INCOSE provides a formal certification process to confirm an individual's competency (demonstrated knowledge, education, and experience) on systems engineering. There is a multi-level Systems Engineering Professional Certification Program to recognize the knowledge and experience of systems engineers, regardless of where they may be in their career:
- ASEP: the Associate Systems Engineering Professional recognizes individuals who wish to be recognized as knowledgeable but without demonstrated SE experience. The qualification for the ASEP is possession of SE knowledge typical of a junior systems engineer, as evidenced by passing the knowledge exam.
- CSEP: Certified Systems Engineering Professional recognizes systems engineering practitioners who have demonstrated knowledge and experience in many aspects of the discipline. The qualifications for this level include education, SE knowledge, and SE experience that serve various job profiles of an experienced, all-round systems engineer.
- ESEP: Expert Systems Engineering Professional certification is for those system engineers who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating both substantial experience and technical leadership.