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Certification Examination

The knowledge-based Systems Engineering Professional examination is the cornerstone of both the ASEP and CSEP Systems Engineering accreditations. It is accessible to systems engineers at all stages of their career and provides an excellent opportunity for individuals and organisation to benchmark Systems Engineering skills.

SE Handbook

The examination is based in its entirety on the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook. The descriptions in the 287-page handbook describe the key process activities performed by systems engineers and other engineering professionals throughout the life cycle of a system. The book covers a wide range of systems concepts that broaden the mind of the Systems Engineering professional such as, systems thinking, systems science, life cycle management, speciality engineering, systems of systems and agile and iterative methods.

Although no formal INCOSE revision literature exists, exam preparation training course are available via training companies. Book groups are also commonplace and the exchange of information and revision techniques amongst colleagues are an excellent way to prepare to sit the exam.

Following submission and payment of the application fee via the INCOSE UK website, applicants will be forwarded a unique eligibility code to enable them to book the examination with Prometric. UK exam centre venues are located in Edinburgh, Manchester and London. The certification examination carries an additional fee which is paid directly to the exam provider by the candidate. It is a computerised closed book examination and is 2 hours long with 120 multiple choice questions. When accessed via the exam centre, the candidate receives an instant result. Outcomes are the verified by INCOSE. Candidates have a period of one year to sit and pass the exam in up to three attempts.

It is also possible for candidates to sit a paper version of the examination. These are run regularly throughout the year by INCOSE UK and details of these are shared via the website, emailers and the regular ePreview newsletter.

Examinations can be arranged on site by organisations who have a number of candidates in the certification process. These are organised and administered by the UK certification team. For more information and costs please contact the