At 2 hours in length and based on over 280 pages of literature, the examination tests even the most experienced engineers. CTI’s 5-day INCOSE CSEP/ASEP Preparation Course gives you the perfect grounding to take the INCOSE knowledge examination with confidence.

CTI’s learning approach is based on over 20 years of sound experience. This 5-day CSEP/ASEP Exam Preparation Course combines a mixture of presentations, workshops and practice examinations. In particular the Q&A sessions ensure that any unclear topics are answered in a format that provides adequate time for the content to be mastered. This course is facilitated by world-class, reputable, qualified, expert leaders, who are highly experienced and knowledgeable in dealing with all aspects of the ASEP, CSEP and ESEP process.

This interactive course will place you in the best position to pass the knowledge examination on the first attempt.

Course days typically commence at 08:30 and end at 17:00 but this may vary on a course-by-course basis.



Key learning outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • use the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook Edition 4 as a reference and guide for current and future systems engineering developments;
  • use the terminology in the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook correctly and with confidence;
  • link the material, approach and methodology to their existing systems engineering knowledge to enhance their systems engineering skills;
  • evaluate current and future systems engineering projects in their organization;
  • explain the role of systems engineering on the basis of a project or intervention within their organization;
  • explain the elements of the system life cycle and how they play out across a project;
  • explain the different technical processes that underpin a system;
  • describe the different technical management processes and the role they play in planning, assessing and controlling a system development;
  • describe the agreement and organizational processes and how they influence the system environment;
  • understand and define the tailoring processes at organizational and project levels;
  • appreciate the application of systems engineering in different domains
  • see how cross-cutting systems engineering methods are applied;
  • list the specialty engineering activities and how they support the development of a system;
  • integrate the knowledge gained during the course into examples from their industry or organization;
  • explain how they will be assessed for the SEP accreditation;
  • use the handbook and training materials provided in such a way as to prepare for the accreditation.
Course overview

The course is delivered using a mixture of presentation, discussions, a variety of exercises and group work sessions. The course utilizes different adult learning techniques optimized for the type of content that needs to be mastered.

Throughout the course there is a strong focus on interaction, the social aspects of learning and integration with the learner’s existing knowledge framework. The result is a highly engaging course with a great degree of subject mastery.

CTI’s course will equip participants with the knowledge and information to comfortably sit the knowledge examination. Utilizing leading edge adult learning principles and techniques enables the participants to absorb and recall the necessary information in the fastest possible way.

The role and benefits of systems engineering within the participant’s organization will be clearly understood and communicated by the use of the internationally recognized terminology contained within the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook.

On completion of this course, participants will have the ability to use the handbook as a reference and guide not only for current but also future systems engineering developments.

Course Training Methods & Materials

The training is delivered using a mixture of presentation, discussion and a variety of practical exercises and group work sessions. Instead of presenting a lot of content and hoping that something will ‘stick’, the course utilizes adult learning techniques optimized for the type of content that needs to be mastered.

Throughout the course there is a strong focus on interaction, variety, the social aspects of learning, and integration with the learner’s existing knowledge framework. The result is a highly engaging course with a high degree of subject mastery.

Each participant will be provided with:

  • a copy of the Systems Engineering Handbook Fourth Edition (released in July 2015)
  • a workbook containing comprehensive workshop exercises
  • a copy of the presentation slides
  • three practice sets of training questions (trial examinations)
  • training aids such as flash cards and other visual aids
  • complimentary access to PPI’s evolving Systems Engineering Goldmine
  • complimentary registration to PPI’s monthly Systems Engineering Newsletter “SyEN”
  • post-course support from our experts

In the unlikely event of a participant does not pass the knowledge examination within two months of taking the course please contact our office directly. The participant is eligible to take the course again free of charge within 12 months.

Course Outline
Day 1
  • INCOSE certification overview
  • Introduction to the handbook and how it will be used during the course and for accreditation purposes
    • Sharing of individual “project experience” as foundation for anchoring learning
    • Scope and definitions
    • Definition and concepts of a system
    • System hierarchies
    • Systems of Systems
    • Enabling Systems
    • Definition and origins of systems engineering
    • Use and value of systems engineering
    • Systems science and systems thinking
    • Systems engineering leadership and professional development
  • Becoming familiar with terminology
  • Generic life cycle stages and approaches
  • Case studies – critique and learning
  • Development of quiz questions for examination
  • Learning review
Day 2
  • Review with quiz questions
  • Technical processes and how they support systems engineering – researching the different components of technical processes through interactive group sessions:
    • Business or Mission Analysis
    • Stakeholder Needs and Requirements Definition
    • System Requirements Definition
    • Architecture Definition
    • Design Definition
    • System Analysis
    • Implementation
    • Integration
    • Verification
    • Transition
  • Learning review
Day 3
  • Review with quiz questions
  • Continue with Technical processes
    • Validation
    • Operation
    • Maintenance
    • Disposal
  • Technical management processes and their application – orientating technical management processes within the scope of systems engineering and how they interface with other areas:
    • Project Planning
    • Project Assessment Process and Control
    • Decision Management
    • Risk Management
    • Configuration Management
    • Information Management
    • Measurement
    • Quality Assurance
  • Agreement processes – linking back to individual experience and developing new insights
    • Acquisition
    • Supply
  • Learning review
Day 4
  • Review with quiz questions
  • Organizational Project-Enabling Processes – researching the different components of enterprise processes through interactive group sessions:
    • Life Cycle Model Management
    • Infrastructure Management
    • Project Portfolio Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Quality Management Process
    • Knowledge Management
  • Tailoring process
  • Application of Systems Engineering
    • Product Line Management
    • Services
    • Enterprises
    • Very small and micro enterprises
Day 5
  • Review with quiz questions
  • Cross-cutting Systems Engineering methods
    • Modeling and simulation
    • Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
    • Functions-Based Systems Engineering Method
    • Object-Oriented Systems Engineering Method (OOSEM)
    • Prototyping
    • Interface management
    • Integrated product and process development
    • Lean Systems Engineering
    • Agile Systems Engineering
  • Specialty engineering activities – discussion of the range of specialty activities available and broadening knowledge regarding these activities
    • Affordability/Cost-Effectiveness/Life Cycle Cost Analysis
    • Electromagnetic Compatibility
    • Environmental Engineering/Impact Analysis
    • Interoperability Analysis
    • Logistics Engineering
    • Manufacturing and Producibility Analysis
    • Mass Properties Engineering
    • Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability
    • Resilience Engineering
    • System Safety Engineering
    • System Security Engineering
    • Training Needs Analysis
    • Usability Analysis/Human Systems Integration
    • Value Engineering
  • Handbook review
  • Practice exam and review
  • Preparation for the exam – format, tips and suggestions
  • Writing the exam – format, tips and suggestions
  • Course summary and conclusion