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How Much Does Certification Cost?

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* INCOSE membership will be required for all applicants starting in 2016. Membership is not required for

current CSEPs and CSEP candidates who have paid their application fee before 1 January 2016.

Description of Fees

Application fees are the non-refundable fees paid for the processing, review, and data management of your certification application. These are paid once to INCOSE when the application is submitted. The only time these fees are required more than once is if you start over with the application process.

Examination fees are the non-refundable fees paid to take the examinations at the INCOSE test provider, Prometric. The fee is required each time you take the examination. This fee is paid once to Prometric when the exam is scheduled. If you fail the exam, you may be allowed to take it again (for a total of three attempts to pass the exam during the twelve month application period) and will have to pay the exam fee for each attempt.

Renewal fees are the non-refundable fees paid for the processing, review, and data management of your certification renewal. These are paid every three years (CSEP) or five years (ASEP) to INCOSE when the renewal documentation is submitted.

Non-standard fees described at the bottom of this page may be charged in exceptional cases where applicants choose to reschedule their exam on short notice or do not submit their renewal paperwork by the deadline.

Options for Groups

Corporate Advisory Board Organization Discounts

In appreciation of the support by the Corporate Advisory

Board (CAB) organizations to INCOSE, the INCOSE Certification Office is offering CAB organization employees the discounted INCOSE member rate, even if they are not INCOSE members. CAB organization employees can indicate their affiliation on the certification application and renewal forms.

Memorandum of Agreement

Group Payment

The INCOSE Certification Office can accept a single payment from companies to cover the certification application costs for a group of employees named with the payment. The named employees have one year from the time of the group payment to complete their individual certification that includes submitting the application form and scheduling and passing an exam. INCOSE does not collect fees for certification exams; requests to pay for multiple exams using a single payment could be discussed with Prometric but have not previously been successful. The Group Application Form can be found on the All Certification Related Forms page.

Non-Standard Fees

Rescheduling or Cancelling Exams with Prometric

The exam provider, Prometric, charges a fee for exams rescheduled within 30 days of their test date. Rescheduling 5-29 days prior to the test date will result in a $35 fee. Rescheduling less than 5 days prior, failing to appear on the test date, or appearing more than 15 minutes after the scheduled exam start time will result in forfeiture of the entire exam fee. INCOSE does not have the ability to alter or appeal these fees charged by Prometric.

Late Renewals

Additional information about requirements for renewals, including late renewals, is available on the Certification Renewal Page :

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