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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

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

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 Exams

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

Paper Exam Events

Register and attend one of the following events:

December 14: Midwest-Gateway Chapter (Hazelwood, MO, USA) http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gklfvycab&oeidk=a07efbh20q43f92f09c
January 16: North Texas & Enchantment Chapter Exam at UTEP (El Paso, TX, US) - http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gklfvycab&oeidk=a07efs3cy4e187e027a
January 26: New England Chapter (Hartford, CT, USA) - https://www.neincose.org/events/asep-csep-paper-certification-exam
January 27:
IW19 (Torrance, CA, USA) - sign up when you register for the IW!
April 19: ISAE (Toulouse, France)
October 21: NDIA Systems and Mission Engineering Conference 2019 (Tampa, FL, USA) - http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gklfvycab&oeidk=a07efvynetn264cc32f

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 10 October 2018)

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