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PSE Certification Technical Areas

PSE Certification is broad-based and designed with the long term aim of covering numerical analysis of any description used in engineering design, simulation and product verification. Currently, certification covers the following technical areas:

  • Core Finite Element Analysis
  • Mechanics, Elasticity and Strength of Materials
  • Materials for Analysis and Simulation
  • Fatigue
  • Flaw Assessment and Fracture Mechanics
  • Nonlinear Geometric Effects and Contact
  • Beams, Membranes, Plates and Shells
  • Dynamics and Vibration
  • Optimisation
  • Plasticity
  • Core Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Thermo-Mechanical Behaviour
  • General Analysis Managements
  • Verification and Validation
  • PLM Integration and CAD-CAE Collaboration
  • Simulation Process & Data Management
  • Buckling and Instability
  • Multi-physics Analysis
  • Composite Materials and Structures
  • Fundamentals of Flow, Porous Media, Heat Transfer
  • Creep and Time-Dependency
  • Multi-Scale Analysis
  • Probabilistic Analysis
  • Noise, Acoustics and Vibro-Acoustics
  • Electromagnetics
  • Multi-body Dynamics


*There are two core modules – Core Finite Element Analysis and Core Computational Fluid Dynamics. For applicants applying for certification in these modules, they must demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of the topic and how these principles can be applied to solve practical problems. These core modules should be considered as a building block which can serve as a foundation to the other modules within PSE Certification that relate to more specific applications of FEA or CFD.

Applicants can apply claiming competency in one or more of these technical areas. For each technical area in which they claim competency, they will be asked to state:
  • Their level of competency
  • Workplace experience and/or training relating to the claimed competency
  • Software system(s) they gained their experience with
  • Product types they have practical knowledge of and have applied their stated competencies to


Introducing PSE Certification (PDF)