Level A

In the context of SE-ZERT® Level A the following knowledge will be communicated:

  • Application-safe knowledge about Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Management
  • knowing, understand and master symbol or domain specific language
  • master domain specific methods and procedures to gain knowledge,
  • Ability to lead a complex project with all its parameters and to take the corresponding technical responsibility.
  • Ability to accountably lead a multidisciplinary team

The primary goal for modules one to nine is „master“

Application Requirements:

Technical Qualification Professional Experience
foreman or technician according to German standard 14 years of which minimum 6 year allocated to the functional areas (minimum 3 areas)
Bachelor Degree 11 years of which minimum 6 year allocated to the functional areas (minimum 3 areas)
Master Degree, Dipl. Ing FH, Dipl. Ing. 10 years of which minimum 6 year allocated to the functional areas (minimum 3 areas)

Anyone who has a certificate SE-ZERT® level B, and the above experience and qualification, and has personally performed a study work including a self-reflection.

The examination to prove knowledge, skills and abilities comprises of a study work which is to be defended during an assessment. The study work will be judged by experts called by SE-TREC GmbH.

The assessment criteria are:

  • The content demonstrates the value of Systems Engineering
  • The content is substantive
  • The thought leadership follows a logical approach
  • Content is effectively delivered, and key concepts are integrated
  • Self-reflection is coherent
  • GfSE-ZD-016 is adhered

The assessment is like a conference paper:


The criterion is implemented in an outstanding manner



The criterion is fulfilled



The criterion has slight errors, and a small number of corrections are necessary

Still accepted


The criterion has major errors, and a few corrections are needed

A lot of corrections are needed


The criterion has many errors/inconsistencies that can be described

Many errors


The criterion needs to be completely revised and this can be proven in writing (on sources, e.g. manual).

Gross errors

The study work to be published must be written on a relevant System Engineering topic to be chosen by the applicant. Characteristics of relevant topics are multidisciplinary and/or thinking in systems and their life cycles. The proposed topics are to be submitted to SE-TREC GmbH prior to commencement, together with a declaration of consent from the applicant regarding the passing on of the topic to the experts (SE-ZERT® assessors). The paper should comprise a total of 15 to 30 DIN A4 pages, including a summary of 1 page. The study work must include an annex with a self-reflection "Examination of one's own personality and behavior in dealing with others" of 1-2 pages. The appendix serves to check whether the contents of module 9 (soft skills) have been mastered. It will be included in the expert discussion but will not be published.

The study work is returned in written form with notes and comments as preparation for the technical discussion. The study work should be revised (e.g. formatting) and resubmitted within 4 weeks on the basis of feedback from the experts so that they are ready for publication. If the requirements for revision or the time period are not met, the examination is deemed to have been failed. There is no entitlement to interview.

An examination committee of the certification body is convened for the subsequent assessment (interview). It consists of at least two experts (SE-ZERT® assessors) and the chairman to be appointed by SE-TREC GmbH.

The interview is evaluated by the experts. The chairperson leads the interview. The interview lasts 60 minutes and is primarily conducted virtually. If no travel costs are incurred due to joint participation in workshops or conferences, the interview can also be conducted on site by arrangement. If the candidate insists on an on-site examination, the travel expenses of the examination committee must be paid. 

The assessment criteria are:

  • Clarity of thoughts and statements linguistically expressiveness
  • Handling of questions and comments
  • General appearance as discussion partner
  • Conclusiveness of the self-reflexion


Excellent presentation and understanding in the criterion. Exceptional answers that match the behavior and professionalism.

<22 - 19

Very good understanding and consistency in the answers.

<18 - 15

Starting from Neutral and at the target level of the criterion. Able to move confidently in the community. A small number of errors and inconsistencies are recognized and can be named and is recognized overall as Level A.

<14 – 6,25

The criterion is understood and could be answered satisfactorily during the examination period. Errors and inconsistencies are recognized and can be partially named.

> 6,25

The criterion is very flawed and flawed. Wrong answers are given repeatedly, and the overall understanding of the SE is not recognizable during the examination period.


Das The criterion is consistently not met. None of the position statements are correct.

The subject interview is considered to have been passed if at least 60% of the achievable points have been awarded by each expert. Furthermore, in no assessment criterion may less than 33 % of the possible points have been awarded.

When applying, the INCOSE Code of Ethics and a trademark use codex must be recognized. This is to protect the seal used, which has a personal unique ID for each graduate, and is thus clearly attributable to the high-quality training.

The certificate is valid for 3 years. Recertification is required to renew the certificate.

In case of failure, a one-time re-examination can be taken at the next possible opportunity at the request of the participant, but no earlier than one month after the announcement of the result.