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OMG and INCOSE Join Resources on OMG’s New Certification Program for Systems Modeling Language Practitioners

OMG™ and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) today announced that they have agreed to work together on the development of OMG’s new program to certify Systems Engineers and other practitioners on the OMG Systems Modeling Language (OMG SysML™) standard. SysML is a graphical modeling language used to perform Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) – that is, to specify and design complex systems that may include hardware, information, personnel, and facilities in addition to software. The program, to be called OCSMP™ (OMG-Certified Systems Modeling Professional), will be OMG’s fourth certification.

OMG, an international, open membership, not-for-profit industry consortium, maintains standards for interoperability, modeling, and process maturity including the Model Driven Architecture® (MDA®) and Unified Modeling Language™ (UML®); in addition, OMG certifies practitioners in many of these standards. INCOSE is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing the state of the art and practice of systems engineering, in part through its Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) certification program.

“It’s ideal for OMG and INCOSE to work together on this certification,” said Jon Siegel, Ph.D., OMG Vice President of Technology Transfer. “OMG standardizes SysML and currently maintains three certification programs, while INCOSE maintains the Systems Engineering certification CSEP. Working together, we can create a high-quality certification that tests SysML and MBSE knowledge and skills, augmenting the comprehensive core coverage provided by CSEP. This maximizes the value of the CSEP and OCSMP certifications to the professional who acquires both.”

“We’re pleased to be working with OMG on the OCSMP certification,” said Patrick Hale, President of INCOSE. “INCOSE supported development of the systems extensions to UML that resulted in the SysML standard, and has been a strong advocate of the use of model-based methodology in the design and development of systems. INCOSE’s vision for systems engineering in 2020 and beyond includes the use of MBSE as part of a comprehensive approach to engineering the increasingly complex systems in our world. INCOSE’s CSEP and OMG’s OCSMP, together, will provide complimentary certification of engineering core competencies for systems engineers.”

As one result of the cooperative agreement, OMG and INCOSE plan to jointly award a special certificate to systems engineers who acquire both the CSEP and OCSMP certifications. However, the CSEP and OCSMP certifications themselves will continue to be awarded separately – CSEP by INCOSE, and OCSMP by OMG – and neither will be a prerequisite for the other.

About the OCSMP™ Certification Program

The OCSMP Certification Program will enable Systems Engineering professionals to assess and demonstrate their knowledge and skills in SysML and its application to MBSE, and help organizations grow their capability in this critical skill area. The program will consist of four examinations and certifications – The first two will assess primarily the knowledge and skills required to read and interpret SysML models and, building on these, the other two will concentrate on the ability to develop models, and to customize the modeling language to unique organization and project requirements.

OMG’s other certification programs include OCUP™ (OMG-Certified UML® Professional), OCEB™ (OMG-Certified Expert in BPM), and OCRES™ (OMG-Certified Real-time and Embedded Specialist).

About OMG

OMG is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry consortium that in 2009 is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies, including: Real-time, Embedded and Specialized Systems, Analysis & Design, Architecture-Driven Modernization and Middleware and an even wider range of industries, including: Business Modeling and Integration, C4I, Finance, Government, Green Computing, Healthcare, Insurance, Legal Compliance, Life Sciences Research, Manufacturing Technology, Robotics, Software-Based Communications and Space.

OMG’s modeling standards, including the Unified Modeling Language™ (UML®) and Model Driven Architecture® (MDA®), enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes, including Systems Modeling and Business Process Management. OMG’s middleware standards and profiles are based on the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA®) and support a wide variety of industries.

More information about OMG can be found at http://www.omg.org. OMG is headquartered in Needham, MA, USA. More information on OMG SysML can be found at http://www.omgsysml.org.


The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is an international professional organization for systems engineers and corporations that rely on systems engineering to create products and services. INCOSE (www.incose.org) was founded in 1990 to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems. Today there are over 7,500 members, 55 chartered chapters, and more than 50 Corporate Advisory Board organizations from government, industry, and academia worldwide.

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