The Certified Systems Engineering Professional certification, or CSEP, is a vendor-neutral certification that recognizes systems engineering professionals for demonstrated knowledge and achievement. Practicing systems engineers can leverage the CSEP to broaden their career opportunities while employers can use it to facilitate applicant screening and staff development. CSEP is part of a certification series offered by the International Council on Systems Engineering, known as INCOSE, a nonprofit membership organization promoting professional standards for the systems engineering field. The CSEP is the second of three levels that begin with entry-level certification and end with senior-level recognition of expert status.

The CSEP certification process recognizes the breadth of the systems engineering field and includes technical, managerial, and support expertise. Diverse employers such as the U.S. Department of Defense and private companies in numerous industries acknowledge the CSEP as an objective benchmark of systems engineering competency. Although certification is voluntary, systems engineers can enhance their marketability and demonstrate professional commitment through CSEP achievement.

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Systems engineers with at least five years of verifiable work experience will likely find the CSEP an appropriate certification. To qualify for the CSEP, applicants must demonstrate a professional degree of systems engineering knowledge, education and experience. To prove knowledge, candidates take an exam based on the INCOSE systems engineering handbook, which is available as a free download to INCOSE members. Either verification of a technical degree or work experience beyond five years can satisfy the education requirement. To validate experience, applicants submit three verifiable professional references, an employment history, and an application fee. The employment history must consist of least one year in a minimum of three out of the 14 functional areas that INCOSE defines for systems engineering. Within six weeks of applying, the candidate is notified of eligibility and can pay a test fee and schedule the exam. Applicants have up to one year to take the test and can retake it twice if necessary. Upon passing, CSEP holders can renew certification every three years through a variety of professional development activities. The CSEP covers several knowledge areas essential to the systems engineering role:

  • Requirements engineering
  • Design development
  • System integration and validation
  • SE management including technical planning and risk management
  • Baseline control
  • Support functions including process definition and quality assurance
  • Specialty engineering
  • Training
  • Tool support
  • Other applicant experience proposed for consideration

The CSEP certification process recognizes the breadth of the systems engineering field and includes technical, managerial, and support expertise. Diverse employers such as the U.S. Department of Defense and private companies in numerous industries acknowledge the CSEP as an objective benchmark of systems engineering competency. Although certification is voluntary, systems engineers can enhance their marketability and demonstrate professional commitment through CSEP achievement.

CSEP Certification Training Course Cost: $1,500 Per Enrollment

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Topics & Concepts Covered in CSEP Training Include:

  • Requirements engineering
  • Design development
  • System integration and validation
  • SE management including technical planning and risk management
  • Baseline control
  • Support functions including process definition and quality assurance

Recommended Training Audience & Prerequisites

Systems engineers with at least five years of verifiable work experience will likely find the CSEP an appropriate certification.

CSEP Certification Requirements

To qualify for the CSEP, applicants must demonstrate a professional degree of systems engineering knowledge, education and experience. To prove knowledge, candidates take an exam based on the INCOSE systems engineering handbook, which is available as a free download to INCOSE members. Either verification of a technical degree or work experience beyond five years can satisfy the education requirement. To validate experience, applicants submit three verifiable professional references, an employment history, and an application fee. The employment history must consist of least one year in a minimum of three out of the 14 functional areas that INCOSE defines for systems engineering. Within six weeks of applying, the candidate is notified of eligibility and can pay a test fee and schedule the exam. Applicants have up to one year to take the test and can retake it twice if necessary. Upon passing, CSEP holders can renew certification every three years through a variety of professional development activities.