INCOSE UK offers a professional certification programme for its members. Certification is based around the need to ensure that those working in a given discipline have a basic level of competence and experience to call themselves practitioners. For UK Systems Engineers, it provides recognition of competence in Systems Engineering which may be a useful specialist differentiator when applying for work in combination with Professional Registration (CEng, IEng etc.).The approach and intent is comparable with other initiatives, such as the APM certified Project Manager scheme.
The INCOSE Associated Systems Engineering Professional is an exam based assessment of Systems Engineering knowledge. It provides an opportunity to formalise your learning and understanding of the INCOSE Systems Engineering handbook. It is often seen as an ideal first challenge when embarking on a career in Systems Engineering. The knowledge based exam is computerised and is 2 hours long with 120 multiple choice questions. ASEP applicants contact the exam provider Prometric directly with a unique code supplied by INCOSE UK and can sit the exam at a choice of locations. The certification examination carries an additional fee which is paid directly to the exam provider by the candidate. The exam used for ASEP is identical to that for CSEP accreditation and successful candidates can go forward and upgrade to CSEP once the required level of experience is achieved. The time allowed to complete ASEP is one year from the application date. Once achieved it is valid for 5 years. Application and payment can be made directly through the INCOSE UK website.;
The INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional assesses both core systems engineering knowledge and experience, and thus provides an internationally accepted way to formally recognise your Systems Engineering competence. It comprises a knowledge-based assessment and a written submission of evidence which should be supported by 3 suitably qualified references. Two options are available when applying for CSEP. Candidates can choose an exam first route where they opt to pass the examination before written experience and reference submissions are formally reviewed by INCOSE UK. The other option is to choose a review first route where a review of written and reference submissions occurs first and if successful candidates then go on to sit the examination. The knowledge based exam is computerised and is 2 hours long with 120 multiple choice questions. CSEP applicants contact the exam provider Prometric directly with a unique code supplied by INCOSE UK and can sit the exam at a choice of locations.The certification examination carries an additional fee which is paid directly to the exam provider by the candidate. The exam used for ASEP is identical to that for CSEP accreditation and successful candidates can go forward and upgrade to CSEP once the required level of experience achieved. Submissions are reviewed by a team of reviewers. Whilst individual work experiences vary, reviewers will be looking for candidates to demonstrate both breadth and depth in work experience and also to check that any claims made can be validated by references. There are a number of technical areas defined by INCOSE against which experience will be tested. These are listed on the form snd defined further on the INCOSE website. Candidates need to demonstrate that they have acquired experience in all three of these areas.The time allowed to complete CSEP is one year from the application date. Once achieved it is valid for 3 years. Application and payment can be made directly through the INCOSE UK website.
The Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) certification typically demands 25 or more years of experience gained explicitly in the field of Systems Engineering as well as a demonstrable record of Systems Engineering leadership. This 25-year requirement is reduced to 20 years if you have already achieved recognition as an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP). In addition, candidates need to demonstrate both breadth and depth in their systems engineering experience and show a commitment to personal professional development over many years.
The ESEP accreditation comprises a formal assessment of evidence contained in your written submission and those of your references, which if passed is followed by a formal competence-based telephone interview exploring your experience in more depth. The interview is conducted by three accredited ESEP professionals and is designed to enable INCOSE to ensure that both knowledge and competence requirements for ESEP-level accreditation have been met. References will also be interviewed if further evidence is required of either your experience or your accomplishments. After award ESEP certification is maintained by continuing INCOSE membership and no renewal is necessary.
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