Systems Engineering Certification

Demonstrating knowledge and experience in the practice of Systems Engineering

Certification Agreements

University & Organizational Agreements 

INCOSE continues to expand the reach and influence of its certification program through the establishment of agreements with key strategic partners. These relationships may allow candidates to save money, to get credit for requirements for certification, or to get equivalency to INCOSE Certification.  If your organization wants to investigate establishing an agreement related to INCOSE certification, please contact the INCOSE Certification Program Office. 
INCOSE agreements are suited for a variety of organizations. Corporate agreements offer a reduction in fees and references when an employer commits to submit high-quality application packages. There is no cost to set up a corporate agreement. 
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University agreements are also called Academic Equivalencies. They are the result of INCOSE’s determination that a university’s coursework may serve as an alternative to the INCOSE knowledge exam. There is no cost to set up a university agreement, although membership in the Corporate Advisory Board (or local chapter equivalent, plus fee) is required. 

INCOSE also has agreements with other certification programs and with individual INCOSE chapters. In all cases, the goal is to reduce duplication of effort by INCOSE certification candidates and assessors. 

Corporate Agreements

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What are they?

INCOSE’s Certification Program partners with corporations to help well-qualified employees submit for INCOSE Certification. These agreements offer financial discounts for bulk payments and also reduction in the number of references required for some CSEP candidates. There is no cost to having an agreement, just benefits for organizations that submit high-quality applications.  

Who has them?

INCOSE has recognized companies from around the globe. These companies have signed agreements with INCOSE to ensure well-qualified employees apply for INCOSE Certification.

Roche Diagnostics

How do I get one?

A corporation should reach out to INCOSE at certification@incose.net to discuss whether its internal screening of applications make it a good fit for setting up a Memorandum of Agreement for this streamlined process.  

Academic Equivalency Programs

What are they?

An academic equivalency is an arrangement between INCOSE and a university that enables students to prove their knowledge of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook without taking the INCOSE knowledge exam. Students in approved programs may be able to bypass the knowledge exam on their path to becoming an Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) or Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).

Academic Equivalencies require a university to show how it assesses student knowledge. These assessments may be offered in any language and in a variety of formats, including quizzes, projects, and oral presentations.

Academic Equivalency Overview

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Current Equivalency Programs

INCOSE has recognized more than 12 university programs. These universities have approved Academic Equivalency Programs for their coursework. Students who score well enough in the required courses, taken during the effective dates of the equivalency, may bypass the INCOSE knowledge exam when applying for ASEP or CSEP certification. Interested individuals should contact the universities directly to learn which courses are required and what minimum score in each course is required.  

 

University/Program

Course Location(s)

Effective Dates

Point of Contact

Website

SysEng-EN-csu-C357

Online and in-person

Fort Collins, CO, USA

August 2020 – PresentDr. Thomas Bradleywww.engr.colostate.edu/se/

Cornell-University

Online and in-person

Ithaca, NY, USA

June 2018 - Present

Marcella Purcell

www.systemseng.cornell.edu/

Drexel-University

Online and in-person

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Fall 2019 - Present

Rick Grandrino

http://www.drexel.edu/syseng

 In-person

Fairfax, Virginia, USA
 January 2022 - Present John Shortlehttps://seor.gmu.edu/

Missouri-University-of-Science-&-Technology

Online and in-person

Rolla, MO, USA

August 2018 - Present

Dr. Cihan Dagli

https://emse.mst.edu/

 

Naval-Postgraduate-School

Online and in-person

Monterey, CA, USA

January 2020 - Present

Dr. Cliff Whitcomb

https://my.nps.edu/web/seet/nps-se-profile

 Online

West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
 January 2022 - Present Kat Burkhart https://engineering.purdue.edu/online/courses/systems-engineering-processes-professional-competencies
University-of-Alabama-in-HuntsvilleOnline and in-person

Huntsville, AL, USA
January 2021 - PresentDale Thomashttps://www.uah.edu/eng/departments/iseem

University of Detroit Mercy

Online

Detroit, MI, USA

January 2019 - Present

Dr. Darrell Kleinke

https://eng-sci.udmercy.edu/academics/engineering/systems-engineering.php

 UMBC-primary-logo-RGB Online and in-person

Baltimore, MD, USA
 January 2021 - PresentDr. Woodrow W. Winchester, III 

https://professionalprograms.umbc.edu/systems-engineering/

University-of-Michigan-Ann-ArborOnline and in-person

Ann Arbor, MI, USA
February 2020 - PresentDr. Bob Bordley

https://isd.engin.umich.edu/graduate-degree-programs/systems-engineering-design-program/

University-of-New-South-Wales-The-Canberra

Online and in-person

Canberra, ACT, Australia

January 2019 - Present

Dr. Sondoss El Sawah

https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/degree/postgraduate-coursework/master-systems-engineering-8567

 

Worcester-Polytechnic-Institute--WPI

 

Online and in-person

Worcester, MA, USA

June 2019 - Present

Dr. Donald Gelosh

https://www.wpi.edu/academics/departments/systems-engineering

Administrative Requirements

  • Organization is a paying member of the INCOSE Academic Council or local INCOSE chapter equivalent.
  • INCOSE SE Handbook is required material in course
  • Program has a current INCOSE CSEP or ESEP affiliated 
  • Students get high marks (definition varies by program) in all required courses 
  • Applies to students who start the required courses after the equivalency is granted to those courses 
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Technical Requirements

  • University documents their verification methods for student success against the INCOSE knowledge exam learning objectives 
  • Submit the completed learning objectives spreadsheet to certification@incose.net
  • Submit additional supporting information as requested by the Certification Advisory Group 
    • May include course test questions, scoring rubrics, and course syllabi 

How do I get one?


Universities interested in getting their programs recognized for future graduates should follow the steps listed and linked to this web page. Students in these programs will be able to bypass the knowledge exam on their path to becoming an Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) or Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP). 

Related Certifications

OMG 

NAFEMS

  • https://www.nafems.org/professional-development/certification/


  • Individuals with either NAFEMS or INCOSE certification are eligible for a discount on application fees with the other certification.


  • POC: Ian Symington
  • Country-Specific Programs 

    Germany (GfSE) 

    http://www.sezert.de/de/se-zert/incose.html 

    Individuals certified as SEZert Level C or Level B may be recognized as INCOSE ASEP or INCOSE CSEP, respectively. 

    POC: Sven-Olaf Schulze 

    UK (INCOSE UK) 

    https://incoseuk.org 

    Individuals in the UK who are interested in INCOSE certification may apply through the INCOSE UK chapter. 

    POC: Lynn Davis 

     

    Australia (SESA) 

    https://www.sesa.org.au/
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    Individuals in Australia who are chartered engineers have a streamlined path to become INCOSE CSEPs. 

    POC: CASEAdmin@sesa.org.au 

     

    USA (DoD Engineering / DAU)

    Individuals certified at DAU Engineering Level II or Level III may be recognized as INCOSE ASEP or CSEP through a streamlined process. Applicants with Engineering Level III should complete Form 1B to apply for CSEP.

    DAU certification streamlined path

    POC: certification@incose.org