Certified CMMI® for Development Supplement Instructor

CMMI models are used around the world to improve processes and performance in thousands of organizations.  The success of CMMI adoption relies heavily on the education of its users—as a CMMI Instructor, you will help individuals and organizations get started on the path to success.

Certified CMMI Instructors who can teach the Introduction to CMMI course are eligible to be certified to teach this supplement course as well.



Partner sponsored CMMI Institute-Certified Instructors are highly trained and experienced with the CMMI model and its methodologies. Each has demonstrated advanced competency in the CMMI model, experience with the courseware, and skill in educating adult learners in a classroom environment. Over 150,000 people have taken an Introduction to CMMI course, mostly taught by Certified CMMI Instructors. Become a Certified CMMI Instructor and join the elite community that serves the global demand for CMMI training.

Certified CMMI Instructors are sponsored by CMMI Institute Partner organizations and are able to teach official Introduction to CMMI courses and Model Supplement courses.  Instructors may pursue certification to teach multiple CMMI courses, but each certification has slightly different training requirements, so please refer to each certification page to ensure you are meeting all the requirements.

Certification to teach CMMI supplement courses is only available to individuals who are already certified to teach one or more Introduction to CMMI courses.

Getting Certified

Becoming a Certified CMMI Instructor 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: Certified CMMI Instructor

Instructors for the CMMI for Development Supplement must be a Certified CMMI Instructor in good standing. Certification to teach CMMI supplement courses is only available to individuals who are already certified to teach one or more Introduction to CMMI courses.

  Step 2: Submit Instructor application package

Submit a completed Application Package.

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

The Instructor Application Package must include the following: 

  • Your resume showing that you meet the teaching, technical, and model experience and skills requirements described below
  • Confirmation of CMMI Partner Sponsorship:

  Step 3: Instructor Application Review

The CMMI Institute uses these criteria to determine whether proposed candidates have sufficient subject matter expertise to be credible as presenters of the course materials. Candidates must have three years of experience interpreting or applying the CMMI models in a work environment and five years of experience in product development showing clear evidence of expertise in at least two critical areas and at least three technical areas selected from the lists below:

Critical areas (select at least two):

    • systems engineering
    • software engineering
    • program/project management
    • systems integration
    • quality assurance

Technical areas (select at least three):

    • customer requirements elicitation
    • analysis
    • management system or software design
    • component design (hardware and/or software components)
    • component integration (hardware and/or software components)
    • component or system level testing
    • configuration management
    • measurement of product or process
    • government contracts or commercial contracting

OR three years of the above experience and expertise and a master’s degree related to systems or software.

Applicants will receive email notification of the decision of the Application Review committee. At the CMMI Institute’s discretion, an additional interview may be conducted to ensure the applicant has the necessary CMMI for Development model knowledge. After the resume is approved, the applicant will be considered a candidate.

  Step 4: Complete prerequisite CMMI training courses

You must have attended and successfully completed one of the following:

  Step 5: Receive your Certification

Upon completing all the steps of the certification, you will receive a certification diploma and will be listed in the Partner Directory.

Candidate instructors must complete the instructor certification process before participating in formal course offerings. Any exceptions to the instructor certification process will be granted at the CMMI Institute’s sole discretion.

Instructors can use the CMMI instructional materials as contained in the Partner Resource Library. CMMI Institute-Certified Instructors may only teach the course on behalf of a Partner for delivery of the CMMI for Development Supplement course. CMMI for Development Supplement course Instructors cannot use the materials to deliver courses independently or on behalf of organizations that are not licensed by CMMI Institute to deliver CMMI courses.

  Step 6: Renew your Certification

All CMMI Instructor certifications are valid for three years. Certification as CMMI Instructor includes a commitment to ongoing professional development to maintain a high proficiency and skill in the practice. Please review the CMMI Instructor 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
Submit Candidate Application Package
Your resume, partner sponsorship items
No application fee
Partner Candidate Sponsorship Form  
Introduction to CMMI for Development course  Fees vary by instructor
CMMI for Development Supplement Fees vary by instructor
Request CMMI for Development Readiness Review
CMMI Partner Resource Center  
CMMI Instructor Renewal Requirements  
CMMI-Dev Scenario  

Getting Started

In order to achieve this certification, you must be sponsored by a CMMI Institute Partner organization.

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