How do I renew?

The Certified Systems Engineer is responsible for timely renewing his certificate. If renewing is not done in time then the certificate will become unvalid and a new training and exam will be required to regain it. Renewing is required dependend on the period of validity (3 or 5 years):


Basic flow of the renewing process:

Certified Systems Engineers should keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date and expand it. This is essential since the environment, technologies, processes and standards are changing constantly. Limitation in time and the possibility for renewing using Professional Development Units (PDU) for continuing education are intended to promote this.

Professional Development Units (PDU) can be earned through activities which keep the knowledge and skills which a systems engineer needs up-to-date and expand it. The following rules apply for earning Permanent Development Units.

Level Requirements
C 120 Professional Development Units
in 5 years
B 120 Professional Development Units
in 3 years
A 120 Professional Development Units
in 3 years

Validity and required Continuing Education Credits per Level

In total 120 Professional Development Units (PDU) must be earned within the period of validity; these must be presented to the SE-TREC GmbH 4 weeks before the expiring date of the certificate. In parallel the fee for renewing must be paid to the SE-TREC GmbH. The actual fee can be found using the link to cost.

In case of illness, parent time or equivalency an informal application incl. justification can be send to SE-TREC GmbH to ask for extension.

The following documents have to be submitted to the SE-TREC GmbH: The filled renewal table, which will be provide by the SE-ZERT® office after certification by receiving the seal and a filled and signed cost reimbursement sheet for renewal.

Continuing Education Credits can be earned in the categories

  • Participation on activities of the GfSE or related organizations
    • Be a GfSE or INCOSE member
    • Attend events organized or supported by GfSE/INCOSE
    • Attend GfSE workshops or committees/working groups or submission exam questions
    • Supporting activities in schools (STEM), universities etc.
    • Perform leadership role in committees or working groups of GfSE / INCOSE
  • Training & Publications
    • Complete a technical course with exam
    • Attend course, tutorial, seminar, or webinar
    • Teach for vocational education, tutorials, seminars, or webinars
    • Write and publish articles on systems engineering and presentations on conferences or receive acceptance information for exam questions
    • Write and publish books on systems engineering
  • Working as a Systems Engineer
    • Receive patent award
    • Serve as systems engineer for a product or service
    • Inject and teach results from GfSE/INCOSE events or working groups into organization
  • Special conditions
    • Force Majeur, caused by crisis, catastrophes, pandemic, wars, etc

If more than 120 PDU credits are earned in a period for re-certification, then a maximum of 30 PDUs may be carried forward into the next period. Upon transition from one level to the next higher level and after renewal the PDU count "resets".

For further details please check the PDF document (collecting Professional Development Units) which can be found using the link to the Download area.