INCOSE San Diego Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) Resources
* For information on the proposed 2021 SEP Cohorts sessions, please see:
What is INCOSE SEP 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.
The International Council on Systems Engineering has established a multi-level Professional SEP Certification Program to provide a formal method for recognizing the knowledge and experience of systems engineers, regardless of where they may be in their career.
What are the SEP Certification Levels?
INCOSE has three certification levels:
Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) – If you have just started practicing – or want to start practicing – systems engineering, then ASEP is for you. This certification is for people at the beginning of their career as a systems engineer. The ASEP has “book knowledge” but not yet significant experience as a systems engineer.
Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) – If you are a practicing Systems Engineer with more than five years of systems engineering professional work experience, then CSEP is for you.
Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) – If you are a systems engineering leader with recognized systems accomplishments and have at least 20 years of systems engineering professional work experience, then ESEP is for you.
Need Help Preparing for the Test?
The San Diego chapter can help! We offer SEP test training workshops, cohort sessions, and mentoring, and also periodically offer a paper SEP test at no or little cost to you. Please email us for availability at:
* 2021 Proposed SEP Certification Group Study ‘Cohorts’ Sessions
The LA and San Diego chapters are considering group study, or ‘cohorts’, sessions for SEP certification this Spring and Summer 2021. This would be a weekly meeting where the cohorts meet virtually to discuss, present, and interact on the INCOSE Handbook, Version 4, the basis for the Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) test. Below is the following draft information, to be rounded out this Spring. PLEASE CONTACT US at email@example.com for more information.
12-Week Cohorts Session
Proposed dates: May 26 – Aug 18
Proposed meeting day: Wednesday between 12 and 1 pm, Pacific Time, OR an evening meeting, between 7 and 8:30pm one night a week (exact day TBD).
Proposed 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 team will present their assignment. Slides will be sent out NLT 24 hours beforehand (e.g., Tuesday at noon).
Note – Students will be responsible for reading Chapter 2, Systems Engineering Overview BEFORE session 2. They are also responsible for reading Chapter 6, Agreement Processes (5 pages), on their own.
Session 1 —– Welcome, organization of Cohorts session.
Session 2 —– Chapter 3, Generic Life Cycle Stages
Session 3 —– Chapter 4, Technical Processes, Part 1
Session 4 —– Chapter 4, Technical Processes, Part 2
Session 5 —– Chapter 5, Technical Management Processes, Part 1
Session 6 —– Chapter 5, Technical Management Processes, Part 2
Session 7 —– Chapter 7, Organizational Project-Enabling Processes
Session 8 —– Chapter 8, Tailoring process and Application of Systems Engineering
Session 9 —- Chapter 9, Cross-Cutting Systems Engineering Methods, Part 1
Session 10 —- Chapter 9, Cross-Cutting Systems Engineering Methods, Part 2
Session 11 —- Chapter 10, Specialty Engineering Activities, Part 1
Session 12 —- Chapter 10, Specialty Engineering Activities, Part 2