Activities in this category are directed toward enhancing the technical and developmental skills of the certified professional and toward encouraging the certified professional to share his or her knowledge and experience with others in the systems engineering profession.
Technical skill activities include learning Systems Engineering skills and practices in the areas which are covered by the Experience Applicable for Certification portion of the INCOSE Certification website and reflected in the INCOSE SE Handbook, specifically:
System and Decision Analysis
Architecture/ Design Development
Verification and Validation
System Operation and Maintenance
Technical Monitoring and Control
Acquisition and Supply
Information and Configuration Management
Risk and Opportunity Management
Lifecycle Process Definition and Management
Organizational Project Enabling Activities
Programming Languages & Techniques
Interpersonal Communications Skills
Team Development Skills
Professional Society Participation
Complete a graduate-level technical course - 2 PDUs may be earned for each hour spent in class of a graduate-level technical course that is part of an advanced degree program (whether the SEP is enrolled in that program or not) related to the certified professional’s current or projected future area of practice. Credit will only be given on successfully completing the course. As an example, a semester length course that meets for 1 hour per week over 15 weeks would earn 30 PDUs.
Attend an educational course, tutorial, or seminar - 1 PDU may be earned for each hour of attendance at a training course, tutorial, or educational seminar that is related to the certified professional’s current or projected future area of practice. Credit will only be given on passing the activity successfully as documented by a certificate of completion signed by the educational provider.
Teach professional development coursework, including presentations not part of job function - PDU credits may be earned for the initial and revised preparation of courseware, lectures, or training materials. The time spent preparing materials for each hour of presentation is valued at 2 PDUs (i.e. a one hour presentation earns 2 PDUs of credit for the preparation work, a two hour presentation earns 4 PDUs, etc). Under this activity, credit is also given for time spent presenting a new or updating the course, lecture, or training for the first two times at the rate of 1 PDU per hour of presentation time.
Write & publish SE article - 5 PDUs may be earned for contributing original work to the Systems Engineering professional body of knowledge by writing and getting an SE -related article published. Credit is given for only the first publication of the article.
Write & publish SE book – PDUs may be earned for writing and getting a book on Systems Engineering published. The primary author or editor will earn 30 PDUs per book; one person cannot earn credit as both author and editor on the same book. Each contributing author will earn 10 PDUs per book.
Attend vendor presentation with educational value - 1 PDU may be earned for each hour of attendance at a vendor meeting or presentation IF the presentation has an educational aspect with regard to systems engineering methodology, technology, or practice. “Pure sales presentations” do not qualify.
Consume SE-related media, including journal article, book, video, or audio - 1 PDU may be earned for each hour of reading, watching, or listening to content that is related to the certified professional’s current or projected future area of practice. These areas are all considered valuable but are limited in how many may be claimed for PDUs because they are often solo endeavors, not easily verified by the Certification Program Office.
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