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Systems Software Integrator (SSI) Certification

The SSI certification program is designed for professionals engaged in the integration of software into physical systems. The certification exam covers four domains:

  • program management
  • quality assurance
  • systems integration
  • risk mitigation

Technical areas covered include document and data management, version control, requirements specification, validation and verification, care and custody control, cybersecurity postures, and functional safety. Review the content outline for full details.

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To apply - Please log into your NICET account or if you are a first time applicant, create one here.

Once you have created and/or logged in to your NICET account, the first step is the click apply and then search for SSI in the search bar.

General Requirements for Certification

Requirements for Software Integrator certification include the following:

6 YEARS EXPERIENCE with high school diploma or equivalent


3 YEARS EXPERIENCE with Bachelor’s degree

Qualified candidates must submit an application, complete a work history description that documents and meets specific industry related experience, and pass the certification exam.

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The SSI exam is delivered on a computer at Pearson Vue Testing Centers. Computer-based testing (CBT) allows NICET to extend several benefits to our candidates: more flexible exam dates and appointment times, immediate scheduling and confirmation, and quicker exam scoring.

What is the Test Like?

The Systems Software Integrator (SSI) certification exam includes 125 multiple choice questions. You will have 135 minutes (2 hours 15 minutes) to complete the exam, including the NDA (non disclosure agreement) and tutorial.

The exam will be administered on a computer at a proctored test center managed by a test administration company. These exams are normally closed book; any exception to this policy will be stated in the test information for that program. The content outline for the program will serve as the guide to what will be covered on the test. Each test session begins with a tutorial allowing you to get used to the process.

Each test session begins with a tutorial allowing you to get used to the process. During the test, you will see one question at a time, but can move forward or backwards to view or review other questions. Some questions include a graphic or document to be viewed by clicking on the exhibit button. Exhibits may be in color. Correct answers will usually be selected by clicking the boxes next to the answers. In a few questions, you may be presented a picture and asked to click on the part of the picture that correctly answers the question. Questions may have more than one correct answer, but in those cases, you will be told how many answers to choose. You will receive your score at the conclusion of your test session.

NOTE: You will be required to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) to begin your examination. Failure to accept will result in a failed score and fees will be forfeited. The NDA that will be displayed is:

You must accept the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) below in order to take this exam.

I understand that NICET tests and test questions are owned and copyrighted by NICET and affirm that I will not share the content of any NICET examination with any other person. I acknowledge that divulging the contents of this examination to others in any manner is expressly forbidden and may subject me to sanctions.”

Your appointment time will be 10 minutes longer to cover an introductory tutorial section before your exam begins. Any unused time will NOT extend the time allotted for answering exam questions.


A calculator is built into the exam. Please see the CBT Calculator Preview for information about the onscreen calculator. Candidates may not bring any additional calculators into the testing room.

Applicants with a disability as defined in Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act who may be placed at a disadvantage when taking a NICET certification examination may request a testing accommodation by contacting test@nicet.org prior to scheduling testing. Each request will be evaluated individually and every effort will be made to offer reasonable accommodations to qualifying applicants. There will be no additional charges to qualifying applicants for these accommodations. NICET will contact the applicant to arrange a mutually suitable accommodation.

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Alex Sharpe, Sharpe Management Consulting, LLC
Anthony Dezonno, The Boeing Company
Bill Scheible
Brad Wilcox, GHD Inc. and BCA Technology USA Inc.
Brandy Smith
Courtney Wright
Darren Crawford
David Schulze, Systems Integrations
Edward S. Pound, Operations Science Institute
Eric T. Kemp, US Space Force
Frank N. Kremm
Girija Subramaniam, Forcing Function LLC
John J Keane Jr
Jonathan Karakostas
Jonathan Chua
Jose Noriega
Jose Velez

Julie C. Chatman
Krista Krcmarik Kemper, Kemper Engineering Services, LLC
Larry Costin
Mike O’Neal, P.E., O’Neal International Consulting, PLLC
Najib K Nabi
William Scheible, Scheible Group
Parker Bauer, AFSC/Software
Patrick J. Burke SET, Columbia University in the City of New York
Robert Kalescky, Southern Methodist University
Spencer M. Cockrell
Steven Withrow, EDF Renewables North America
Susan E. Ronning, P.E., PMP, ASEP, ADCOMM Engineering LLC
Tim Austin, PE
Tony Turner
Bill Sheehan, Everon Solutions

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