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General Information

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Where can I get certification forms?

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Application forms may be downloaded from our website.


Q.

Is there a roster of Certified Systems Engineering Professionals available for distribution?

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INCOSE maintains a list of the names, geographic areas (city, state, and country), and certification time periods of those recognized as Expert System Engineering Professionals, Certified System Engineering Professionals, and Associate System Engineering Professionals. That list is posted monthly on the INCOSE main Certification page.

 

EA formally recognise Certified Engineering Professionals, in the Systems Engineering area of practice, via the National Engineering Register (NER). That list is posted on the Engineers Australia’s National Engineering Register.


CASE Pathways

Q.

I have CPEng certification, which CASE Pathway should I choose to get CSEP?

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CASE Pathway 1 (see http://www.sesa.org.au/case-csep-applications) ensuring that you have satisfied the entry requirements.   Applicant will be required to complete the CSEP application process and the INCOSE SE Handbook Knowledge Exam.

Q.

I have CPEng (non-Systems Engineering) and CSEP certifications, which CASE Pathway should I choose to get CPEng (Systems Engineering area of practice)?

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CASE Pathway 1 (see http://www.sesa.org.au/case-csep-applications Special Case 1). Applicant will be required to complete the College Membership application process.


Certification Process Timing

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How long do I have to complete my certification process?

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You have one year from the time your application is received initially by SESA to complete your certification. The one-year period includes the time used by the applicant to submit additional information not contained in the initial submittal, by references to submit their inputs, by the CASE review committee (usually less than one month), and by the applicant to schedule and take (and retake if necessary) the exam. If the process is not completed within the one-year time period, the applicant will have to restart the process from the beginning, including paying another application fee.


Q.

How long does the review process take?

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Our review and processing typically takes four to six weeks. The review starts once all of an applicant’s materials, including references and proof of degree, are received.


Q.

For how long is a certification valid?

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A Systems Engineering Professional Certification is valid for a period of three years for CSEP and five years for ASEP. The date of the renewal period starts on the same month and day of the week as the original certification.


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For how long is a renewal valid?

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Renewed certifications are valid for the same number of years as their original certifications. So, a renewed CSEP certification is valid for three years and a renewed ASEP application is valid for 5 years. The date of the renewal period starts on the same month and day of the week as the original certification.

 

Applications

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How do I obtain an application for certification?

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The preferred method is to download the application form from our website, here: http://www.sesa.org.au/csep-forms. If you cannot download the form, please call or email our office using the contact info on this website.


Q.

What happens if I submit the application without the required fee?

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Your application will not be processed without the correct fee. You will be notified if the funds submitted are insufficient.


Q.

Once I submit my application, how long will it be before I receive notice of the Certification Office's decision?

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It is not possible to give one answer that fits all situations on how long it will take after you submit an application for you to be notified if your certification is approved. The following is guidance from the INCOSE website which CASE will endeavour to replicate.
All applications are reviewed by the staff and the Certification Office on an on-going basis. You will be notified within two weeks by the staff of receipt of your application and will be advised if any material is missing. After the staff determines that an application is complete, the Certification Office will complete its assessment of the applicant's education and experience typically within five weeks and, if the experience is satisfactory, will notify the applicant to schedule the certification exam. If the experience is not satisfactory, the Certification Office will advise the applicant of the certification status and may advise of possible corrective actions to continue the certification process. The exam results will be available to the applicant almost immediately after he/she completes the exam. The Certification Office will provide the successful applicant with a formal certification recognition package (certificate and card) within three weeks of the applicant taking the certification test. INCOSE does not control the time that an applicant takes to provide any information missing in the application or to schedule and take the certification exam.


Q.

If I apply for CSEP and am not approved, do I have to re-apply to get certified at a lower level?

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If you are denied at the CSEP level, you will be given the opportunity to apply at the lower level without having to pay a new application fee. There will be a limited time for that opportunity, which will be listed for you in your denial message. If you are already certified at the lower level, your application fee at the higher level may be used to pay for your next renewal at that lower level.

 

Business Practices

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Do I have to be a member of SESA to get CSEP?

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Yes, you do need to be SESA member to apply for certification as an ASEP or CSEP and you need to maintain your membership for the duration of your certification. You also need to be a member of Engineers Australia.


Q.

Does INCOSE certification as a Systems Engineering Professional authorise me to practice systems engineering in my city/state/province/country?

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INCOSE Certification as a Systems Engineering Professional does not authorise an individual to practice systems engineering. Certification is a confirmation that an individual has demonstrated the requisite knowledge, education, and experience associated with the certification. Only legally empowered government organisations, through licenses, authorise individuals to practice a skill or profession.


Q.

Can I obtain an INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional Certification for my business?

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INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional Certification recognizes the systems engineering capabilities of an individual only. It is not granted to a business.


 

Continuing Education & Renewals

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Why do I need to track Professional Development Units?

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The requirement for continuing professional development is intended to reinforce the need for lifelong learning in order to stay current with changing technology, equipment, procedures, processes, and established standards. You will need to present a record (log) of your time spent in such activities, with Professional Development Units assigned as described here.


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What courses and activities qualify for PDU credit?

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The Certification Office does not pre-approve particular courses or activities. A course or activity does not have to be presented by an “approved” sponsor/provider for you to claim credit for the course or activity. It is your responsibility to determine if the course or activity meets your continuing education needs and to maintain documentation adequate to support your decision to claim credit for the particular course or activity.


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What do I submit with my renewal application to prove that I have attained the required Professional development Units (PDUs)?

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When you submit your renewal application with your log of continuing education, you sign a statement that you have completed the courses/activities on the log and that they satisfy the continuing education requirements. You do not have to submit any additional formal proof with the application. However, you may be randomly selected by the Certification Program Office, as part of its quality check, to submit detailed descriptions and/or completion certificates of your continuing education courses and activities.


Q.

May I carry over excess PDU credits into the next renewal cycle?

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You may carry over up to 30 PDUs to the next renewal period.


Q.

What kind of record should I keep of my continuing education?

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You should maintain a summary log to list your Professional Development Unit (PDU) courses and activities. The log should contain a sufficient name and/or description that identifies that the course or activity relates to systems engineering. Include the name of the presenter, the name of the sponsoring organization, and the location of where the instruction, class, or activity was held. For classes that are part of a college curriculum, list the class number. All records of attendance and completion of PDU credits should be maintained for four years for audit purposes. Records for any "carried forward" PDUs should be retained for four years beyond the subsequent certification renewal


Q.

What can I do if I fail to renew in time?

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Late renewal options are available for certifications that have expired within the previous twelve months.  Details are posted here.


 

Knowledge Exam

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What are the qualifications to be approved to take the Certification examination?

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The qualifications for being approved to take the certification examination are that the applicant has submitted a complete application and application fee. After screening your application, the Certification Office will advise you on how to schedule the exam. The intent is to save you the exam fee if your application is administratively incomplete. This screening is not a review of the content of your application, just a check that it is ready to be sent to technical review.


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How may I find out when the next examination is scheduled?

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When the certification staff notifies you that you are approved to take the certification examination, the staff will send you information on how to contact Prometric (the Test Organization) to determine when you may schedule the examination.


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Where are the examinations given?

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The certification examinations are given at the Prometric (the Test Organization) facilities. Prometric currently has over 6000 sites in approximately 100 countries around the world. When the certification staff notifies you that you are approved to take the certification examination, it will send you information on how to contact Prometric to determine the best location for you to schedule and take the examination. Prometric authorizes additional testing centers to offer exams as their business justification arises. To see if a testing center near you has already been authorized to administer the CSEP INCOSE certification exam, visit: http://www.prometric.com/INCOSE.


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May I take the examination on-line?

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The certification examination is not available on-line. It must be taken at a Prometric's (the Test Organization) facility. This examination is proctored to control the length of time allotted to take the examination, to confirm the identity of the individual taking the examination, and to eliminate the use of outside help.


Q.

What reference documents were used to create the examination questions?

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The INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook is the reference document that was used to create the questions in the certification examination. Review details on which version of the handbook is in use here.


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How can I get a copy of the reference documents used for the examination questions?

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Copies of the current version of the Systems Engineering Handbook may be obtained from INCOSE. A soft copy may be downloaded free by INCOSE members at www.incose.org . Printed copies may be pre-ordered directly at Wiley.


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How are examinations prepared?

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The Certification Advisory Group prepares new questions which are “beta tested” as part of ongoing examinations. Prometric (the Test Organization) evaluates the quality of the new questions based on the answers in the “beta tests.” Successful new questions are used to supplement or replace existing questions in the examination.


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What kind of study guides or practice exams are available for the examination?

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INCOSE’s Certification Program has not created any “study guides” for the knowledge examination. We recommend study of the current version of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook which is the reference document for the certification examination.  Study guides and training may be produced by external parties without oversight, review, or endorsement from the Certification Program.  It is expected that a small set of practice questions from previous versions of the SE Handbook will be released by the Certification Program in early Summer 2015.


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When may I expect to receive my exam score?

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Prometric (the Test Organization) can tell you if you have passed the examination within minutes after you complete the examination since it is computer scored. The INCOSE Certification Program Office will follow up with notice of your certification if you passed the examination, or directions on continuing the process if you did not pass, within three weeks of taking the examination.


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What is the minimum passing score for the certification exam?

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The passing score for the exam is based on the results of a series of tests that have been performed on the exam itself and is based on the results of over 60 individuals from varying levels of systems engineering experience. The passing score reflects the minimum level of knowledge expected from a satisfactorily practicing systems engineer with at least five years of industrial experience after receiving a four-year bachelor’s degree in a technical field from an accredited institution of higher education. The approach used to establish a passing score is similar to the approach used by State Governments that issue Professional Engineering licenses, and likewise a specific passing score is not published. When you take the certification exam, you will be advised immediately after you complete the computer based exam that you have passed or failed the exam. You will not be given a numerical score. For your guidance, you need to exhibit a level of knowledge similar to what is expected to pass and obtain credit when taking an academic course at a college or university.


Q.

Why do I need to pay a separate fee to take an examination?

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You pay a separate fee to take the certification examination in order to keep the total cost of the certification process down by not having INCOSE serve as an agent in forwarding funds to the Test Organization. Paying the test fee directly to the Test Organization is also a more efficient process if you have to retake the examination.


Q.

Do I need to pay an additional fee to retake the examination?

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Yes, you do have to pay a separate test fee to the Test Organization each time you schedule the certification examination.


Q.

How long is the examination?

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A two-hour time period is allowed for answering the questions on the certification examination, which nominally contains 120 questions.


Q.

What kind of questions are on the examination?

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The certification examination questions are currently multiple-choice questions. All correct answers must be selected from the possible answers given to receive credit for answering a question. A typical question may have five possible answers listed of which three are correct. Partial credit is not given for a question.


Q.

Am I permitted to bring material to use during an examination?

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The certification examinations are closed book. The applicant is not allowed to bring any types of reference materials, writing tablets, notes, etc. All devices that might compromise the security of the examination process are forbidden. Computers, cell phones, pagers, and other electronic equipment are not permitted in the test room. The test organization will provide any material/equipment needed to take the examination.


Q.

In what languages are the test offered?

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The test is only offered in the English language.


Q.

Can I reschedule the exam with the test center?

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Yes. The Test Organization will, however, charge a fee if you reschedule fewer than 30 days prior to your scheduled test date. If you reschedule fewer than 5 days prior to the test date, you will be charged the full exam fee.

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2017 12:51