Systems Engineering Certification

Demonstrating knowledge and experience in the practice of Systems Engineering

Applying for CSEP

CSEP Steps to Certification

There are 4 basic steps to becoming certified at this level

- Be an INCOSE individual member

- Pay the application fee

  • Payment is valid for 12 months. 
  • Fee is non-refundable and not a guarantee that you will be certified. 

- Submit Form 1 Individual Application for CSEP and supporting documents 

  • Includes Form 1, Reference Forms 4B, and proof of education 
  • Pass Experience review, based on Form 1 Individual
  • Application and supporting documents. 
  • Application materials are reviewed by a team of volunteer Certification Application Reviewers (CARs). 
  • CARs review experience, references, and education. 

- Pass the INCOSE knowledge exam or equivalent

  • Exam results are good for 12 months. 
  • There is a separate fee to take the exam, collected by the exam provider. 
  • You are allowed to take the exam up to 3 times in a 12-month period. 
  • You may take the exam before or after completing the other steps. 

Upon Certification

Once you complete all these steps, the INCOSE Certification Office will send you a congratulatory email. Your e-certificate will come from Accredible. You may also check your certification status through your member profile on the INCOSE web page.  

The CSEP certification is valid for three years, with a requirement that you maintain your INCOSE individual membership. Before the five years expire, you must submit renewal documentation and fee. Your renewal will also be good for three years.  


How long do I have to complete my certification process? 

You have one year from the time your application or payment is received initially in the INCOSE Certification Office to complete your certification. The one-year period includes the time to schedule and pass (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. Individuals are limited to 3 attempts at the exam per 12-month calendar period. 

How long does the CSEP review process take? 

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. 

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

If you are denied at the CSEP or ESEP 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. 


If you are located in the UK, please apply directly through the UK site below. For general inquiries regarding Certification in the UK, email

INCOSE UK Certification