Software and systems engineering — Certification of software and systems engineering professionals — Part 3: Systems engineering

This document elaborates requirements and recommendations for certifications schemes based on ISO/IEC 24773-1, which are specific to the domain of systems engineering.

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INTERNATIONAL ISO/IEC
STANDARD 24773-3
First edition
2021-09
Software and systems engineering —
Certification of software and systems
engineering professionals —
Part 3:
Systems engineering
Ingénierie du logiciel — Certification des professionnels de
l'ingénierie du logiciel —
Partie 3: Ingénierie des systèmes
Reference number
ISO/IEC 24773-3:2021(E)
ISO/IEC 2021
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ISO/IEC 24773-3:2021(E)
Contents Page

Foreword ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................iv

Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative reference ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 Conformance ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 2

5 Requirements for certification of systems engineering professionals ........................................................2

5.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2

5.2 Fundamental components of a conformant scheme .............................................................................................. 2

5.3 Knowledge — Identification of a body of knowledge (BOK) .......................................................................... 2

5.3.1 General...................................................................................................................................................................................... 2

5.3.2 Reference body of knowledge .................. ............................................................................................................. 3

5.3.3 Alternate body of knowledge ................................................................................................................................ 3

5.3.4 Other technical knowledge ..................................................................................................................................... 3

5.3.5 Domain knowledge ........................................................................................................................................................ 3

5.3.6 Verification of knowledge ........................................................................................................................................ 3

5.4 Skills ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 4

5.4.1 Identification of skills .................................................................................................................................................. 4

5.4.2 Assessment of skills ...................................................................................................................................................... 4

5.5 Competence ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 4

5.6 Professional attributes ..................................................................................................................................................................... 5

5.7 Certification renewal ......................................................................................................................................................................... 5

Annex A (informative) Elaboration of SE knowledge areas .......................................................................................................... 6

Annex B (informative) Elaboration of skills .................................................................................................................................................. 7

Annex C (informative) Elaboration of competency areas ............................................................................................................... 9

Annex D (informative) Exemplar mappings of competencies to skills and knowledge ...............................11

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................12

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ISO/IEC 24773-3:2021(E)
Foreword

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (the International Electrotechnical

Commission) form the specialized system for worldwide standardization. National bodies that are

members of ISO or IEC participate in the development of International Standards through technical

committees established by the respective organization to deal with particular fields of technical

activity. ISO and IEC technical committees collaborate in fields of mutual interest. Other international

organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO and IEC, also take part in the

work.

The procedures used to develop this document and those intended for its further maintenance are

described in the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1. In particular, the different approval criteria needed for

the different types of document should be noted. This document was drafted in accordance with the

editorial rules of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2 (see www .iso .org/ directives or www .iec .ch/ members

_experts/ refdocs).

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject

of patent rights. ISO and IEC shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent

rights. Details of any patent rights identified during the development of the document will be in the

Introduction and/or on the ISO list of patent declarations received (see www .iso .org/ patents) or the IEC

list of patent declarations received (see patents.iec.ch).

Any trade name used in this document is information given for the convenience of users and does not

constitute an endorsement.

For an explanation of the voluntary nature of standards, the meaning of ISO specific terms and

expressions related to conformity assessment, as well as information about ISO's adherence to the

World Trade Organization (WTO) principles in the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) see www .iso .org/

iso/ foreword .html. In the IEC, see www .iec .ch/ understanding -standards.

This document was prepared by Joint Technical Committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology,

Subcommittee SC 7, Software and systems engineering.

A list of all parts in the ISO/IEC 24773 series can be found on the ISO and IEC websites.

Any feedback or questions on this document should be directed to the user’s national standards body. A

complete listing of these bodies can be found at www .iso .org/ members .html and www .iec .ch/ national

-committees.
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ISO/IEC 24773-3:2021(E)
Introduction

The ISO/IEC 24773 series addresses the certification of professionals in software and systems

engineering. ISO/IEC 24773-1 contains general requirements for such certification schemes.

This document contains requirements specific to certification schemes for systems engineering

professionals.

The concepts, and requirements for certification schemes contained in ISO/IEC 24773-1 and

ISO/IEC 17024 apply to this document.
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INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ISO/IEC 24773-3:2021(E)
Software and systems engineering — Certification of
software and systems engineering professionals —
Part 3:
Systems engineering
1 Scope

This document elaborates requirements and recommendations for certifications schemes based on

ISO/IEC 24773-1, which are specific to the domain of systems engineering.
2 Normative reference

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO/IEC 17024, Conformity assessment — General requirements for bodies operating certification of

persons

ISO/IEC 24773-1:2019, Software and systems engineering — Certification of software and systems

engineering professionals — Part 1: General requirements

ISO/IEC TS 17027, Conformity assessment — Vocabulary related to competence of persons used for

certification of persons
3 Terms and definitions

For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in ISO/IEC 17024, ISO/IEC TS 17027,

ISO/IEC 24773-1 and the following apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminology databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at https:// www .electropedia .org/
3.1
system

combination of interacting elements organized to achieve one or more stated purposes

Note 1 to entry: A system is an integrated set of elements, subsystems, or assemblies that accomplish a defined

objective. These elements include products (hardware, software, firmware), processes, people, information,

techniques, facilities, services, and other support elements in combination organized to achieve one or more

[2]
stated purposes (see INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook ).

[SOURCE: ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015, 4.1.46, modified — The original notes 1, 2 and 3 to entry have

been removed; a new note 1 to entry has been added.]
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3.2
systems engineering

interdisciplinary approach governing the total technical and managerial effort required to transform

a set of stakeholder needs, expectations, and constraints into a solution and to support that solution

throughout its life

[SOURCE: ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015, 4.1.49, modified — The abbreviate term "SE" has been added.]

4 Conformance

This document contains requirements for conformant certification schemes which are specific to

systems engineering. General requirements for conformant schemes also apply; and these are defined

in ISO/IEC 24773-1 and incorporated by reference into this document.

A certification scheme for professionals in systems engineering may claim conformance to this document

if it satisfies all requirements contained in this document, ISO/IEC 24773-1; and ISO/IEC 17024.

A conformant certification scheme may be created and owned by one body, and subsequently utilized

or applied by a separate certification body. For the purposes of this document, the requirements in

Clause 5 apply to the certification scheme itself, unless otherwise noted as specifically applying to a

certification body.
5 Requirements for certification of systems engineering professionals
5.1 General

This clause contains requirements and recommendations specific to the certification of systems

engineering professionals. The following requirements and associated criteria may also be used to

compare certification and qualification schemes.
5.2 Fundamental components of a conformant scheme

5.2.1 A list of skills that the professional to be certified in systems engineering is expected to exhibit

shall be mapped by the scheme to the knowledge areas of the reference body of knowledge (BOK), and to

the defined competencies.
NOTE An exemplar mapping is shown in Table D.1 and Table D.2 in Annex D.

5.2.2 For baseline education the recommended benchmark is for a formal engineering degree (in any

[4]

engineering field) recognized under the Washington Accord ; or an equivalent technical degree and/

or verifiable on-the-job professional training specifically in systems engineering. Equivalences to formal

engineering education shall be explicitly declared by the scheme with accompanying rationale.

5.3 Knowledge — Identification of a body of knowledge (BOK)
5.3.1 General

The necessary knowledge areas required by the scheme shall be based on a BOK. The scheme shall

document the source and authority of that BOK.
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5.3.2 Reference body of knowledge
[2]

The reference BOK is the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook , which describes the following

knowledge areas (i.e., processes, methods and activities) in systems engineering:

a) Generic Life Cycle Stages
b) Agreement Processes
c) Technical Processes
d) Technical Management Processes
e) Organizational Project Enabling Processes
f) Tailoring process and Application of Systems Engineering
g) Cross-Cutting Systems Engineering Methods
h) Specialty Engineering Activities
Refer to Annex A for elaboration of these knowledge areas. See Table A.1.
5.3.3 Alternate body of knowledge

If the scheme contains another BOK (i.e. “alternative BOK”) other than the reference BOK identified in

5.3.2, the knowledge areas of the alternate BOK identified in the scheme shall be mapped to knowledge

areas of the reference BOK. The scheme shall demonstrat
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on the internet or an intranet, without prior written permission. Permission can be requested from either ISO at the address

below or ISO’s member body in the country of the requester.
ISO copyright office
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Phone: +41 22 749 01 11
Email: copyright@iso.org
Website: www.iso.org
Published in Switzerland
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ISO/IEC FDIS 24773-3:2021(E)
Contents Page

Foreword ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................iv

Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................v

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative reference ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 Conformance ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 2

5 Requirements for certification of systems engineering professionals ........................................................2

5.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2

5.2 Fundamental components of a conformant scheme .............................................................................................. 2

5.3 Knowledge — Identification of a body of knowledge (BOK) .......................................................................... 2

5.3.1 General...................................................................................................................................................................................... 2

5.3.2 Reference body of knowledge .................. ............................................................................................................. 3

5.3.3 Alternate body of knowledge ................................................................................................................................ 3

5.3.4 Other technical knowledge ..................................................................................................................................... 3

5.3.5 Domain knowledge ........................................................................................................................................................ 3

5.3.6 Verification of knowledge ........................................................................................................................................ 3

5.4 Skills ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 4

5.4.1 Identification of skills .................................................................................................................................................. 4

5.4.2 Assessment of skills ...................................................................................................................................................... 4

5.5 Competence ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 4

5.6 Professional attributes ..................................................................................................................................................................... 5

5.7 Certification renewal ......................................................................................................................................................................... 5

Annex A (informative) Elaboration of SE knowledge areas .......................................................................................................... 6

Annex B (informative) Elaboration of skills .................................................................................................................................................. 7

Annex C (informative) Elaboration of competency areas ............................................................................................................... 9

Annex D (informative) Exemplar mappings of competencies to skills and knowledge ...............................11

Bibliography .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................12

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ISO/IEC FDIS 24773-3:2021(E)
Foreword

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (the International Electrotechnical

Commission) form the specialized system for worldwide standardization. National bodies that are

members of ISO or IEC participate in the development of International Standards through technical

committees established by the respective organization to deal with particular fields of technical

activity. ISO and IEC technical committees collaborate in fields of mutual interest. Other international

organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with ISO and IEC, also take part in the

work.

The procedures used to develop this document and those intended for its further maintenance are

described in the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1. In particular, the different approval criteria needed for

the different types of document should be noted. This document was drafted in accordance with the

editorial rules of the ISO/IEC Directives, Part 2 (see www .iso .org/ directives or www .iec .ch/ members

_experts/ refdocs).

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject

of patent rights. ISO and IEC shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent

rights. Details of any patent rights identified during the development of the document will be in the

Introduction and/or on the ISO list of patent declarations received (see www .iso .org/ patents) or the IEC

list of patent declarations received (see patents.iec.ch).

Any trade name used in this document is information given for the convenience of users and does not

constitute an endorsement.

For an explanation of the voluntary nature of standards, the meaning of ISO specific terms and

expressions related to conformity assessment, as well as information about ISO's adherence to the

World Trade Organization (WTO) principles in the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) see www .iso .org/

iso/ foreword .html. In the IEC, see www .iec .ch/ understanding -standards.

This document was prepared by Joint Technical Committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information technology,

Subcommittee SC 7, Software and systems engineering.

A list of all parts in the ISO/IEC 24773 series can be found on the ISO and IEC websites.

Any feedback or questions on this document should be directed to the user’s national standards body. A

complete listing of these bodies can be found at www .iso .org/ members .html and www .iec .ch/ national

-committees.
iv © ISO/IEC 2021 – All rights reserved
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ISO/IEC FDIS 24773-3:2021(E)
Introduction

The ISO/IEC 24773 series addresses the certification of professionals in software and systems

engineering. ISO/IEC 24773-1 contains general requirements for such certification schemes.

This document contains requirements specific to certification schemes for systems engineering

professionals.

The concepts, and requirements for certification schemes contained in ISO/IEC 24773-1 and

ISO/IEC 17024 apply to this document.
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FINAL DRAFT INTERNATIONAL STANDARD ISO/IEC FDIS 24773-3:2021(E)
Software and systems engineering — Certification of
software and systems engineering professionals —
Part 3:
Systems engineering
1 Scope

This document elaborates requirements and recommendations for certifications schemes based on

ISO/IEC 24773-1, which are specific to the domain of systems engineering.
2 Normative reference

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

ISO/IEC 17024, Conformity assessment — General requirements for bodies operating certification of

persons

ISO/IEC 24773-1:2019, Software and systems engineering — Certification of software and systems

engineering professionals — Part 1: General requirements

ISO/IEC TS 17027, Conformity assessment — Vocabulary related to competence of persons used for

certification of persons
3 Terms and definitions

For the purposes of this document, the terms and definitions given in ISO/IEC 17024, ISO/IEC TS 17027,

ISO/IEC 24773-1 and the following apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminology databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

— ISO Online browsing platform: available at https:// www .iso .org/ obp
— IEC Electropedia: available at https:// www .electropedia .org/
3.1
system

combination of interacting elements organized to achieve one or more stated purposes

Note 1 to entry: A system is an integrated set of elements, subsystems, or assemblies that accomplish a defined

objective. These elements include products (hardware, software, firmware), processes, people, information,

techniques, facilities, services, and other support elements in combination organized to achieve one or more

[2]
stated purposes (see INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook ).

[SOURCE: ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015, 4.1.46, modified — The original notes 1, 2 and 3 to entry have

been removed; a new note 1 to entry has been added.]
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3.2
systems engineering

interdisciplinary approach governing the total technical and managerial effort required to transform

a set of stakeholder needs, expectations, and constraints into a solution and to support that solution

throughout its life

[SOURCE: ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015, 4.1.49, modified — The abbreviate term "SE" has been added.]

4 Conformance

This document contains requirements for conformant certification schemes which are specific to

systems engineering. General requirements for conformant schemes also apply; and these are defined

in ISO/IEC 24773-1 and incorporated by reference into this document.

A certification scheme for professionals in systems engineering may claim conformance to this document

if it satisfies all requirements contained in this document, ISO/IEC 24773-1; and ISO/IEC 17024.

A conformant certification scheme may be created and owned by one body, and subsequently utilized

or applied by a separate certification body. For the purposes of this document, the requirements in

Clause 5 apply to the certification scheme itself, unless otherwise noted as specifically applying to a

certification body.
5 Requirements for certification of systems engineering professionals
5.1 General

This clause contains requirements and recommendations specific to the certification of systems

engineering professionals. The following requirements and associated criteria may also be used to

compare certification and qualification schemes.
5.2 Fundamental components of a conformant scheme

5.2.1 A list of skills that the professional to be certified in systems engineering is expected to exhibit

shall be mapped by the scheme to the knowledge areas of the reference body of knowledge (BOK), and to

the defined competencies.
NOTE An exemplar mapping is shown in Table D.1 and Table D.2 in Annex D.

5.2.2 For baseline education the recommended benchmark is for a formal engineering degree (in any

[4]

engineering field) recognized under the Washington Accord ; or an equivalent technical degree and/

or verifiable on-the-job professional training specifically in systems engineering. Equivalences to formal

engineering education shall be explicitly declared by the scheme with accompanying rationale.

5.3 Knowledge — Identification of a body of knowledge (BOK)
5.3.1 General

The necessary knowledge areas required by the scheme shall be based on a BOK. The scheme shall

document the source and authority of that BOK.
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5.3.2 Reference body of knowledge
[2]

The reference BOK is the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook , which describes the following

knowledge areas (i.e., processes, methods and activities) in systems engineering:

a) Generic Life Cycle Stages
b) Agreement Processes
c) Technical Processes
d) Technical Management Processes
e) Organizational Project Enabling Processes
f) Tailoring process and Application of Systems Engineering
g) Cross-Cutting Systems Engineering Methods
h) Specialty Engineering Activities
Refer to Annex A for elaboration of these knowledge areas. See Table A.1.
5.3.3 Alternate body of knowledge
If the scheme contains another
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