CTI INCOSE Exam Prep Course FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We are used to running classes at a range of sizes. A normal expectation might be somewhere in the range of 6 – 20.

In CTI’s experience, every single hour of the 5 days is utilized, with occasionally finishing up a very short time before the stipulated conclusion time on the last day of the course. There is extensive material coverage, and we frequently spend time reinforcing the learning with questions and interactive activities.

We typically get very positive feedback, from which indicates that the 5 days were well spent. In fact, it is not uncommon to receive feedback saying that the course should last two weeks!

No. We change the style of the course quite frequently, based on adult learning principles. People learn in different ways, and we often receive feedback from participants saying that they enjoyed the variety of approaches used. There are times when we present the principles, but where possible we prefer a more interactive approach.

We ask participants to suggest examples relevant to their work in order to make the theory more relevant.

It would be advantageous to skim-read the handbook prior to attending the course. A broad familiarity with the handbook beforehand will help with the learning curve.

The electronic version of the handbook is available for free from INCOSE when you become an INCOSE member.

By default, a hard copy of the handbook is given to each participant on the first day of the course. Arrangements can be made to deliver it in advance if required.

This is unlikely; in our experience, most people put in some revision time before taking the exam. It is difficult to say how much, but 30 hours may be a fair guide. However, one particular participant passed the exam on the Tuesday following the course. A gap of 3 months might be typical. We would urge you to think about sitting the exam within a few weeks of the course completion.

Yes; we are available to assist with any queries as you prepare for the exam.

Yes, particularly if an on-site course was conducted for your organization. We encourage people to keep a living list of improvement ideas as we progress through the course. This means that you can have a mini-improvements plan to take away at the end.

At the same time, the presenters have to be careful not to let discussions dwell on in-house issues, because there is a lot of core course material to get through.

Not extensively. There are some methods mentioned in the handbook referring to supporting tools. There is also material in Chapter 9 on cross-cutting methods (which includes MBSE), but the coverage of each method is at quite a high level.

The majority of the time is spent on the principles and processes of systems engineering.

This includes:

  • About INCOSE;
  • How to revise for the exam;
  • How to take and pass the exam;
  • How to submit the experience element of a CSEP application;
  • How to engage in Continuing Professional Development, and the expectations for that;
  • Additional elaborations on selected topics that our presenters can provide as time permits.

This includes:

  • The course manual;
  • The handbook;
  • Workshop worksheets;
  • A set of handouts;
  • A set of flash cards for memorizing terms and abbreviations;
  • A minimum of 3 sets of practice questions;
  • A mini-improvements plan if you were able to develop it during the course.

Do you have more questions? Let us know here. We would be glad to answer.

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