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Addressing Professional Development in the Simulation Industry

Addressing Professional Development in the Simulation Industry

An Introduction to NAFEMS Professional Simulation Engineer Competency Framework and Certification

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PSE introductionIn today’s extremely competitive marketplace, organisations are constantly exploring ways they can achieve a competitive edge. In recent years, there has undoubtedly been an increasing focus towards education and training to ensure that engineers are at their technical best.

In response to the community's emerging requirement for an independent verification of workplace excellent, NAFEMS worked with numerous industry leaders to develop the Professional Simulation Engineer (PSE)competency tracker and certification program.

The PSE Competency Tracker is an online system for tracking and measuring Professional Simulation Engineer Competencies. The PSE Competency Tracker allows users to browse the PSE Competencies online and amend their competency record throughout their career. Companies can use the PSE Competency Tracker to track and manage the competencies of their individual staff and pooled workforce.

PSE Certification allows engineers and analysts within the international simulation community to demonstrate competencies acquired throughout their professional career. Independently assessed by NAFEMS, the international association of the engineering analysis, modelling and simulation community, the certification enables individuals to gain recognition for their level of competency and experience as well as enabling the industry to identify suitable and qualified personnel.

The Certification incorporates an extensive range of competencies across various analysis types. It is multi-level, supporting the philosophy of lifelong learning and Continuous Professional Development.

This webinar aims to provide attendees with an overview of NAFEMS PSE, and explore how companies today are successfully leveraging its robust framework for internal assessments.


Welcome & Introduction

Addressing Professional Development with Professional Simulation Engineering
  • Mr. Ian Symington, NAFEMS Technical Officer
Q & A Session


"People are the most critical asset of a company and as such, should be managed with attention not only on how these resources are utilized in performing specific tasks for benefiting the company’s business, but also on how the people are helped as individuals to enhance their working skills, experiences and career growth.
A tool that offers mechanisms for tracking and managing the skills of individuals is the NAFEMS PSE Competency Tracker and PSE Certification Scheme, where the objectives are focused on improved business and technical excellence."


Dr. Rodney Dreisbach
The Boeing Company



The certification for Professional Simulation Engineer has its roots in the long running Registered Analyst Scheme. Therefore all the lessons learned in the past 2 decades are part of the foundation of the PSE product.Furthermore it is a product that is well evaluated during the EASIT2 project.Without exaggerating it can be stated that the PSE deliverables from the EASIT2 project are built on the input of the stakeholders, i.e. all industry sectors from all over the world.
Therefore PSE certification has all the potential to become a worldwide,recognized standard.
Jack Reijmers


About the Presenter

Ian SymingtonIan Symington holds a 1st Class Masters Degree in Engineering (MEng) from the University of Durham and is a chartered engineer (CEng) registered with the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE).

Ian has spent the last thirteen years of his career working in the field of engineering analysis and simulation. During his career Ian has had the opportunity to work for companies involved in the creation and support of engineering simulation tools, as well as for companies using engineering tools on a daily basis to design and validate engineering products, including a 5 year period working in the UK Nuclear industry where competency management was a key issue.

In his current role, Ian helps to guide the direction of NAFEMS technical activities. This involves working closely with fourteen different technical working groups and the Professional Simulation Engineer Board which provides the strategic direction for the PSE Scheme.

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