Systems Engineering Processes and Professional Competencies - INCOSE Certification

Purdue offers SYS 59000 Systems Engineering Processes and Professional Competencies, a 3-credit graduate-level course accepted by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and meets INCOSE certification requirements.

Take the Path to INCOSE Certification with Purdue

Purdue University is excited to offer SYS 59000 Systems Engineering Processes and Professional Competencies, a course that is accepted by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) for academic equivalency to meet INCOSE certification requirements. INCOSE has more than 19,300 members across 77 countries and the certification program recognizes and distinguishes professional engineers who have demonstrated competency in systems engineering, regardless of where they are in their careers.

The 3-credit, graduate-level academic course is offered 100% online and may be used as an elective for students in Purdue’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Engineering, as well as students pursuing relevant engineering concentrations. Students who complete the course with at least an 85% will prove their knowledge of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook without taking the INCOSE knowledge exam.

Who should enroll?

This course is open to current online graduate students in engineering, recent alumni who have graduated from an ABET-accredited engineering bachelor’s program, and early and mid-career engineering professionals who have an engineering bachelor’s degree from an ABET-accredited institution and want to achieve INCOSE certification distinction.

About the course and the certification

Systems Engineering Processes and Professional Competencies is 3-credits and 100% online. This course does not include any live lectures, so students can study on their own time. Students will complete 8 modules over 8 weeks of study.

The course prepares students to master the topics in the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, which is the basis for the INCOSE certification knowledge exam. More information about INCOSE certification requirements can be found on the organization’s webpage.

INCOSE certification provides a formal method to showcase competency (demonstrated knowledge, education, experience, and leadership) in the field of systems engineering. Purdue’s course teaches the life cycle processes performed by systems engineers that are detailed in the INCOSE Handbook. This course also provides additional instruction that covers the primary literature in the field, guidance on successfully completing an application for certification, and soft skills essential to being a successful systems engineer.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the organization, content, and key principles of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook
  • Critique primary literature on systems engineering practices and competencies and apply it to the practice of systems engineering
  • Synthesize systems engineering life cycle processes and competencies to create tailored applications of the concepts for an industry or organization
  • Identify key components of INCOSE systems engineering certification and create a certification application
  • Identify systems engineering professional competencies and create a professional development plan

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