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One of the mistakes we find many of those looking to obtain their CSEP is misunderstanding the amount of time it takes to fill out an application. Our best advice is to hold off on studying for the exam until your application has been accepted by INCOSE and you've been given permission to take the exam. Therefore, Step 1 is to concentrate on filling out the CSEP Application correctly.


We offer a free webinar which provides an extensive overview of the INCOSE organization, the certification process, and tips on filling out a proper and effective CSEP application.    

1. Understanding the INCOSE Certification Process 

Date and Time: Jan 25th 2014 @ 0900 EST

This webinar will cover:

  • What is INCOSE?
  • What is the INCOSE Certification Process?
  • Differences between ASEP/CSEP/ESEP
  • Detail Qualification Requirements for the CSEP
  • How to fill out the CSEP Application
  • Relating your experience to the 14 SE Work Areas
  • Making sure your Experience Matrix matches your Position Descriptions
  • Tips for interacting with potential References 



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Once your application has been completed, it's time to prepare for the exam.  SE Scholar has developed a unique approach to teaching the INCOSE SE Handbook which contextualizes the various Organizational, Project and Technical processes that are necessary to realized a “System-of-Interest.” 

Part of the Process Flow diagram that the students will use to understand the 26 SE Handbook Processes with the aid of a comprehensive Process Flow diagram, We will walk you through all 26 Processes from the SE Handbook, from the Project Portfolio Process to the Disposal Process, in a logical and sequential manner,  while covering the contents of the entire INCOSE SE Handbook.  Our on-line course includes study material and numerous quizzes as well as a sample exam. These tests are based on the structure of the INCOSE CSEP Exam, These tests are based on the structure of the  INCOSE CSEP Exam, thus providing the student with a familiarity and comfort level they’ll need to pass the Exam. These tests are a valuable resource for the student and can be repeated as many times as the student desires.   

Because the INCOSE CSEP Exam is used for the ASEP application as well, this course is also suited for those applying for their ASEP designation. This course is one of the best in the industry because of its comprehensive and logical approach.

At the end of the course the student will:

  • Learn the framework of the 26 Processes within the INCOSE SE Handbook.
  • Have access to dozens of practice Quizzes.
  • Start to appreciate the context of Systems Engineering

2. Introduction to Systems Engineering and the Life Cycle Model

  • SE Handbook Scope (Section 1)
  • Systems Engineering Overview (Section 2)  
  • Generic Life‐Cycle Stages (Section 3)
  • Organizational Project‐Enabling Processes (Section 7.0 Intro)
  • Life Cycle Model Management Process (Section 7.1)

3. Approaches to Systems Engineering

  • Process 7.3: Project Portfolio Management
  • Process 8.0: Tailoring
  • Intro to Life Cycle Approaches (Section 3.4)
  • Plan-driven Development (Section 3.4.1)
  • Incremental and Iterative Development (Section 3.4.2)
  • Lean Development (Section 3.4.3)
  • Agile Development (Section 3.4.4)
  • Object‐Oriented Systems Engineering Method (Section 4.12.3)
  • Value Engineering (Section 9.13)
  • Process 7.5: Quality Management

4. Project Planning From a SE Point Of View

  • Process 7.4: Human Resource Management Process
  • Process 7.2: Infrastructure Management Process
  • Intro to Agreement Processes (Section 6)
  • Process 6.1: Acquisition Process
  • Process 6.2: Supply Process
  • Intro to Project Processes (Section 5)
  • Process 5.1: Project Planning Process
  • Process 5.2: Project Assessment and Control Process

5. SE and Project Processes

  • Process 5.7: Measurement Process
  • Process 5.3: Decision Management Process
  • Process 5.4: Risk Management Process
  • Process 5.5: Configuration Management Process
  • Process 5.6: Information Management Process

6. Requirements

  • Modeling, Simulation, and Prototyping (Section 4.12.1) a true Cross‐Cutting Technical Method
  • Technical Processes Introduction (Section 4.0)
  • Process 4.1: Stakeholder Requirements Definition Process
  • Process 4.2: Requirements Analysis Process

7. Design Considerations

  • Functions‐Based Systems Engineering Method (Section 4.12.2)
  • Intro to Specialty Engineering Activities (Section 9)
  • Specialty Engineering
  • Acquisition Logistics;
  • Cost‐Effectiveness;
  • EMC; 
  • Environmental Impact; 
  • Interoperability; 
  •  LCC Analysis ;
  • Manufacturing and Producibility Analysis;
  • Mass Properties;
  • Safety & Health;
  • Sustainment;
  • Training Needs; 
  • Usability Analysis/Human Systems Integration

8: Technical Processes

  • Process 4.3: Architectural Design Process
  • Process 4.4: Implementation Process
  • Process 4.5:  Integration Process
  • Process 4.6: Verification Process
  • Process 4.7: Transition Process
  • Process 4.8: Validation Process
  • Process 4.9: Operation Process
  • Process 4.10: Maintenance Process
  • Process 4.11:  Disposal Process

INCOSE will send you information on how to contact the Testing Organization, Prometric, to determine when you may schedule the examination.

We strongly suggest you take the exam as close to the end of the course as possible so you have the best chance of retaining the information you've been taught.  Re-Read the Handbook and if you've taken our Exam Preparation course then be sure to review the study materials we’ve provided you like the study guide and the Awesome Process Flow Context Diagram. You can even re-take the quizzes and example exam so you'll be entirely ready for the test. 

Now it's up to you. Good Luck!