCOSE also offers paper exams, hosted by Expert Systems Engineering Professionals (ESEPs). Both options are based on the INCOSE System Engineering Handbook 4.0.

To find a Prometric location near you, go to www.prometric.com/incose. For Prometrics cancellation policy, please click here

Beginning 1 January 2019, individuals will be limited to 3 exams attempts per 12-month period. Current SEPs are not allowed to participate in any exams.

Paper Exam

Interested in taking the certification knowledge exam on paper, rather than at a computer? The paper exam has the same format as the standard knowledge exam, with 120 multiple-choice questions in 120 minutes. In both cases, candidates will need to arrive thirty minutes prior to the exam’s start to show ID and receive instructions. Details on timing and locations are listed at each link. All candidates will use an answer sheet to record their answers for the paper exam. A HB or Number Two pencil must be used to fill in the answer sheet. The link below shows a sample answer sheet (note: these are not the exact forms used for the exam):

Scantron Sample

If you are an interested in hosting an INCOSE Knowledge Exam, please contact info@incose.org

Paper Exam Events

Register and attend one of the following events:

March 23: Central Arizona Chapter (Phoenix, AZ, USA) - registration coming soon! 
April 4:
Socorro Summit (Socorro, NM, USA) - https://incose.ps.membersuite.com/events/ViewEvent.aspx?contextID=9725473f-0078-c408-f93c-0b3f54b788bf *If you already have an INCOSE account, please login before using link* 
April 8: IEEE SysCon (Orlando, FL) - https://incose.ps.membersuite.com/events/ViewEvent.aspx?contextID=9725473f-0078-c949-221e-0b3f47c4cac1 *If you already have an INCOSE account, please login before using link* 
April 19:
ISAE (Toulouse, France)
April 20: Deloitte AM Session(Arlington, VA, USA) registration coming soon! 
April 20: Deloitte Mid-day Session (Arlington, VA, USA) registration coming soon! 
April 20: Deloitte PM Session (Arlington, VA, USA) registration coming soon! 
April 22: SIT (Singapore) - https://incose.ps.membersuite.com/events/ViewEvent.aspx?contextID=9725473f-0078-c3e0-e122-0b3f559c1367 *If you already have an INCOSE account, please login before using link* 
April 29: Akers Solutions - hosted by UK Chapter (United Kingdom)
May 9: West Point Academy (West Point, NY, USA)
May 20: SESE - Registration coming soon! (Paris, France)
May 21: SESE - Registration coming soon! (Madrid, Spain)
May 22: SESE - Registration coming soon! (Trieste, Italy)
June 4: INCOSE UK Chapter (United Kingdom)
September: INCOSE UK Chapter (United Kindgom)
October 9: BAE Systems - hosted by the INCOSE UK Chapter (United Kingdom)
October 21: NDIA Systems and Mission Engineering Conference 2019 (Tampa, FL, USA) - https://incose.ps.membersuite.com/events/ViewEvent.aspx?contextID=9725473f-0078-c4b7-cd32-0b3f559ad08a *If you already have an INCOSE account, please login before using link* 
November 6: BAE Systems - hosted by the INCOSE UK Chapter (United Kingdom)

Special Accommodations 

INCOSE’s Certification Program has worked with our computer testing provider, Prometric, to establish two aids for candidates who are not native English speakers. These individuals may request an additional thirty minutes of exam time (in addition to the standard 120 minutes) by submitting a Special Accommodations Request form to the INCOSE Certification Program office. All candidates are also now allowed to bring in a translation dictionary to their exam. This dictionary may not have any notes or modifications, as interpreted by the exam official. These benefits are also available for individuals taking the paper exam and must be requested prior to the start of the exam. The Special Accommodations Form is found here: /systems-engineering-certification/certification-forms#Special 
*Please note Special Accommodations cannot be added once an exam has been scheduled through Prometric. Please submit form and wait for confirmation before scheduling exam.* 

Candidate Agreement

Each candidate will be asked to read and sign a Candidate Agreement before being allowed to take the exam. The Candidate Agreement details appropriate behavior during and after the test. Please note there are periodical changes made to the agreements. The printed versions the candidate will sign before taking the exam will supersede the online sample. Questions on this topic may also be sent to certification@incose.org

Training Providers

INCOSE does not endorse any training providers or programs. However, we have a list of known-providers to serve as a collection of data for the candidates' convenience. Please click on Training Providers to download our current list (last updated 19 February 2019)

For more information, write to certification@incose.org.