Certified SCAMPI℠ Lead Appraiser (CMMI® for Development)
Organizations around the world work diligently to achieve performance excellence based on CMMI’s benchmark practices. When they are ready to measure their accomplishments against the CMMI, they call a Lead Appraiser to determine their capability or maturity level.
CMMI Institute-certified Lead Appraisers 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 Lead Appraisers (SCAMPI LAs) 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 process capability and/or maturity level.
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.
Becoming a Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser (CMMI for Development) 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 email@example.com
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
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 Appraiser.
Upon being accepted, the CMMI Candidate Appraiser can register for a CMMI SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training course.
CMMI Appraiser 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 candidate must have at least 10 years of project management and engineering experience in systems or software. At least two of these 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 Lead Appraiser.
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 must have a record of the candidate’s participation as an appraisal team member on at least two SCAMPI A appraisals, or one SCAMPI A appraisal and two SCAMPI B or C appraisals, within 24 months prior to desired training. The CMMI Institute uses this criterion to determine whether candidates possess sufficient experience and skills related to model-based process appraisals.
Language Experience and Skills
Fluency in English is required to become a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser.
You must successfully complete a scenario-based written exercise before advancing to the next step in the certification process. Your completed written exercise should be sent to the CMMI Institute for evaluation. Candidates whose exercise evaluation is not satisfactory will receive directions for their next steps.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Certified appraisers who have already attended SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training do not need to retake the course for this certification.
After successfully completing the SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training course, you can register for the SCAMPI LA for Development qualification exam by contacting the CMMI Institute at email@example.com to schedule your exam.
After you have registered on NetExam, you will need to create an account in ProctorU to schedule for the exam. We recommend that you complete the exam at least 60 days prior to your observation as outlined in step 6. You may take the exam at home or any other location of your choice for a fee of $250. You may retake the exam for a maximum of three times, each for a fee of $250.
The SCAMPI LA exam consists of 60 multiple choice questions that deal with SCAMPI planning and implementation. You must answer at least 80% of these questions correctly. You will be allotted 2 hours to complete the closed-book exam.
Within 12 months of successfully completing SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Training, you must demonstrate the ability to successfully lead a SCAMPI A appraisal according to the following guidelines.*
- The candidate’s organization:
- sponsors the appraisal
- determines the location of the appraisal
- requests a CMMI Institute-authorized observer to conduct the observation using the Observation Request Form
- Only one candidate SCAMPI Lead Appraiser 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.
If you pass your observation, the CMMI Institute will notify you of your status as a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser and will provide you with a certification diploma. For observations that are unsatisfactory, the CMMI Institute will provide feedback and, if necessary, steps for remediation. Any additional CMMI Institute support for remedial work may be billed in accordance with Partner Network pricing.
*Certified appraisers who have already been observed successfully leading an appraisal do not need to be observed again for this 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 Lead Appraiser before leading SCAMPI appraisal deliveries.
Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraisers can use the SCAMPI appraisal materials, including appraisal team training materials, to train appraisal teams and to lead appraisals on behalf of a Partner. Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraisers cannot use the materials to conduct appraisals independently or on behalf of organizations that are not licensed by the CMMI Institute to conduct appraisals.
Certification as a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser includes a commitment to ongoing professional development to maintain a high level of proficiency in the practice.
Please review the renewal requirements for SCAMPI Lead Appraiser 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. Please review the SCAMPI Lead Appraiser 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.
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 for Development course||Fees vary by instructor|
|Advancing Organizational Capability: Applying CMMI course||$4,400|
Submit Complete CMMI Appraiser Application Package
|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|
|SCAMPI Lead Appraiser exam||$250|
|Observation Request Form||$2,250 per day plus expenses|
|CMMI Partner Resource Center|
|CMMI Lead Appraiser Renewal Requirements|