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©2005 CSMSlide 1 Certification for Systems Engineering Professionals CSEP Preparation Program
©2005 CSMSlide 2 Table of contents What is Certification? Realizing INCOSEs Strategic Goals Current Certification Process Requirements for Systems Engineering Professionals Systems Engineering Experience Areas CSEP Exam Information The Opportunity Certification Presents INCOSE CSEP Potential Impact CSEP Challenges Value Propositions CSMs Preparation Program
©2005 CSMSlide 3 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. CSEP Certification is voluntary. That means it is neither a barrier nor a gate to entering or exiting a job in todays market. However, it may be used as a qualifier in placement and/or awarding of contracts
©2005 CSMSlide 4 Certification – an Instrument an Instrument for Realizing INCOSE Strategic Goals Influence – increase awareness among SE professionals, employers, and educators Advance – promulgate todays State of the Art to broaden the foundation for advancement Growth – certification should improve INCOSE membership retention and stimulate growth
©2005 CSMSlide 5 5. Implement the Systems Engineering Certification Program INCOSE Top Five Priorities 1. Complete the classification of all existing INCOSE products and make them available to members on web. 2. Implement the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge and populate it. 3. Complete the INCOSE Technical Vision on the future of Systems Engineering. 4. Revise the Systems Engineering Handbook, Version 3
©2005 CSMSlide 6 Application Development 1. Verifiable Education 2. Verifiable Experience 3. Applicants Advocates (three references knowledgeable about SE) ISO INCOSE SE Handbook Version 2a Study INCOSE Application Center INCOSE Evaluation $ Completed Application And Fee Applicants own pace Take Cert Exam (Prometrics Test Center) Pay test fee Pass 3 year Certification Four to six weeks Notify Applicant Two weeks Timeline Applicant has up to one year to pass the test (three tries 3 months apart). Test is scheduled directly with Thompson-Prometrics. Current Certification Process
©2005 CSMSlide 7 Requirements for Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP)* INCOSE membership not required to participate in program SE Experience - 5 years minimum in multiple SE disciplines Education – Bachelors degree/equivalent in technical field (Additional experience must be substituted for non-technical degree) 5 more years of engineering for non-technical Bachelors (total 10 years) 10 more years of engineering if no Bachelors degree (total 15 years) Recommendations from at least 3 Colleagues/Peers/Managers who are knowledgeable in Systems Engineering Certification Exam * Application and Fee Submittals Required Application requires copy of degree transcript or diploma Application fee is $400 – discounted to $300 for INCOSE members Test fee is $80 payable to Testing organization at time of exam.
©2005 CSMSlide 8 SE Experience Areas for CSEP Certification In order to achieve successful application approval, professionals must show real-world experience in these 13 experience areas as identified by INCOSE. 1. Requirements Engineering 2. Risk and Opportunity Management 3. Baseline Control 4. Technical Planning 5. Technical Effort Assessment 6. Design Development 7. Qualification, Verification, and Validation 8. Process Definition 9. Tool Support 10. Training 11. System Integration 12. Quality Assurance 13. Specialty Engineering
©2005 CSMSlide 9 CSEP Exam Information The CSEP Exam is based on current INCOSE SE Handbook Version 2A which is available on INCOSEs web site. Exam cost is $80 per exam Consists of 120 questions 2 hours in length Pass/Fail results provided immediately upon exam completion Candidates eligible for two re-tests within the year SE Handbook version 3 is in development. Expected release is in Exam will be updated for SE Handbook Version 3 Certification is good for 3 years
©2005 CSMSlide 10 The Opportunity Based on the success experienced from PMIs PMP certification program, CSEP can drive the same success for INCOSE, and our industry Qualify the value proposition for the industry We get to invent a NEW acronym! CSEP INCOSE has an opportunity to advance the industry, increase memberships and create broad visibility through its certification program The Bureau of Labor & Statistics (May 18, 2004), forecasts employment growth in the systems design and related service industry to be one of the fastest growing occupations thru 2012.
©2005 CSMSlide 11 CSEP Potential Impact PMP ExperienceINCOSE Opportunity * *Based on CSMs projected forecast Based on historical data provided by PMI, the number of PMPs today exceeds more than 116,000 or 78% of total members. CSMs CSEP forecast using current market indicators suggests similar success!
©2005 CSMSlide 12 INCOSE Growth INCOSE - CSEP Certification Starts CSEP - 37
©2005 CSMSlide 13 PMI and INCOSE Growth PMI - PMP Certification Starts INCOSE - CSEP Certification Starts INCOSE = 5% of PMI
©2005 CSMSlide 14 CSEP Certification Challenges Increased communication of CSEP Application review lead-time currently >60 days Clarify the definition of systems engineering Limited awareness among SE community Need for preparation and training programs In order to successfully achieve CSEP awareness and participation, several challenges need to be addressed
©2005 CSMSlide 15 CSEP Value Propositions Business Value Propositions: Standardization drives predictable results that impact bottom line Reflects positive investment in staff--greater employee retention Increased competitiveness in pursuit of new business (key differentiator) Individual Value Propositions: Formal recognition of professionals expertise and experience Higher compensation – PMPs averaged more than 14% increase in 2004 Enhanced employment prospects Certification offers value to business and professionals!
©2005 CSMSlide 16 CSMs CSEP Preparation Program Three Point Program: One-day application workshop Two-day INCOSE handbook review Just-in-time support Multiple Delivery Methods: Open enrollment On-site training CSM partners Course Content: Guide professionals in organizing a strong application Handbook overview Assess individual strengths and weaknesses and together we develop study guides with students Multiple practice tests
©2005 CSMSlide 17 CSMs CSEP Preparation Program – Continued Available Delivery Methods: On-site (dependent on class size) At CSM Headquarters (Vienna, VA) Available Dates: September (20-22) October (3-5) November (8-10) December (12-14)
©2005 CSMSlide 18 Pg 79, ¶ 5 Practice Test Questions What are two aspects of the definition of concurrent engineering? (Choose two.) A.All technical disciplines are involved as requirements are developed. B.Products and their related processes are developed simultaneously. C.All technical disciplines are co-located during definition. D.Ensure that system engineering staff are available throughout the development. This question IS NOT from the INCOSE Certification Exam. The format and content are similar (based on SEHv2a), however it was created for a CSM client by CSM and Prometric, and is used with permission.
©2005 CSMSlide 19 Pg 79, ¶ 5 Question 1-10 What is a best practice for concurrent engineering? A.Ensure monthly meetings of technical staff. B.Ensure continuous integration of the entire product team. C.Ensure that the team fully understands all the user requirements. D.Ensure the availability of state-of-the-art systems engineering tools. This question IS NOT from the INCOSE Certification Exam. The format and content are similar (based on SEHv2a), however it was created for a CSM client by CSM and Prometric, and is used with permission.
©2005 CSMSlide 20 Pg 81, ¶ 1 Pg 88, Fig 7-6 Question 1-11 Which two factors are critical for Integrated Project Teams (IPT) implementation? (Choose two.) A.The team is co-located. B.To be effective, team members must maintain a constant level of involvement during development. C.The team should be empowered with the authority to match its responsibility. D.Each team has at least 5 full time equivalent members (SE, design engineering, manufacturing, SW development, system test). E.The team has cost, schedule, and performance responsibility. This question IS NOT from the INCOSE Certification Exam. The format and content are similar (based on SEHv2a), however it was created for a CSM client by CSM and Prometric, and is used with permission.
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