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Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) Preparation v4.0

Guaranteed Training to Pass the Systems Engineering Certification Exam

The INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) rating is a useful and coveted milestone in the career of a systems engineer, demonstrating knowledge, education and experience that is of high value to systems organizations. The certification requires passing an extensive examination based on the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook v4.0. This three-day course provides you with the detailed knowledge and practice that you need to pass the CSEP examination.

This course walks through the CSEP requirements and the INCOSE Handbook to cover all topics that might be on the CSEP exam. Interactive work, study plans, and three sets of sample examination questions help you to prepare effectively for the exam. Participants leave the course with solid knowledge, a hard copy of the INCOSE Handbook, study plans, and a sample examination.

NOTE: This course has been revised to align with the INCOSE Handbook v4.0. The INCOSE examination changes in January 2016.

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What you will learn :

  • How to pass the CSEP examination!
  • The key processes and definitions in the INCOSE language of the exam
  • Your own strengths and weaknesses, to target your study
  • Five rules for test-taking

The course is aimed at

  • Qualified systems engineers who wish to attain the CSEP certification
  • Design engineers and systems engineers in training, who wish to attain the ASEP certification
  • (Prerequisite: This course assumes a working knowledge of systems engineering.)

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Los Angeles, CA - 17-19 May 16
Huntsville, AL - 15-17 Sep 16
Orlando, FL - 15-17 Dec 16

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Course Topics

Introduction – What is the CSEP and what are the requirements to obtain it? Terms and definitions. Basis of the examination. Study plans and sample examination questions and how to use them. Plan for the course. Introduction to the INCOSE Handbook. Self-assessment quiz. Filling out the CSEP application.

Systems Engineering and Life Cycles – Definitions and origins of systems engineering, including the latest concepts of “systems of systems.” Hierarchy of system terms. Value of systems engineering. Life cycle characteristics and stages, and the relationship of systems engineering to life cycles. Development approaches. The INCOSE Handbook system development examples.

Technical Processes – The processes that take a system from concept in the eye to operation, maintenance and disposal. Business/mission needs, stakeholder requirements and technical requirements, including operations concept, requirements analysis, requirements definition, requirements management. Architecture definition, including functional analysis and allocation, system architecture synthesis. Design definition, implementation, integration, verification, transition, validation, operation, maintenance and disposal of a system.

Technical Management Processes – Technical management and the role of systems engineering in guiding a project. Project planning, including the Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP), and tailoring methods. Project assessment, including Technical Performance Measurement (TPM). Project control. Decision-making and trade-offs. Risk and opportunity management, configuration management, information management, quality assurance.

Enterprise and Agreement Processes – How to create the infrastructure for a system development. Acquisition and supply processes. Managing the environment, investment, and resources. Enterprise environment management. Investment management including life cycle cost analysis. Life cycle processes management standard processes, and process improvement. Resource management and quality management.

Cross-Cutting SE Methods – How to support the system development with methods across all the processes. Modeling, simulation, and prototyping, including the System Modeling Language (SysML). Forms of systems engineering: model-based, function-based, object-oriented, lean, agile. Interface management, Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD), Integrated Product Teams (IPT).

Specialty Engineering– Unique technical disciplines used in the systems engineering processes: affordability & cost analysis, logistics support, interoperability, sustainability, reliability, maintainability, availability, electromagnetic and environmental analysis,manufacturing and producibility, resilience, security, human systems integration, mass properties, safety & hazards analysis, training needs, value engineering.

After-Class Plan – Study plans and methods. Using the self-assessment to personalize your study plan. Five rules for test-taking. How to use the sample examinations. How to reach us after class, and what to do when you succeed.

Continuing Education: This course qualifies for 2.1 CEUs or 21 PDUs

Qualified Instructors for this course

Dr. Eric Honour, CSEP, INCOSE Fellow, and former INCOSE President, has been in international leadership of the engineering of systems for over 20 years, part of a 40+ year career of complex systems development and operation. His energetic and informative presentation style actively involves class participants. He was the founding Chair of the INCOSE Technical Board in 1994, and served as Director of the Systems Engineering Center of Excellence (SECOE). He was selected in 2000 for Who’s Who in Science and Technology and in 2004 as an INCOSE Founder. He is on the editorial board for Systems Engineering. He has been a successful entrepreneur, systems engineer, engineering manager, and program manager at Harris Information Systems, E-Systems Melpar, and Singer Link, preceded by nine years as a US Naval Officer flying P-3 aircraft. He has led or contributed to the development of 17 major systems.. Dr. Honour has a BSSE (Systems Engineering) from the US Naval Academy, MSEE from the Naval Postgraduate School, and PhD from the University of South Australia based on his ground-breaking work to quantify the value of systems engineering. Mr. William "Bill" Fournier (CSEP) is a Senior Software Systems Engineer with 30 years experience, the last 11 for a major defense contractor. Mr. Fournier taught DoD Systems Engineering full time for over three years at DSMC/DAU as a Professor of Engineering Management. He has taught Systems Engineering at least part time for more than the last 20 years. Mr. Fournier holds a MBA and BS Industrial Engineering / Operations Research and is DOORS trained. He is a certified CSEP, CSEP-ACQ, and PMP. He is a contributor to DAU/DSMC, defense contractor internal Systems Engineering courses and process, and INCOSE publications.
Mr. Glen Francisco (CSEP, PMP) has over 17 years of experience developing new technologies, service, products, and applications for both private and government uses. He has a personable, engaging teaching style that keeps a class alive with information. He has worked as an engineer, Lead Systems Engineer, Project Engineer and Program Manager for a number of military & commercial companies to include Boeing (McDonnell Aircraft Company), Lockheed Martin (Martin Marietta), Texas Instruments, Raytheon, ELCAN Optical and DRS Technologies. His product systems have supported security surveillance, paramilitary (fire, police & EMS), automotive and industrial markets using passive thermal imaging technologies and other wavelength illuminated electo-optical imaging laser radar technologies. He was selected in the 2006 Marquis Publication of Who’s Who in America. Glen has presented over a dozen papers at security & defense symposium. He holds multiple patents in active terminal guidance missile trajectory control and low cost plastic thermal management. He is a firefighter, emergency medic, firefighting instructor, and private pilot. He developed & introduced Thermal Imaging Cameras into the firefighting market in 2001, technology saving hundreds of lives and millions of dollars in property.  

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