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Technical Areas Covered

PSE Certification

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. Certification is current available in twenty six different technical areas. The technical areas are grouped to help identify topics of interest. An individuals certification journey must start with at least one of the technical areas from the "Core" category.

Core Technical Areas*

  • Computational Structural Mechanics*
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics*
  • Multibody Dynamics*
  • Computational Electromagnetics*

Structural Analysis Technical Areas

  • Dynamics and Vibration
  • Thermo-Mechanical Behaviour
  • Buckling and Instability
  • Nonlinear Geometric Effects and Contact

Material Behaviour Technical Areas

  • Materials for Analysis and Simulation
  • Fatigue
  • Flaw Assessment and Fracture Mechanics
  • Plasticity
  • Composite Materials and Structures
  • Creep and Time-Dependency

Advanced Numerical Methods Technical Areas

  • Optimisation
  • Multiphysics
  • Multi-Scale
  • Probabilistic Analysis
  • Noise, Acoustics and Vibro-Acoustics

Engineering Fundamentals Technical Areas

  • Mechanics, Elasticity and Strength of Materials
  • Beams, Membranes, Plates and Shells
  • Fundamentals of Heat, Flow and Mass Transfer

Analysis Management

  • Management General
  • Verification and Validation
  • PLM Integration and CAD-CAE Collaboration
  • Simulation Data Management


Fluid Flow Technical Areas

  • Multispecies, Reaction & Combustion

*There are four core Technical Areas. Applicants applying for certification in these Technical Areas 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 technical areas within PSE Certification.

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