Now offering 2024 Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification Group Study ‘Cohort’ Sessions (Starting 18 April 2024)

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


Dear Members and Friends,

The Los Angeles and San Diego chapters are hosting two independent study groups (‘Cohorts’) for the INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) certification starting 18 April 2024 and 19 April 2024, respectively. These Cohorts will last 10 weeks and will help students prepare for the INCOSE SEP certification exam.

TWO separate Cohorts are offered – the Los Angeles Cohort on Thursday evenings and the San Diego Cohort on Friday mornings. Please see the following links to learn more and to register.


* Thursday Evening 2024 SEP Certification Group Study ‘Cohort’, 7:30-9 PM Pacific Time, 18 April – 20 June, 2024

* Friday Morning 2024 SEP Certification Group Study ‘Cohort’, 8-10 AM Pacific Time, 19 April – 21 June, 2024


Important Information:

  • The Cohorts are 10 weeks long and meet once a week using Zoom. Expect each session to last 1.5 – 2 hours.
  • The Los Angeles evening cohort begins on 18 April 2024 and ends on 20 June 2024.
  • The San Diego morning cohort begins on 19 April 2024 and ends on 21 June 2024.
  • We may limit each class to 50 students. Please sign up immediately if you are interested, and only if you are serious about attending. You should also be serious about taking the INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) exam.
  • Both Cohorts cover the same material each week.
  • Cost is $100. However, 50% of the registration cost will be refunded to each student who fulfills their obligation to participate, including creating a slide deck and presenting to the Cohort. Everyone must present in order to receive a refund – no exceptions.  Depending on how many students sign up, this may be done as part of a small team.  The remaining 50% of the registration cost will be refunded to students who provide proof of taking the exam (pass or fail) by 31 Dec 2024.
  • We will use INCOSE’s Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) ratings to adjust the cost of the course for smaller economy countries. There will be a 25% discount on the cost for PPP2 students and 50% discount for PPP3 students.  For example, since South Africa is rated at PPP3, it will cost South African students $50 vs $100.  Please see each country’s PPP rating Here. Please CONTACT US if you have any questions:


  • The Cohorts are mostly student-run training sessions. There will also be multiple Cohort team leaders (2 or so 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 must help present a section of the INCOSE Handbook section to the entire Cohort.
  • You must have your own copy of the INCOSE Handbook V5.  Active members may download it from the INCOSE store for free; non-members must purchase the handbook.
  • Everyone is highly encouraged to review each week’s material in advance to be prepared to follow the presentations and ask good questions.
  • Please read Ch. 1 of the Handbook, SE Introduction, prior to the first day of class!  Also familiarize yourself with the multiple Terms and Definitions in Appendix C.
  • Please ensure your computer and/or network does not block access to Zoom.
  • See the full schedule on the registration pages.

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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.

What Students Will Need:

  • INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook: A Guide for System Life Cycle Processes and Activities, 5th Edition,

    (an electronic version of this is available free for all INCOSE members. Non-members must purchase the handbook. Visit the INCOSE store hereImportant – you must have Version 5)

  • The ability to log in and participate in the weekly Zoom sessions.  (Please ensure your computer and/or network does not block access to Zoom.)
  • A commitment to build a slide deck and to present the agreed-upon material to the Cohort (this might be part of a small team). Presenting will result in 50% refund of the cost of registration!
  • You should have interest and intent to take the INCOSE SEP exam, though this is not mandatory. Proof of you taking the exam by 31 Dec 2024 will result in 50% refund of the cost of registration!

Thank you!

INCOSE San Diego & INCOSE Los Angeles

PLEASE CONTACT US at and/or for more information.

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