Certified CMMI® Professional

Elevate quality and performance in your organization.

The Certified CMMI® Professional, designed for experienced process, performance, and quality professionals, provides guidance for elevating and maintaining skills within strategically targeted areas deemed most critical to organizations. This rigorous certification validates your ability to:

  • Provide organizational road maps for enduring elevated performance

  • Coach team members on how to improve performance

  • Lead ongoing organizational change efforts

  • Establish a culture of continuous improvement


For Certified CMMI® Professional exam. Additional cost to complete prerequisites.

Meet Required Experience
  • 3 to 5 years of work experience
  • 2 years of management experience
  • 2 years of process improvement experience
Attain CMMI® Prerequisites
  • Introductory CMMI® Course
  • CMMI® Associate Exam
  • Applying CMMI® Advanced Course

Certified CMMI® Professional


plus cost of CMMI® prerequisites

Understand Eligibility

Becoming a Certified CMMI® Professional ensures that you join an elite group of management professionals. To qualify, you must submit your resume or LinkedIn profile showing that you meet all required experience and CMMI® prerequisites.

Meet required experience:

Prerequisites include:

  • Build organizational capability through taking CMMI® Institute Partner instructor-led introductory courses OR through completing the online self-paced elearning Fundamentals of CMMI® course. The online course covers three models: CMMI® for Development, CMMI® for Services, and CMMI® for Acquisition.


    Alternative training options

    Instructor-led learning:

    • Intro to CMMI® for Development
    • Intro to CMMI® for Services

    Up to $3000*

    *Price varies by location

  • Test your knowledge and understanding of all three CMMI® models: Acquisition, Development, and Services. Access information and pricing about the Associate Exam here.

  • Make yourself an invaluable resource in your organization by taking Advancing Organizational Capability: Applying CMMI® and gaining best-in-class leadership skills. This course will give you practical skills to guide your organization's improvement efforts across business disciplines and CMMI models. 

Download prerequisite details

Learn How to Apply

Professional Qualification Exam

The Certified CMMI® Professional application takes less than 10 minutes to complete if your resume or LinkedIn profile reflects that you meet work experience requirements.

Click “Apply” and confirm that you have:

  • Completed the prerequisite courses
  • Passed the Associate Exam
  • Qualified for the exam with your background experience by submitting a resume or your LinkedIn profile

It’s that simple. You will receive approval or feedback on your application within 5 business days. Once your application is approved, you may register for the 60 question multiple-choice exam. Take the proctored exam from home, work, or any other location of your choice.  For more information, see the Exam FAQs page.

Once you pass the CMMI® Professional Exam:

  • You will be able to access your Certified CMMI® Professional certificate immediately
  • Your name will be added to the Certified CMMI® Professional directory within 1-2 weeks
  • Your certification will be valid for three years

Click apply to get started.


plus cost of CMMI® prerequisites

Maintain Certification

Once certified, Certified CMMI® Professionals must keep their knowledge and skills current by participating in a variety of professional development activities. By renewing your certification every three years, you demonstrate that you are educated on the latest capability improvement and CMMI best practices.

Over the course of three years, you must earn 60 continuing education units (CEUs) by completing professional development activities. It's recommended that you break this requirement down by submitting 20 CEUs per year from the date certified. Track and submit CEUs using the Certified CMMI® Professional Renewal Log.


CMMI® Institute helps organizations discover the true value they can deliver by building capability in their people and processes. Learn More

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  • US
  • UK
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  • Qatar
  • Kenya
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  • China
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam
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