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CSEP Preparation course

3-Day Course

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This three-day course walks through the CSEP requirements and the INCOSE Handbook to cover all topics that might be on the CSEP 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 Interactive work, study plans, and sample examination questions help you to prepare effectively for the exam.

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  • How to pass the CSEP examination!
  • Details of the INCOSE Handbook, the source for the exam
  • Your own strengths and weaknesses, to target your study
  • The key processes and definitions in the INCOSE language of the exam
  • How to tailor the INCOSE processes
  • Five rules for test-taking
  • Personal copy of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook
  • Our course handbook, a 218-page guide praised by students
  • Instruction on how to fill out your application for success
  • Personal self-evaluation questionnaire
  • Personalized guidance for study planning
  • Instruction on examination strategies
  • Three sample examinations to use in your study
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Technical Processes -- The processes that take a system from concept in the eye to operation, maintenance and disposal. Stakeholder requirements and technical requirements, including concept of operations, requirements analysis, requirements definition, requirements management. Architectural design, including functional analysis and allocation, system architecture synthesis. Implementation, integration, verification, transition, validation, operation, maintenance and disposal of a system.

  4. Project Processes -- Technical management and the role of systems engineering in guiding a project. Project planning, including the Systems Engineering Plan (SEP), Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD), Integrated Product Teams (IPT), 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.

  5. Enterprise & Agreement Processes -- How to define the need for a system, from the viewpoint of stakeholders and the enterprise. Acquisition and supply processes, including defining the need. 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.

  6. Specialty Engineering Activities -- Unique technical disciplines used in the systems engineering processes: integrated logistics support, electromagnetic and environmental analysis, human systems integration, mass properties, modeling & simulation including the system modeling language (SysML), safety & hazards analysis, sustainment and training needs.

  7. 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.

Tuition for this three-day course is $1790 at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to ati@aticourses.com.


Dr. Eric Honour, CSEPDr. Eric Honour, CSEP, international consultant and lecturer, has a 40-year career of complex systems development & operation. Former President of INCOSE, selected as Fellow and as Founder. He has led the development of 18 major systems, including the Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation systems and the Battle Group Passive Horizon Extension System. BSSE (Systems Engineering), US Naval Academy; MSEE, Naval Postgraduate School; and PhD, University of South Australia.

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Dr. William FournierMr. William "Bill" Fournier is Senior Software Systems Engineering with 30 years experience the last 11 for a defense contractor. Mr. Fournier taught DoD Systems Engineering full time for over three years at DSMC/DAU as a Professor of Engineering Management. Mr. Fournier 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 DoD Acquisition, 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 for both private and government uses. He has a personable, engaging teaching style that keeps a class alive with information. He has been a Lead Systems Engineer, Project Engineer and Program Manager for military & commercial companies Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Texas Instruments, Raytheon, DRS Technologies, and more. His products have supported security surveillance, paramilitary (fire, police & EMS), automotive and industrial markets using passive thermal imaging technologies and other electro-optical imaging laser radar technologies. He hold multiple patents in missile guidance and plastic thermal management. 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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