Technical Areas Covered

Technical Areas covered by the PSE Certification

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
  • Management General
  • 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, Mass and Heat Transfer
  • Creep and Time-Dependency
  • Multi-Scale Analysis
  • Probabilistic Analysis
  • Noise, Acoustics and Vibro-Acoustics
  • Electromagnetics
  • Multi-body Dynamics

*There are two core Technical Areas – Core Finite Element Analysis and Core Computational Fluid Dynamics. For applicants applying for certification in these Technical Areas, they must demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles of the topic and how these principles can be applied to solve practical problems. These Technical Areas 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
  • Industrial simulation experience and/or training relating to the claimed competency. Applicants giving insufficient simulation experience will not be eligible for certification and may not be invited to attend a certification interview
  • For each item of simulation experience that is provided the applicant will be asked to state the software system that was used.
  • The applicant will be asked to identify the type of product that was the focus for each item of simulation experience