Now offering 2023 Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification Group Study ‘Cohort’ Sessions (Starting 18 May 2023)

(This cohort is open to all, including non-INCOSE members.)


Dear Members and Friends,

The Los Angeles and San Diego chapters are hosting independent group study (‘cohorts’) sessions for the INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) certification starting May 18th, 2023. These Cohorts will last 15 weeks and will help students prepare for the INCOSE SEP certification exam.

TWO separate Cohorts are offered on Thursdays. Please see the following links to learn more and to register.


* Thursday Afternoon 2023 SEP Certification Group Study ‘Cohort’, 12 noon – 1:30 PM Pacific Time, 18 May – August 24, 2023 – Registration for Lunchtime cohort is now closed

* Thursday Evening 2023 SEP Certification Group Study ‘Cohort’, 7-8:30 PM Pacific Time, 18 May – August 24, 2023 – Registration for Evening cohort is now closed

Important Information:

  • The Cohort is 15 weeks long and meets once a week using Zoom. Expect each session to last 1.5 hours.
  • Both cohorts begin on May 18th, 2023, and end on August 24th, 2023.
  • We may limit each class to 50 students. Please sign up immediately if you are interested, and only if you are serious about attending.
  • The San Diego chapter will host the lunchtime Cohort on Thursdays from 12 noon – 1:30pm Pacific Time. The LA chapter will host the evening Cohort on Thursdays from 7-8:30pm Pacific Time  You may register for either, or both. Both have the same schedule.
  • Cost is FREE. However, in order to foster team cohesion and moral, we ask that you attend ALL the Cohort sessions. If you must miss a session, you are welcome to join the lunchtime or evening cohort instead that week to make it up.


  • The Cohorts are mostly student-run training sessions. There will also be multiple Cohort team leaders (only 1 or 2 will lead each session) that will provide the introductions, schedule, and the Zoom sessions and resolve any roadblocks, but the students will present. Each student will be part of a small team and is expected to help present a section of the INCOSE Handbook section to the entire Cohort.
  • We will base this Cohort on the overlap of the current INCOSE Handbook Version 4. Note that the handbook is the basis for the SEP test.
  • You must have your own copy of the INCOSE Handbook V4.  Active members may download it from the INCOSE store for free.


A new version of the INCOSE Handbook, Version 5, will be released in July. However, the certification exam will only contain material from V4 until Jan, 2024. This year is therefore your last chance to test on V4 before INCOSE changes the exam to Version 5 material only.

About SEP Certification:

What is Systems Engineering Professional certification? Certification is a formal process whereby a community of knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled representatives of an organization, such as INCOSE, provides confirmation of an individual’s competency (demonstrated knowledge, education, and experience) in a specified profession. Certification differs from licensing in that licenses are permissions granted by a government entity for a person to practice within its regulatory boundaries. Certification also differs from a “certificate” that documents the successful completion of a training or education program. There are three types of INCOSE SEP certification: ASEP, CSEP, and ESEP. Please read more here.

What is the Systems Engineering Professional test? The SEP test is a 2-hour exam designed to test your knowledge of INCOSE systems engineering practices and processes. Please read more here.

PLEASE CONTACT US at and/or for more information.

Cohort Session Details:

Dates and Times: May 18 – August 24, 2023.

Format: each cohort is assigned one INCOSE Handbook topic area. If many sign up, then multiple cohorts will be assigned to the same area. Each week, a cohort 2 or 3-person team will present their assignment. Slides of their presentation will be uploaded to the common document repository no later than 24 hours beforehand (e.g., Wednesday at 7 pm).

Please Note: students will be responsible for reading Chapter 2, Systems Engineering Overview BEFORE the class.

Also Note: we will email all students the Zoom link before the first class. Please be aware that some VPNs cause an unacceptable quality issue with Zoom, so plan carefully how you will log in and participate in the course. Thank you.

Contact Us: please contact us with questions you might have at and/or


Thank you!

INCOSE San Diego & INCOSE Los Angeles

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