The SE-ZERT® program is a vocational qualification offered by the German chapter of INCOSE (GfSE). Successful applicants are awarded the title of Certified Systems Engineer. It provides the participants with opportunities to build and enhance process and content related competencies in the area of systems engineering.

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The GfSE e.V. together with the TÜV Rheinland® developed a personal certificate. The program relies on the standard EN ISO/IEC 17024 for personal certification. Accredited training providers support participants in preparation for the certification, whereby an examination committee administered by the SE-ZERT® program verifies the participant’s knowledge.

The SE-ZERT® program addresses individuals with a technical qualification from foreman, technician, Bachelor degree, Master degree or analogous degrees. It provides for enterprises a qualification of the employees via internal or public training.

According to the bylaws, a goal of the GfSE e.V. is to create a systems engineering standard & language and a uniform occupational profile. The SE-ZERT® Program distinguishes four qualification levels building up on each other. The level D is for students from licensed universities only. The entry level C sets the target to work within a team. Level B builds on level C with the further outcome of applying the knowledge outlined in level B. Level C also includes playing a role in leading small projects. The highest qualification level is level A with the goal independently create problem statements, solutions, justifications, conclusions, interpretations or judgements and being able to communicate these to others.

The goal of the certification program is:
• Establishing a cross-industry standard for systems engineering vocational development.
• Vocational development for engineers including practical exercises and training content

Its basis is:
• The INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook (German or English)
• ISO/IEC/IEEE15288 and closely related SE standards
• Overview on industry-wide standards
• Knowledge exam to verify the learned content
• Integration into a holistic concept including description of interfaces to project management and quality assurance

Upcoming Courses

Register and pay 30 days prior to the course commencement date to receive a 10% early bird discount. Or register a group of 3+ for a 10% group discount. Available for corporate training worldwide.

Europe UTC +2:00 (CEST 9:00) - (4 – 7 Apr / 2 – 5 May / 30 May - 2 Jun)
04 Apr - 02 Jun 2022
United Kingdom UTC +1:00 (BST 8:00) - (4 – 7 Apr / 2 – 5 May / 30 May - 2 Jun)
04 Apr - 02 Jun 2022

Our modules and themes:

Module 1 Themes
1.1 SE-ZERT and this Course
1.2 SE Fundamentals
1.3 Meaning and Value of SE
1.4 Uses of the ‘Life Cycle’ term
1.5 Processes and Standards

Module 2 Themes
2.1 The Learning Organization
2.2 Strategy
2.3 Standards
2.4 Infrastructure
2.5 Project Perspectives

Module 3 Themes
3.1 Planning
3.2 Assessment and Control
3.3 Project Authorization
3.4 Measurement and Requirements Change
3.5 Measures

Module 4 Themes
4.1 Decision Strategy
4.2 Evaluation of Alternatives
4.3 Recording Decisions
4.4 RIsk and Opportunity Management
4.5 Configuration Management

Module 5 Themes
5.1 Requirements Strategy
5.2 Stakeholder Management
5.3 More on Context Analysis
5.4 Requirements Analysis
5.5 Requirements Writing
5.6 Requirements Traceability
5.7 Architecture
5.8 System Integration Strategy

Module 6 Themes
6.1 Implementation Strategy
6.2 Enabling Systems
6.3 Interface Definition and Management
6.4 Verification and Validation
6.5 Quality Control

Module 7 Themes
7.1 Module Overview
7.2 Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS)
7.3 Security
7.4 Life Cycle Cost Analysis
7.5 Manufacturing, Logistics, Disposal and Environment
7.6 Human Factors
7.7 Mass Properties
7.8 Electromagnetic Compatibility

Module 8 Themes
8.1 Whole Life Cycle Strategy
8.2 Operational Reporting
8.3 Waste Management
8.4 Design and Manufacture for Maintenance
8.5 Re-User
8.6 Acquisition and Supply

Module 9 Themes
9.1 Ethics
9.2 Time Management
9.3 Communication
9.4 Behaviours and Characteristics
9.5 Relationship Management
9.6 Creativity
9.7 Teaming
9.8 Leadership

After passing the exam, each successful applicant receives an individual trademark-protected seal.

The value for individuals include:

• promotes professional development as a systems engineer
• qualifies technical, social and context-dependent competencies
• continuous education as a personal competitive advantage
• future-oriented action for successful collaboration within project teams

The value for enterprises include:

• systematic development of systems engineering resources
• improvement of business efficiency
• cross-industry comparability through standardized certification
• establishes a universal language supporting to overcome organizational, geographical or cultural barriers
• provides a simplified validation of competencies for proposals

Differences from the INCOSE SEP Program

The SE-ZERT® program by GfSE e.V., closes a gap in the certification market and ensures, however, that the systems engineering idea comes from a single point of view. Thus INCOSE with the SEP follows rather the US-oriented certification philosophy, similar to that of PMI in project management. While the European view of project management is more likely to be represented by GPM-IPMA. In the field of systems engineering, we have managed the two certification options from one global network (INCOSE) since the SE-ZERT® program follows the European approach.

As the German chapter of INCOSE, the GfSE represents INCOSE in the German-speaking areas. Therefore, the SE-ZERT® program adopted the 3-level concept of the SEP program including the related principles. INCOSE confirmed the equivalency of SE-ZERT® level C and B with the ASEP and CSEP respectively. To receive this equivalence confirmation, the related program needs to demand higher requirements than SEP. Once SE-ZERT® level C or B is passed, the related SEP certificate can be obtained against an administration fee with no further examinations. There is no formal equivalence between Level A and ESEP, but a pilot is initiated for the first 10 applicants to follow an agreed process.

The SE-ZERT program offers more content than the INCOSE SEP program. The audited training also takes account of the specialty engineering and modelling and includes a training part in the area of soft skills. Participation in a licensed course, which includes exercises as well as theory, is compulsory. This creates a high standard in vocational training, which must be concluded in passing an exam comprising multiple choice as well as open questions. In the INCOSE SEP program, the exam comprises only multiple choice.

With CTI Live-Online delivery, you will learn from experts in the SE industry from the comfort of your own home or office. This is achieved by maintaining a combination of high-quality course materials, expert instruction and significant interaction among all participants to make the learning process effective and enjoyable!

1. Register 

Complete our quick-and-easy registration process for the course of your choice. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details to help you prepare for the course. You will also receive instructions on how to connect electronically to the course.

2. Setup 

Before your course begins you will be given a download link where you may access and retrieve your class files, print any required documents and install and configure the web conferencing software on your device/s.

3. Pre-meeting

Prior to the course, an invitation will be sent to you for a 1-hour pre-meeting which will take place no less than 3 days before the commencement of the course. If you cannot attend this event, please let us know – we will do our best to work out an alternative time for you to connect and ensure all is in order for the course.

During the pre-meeting, we will check that your IT interconnections work as expected and help you get familiar with the learning environment. We will also provide a brief overview of the course so that you know what to expect and outline some recommended pre-reading.

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4. Join your course 

On each day of the course, you are invited to connect to the virtual conference room 30 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time Here, you will be greeted by your facilitator and the other learners. At the scheduled time, the course then commences!

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