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Online Form Guidance

This section details the various items of information that applicants must supply within the online form in order to demonstrate the appropriate PSE competencies.

Personal Details

Applicants are asked to provide the following personal details:

  • Surname (Family Name)
  • Other Names (Forenames/First Names)
  • Title (please select from the drop down list provided)
  • Home Address
  • Home telephone number
  • Cell / Mobile phone number
  • Personal email address

Applicants are asked to provide current employment details including:

  • Position currently held
  • Organisation / company name
  • Business postal address
  • Business telephone number
  • Work email address


It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure the consent of at least two referees before the application is submitted. The referees will be confirming the applicant has acquired the competencies claimed. 

For the experienced analyst whose career spans several companies, applicants should nominate sufficient referees (by selecting the'Add Referee' tab on the online application) to ensure that all entries of workplace competencies and performance are attested. 

Referees must be of high professional standing. For example, in Europe the professional qualification Eur. Ing., in the USA Professional Engineer / P.E. and in the UK Chartered Engineer / C.Eng, or their equivalent would be appropriate.

For each referee the following is required:-
  • Full name of the referee.
  • The relationship between the applicant and the referee.
  • Full postal address of referee, including contact telephone number and email address.

The referees provided in the application will be contacted by the NAFEMS office and asked to confirm that they are aware of the application and that they are able to attest relevant details and competencies provided in the application.


Although a degree is not mandatory, applicants must possess the foundation knowledge of a first degree or equivalent. They are generally expected to have undertaken a minimum level of further training and attendance at courses, seminars and workshops aimed at increasing general background engineering knowledge and, especially, the knowledge of the theory associated with numerical analysis and its application to practical engineering problems.

Some applicants may satisfy the pre-requisites of the underpinning knowledge required for certification through their other experience.

The following information is required:-
  • Title of award, e.g. BSc Hons, Dipl. Ing, BTec, etc.
  • Subject title of degree/diploma, etc.
  • Grade or class of degree/diploma, etc.
  • Date the award was completed/given.
  • Name of the establishment who granted the award.

Career Summary

A summary of the applicant’s career is also required, including:

  • Date started in the role and date position left. For current role, state ‘to date’.
  • The job title, occupation or position held during that time.
  • A brief list of bullet points detailing the main activities and responsibilities for each role.
  • Organisation / company name.
  • Type of business / industry sector.
  • Employer postal address.
  • Employer telephone number.
  • Company website.
Add separate entries for each relevant post occupied, starting from the most recent position by using the 'add' button on the form.

Simulation Experience

PSE Certification requires applicants to demonstrate that they are competent in the Technical Areas that they request to be included in the scope of their certification. At the heart of the system is a requirement that these competencies have been developed in an industrial environment.

Applicants should complete the table, noting that there is a requirement to make the link between analysis type and product type(see appendix) and the level claimed in simulation areas.

The information supplied in this table should be sufficient to satisfy the assessors and supporting referees that the competencies claimed by the applicant are reasonable in terms of "technical area(s) selected", "level selected", "software used" and "product type".

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 Management
  • 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

Software used (e.g. the name of the FEA, CFD etc. commercial packages)

Product types worked with (e.g. pressure vessels, aircraft landing gear, bridges etc.)

Please note:

  • Client details do not have to be divulged if confidentiality is an issue.
  • Simulation experience should directly link to the competencies claimed by the applicant.
  • Given the competencies required for the various analysis types, it is not expected that an analysis type be included in the competencies claimed, purely on the basis of a single project, lasting a few weeks, for example.
  • The point above also applies for both product type and software tools.

Competencies Claimed

The decision to include a technical area should be based on the ability to demonstrate substantial industrial practice including the particular technical area.

Click the drop down box to select the technical area, then the level being claimed (Entry, Standard or Advanced) and then choose the appropriate statements – this will then be the applicant’s competencies claimed for this particular simulation area.Please note that competencies claimed should be advised for simulation areas, generic product types and software tools, by selecting the appropriate competency statements.

Applying for PSE Certification (PDF)