Level C

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

  • In-depth knowledge of Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Management
  • Knowing, understand and apply symbol or domain specific language
  • Understand domain specific methods and procedures to gain knowledge
  • Ability to participate on the task of a Systems Engineer in a project or subproject and take the corresponding technical responsibility.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary SE-team.

The overall goal of the training for SE-ZERT® level C is to teach trainees to understand methods and procedures of systems engineering in-depth and to enable trainees to apply them within systems tasks on a basic level. Additionally, this training shall leverage the knowledge differences resulting from different career paths.

The primary goal for modules one to nine is „understand“, though the goal for the functional areas Requirements Management, Verification, Validation and Systems Engineering Management and in Implementation Processes is „apply“.

Application Requirements:

Technical Qualification Professional Experience
foreman or technician according to German standard 5 years of which minimum 1 year allocated to the functional areas (minimum 3 areas)
Bachelor Degree 2 years of which minimum 1 year allocated to the functional areas (minimum 3 areas)
Master Degree, Dipl. Ing FH, Dipl. Ing. 1 year allocated to the functional areas (minimum 3 areas)

Anyone who has the above experience, qualification, and has attended a Curriculum Level C training by an approved training provider with a confirmation of 80% attendance will be admitted to the exam.

The exam is structured according to the topics of the nine modules. The weighting and type of questions is according to the following rules:

  • Multiple choice and open questions are only used as knowledge question.
  • The total number of questions is 50 (42 multiple choice and 8 essay questions / free text response).
  • Each correctly answered multiple choice question gains one point.
  • A completely correct answered essay questions gains 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 points depending on its difficultness.

The exam duration is 120 minutes and is passed with 67 % of the possible points. In case of failing the exam, the applicant can request a repetition of the exam at next opportunity, earlies one month after receiving the exam result. After failing the third time, the training has to be repeated before getting admittance to a next exam.

The Code of ethics document and the trademark usage codex document are part of the application forms. The must be confirmed and accepted by signature. As the title “Certified Systems Engineer (GfSE)” and the seal are registered trademarks with an individual ID.

The certificate remains valid for a period of 5 years. A re-certification is required to extend the certificate.