March 24, 2024

Friday Morning 2024 Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification Exam Study ‘Cohort’

Friday April 19, 2024 8:00 AM PDT to 10:00 AM PDT

(This cohort is open to all, including non-INCOSE members. Non-members will need to purchase their copy of the INCOSE Version 5.0 Handbook – see information below.)




The Los Angeles and San Diego chapters are once again hosting independent group study (‘Cohort’) sessions for the INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) certification this Spring.

This registration page is for the Friday Morning cohort hosted by San Diego chapter, and starts on Friday, 19 April 2024.  This Cohort will meet between 8 and 10am Pacific Time for 10 weeks.

This Cohort will be primarily hosted by the San Diego chapter of INCOSE.

Important Information:

  • The Cohort is 10 weeks long and meets once a week using Zoom. Expect each session to last up to 2 hours.
  • This Cohort is for the morning sessions, 8-10am, Pacific Time, and starts on 19 April 2024, ending on 21 June 2024.
  • We may limit this class to 50 students. Please sign up immediately if you are interested, and only if you are serious about attending.  You should also be seriously considering taking the INCOSE SEP exam.
  • The Los Angeles chapter will also offer an evening Cohort on Thursdays from 7:30-9pm Pacific Time, if that better suits your schedule.  You may instead register for it here. Both Cohorts present the same material each week.
  • Cost: $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:

Additional Information:

  • The Cohorts are mostly student-run training sessions. There will also be multiple Cohort team leaders (2 or so will lead each session) who 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.
  • This Cohort will be based on the INCOSE Handbook Version 5. This handbook is the basis for the Version 5 SEP exam. Active INCOSE members may download it from the INCOSE store for free. Non-INCOSE 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.


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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 exam? The SEP test is a 2-hour exam designed to test your knowledge of INCOSE systems engineering practices and processes. Read more here.


What is a Cohort?

A Cohort are a mostly student-run training team which collectively prepares for a SEP exam.  Each of the students (also called cohorts) agrees to present on a particular date certain handbook material.  This may be individually or part of a small team (we expect each team to have 2-4 students).  Each team collectively creates and presents a slide to the Cohort via Zoom at the agreed-upon date.  To help organize and lead the Cohort, there will also be multiple Cohort team leaders (1 or 2 at each session) that provide introductions, the schedule, a file hosting website, and the Zoom sessions. They will also provide mentoring via email and resolve any roadblocks the class may encounter along the way. Each student will therefore be part of a small team and is obligated to help create and present a portion of the INCOSE Handbook to the entire Cohort.

Week by Week Schedule of Material (Tentative):

Session 1 — Welcome, Organization of the Cohort. Section assignments, plus Review of Chapter 1 Systems Engineering Introduction & Appendix D, N2 diagram (19 April)

Session 2 — Ch 2 System Life Cycle Concepts, Models, Processes – 2.1 Life cycle terms concepts through Supply Process (26 April)

Session 3 — Ch 2 System Life Cycle Concepts, Models, Processes – Section 2.3.3 Organizational Project Enabling Processes (3 May)

Session 4 — Ch 2 System Life Cycle Concepts, Models, Processes – Section 2.3.4 Technical Mgmt processes (10 May)

Session 5 — Ch 2 System Life Cycle Concepts, Models, Processes – Technical Processes I, through (17 May)

Session 6 — Ch 2 System Life Cycle Concepts, Models, Processes – Technical Processes II, – (24 May)

Session 7 — Ch 3 Life cycle analysis methods – 3.1 Quality characteristics and approaches (31 May)

Session 8 — Ch 3 Life cycle analysis methods – 3.2 SE analyses and methods through Ch 4 section 4.2.4 Product Line Engineering (7 June)

Session 9 — Ch 4 Tailoring and Application Considerations – section 4.3 through 4.4.10 Transportation Systems (14 June)

Session 10 — Ch 5 Systems Engineering in Practice, & Final discussion. (21 June).

Additional study sessions could also be held by groups of individual cohorts prior to taking the test.

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!

Recommended Course Material:

Because Version 5 of the Handbook and exam are both new, links to external study materials will be added as soon we discover them. Thanks.


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Thank you.



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