INCOSE Systems Engineering (SE) Certification provides internationally recognised independent accreditation of an individual’s Systems Engineering knowledge and experience.  It is supported by the leading authority in Systems Engineering.


This course is designed as a follow-on to our 5-day Introduction to Systems Engineering course.  It extends the learning from that course to focus on topics associated with the Knowledge examination associated with Certification at ASEP and CSEP levels. 


However, the course will also suit individuals who already have a basic knowledge of the INCOSE Handbook, and will be of interest to managers or staff mentors who need to better understand the process of INCOSE Certification and its associated knowledge examination.


What will I learn?


By the end of the course delegates will be able to:


  • Outline the structure of the INCOSE SE Handbook and its relationship with ISO 15288;

  • Identify and summarise key activities associated with each of the processes defined in the handbook;

  • List typical systems engineering activities performed in each process;

  • Describe the INCOSE SE (ASEP/CSEP) knowledge examination;

  • Identify areas and question formats which form the basis of examination questions;

  • Create sample multiple choice questions following INCOSE rules, to support their revision.


Why attend this course?


The course instructor will be Ian Presland.  Until December 2019, Ian held the post of INCOSE UK Chapter Professional Development Director, responsible for a variety of key initiatives in INCOSE UK.


Ian is also a former member of the elite INCOSE Certification Advisory Group (CAG), whose task is to define the INCOSE Certification process and set the examination for Systems Engineers worldwide. 


Ian is therefore in a unique position to provide guidance to UK-based delegates not only about the Certification process itself, such as application stages, application and reference form “do’s and don’ts”, the aims of the knowledge examination, but he can also place these in the wider context of Professional Development in the UK Systems Engineering community.



To comply with INCOSE Intellectual Property restrictions, delegates are required to be individual members of INCOSE; or employees of an INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) or INCOSE UK Advisory Board (UKAB) member organisation. 


Individuals who have started their INCOSE ASEP, CSEP or ESEP application through INCOSE UK will already be INCOSE members and will therefore meet this requirement.

What Does It Cover?


  • Overview of the Knowledge examination;

  • INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook structure;

  • Key Systems Engineering language and ideas;

  • Relationship between the INCOSE processes;

  • How the INCOSE Handbook tackles…

    • Lifecycle stages and tailoring;

    • Technical processes;

    • Specialty engineering;

    • Technical management processes;

    • Agreement processes;

    • Organizational project enabling processes;

    • Cross-cutting Systems Engineering methods;

  • Review of INCOSE SE Handbook appendices;

  • Formulating appropriate questions;

  • Examination and revision strategies;

  • Overview of ASEP/CSEP application processes.


The final day concludes with a short multiple choice test for delegates which follows the format of the Certification knowledge examination.  This is the chance for delegates to start to “checkpoint” their knowledge status and assess their readiness for the exam.


Generally, the INCOSE processes are covered at a high level.  It is assumed that delegates will already have sufficient understanding of the basics of both Systems Engineering and the INCOSE SE Handbook to cover material at this faster pace.


Although the nature of this course is such that information is flowing primarily from instructor to delegates, delegates will be encouraged to ask questions so that they can leave the session with increased confidence and awareness of the requirements of INCOSE SE Certification.


It is strongly recommended that delegates bring a copy of the INCOSE SE Handbook at V4 to this course. This is available in both hard and soft copy formats.  Details from

Where and the next course?


We offer both open and closed courses for between 6 and 12 delegates on a regular basis.


The course reflects Version 4 of the Handbook.  Future dates will be available shortly.


How... can I find out more?


For further details and the dates of future courses, or on how we can deliver a course to your employees on your site please email


INCOSE is the International Council on Systems Engineering

ASEP, CSEP, ESEP stands for Associate, Certified or Expert Systems Engineering Professional as appropriate