Certified SCAMPI℠ B&C Team Leader Certification

Organizations around the world work diligently to achieve performance excellence based on CMMI’s benchmark practices. Organizations that become Partners for Standard CMMI® Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) appraisal services can sponsor applicants to become CMMI Institute-Certified SCAMPI B&C Team Leaders. Applicants who successfully complete the processes outlined below will be authorized to train appraisal teams and lead SCAMPI B and C appraisals on behalf of Partner organizations.


CMMI Institute-Certified SCAMPI B&C Team Leaders work with thousands of organizations to confirm and publicize their accomplishments using the Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI).

CMMI Institute-Certified SCAMPI B&C Team Leaders lead trained teams of professionals in the appraisal of one or more CMMI process areas (using information collected from presentations, documents, and interviews) to determine an organization’s gaps between their documented processes, their actual practices, and the CMMI models.

Whether working inside an organization as a Team Leader or as an external  Lead Appraiser, CMMI appraisers serve a vital role to maintaining the vitality of CMMI-based improvement. 

Getting Certified

Becoming a Certified SCAMPI B&C Team Leader involves a number of steps along the path to certification.  Click to expand each of the steps below to see the details.

If you have any questions about the Certification process, please email certification-info@cmmiinstitute.com

  Step 1: Complete prerequisite CMMI training courses

You must have attended and successfully completed:

  Step 2: Submit CMMI Appraiser Application Package

Submit a completed Application Package.

The criteria used to determine acceptance of the application is listed in the Appraiser Application Review step below.

The Lead Appraiser Application Package must include the following:

  • Completed CMMI Appraiser Application Form
  • Confirmation of CMMI Partner Sponsorship:
    • You must have a sponsoring organization that is a CMMI Institute Partner. Your sponsoring organization must have a fully executed CMMI Product Suite License agreement for the delivery SCAMPI appraisal services with the CMMI Institute. (Please refer to the Partner Network on how your organization can apply to Become a Partner.)
    • Your sponsoring partner organization must submit to the CMMI Institute a completed Partner Candidate Sponsorship form for you
    • You must complete and sign the CMMI Institute Code of Professional Conduct
  • TOEFL score for non-native English speakers:
    • As a Certified CMMI Appraiser, you will be required to communicate technical concepts in English. You must be able to read, write, and speak understandable English. You will not qualify as a lead appraiser if you cannot demonstrate this requirement. We strongly recommend that you provide your TOEFL score as demonstration of this prerequisite

  Step 3: Review Appraiser Application

Each application will be reviewed by the CMMI Institute CMMI Appraiser Application Review committee.

Documentation must show that candidates fulfill all the CMMI appraiser selection criteria in the categories below:

  • Teaching Experience and Skills
  • Discipline Area Experience and Skills
  • Academic Credentials
  • Appraisal Experience and Skills
  • Language Experience and Skills

After reviewing the CMMI Appraiser Application Package, CMMI Institute will contact the applicant to confirm their acceptance as a CMMI Candidate SCAMPI B&C Team Leader.

Upon being accepted, the CMMI Candidate SCAMPI B&C Team Leader can register for a CMMI SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training course.

CMMI SCAMPI B&C Team Leader Selection Criteria

Teaching Experience and Skills
Candidates must have training and/or experience in classroom presentations and management skills, including presenting procedural and conceptual information in a clear and concise manner, facilitating group discussion and interaction using instructional media presentation (audio/visual) systems and aids (e.g., overhead projector).

Discipline Area Experience and Skills 
The applicant must have at least 10 years of project management and experience in areas relative to the model being sought; process improvement experience alone will not suffice. At least two of the 10 years must include management of technical personnel. The CMMI Institute uses this criterion to determine whether the recommended candidate has sufficient subject matter expertise to be credible as a Team Leader.

Academic Credentials 
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in a related technical area (such as computer science, systems engineering, or software engineering) or equivalent experience.

Appraisal Experience and Skills 
The CMMI Institute has a record of an applicant’s participation as an appraisal team member on either two SCAMPI B appraisals, or one SCAMPI A appraisal and one SCAMPI B appraisal within 24 months prior to desired training. At the CMMI Institute’s sole discretion, alternative appraisal experience may be allowed as a substitute for SCAMPI experience.

Language Experience and Skills 
Fluency in English is required to become a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser.

  Step 4: Complete Appraiser Training

Candidates must successfully complete the five-day SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training course.*

The CMMI Institute conducts the SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training for a limited number of candidates per offering. Due to these enrollment requirements, organizations that sponsor only one candidate may have to wait an unspecified period of time before the candidate can enroll in a course with the appropriate number of participants. Organizations may arrange an on-site offering of the course if they are able to meet enrollment requirements by contacting training@cmmiinstitute.com.

*Certified appraisers who have already attended SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training do not need to retake the course for this certification.

  Step 5: Schedule and Complete Observation

Within 12 months of successfully completing SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training, you must demonstrate the ability to successfully lead a SCAMPI B appraisal according to the following guidelines.*

  • The candidate’s organization
    • sponsors the appraisal
    • determines the location of the appraisal
    • requests a CMMI Institute-authorized SCAMPI B observer to conduct the observation using the Observation Request Form
  • Only one candidate SCAMPI B&C Team Leader can be observed per appraisal
  • If an interpreter is required, the candidate’s organization is responsible for obtaining, and providing payment of, a CMMI Institute-approved interpreter

The observer will provide you with feedback at the conclusion of the observation and will provide the required information to the CMMI Institute for your candidate observation package.

The CMMI Institute will notify the candidate of certification status as a SCAMPI B&C Team Leader and furnish a certificate when certified. For observations that are unsatisfactory, the CMMI Institute will provide the candidate with feedback and, if necessary, the steps for remediation. Any additional CMMI Institute support for remedial work may be billed in accordance the Partner license agreement.

*Certified appraisers who have already been observed successfully leading an appraisal do not need to be observed again for this certification.

  Step 6: Receive your Certification

If you pass the observation, your certification will be granted. You will receive a certification diploma and will be listed in the Partner Directory.

You must complete the process to become an Certified SCAMPI B&C Team Leader before leading SCAMPI B & C appraisal deliveries.

CMMI Institute certified SCAMPI B&C Team Leaders can only use the SCAMPI B&C Team Leader materials, including appraisal team training materials, to train appraisal teams and to lead appraisals on behalf of a CMMI Institute Partner. CMMI Institute certified SCAMPI B&C Team Leaders cannot use the materials to conduct appraisals independently or on behalf of organizations that are not licensed by the CMMI Institute to conduct appraisals.

  Step 7: Renew your Certification

Certification as a SCAMPI B & C Team Leader includes a commitment to ongoing professional development to maintain a high level of proficiency in the practice.

Please review the SCAMPI B & C Team Leader Renewal Requirements for ongoing professional development activities that are required to maintain the certification. Additional supplemental certification renewal information is available for reference. All SCAMPI Lead Appraiser certifications are valid for three years. Certification as SCAMPI Lead Appraiser includes a commitment to ongoing professional development to maintain a high proficiency and skill in the practice. Please review the SCAMPI B & C Team Leader Renewal Requirements that lists the ongoing professional development activities that are required to maintain the certification. Additionally, a renewal tracking document is also located in your CMMI Instructor files located in the Partner Resource Center.

Helpful Info

CMMI Institute Certifications have a number of steps with detailed requirements along the way. This list is intended to be a helpful place to find the forms and fees connected with each step of the your certification journey.

Please see the “Getting Certified” tab for all of the Certification details.

Certification Step Applicable Fees
Introduction to CMMI course Fees vary by instructor
Advancing Organizational Capability: Applying CMMI course $4,400
Submit Complete CMMI Appraiser Application Package
completed CMMI appraiser application form, partner sponsorship items
No application fee
CMMI Appraiser Application Form  
CMMI Institute Partner Application
If your organization is not yet a Partner.
Partner Candidate Sponsorship Form  
Code of Professional Conduct for CMMI Institute Services Form  
SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training Course $7,200
Observation Request Form  $2,250 per day plus expenses
CMMI Partner Resource Center  
CMMI B & C Team Leader Renewal Requirements  

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