April 23, 2023

Thursday Lunchtime 2023 Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification Group Study ‘Cohort’

Thursday May 18, 2023 12:00 PM PDT to 1:30 PM PDT

Thursday Lunchtime 2023 Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification Group Study ‘Cohort’

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


NOTE – Registration is now closed.


The LA and San Diego chapters are hosting independent group study (‘cohorts’) sessions for the INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) certification this Spring & Summer.

This registration page is for the Thursday lunchtime Cohort, hosted by San Diego, and starts on Thursday, May 18th.  This Cohort will meet between 12 noon and 1:30pm Pacific Time.

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

Important Information:

  • The Cohort is 15 weeks long and meets once a week using Zoom. Expect each session to last 1.5 hours.
  • This Cohort is for the lunchtime sessions, 12 noon – 1:30pm, Pacific Time, and starts on May 18th, 2023, ending on August 24th, 2023.
  • We may limit this class to 50 students. Please sign up immediately if you are interested, and only if you are serious about attending.
  • The Los Angeles chapter will also offer a lunchtime Cohort on Thursday evenings from 7 – 8:30pm Pacific Time, if that better suits your schedule.  You may instead register for it here, or, you may register for both of the Cohorts. Both have the same schedule.
  • Cost: 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 Thursday lunchtime Cohort’s session that week to make it up.

Additional Information:

  • 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 and the soon to be released Version 5. 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.


* NOTE – Starting about August 1st, 2023, the SEP exam will test on the overlap of V4 and V5 of the handbook. Since the test will not contain any V5 material until Jan 2024, this Cohort will only study V4 of the Handbook. We strongly encourage all students to take the test in 2023, before V5 material is added.

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 info@sdincose.org and/or  info@incose-la.org 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 noon).

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 info@sdincose.org and/or info@incose-la.org.

Week by Week Schedule of Material (Tentative):

Session 1 —– Welcome, organization of Session. Section Assignments + Review Chapter 1 & 2 , N2 diagram (May 18)

Session 2 —– Section 3, Generic Life Cycle Stages: Emphasis 3.2 to 3.4 (May 25)

Session 3 —– Section 4, Technical Processes, Part 1: 4.1 through 4.3 (June 1)

Session 4 —– Section 4, Technical Processes, Part 2: 4.4 through 4.7 (June 8)

Session 5 —– Section 4, Technical Processes, Part 3: 4.8 through 4.10 (June 15)

Session 6 —– Section 4, Technical Processes, Part 4: 4.11 through 4.14 (June 22)

Session 7 —– Section 5, Technical Management Processes, Part 1: 5.1 through 5.4 (June 29)

Session 8 —– Section 5, Technical Management Processes, Part 2: 5.5 through 5.8 (July 6)

Session 9 —– Section 6, Agreement Processes (July 13)

Session 10 —– Section 7, Organizational Project-Enabling Processes: Chapter 7 with relations to Chapter 5 (July 20)

Session 11 —– Section 8, Tailoring process and Application of Systems Engineering (July 27)

Session 12 —– Section 9, Cross-Cutting Systems Engineering Methods, Part 1: 9.1. through 9.4 (Aug 3)

Session 13 —– Section 9, Cross-Cutting Systems Engineering Methods, Part 2: 9.5 through 9.9 (Aug 10)

Session 14 —– Section 10, Specialty Engineering Activities, Part 1: 10.1 though 10.8 (Aug 17)

Session 15 —– Section 10, Specialty Engineering Activities, Part 2: 10.9 through 10.14 (Aug 24)

Additional study sessions could be conducted by individual cohorts prior to taking the test!

What Students Will Need:

  • INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook: A Guide for System Life Cycle Processes and Activities 4th Edition,

    ISBN 978-1118999400 (an electronic version of this is available free for all INCOSE members here)

  • A copy of the INCOSE Handbook Version 4.0. Either e-book or printed; however, students may find a printed version very helpful. (Getting the Handbook – download or order from the INCOSE store. This e-book is free for INCOSE members.)
  • Ability to log in and participate in the weekly Zoom sessions.
  • A strong desire to take and pass the INCOSE SEP test!

Recommended Course Material:

1. SEP Sample Questions can be found here (free)

2. John Clark’s SE Handbook Tutorial is available for free to INCOSE members through the INCOSE Store.

3. CSEP Exam Success Sheet can be found here (this is highly recommended)


If you have questions, please contact us at info@sdincose.org or info@incose-la.org.

Thank you!



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