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Intersecting Industry Needs Through INCOSE Certification

The Integrative Systems + Design Division offers the opportunity for students to achieve INCOSE certification. This academic equivalency allows U-M graduate engineering students to bypass taking the certification exam to become certified system engineers, a major benefit.

What is INCOSE?

The International Council on System Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the transdisciplinary principles and practices to enable realization of successful systems. INCOSE connects systems engineering professionals with educational, networking, and career-advancement opportunities in the interest of developing the global community of systems engineers and systems approaches to problems. INCOSE creates state-of-the-art work products that support and enhance this discipline’s visibility in the world, including documenting best practices. U-M is a member of INCOSE’s Academic Council and its Corporate Advisory Board. 

What is INCOSE Certification?

INCOSE Certification is a formal process whereby a community of knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled representatives provide confirmation of an individual’s competency (demonstrated knowledge, education, and experience). Certification differs from licensing in that licenses are permissions granted by a government entity for a person to practice within its regulatory boundaries. 

How to Earn INCOSE ASEP Certification Through ISD

INCOSE Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) awards individuals who wish to be recognized as knowledgeable but without demonstrated Systems Engineering experience. ASEP qualification is achieved by possession of Systems Engineering knowledge typical of a junior systems engineer, as evidenced by passing the knowledge exam.

To achieve INCOSE ASEP Certification, a student must earn a B+ or better in the following two courses:

  • ISD 520
  • ISD 521

How to Earn INCOSE CSEP Certification Through ISD

The INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) recognizes systems engineering practitioners who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in many aspects of the discipline. The qualifications for this level include education, Systems Engineering knowledge, and Systems Engineering experience that serve various job profiles of an experienced, all-round systems engineer. 

To achieve INCOSE CSEP Certification, a student must have five plus years of professional experience as a Systems Engineer and earn a B+ or better in the following two courses:

  • ISD 520
  • ISD 521

Application Process

ISD students who have completed the requirements are automatically considered for INCOSE nomination. 

  • After all grades are posted for these courses, the ISD Systems Engineering + Design Graduate Coordinator will contact eligible students to confirm if they would like to apply for this certification. 
  • If the student accepts this nomination, the Graduate Coordinator will put them in touch with INCOSE to complete the application.
  • Once admitted by INCOSE, students must pay an annual membership fee at the student or higher level and a certificate application fee in order to receive certification. If you have a need for financial assistance for this, ISD may be able to help.  To inquire contact us at

For More Information, please contact your program’s graduate coordinator.