Test and Evaluation Certificate Program

The T&E Certificate is awarded based upon successfully completing two required courses and obtaining an additional 6 Continuing Education Units (CEU) from a group of applicable electives. The courses making up the T&E Certificate Program are offered to the public on an irregular basis throughout the year. The program can also be offered under contract at off-site locations, allowing customizations of courses to focus on the specific application of the customer.

View a list of individuals who have been awarded the T&E Certificate.

Required Courses

Completion of the following two courses is required for persons desiring the T&E certificate. Tests are given on the last day of class for these two courses, and a passing grade must be obtained in order to receive the certificate. (However, CEUs and a certificate of attendance are provided for attendance, regardless of test results.)

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Scientific Principles of Test and Evaluation

Description: This course reviews the acquisition lifecycle and developmental, operational, interoperability, and live-fire testing. Covers the basics of modeling and simulation, including model construction, model taxonomy, simulation applications, availability of modeling and simulation resources, and model verification, validation, and accreditation. Students will discover the relationship of Systems Engineering to T&E. Explore the development of new applications to streamline the product development and test and evaluation processes, including Design of Experiments and other statistical tools, along with their effects on T&E, M&S, and Systems Engineering. Note: Previous completion of Test and Evaluation Using Modeling and Simulation can be substituted for this course.

Class Options: When offered under contract, the customer has the option of dividing the class into two segments. The break in between sessions allows students to complete their hand-on assignment outside the classroom. The class then reconvenes to review the assignment and complete the course requirements.

Design of Experiments

Description: This course presents techniques for planning studies where the inputs to a system/process can be varied and the outputs observed. Efficient methods for determining which inputs have statistically significant effects on outputs are covered, including factorial experiments, fractional factorial experiments, blocking, randomization and robust design. A test is given to students on the last day of class. A passing grade is required for students to receive the T&E Certificate.

Class Options: As a class option for contract customers, this course can be presented in a format where an initial two or three days of training is given, then students are sent out to find an application in their work area. After 2-4 weeks the class gets back together to discuss their problems in applying the methods learned, and interpreting their results.


The following courses are offered as electives and work towards the T&E certificate. Students must earn 6 CEUs from this list of electives to be eligible for the T&E certificate. When the certificate program is offered under contract, the customer must select (prior to contract award) the three electives they wish to be presented to their employees. As an option for contract customers, TEREC can customize the existing classes to be directed towards your specific application. Additionally, TEREC can develop entirely new electives to support a contract customer's need.

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TEREC will consider transferring credits from other classes and applying them to the certificate requirements. This transfer of credits is done on a case-by-case basis using the following restrictions for guidelines.


If you're interested in receiving the T&E Certificate, let us know. Enrollment in the program is free of charge and may be done by sending an email to Dr. Steven Gordon. Once you're enrolled in the program we can approve any transfer credits, inform you when applicable classes are scheduled, and track your progress towards the certificate. Please note that enrollment in the program does not constitute registration for the short courses. You will be informed when classes are scheduled, but must still register for classes you desire to attend.

Last Updated June 12, 2012