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1 INCOSE Certification of Systems Engineers Program Program Status ReportEileen Arnold, CSEPOctober 2007This brief is intended for use in briefing INCOSE chapters and other groups interested in the status of the INCOSE Certification Program. It is recommended that a member of the INCOSE Certification Program Office CAG (Certification Advisory Group) present this brief in order to more accurately answer questions.This briefing is best shown in slide show format to focus the viewers attention to the speaker’s message.Some of the charts may be eliminated if a shorter briefing is desired. A note to this effect is included in the speaker’s notes as to good candidates for elimination.
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3 Topics Introduction Benefits Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) RequirementsCertification ProcessProgram AccomplishmentsPath ForwardCommunicationsThis Briefing Agenda is a result of the work completed at the INCOSE 2005 International Symposium in Rochester, NY from 9-15 July.The contents are a brief synopsis of each topic area. Additional information is available from INCOSE and is sighted later in the brief.The Background emphasizes salient points of the Program’s history and reasons why the Program was established for the audience’s basic understanding.
4 What Is Certification?Certification is an occupational designation issued by an organization that provides confirmation of an individual's qualifications (specific knowledge and/or skill level) in a specified profession or occupational specialty.Certification is voluntary. That means it is neither a barrier nor a gate to entering or exiting a job. However, it may be used as a qualifier in placement.The definition of Certification is important for the understanding of the topic.Certification is not a license which is a government granted permission to practice a skill within the government’s boundaries.A certificate is a document that confirms successfully completing a training or education program.
5 What Is Certified?Individual has Basic Skills to Perform Fundamental SE Tasks and is able to make a Productive Contribution in most work situations.Initial Certification is at SE Foundation LevelThe definition of Certification is important for the understanding of the topic.Certification is not a license which is a government granted permission to practice a skill within the government’s boundaries.A certificate is a document that confirms successfully completing a training or education program.
6 Topics Introduction Benefits Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) RequirementsCertification ProcessProgram AccomplishmentsPath ForwardCommunicationsThis Briefing Agenda is a result of the work completed at the INCOSE 2005 International Symposium in Rochester, NY from 9-15 July.The contents are a brief synopsis of each topic area. Additional information is available from INCOSE and is sighted later in the brief.The Background emphasizes salient points of the Program’s history and reasons why the Program was established for the audience’s basic understanding.
7 Benefits of CSEP Certification Formally Recognizes Your SE CapabilitiesDistinguishes You from Others within Your Professional FieldProvides Competitive Advantage to You and Your CompanyFurthers Your Professional SE DevelopmentHelps Advance the State of the Art and Practice of SE
8 Who Is Certification for? Everyone interested in being recognized formally for their systems engineering capabilities
9 Is CSEP Certification for INCOSE Members Only? No, Certification Is Open to EveryoneParticipation Is VoluntaryINCOSE Members Receive Reduced Rates for Initial Certification and Renewal
10 Topics Introduction Benefits Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) RequirementsCertification ProcessProgram AccomplishmentsPath ForwardCommunicationsThis section delineates the requirements of the Certification Program.
11 Requirements for Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP)* SE Experience - 5 years minimum in multiple SE disciplines2. Education – Bachelor’s degree/equivalent in technical field(Additional experience must be substituted for non-technical degree)5 more years of engineering for non-technical Bachelor’s (total 10 years)10 more years of engineering if no Bachelor’s degree (total 15 years)3. Experience confirmation & recommendations from at least 3 Colleagues/Peers/Managers who are knowledgeable in SEPass Certification Exam* Application and Fee Submittals RequiredApplication requires copy of degree transcript or diplomaApplication fee is $400 – discounted to $300 for INCOSE membersTest fee is $80 payable to Test Organization when scheduling examExplain this chart slowly.Emphasize minimum 5 years of SE Experience.Explain degree variation effect on experience requirement.Point out reference details.On the application submittal, remind them that they must submit a COPY of their degree transcript, or diploma. They can scan these in to electronic form for submittal. Warn them not to submit an actual diploma because we will not send it back.Note INCOSE cost advantage, and test payment is made at time of test.Be sure to emphasize INCOSE membership is not a requirement.INCOSE membership not required to participate in program
12 SE Disciplines Qualifying for SE Experience Requirements EngineeringRisk and Opportunity ManagementBaseline ControlTechnical PlanningTechnical Effort AssessmentDesign DevelopmentQualification, Verification, and ValidationProcess DefinitionTool SupportTrainingSystem IntegrationQuality AssuranceSpecialty EngineeringOtherDo not attempt to address each item on this list. Just mention that these 13 areas are taken directly from the handbook, and give broad coverage to all aspects of SE.Also note the application contains another area called “Other”. This permits the applicants to explain their experience in an area that they can not fit into one of the other areas.Also remind them that a minimum of three of these areas must be included in the applicant’s experience.
13 Exam InformationExam is based on current INCOSE SE Handbook Version 3.1 which is available to members on the INCOSE web siteSE Handbook Version 2A can be used through June 2008Current exam is 2 hours in lengthCurrent exam has 120 questions (98 scored, 22 Beta questions)Pass/Fail results provided immediately upon exam completionCandidates eligible for two re-tests within one year of application submittalExam cost is $80 per attemptExam is being updated for SE Handbook Version 3.1. INCOSE eNote notification of transition to exclusively use the SE Handbook 3.1 as of July 2008.Explain this chart slowly.Be sure to mention the SE Handbook is downloadable free to INCOSE members.Also explain each candidate can take the exam up to three time in order to pass, however they must be at least 3 months apart, and all 3 exams must be taken within the maximum 1 year application/certification process. The applicant must also pay for each exam at the time it is taken.Also note as the INCOSE SE Handbook is updated, the exam will be updated to match its contents.
14 Exam Question FormatWhich are three justifications for Configuration Management? (Choose three)Facilitates communicationEncourages requirements changesPrevents requirements changesForces change evaluationsControl requirements changesThis question IS NOT from the INCOSE Certification Exam.The format and content (based on SEHv2a) are similar to exam questions.XSEHv2A Ref.Pg 48, ¶1Pg 46, ¶2This is an example of the types of questions on the certification exam.This is not actual exam question. It has been formulated from material in the INCOSE Handbook Version 2a (SEHv2a).Pose this as a question, and get audience responses.Emphasis the format and style of the question and the number and choices of the answers.
15 Exam Materials SE Handbook Copies of the current version of the Systems Engineering Handbook may be obtained from INCOSE. A soft copy may be downloaded free by INCOSE members at . Printed copies may be obtained for a fee of $20 US by members and $60 US by non-members.Books, tablets and electronic devices are not permitted during an examination“Practice Exams” are not currently availableSample questions may be made available in the future when current questions are “retired” and replaced by others in the examination.
16 INCOSE Handbook Version 3.1 3 Generic Life Cycle Stages3.1 Introduction3.2 Life Cycle Characteristics3.3 Life Cycle Stages3.4 Development Stage Approaches3.5 Introduction to three cases4 Technical Processes4.1 Introduction4.2 Stakeholder Requirements Definition Process4.3 Requirements Analysis Process4.4 Architectural Design Process4.5 Implementation Process4.6 Integration Process4.7 Verification Process4.8 Transition Process4.9 Validation Process4.10 Operation Process4.11 Maintenance Process4.12 Disposal Process
17 INCOSE Handbook Version 3.1 5 project processes5.1 Introduction5.2 Project Planning Process5.3 Project Assessment Process5.4 Project Control Process5.5 Decision-Making Process5.6 Risk and Opportunity Management Process5.7 Configuration Management Process5.8 Information Management Process6 Enterprise and Agreement Processes6.1 Introduction6.2 Enterprise Environment Management Process6.3 Investment Management Process6.4 System Life Cycle Processes Management Process6.5 Resource Management Process6.6 Quality Management Process6.7 Acquisition Process6.8 Supply Process
18 INCOSE Handbook Version 3.1 7 Enabling Systems Engineering Process Activities7.1 Decision Management7.2 Requirements Management7.3 Risk and Opportunity Management8 Systems Engineering Support Activities8.1 Acquisition and Supply8.2 Architectural Design8.3 Configuration Management8.4 Information Management8.5 Investment Management8.6 Project Planning8.7 Quality Management8.8 Resource Management8.9 Validation8.10 Verification
19 INCOSE Handbook Version 3.1 9 Specialty Engineering Activities9.1 Design for Acquisition Logistics – Integrated Logistics Support9.2 Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis 9.3 Environmental Impact Analysis9.4 Human Systems Integration9.5 Mass Properties Engineering Analysis9.6 Modeling, Simulation, and Prototyping9.7 Safety & Health Hazard Analysis9.8 Sustainment Engineering Analysis9.9 Training Needs Analysis
20 Requirements for CSEP 3-Year Renewal* Continuing Education during Prior 3 Years Professional Development Units (PDUs)* Renewal Application and Fee SubmittalsMust be submitted before current certification period endsContinuing education log submittal requiredRenewal Fee is $100 – discounted to $50 for INCOSE membersLet them know that there is a prescribed log form online that can be downloaded for recording their continuing education.Highlight that they must initiate the renewal process prior to their existing Certification Expiration date.Again, point out INCOSE Membership is not required, however it does provide a cost savings.INCOSE membership not required to participate in program
21 Continuing Education Credits for Certification Renewal Education ActivityCredit1 College or unit semester hour45 PDU1 College or unit quarter hour 30 PDU1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU)10 PDU1 Professional Development Hour (PDH)1 PDU1 hour of teaching of professional development coursework. Teaching credit is awarded for teaching a course/seminar for the first time only. Not applicable to full-time faculty.2 PDUAuthoring published papers, articles or books in any area relevant to practice1 hour of participation in professional and technical society working groups/managementPatents 1 hour of professional development in coursework, seminars, or professional or technical presentation made at meetings, conventions, conferences, or exam preparationHighlight that this table identifies ways for earning continuing education credits.Point out that these credits may be earned over a three year time period, and that as many as 30 PDUs may be carried forward.
22 Topics Introduction Benefits Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) RequirementsCertification ProcessProgram AccomplishmentsCommunicationsThis section outlines the Certification Program intent, organization, and roles and responsibilities.
23 Certification Process Diagram INCOSE SE HandbookVersion 3.1StudyApplicationDevelopment1. VerifiableEducation2. VerifiableExperience3. Applicant’sAdvocates (three references knowledgeable about SE)Applicant’s own paceTimelineNotifyApplicantTwo weeks$Submit CompletedApplicationAnd FeeINCOSECenterEvaluationFour to six weeksPass3 yearCertificationNotifyApplicantPay test feeSchedule & Take Exam(Prometrics Test Center)Applicant’s own paceWalk the Class through the certification process – Talk to one Process Section at a timeDevelop ApplicationDocumented Systems Engineering experience (Specialize resume for SE experience)Applicants Education (Transcript of degree)Applicants’ Advocates recommendation (Choose carefully, and wisely, and find people who can communication your experience and qualifications)Payment to INCOSESubmit application and application fee to Certification Program Office. submittal and online payment preferred.INCOSE reviews Application and notifies applicant of its statusApplication approvalProvides applicant with test authorizationProvides test web site informationApplication disapprovalWhat if the application is not accepted? – There is an appeal process! (Briefly describe)The applicant will be notified as to what areas need additional information, proof or may result in finding additional advocates.Study current INCOSE Handbook and ISO for the exam. Hopefully your study began before you prepared application. (Confirm correct version of Handbook)Schedule and take exam.Schedule appointment with the Prometrics test centers, pay, and take the exam (Approximately 2 hours)Pass/Fail Notification of the Exam will be immediateCertification Awarded. INCOSE will send the successful candidate a certificate and CSEP card – good for 3 yearsRenewal. Once the candidate has been awarded CSEP status – he/she must start accumulating PDUs for certification renewal within the 3-year period.Applicant has up to one year to pass the test (three tries 3 months apart). Test is scheduled directly with Thompson-Prometrics.
24 Time for Steps B-F: Shortest is 37 days, Average is 147 days How Long Will It Take Me toBecome Certified?There is no one answer. Much depends on the applicant.TimeApplicantDownloads information from INCOSE web pageCollects informationFills out and submits forms viaPays fee on-lineA. ??????ApplicantSchedules exam with test organizationTakes exam at test siteReceives results immediatelySchedules another exam if neededE. Averaging 62 daysReferences submit recommendations via to INCOSE. Applicant submits missing material.C. Averaging 50 daysGo through this slide very slowly. Emphasize that the applicant is the main pacer for most parts of the certification process, and thus the length of the process.INCOSE involvement for processing is restricted by procedure to approximately 2 months.Note: We will collect metrics to establish a better historical estimate.INCOSEReceives application & feeChecks completeness of submittalNotifies applicant by that application was received and is complete or has missing materialB. < 2 weeksINCOSEReceives recommendations from references and missing informationEvaluates education and experienceNotifies applicant of evaluation results. If minimum requirements are met, authorizes examD. Averaging 21 daysINCOSE sends CSEP certificate via postal mail to applicantF. < 2 weeksTime for Steps B-F: Shortest is 37 days, Average is 147 days
25 CSEP Courses Available Several Choices(We are not advocating one over another)Hampton Roads Chapter (John Clark)INCOSE Technical ProductTwo-day tutorial at INCOSE SymposiumOn-Line tutorial (Oct 5, 11 weeks, $100)Center for Systems ManagementThe course is delivered over three days and includes two parts.Part one includes a one-day workshop (creating a strong CSEP application)Part two focuses on the SE Handbook in which the CSEP exam is based and includes pre-practice tests.Students are provided a study guide
26 Topics Introduction Benefits Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) RequirementsCertification ProcessProgram AccomplishmentsPath ForwardCommunicationsThis section provides the historical milestones associated with the Program, and their status.
27 Recent Accomplishments Full Processing & User-Friendly Forms154 CSEPsCompany Group Discounts OfferedIf time limited, say that we begin to develop the program in 2002 and that it is now available to the public.Explain IS means International Symposium and IW means International Workshop.
28 Certifications by Company* *51 Companies Have 1 CSEP. Data as of 1 October2007
29 Certifications by Region* (2 or more) *11 States Have 1 CSEP. Data as of 1 October 2007
30 8 Certifications Outside of USA AustraliaBelgiumCanada (2)IndiaNorway (2)Republic of Korea
31 Group DiscountsAvailable to INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board OrganizationsMinimum of 10 Employee Names in Group Package Submittal with FeeDiscount is 10% of Normal Application FeeApplies to Non-INCOSE EmployeesNot Applicable to Exam Fee
32 Topics Introduction Benefits Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) RequirementsCertification ProcessProgram AccomplishmentsPath ForwardCommunicationsThis sections provides an overview of the Program Communications.
33 Path Forward – What is coming Exam transition to SEH V3.1. July, 2008V3.0 shifted in paradigm toward global industry application consistent with the Systems Engineering Vision. V3.1 retains the global industry flavor.US DoD/DAU Acquisition Extensions to the CSEPTargeted towards DoD Acquisition professionalsEntry-Level (Associate) CertificationExam-only variant for those lacking 5 years of SE experienceSenior-Level (Masters) CertificationReference-only variant for those with significant SE experienceRegistered Education Provider InitiativeINCOSE endorsement of CSEP-related education and training
34 Topics Introduction Benefits Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) RequirementsCertification ProcessProgram AccomplishmentsPath ForwardCommunicationsThis sections provides an overview of the Program Communications.
35 Forms & Processing Via Email Where Do I Find More Information?INCOSE Certification web site at154 CSEPs to DateForms & Processing Via
36 Posted Certification Program Details INCOSE Certification Web Area atIntroduction and Overview BriefingCertification RequirementsCertification Renewal RequirementsCertification FeesOnline PaymentCertification ExamContinuing EducationExperience Applicable to CertificationColleagues/Peers Used for ReferencesCertification FormsEthics StatementFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs - 51)Possible Future Levels of CertificationCertification Reconsideration AppealCertified Systems Engineering Professionals (154)This chart lists the various sections of the Certification Website. Point out the website address, and briefly cover the sections.This chart can be synopsized to just the web address, if short on time.
37 Any Questions? Additional Contacts: Certification Office: incose.orgDave Walden, CSEPCertification Program Manager:
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