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.

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SE-ZERT® is a personal systems engineering competency program of the German Chapter of INCOSE, GfSE e.V. together with the TÜV Rheinland®. The program conforms to the ISO/IEC 17024 standard for personal certification. CTI, as an accredited SE-ZERT® training provider, supports participants in preparation for the certification, whereby an examination administered by SE-TREC GmbH verifies the participant’s knowledge.

SE-ZERT® is intended for individuals with a technical qualification such as a technician, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or similar degree. The program provides, for enterprises, a further qualification for employees of the enterprise by means of a program incorporating mandatory corporate or public training delivered by an accredited SE-ZERT® training provider.

According to the bylaws for SE-ZERT®, a goal of the GfSE e.V. is to create a systems engineering standard and language and a uniform occupational profile. The SE-ZERT® Program involves four qualification levels, each building on the previous. Level D is for students from licensed universities only. The entry-level C has the target to work within a team. Level B builds upon level C with the further outcome of applying additional knowledge defined for level B. Level B also includes playing a role in leading small projects. Level A has the capability goal of independently creating problem statements, solutions, justifications, conclusions, interpretations, and judgments and effectively communicating these to others.

Standard fee: €6499

Reduced fee: 10% early bird and group discount

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Level B
Europe UTC +2:00 (CEST 9:00AM) CTI Live-Online
Day 1: September 19
Day 2: September 23
Day 3: September 25
Day 4: September 26
Day 5: September 30
Day 6: October 2
Day 7: October 7
Day 8: October 9
Day 9: October 10
Day 10: October 14
Day 11: October 16
Day 12: October 17
19 Sep – 17 Oct 2024
Level B
United Kingdom UTC +1:00 (BST 8:00AM) CTI Live-Online
Day 1: September 19
Day 2: September 23
Day 3: September 25
Day 4: September 26
Day 5: September 30
Day 6: October 2
Day 7: October 7
Day 8: October 9
Day 9: October 10
Day 10: October 14
Day 11: October 16
Day 12: October 17
19 Sep – 17 Oct 2024

Our modules and 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 values 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 values 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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