CSEP Exam Preparation Course

At 2 hours in length and based on over 280 pages of literature, the examination tests even the most experienced engineers. CTI’s 5-day CSEP Preparation Course gives you the perfect grounding to take the INCOSE CSEP examination with confidence.

CTI’s learning approach is based on over 20 years of sound experience. This 5-day CSEP Exam Preparation Course combines a mixture of presentations, workshops and practice examinations. In particular the Q&A sessions ensure that any unclear topics are answered in a format that provides adequate time for the content to be mastered. All our courses are facilitated by world-class, reputable, qualified, expert leaders, who are highly experienced and knowledgeable in dealing with all aspects of the ASEP, CSEP and ESEP application process.

This interactive course will place you in the best position to pass your CSEP examination on the first attempt.

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Stapleton April 2, 2018 8:00 am Register
CSIR, Meraka - Building 44 - Pretoria, South Africa April 16, 2018 8:30 am Register
Hilton Garden Inn - Austin North, TX May 21, 2018 8:00 am Register
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Hotel Estherea - Amsterdam, the Netherlands June 4, 2018 8:30 am Register
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Adelaide, Australia October 22, 2018 8:30 am Register
Courtyard Dulles Airport Chantilly November 5, 2018 8:00 am Register
Atlanta, GA December 3, 2018 8:00 am Register
Fundación Sicomoro - Madrid December 10, 2018 8:30 am Register

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A very valuable learning experience; well-taught and facilitated. The instructor was very knowledgeable well-prepared, pleasant and accommodating.

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Key learning outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • use the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook as a reference and guide for current and future systems engineering developments. The recently released version 4 will be used, which is deliberately aligned to the 2015 release of the international standard for Systems Engineering (ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015);
  • use the terminology in the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook correctly and with confidence;
  • link the INCOSE material, approach and methodology to their existing Systems Engineering knowledge to enhance their SE skills;
  • evaluate current and future systems engineering projects in their organization;
  • explain the role of systems engineering on the basis of a project/intervention within their organization;
  • explain the elements of the systems life cycle and how they play out across a project;
  • explain the different technical processes that underpin a system;
  • describe the different technical management processes and the role they play in planning, assessing and controlling a system development;
  • describe the agreement and organizational processes and how they influence the system environment;
  • understand and define the tailoring processes at organizational and project levels;
  • appreciate the application of Systems Engineering to Product Line Management, Services, Enterprises, and Very Small & Micro Enterprises;
  • see how cross-cutting Systems Engineering methods are applied (e.g. modeling and simulation, Model Based Systems Engineering, Interface Management, Lean and Agile Systems Engineering);
  • list the specialty engineering activities and how they support the development of a system;
  • integrate the knowledge gained during the training into examples/cases from their industry or organization;
  • explain how they will be assessed for the CSEP accreditation;
  • use the INCOSE Handbook and training materials provided in such a way as to prepare for the accreditation.

Course overview

The course is delivered using a mixture of presentation, discussion and a variety of practical exercises and group work sessions. The course utilizes different adult learning techniques optimized for the type of content that needs to be mastered.

Throughout the course there is a strong focus on interaction, variety, the social aspects of learning and integration with the learner’s existing knowledge framework. The result is a highly engaging course with a great degree of subject mastery.

CTI’s course will equip delegates with the knowledge and information to comfortably sit the INCOSE CSEP examination. Our training stands out as having been scientifically designed to this end. Utilizing leading edge adult learning principles and techniques enables your delegates to absorb and recall the necessary information in the fastest possible way.

The role and benefits of systems engineering within your organization will be clearly understood and communicated by the use of the internationally recognized terminology contained within the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook.

On completion of this course, participants will have the ability to use this Handbook as a reference and guide not only for current but also future systems engineering developments.

CSEP Course Training Methods & Materials

The training is delivered using a mixture of presentation, discussion and a variety of practical exercises and group work sessions. Instead of presenting a lot of content and hoping that something will ‘stick’, the course utilizes different adult learning techniques optimized for the type of content that needs to be mastered.

Throughout the course there is a strong focus on interaction, variety, the social aspects of learning, and integration with the learner’s existing knowledge framework. The result is a highly engaging course with a high degree of subject mastery.

You will be provided with:

  • a copy of the Systems Engineering Handbook Version 4 (released in July 2015)
  • a workbook containing comprehensive workshop notes as well as exercises and references
  • a copy of the presentation slides
  • three practice sets of training questions (trial examinations)
  • training aids such as flash cards and other visual aids
  • complimentary access to PPI’s evolving Systems Engineering Goldmine
  • complimentary registration to PPI’s monthly Systems Engineering Newsletter “SyEN”
  • post-course support from our experts

In the unlikely event of you not passing the CSEP examination within two months of taking our CSEP Preparation course please contact our office directly. You are eligible to take the CSEP preparation course again free of charge within 12 months.

CSEP Presentation Course (5-day) Outline

Day 1

  • INCOSE certification overview, including benefits and limitations of certification
  • Introduction to the Handbook and how it will be used during the course and for accreditation purposes
    • Sharing of individual “project experience” as foundation for anchoring learning
    • Scope and definitions
    • Definition and concepts of a system
    • System hierarchies
    • Systems of Systems
    • Enabling Systems
    • Definition and origins of systems engineering
    • Use and value of systems engineering
    • Systems science and systems thinking
    • Systems engineering leadership and professional development
  • Becoming familiar with terminology
  • Generic life cycle stages and approaches
  • Case studies – critique and learning
  • Development of quiz questions for examination
  • Learning review

Day 2

  • Review with quiz questions
  • Technical processes and how they support SE – researching the different components of technical processes through interactive group sessions:
    • Business or Mission Analysis
    • Stakeholder Needs and Requirements Definition
    • System Requirements Definition
    • Architecture Definition
    • Design Definition
    • System Analysis
    • Implementation
    • Integration
    • Verification
    • Transition
  • Learning review

Day 3

  • Review with quiz questions
  • Continue with Technical processes
    • Validation
    • Operation
    • Maintenance
    • Disposal
  • Technical management processes and their application – orientating technical management processes within the scope of SE and how they interface with other areas:
    • Project Planning
    • Project Assessment Process and Control
    • Decision Management
    • Risk Management
    • Configuration Management
    • Information Management
    • Measurement
    • Quality Assurance
  • Agreement processes – linking back to individual experience and developing new insights
    • Acquisition
    • Supply
  • Learning review

Day 4

  • Review with quiz questions
  • Organizational Project-Enabling Processes – researching the different components of enterprise processes through interactive group sessions:
    • Life cycle Model Management
    • Infrastructure Management
    • Project Portfolio Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Quality Management Process
    • Knowledge Management
  • Tailoring process
  • Application of Systems Engineering
    • Product Line Management
    • Services
    • Enterprises
    • Very small and micro enterprises

Day 5

  • Review with quiz questions
  • Cross-cutting Systems Engineering methods
    • Modelling and simulation
    • Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
    • Functions-Based Systems Engineering Method
    • Object-oriented Systems Engineering Method (OOSEM)
    • Prototyping
    • Interface management
    • Integrated product and process development
    • Lean Systems Engineering
    • Agile Systems Engineering
  • Specialty engineering activities – discussion of the range of specialty activities available and broadening knowledge regarding these activities
    • Affordability / Cost-Effectiveness / Life Cycle Cost Analysis
    • Electromagnetic Compatibility
    • Environmental Engineering / Impact Analysis
    • Interoperability Analysis
    • Logistics Engineering
    • Manufacturing and Producibility Analysis
    • Mass Properties Engineering
    • Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability
    • Resilience Engineering
    • System Safety Engineering
    • System Security Engineering
    • Training Needs Analysis
    • Usability Analysis / Human Systems Integration
    • Value Engineering
  • Handbook Review
  • Practice exam and review
  • Preparation for the exam – format, tips and suggestions
  • Writing the exam – format, tips and suggestions
  • Course Summary and Conclusion



  • Formal recognition of your Systems Engineering capabilities
  • Certification is a differentiator that can assist with your next career move
  • Gain a competitive advantage in your career
  • A portable Systems Engineering qualification that is recognized across industry
  • Promotes your professional development as a Systems Engineer
  • Illustrates your commitment to continuing professional development


  • Formal recognition of your team’s Systems Engineering capabilities
  • Certified Systems Engineers can be a selling point and a differentiator for your proposals
  • Can be a considering factor in your employment and promotion process
  • Motivates employees to participate in their own continuing education
  • Provides independent internal and external assessment factors
  • An effective tool for promoting professional competence