Certification is the acknowledgement that an individual has attained a well-defined level of understanding or ability against a particular body of knowledge or skill set and is committed to maintain a high quality of professionalism while in the practice.
The CMMI Institute Certification Program has the authority and responsibility for developing, implementing, and enforcing policies and procedures in all matters related to personnel certifications granted by the CMMI Institute. Our mission is to develop, maintain, evaluate, promote, and administer rigorous, examination-based, professional certification programs through application of the highest quality and best practices in the certification industry.
The CMMI Institute Certification program was established with the authority, oversight, and responsibility to establish, implement, and administer to all CMMI Institute-Authorized professional programs as well.
These responsibilities include:
- candidate eligibility requirements
- examination development, requirements, content, administration, passing standard, and related policies
- agreements with testing service providers
- documentation processing
- renewal requirements and processing
- appeals and disciplinary actions
- utilize additional services and/or organizations as is necessary
- manage and administer to all related advisory boards
- staffing and support personnel
- conformance to all applicable policies and procedures as required by the CMMI Institute, and applicable local, state, and federal laws
The CMMI Institute grants certifications to individuals who demonstrate proficiency in a specific set of skills, abilities and knowledge relative to a particular technology area.
This Certification Program Agreement (“Agreement”) is an agreement between individuals who are seeking certification, or who have earned certification, from the CMMI Institute. The terms and conditions of this Agreement apply to (a) any CMMI Institute Certifications or Authorizations that individuals may have attained, and (b) an individual’s participation in the CMMI Institute Certification Program, including access and use of any CMMI Institute Certification Program benefit, CMMI Institute Certification Credential, or any CMMI Institute Certification Logo that is made available as part of the Program.
By submission of a Certification Program application, accessing or using a CMMI Institute Certification Program benefit, name, or logo, individuals are accepting the current version of this agreement, the guidelines (as defined below), and any other applicable terms. If an individual does not accept this agreement, they should not access or use any CMMI Institute Certification program intellectual property, benefits, names, or logos.
A copy of the full agreement can be downloaded here CMMI Institute Certification Agreement.
Code of Professional Conduct
All professionals who are certified by the CMMI Institute recognize that such certification is a privilege that must be both earned and maintained. In support of this principle, all CMMI Institute-Certified and Authorized professionals are required to commit to fully support the Code of Professional Conduct (the “COPC”). CMMI Institute-Certified and Authorized professionals who intentionally or knowingly violate any provision of the COPC will be subject to action by a peer review panel, which may result in the revocation of certification.
The CMMI Institute Ethics Program is dedicated to upholding the CMMI Institute’s standard of excellence by establishing high standards for the CMMI Institute’s work with our Partners and our Authorized and Certified Professionals. All Authorized and Certified Professionals receive information about the web-based ethics and compliance as is required to maintain their certifications. The Code of Professional Conduct (COPC) ensures that Authorized and Certified professionals maintain the standards of practice established by the CMMI Institute.
Conflict of Interest
A conflict of interest is defined in the Code of Professional Conduct for CMMI Institute Services as two or more competing priorities that may compromise an Authorized or Certified Professional, Candidate, or CMMI Institute Partner’s objectivity. When a situation involving a conflict of interest is inherent or cannot be avoided, a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form is used to disclose the conflict to the CMMI Institute.
Confidentiality and Privacy Statement for Data Collected
At the CMMI Institute, we value visitors to our website and take your personal privacy seriously. We have posted this privacy statement to inform you of our practices for handling the data the CMMI Institute collects online via the CMMI Institute website. The CMMI Institute website was created in the United States and does not necessarily comply with laws of any other country, so please review this statement before submitting any data through this site.
Non-Discrimination and Accommodation Policy
The CMMI Institute does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs on the basis of religion, creed, ancestry, belief, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
All requests for special accommodations during the certification process should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policy on Examination Irregularities
In accordance with the CMMI Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct and CMMI Institute Certification Agreements with Candidates, it is the policy of CMMI Institute Certification that that any candidate who possesses, receives, transmits examination materials, either before or after the examination, or on-site during the examination, including examination questions and materials in any form is a breach of CMMI Institute Certification policy and is strictly forbidden.
Use of CMMI Institute examination materials for the purpose of examination preparation or training is also strictly forbidden.
The CMMI Institute reserves the right to take whatever measures are necessary, with a candidate or CMMI Institute Proctor, to protect the integrity of its examinations. This could include, but would not necessarily be limited to, exclusion from a current examination or future examinations, certification suspension, certification revocation, loss of examination proctoring status, and suit for recovery of damages.
The validity of scores awarded candidates for their performance on an examination is protected by every means available. If CMMI Institute designees or staff observe or discover a candidate or Proctor engaging in any irregular activity as mentioned above, they are obligated to report the individual(s) to the CMMI Institute Certification office. The CMMI Institute will not report a score for any candidate that it has determined to be invalid and may invalidate scores based on a determination of policy violations. The performance of all candidates is monitored and may be analyzed statistically for the purposes of detecting invalid scores.
If evidence by observation, discovery, or statistical analysis suggests that one or more candidate scores may be invalid because of irregular behavior, the CMMI Institute will withhold the scores pending further investigation, and affected candidates will be so notified.
Examples of irregularities affecting the validity of scores, which would necessitate the withholding of scores pending further investigation, would include, but not be limited to the following:
- Copying of answers from another candidate;
- Permitting one’s questions or answers to be copied;
- Discussing the specific content of the examination with one or more fellow candidates, before, during, or after the administration of an examination;
- Unauthorized possession, reproduction, recording, transmission or disclosure of materials or other information regarding the content of an examination before, during, or after the administration of an examination;
- Other evidence indicating that the security of an examination had been compromised.
Upon analysis of all available information in such circumstances, the CMMI Institute will determine the validity of the examination scores in question and will notify candidates. If it is determined that the scores in question are invalid, they will not be released.
Although in such circumstances the CMMI Institute will make every effort to withhold the scores of only those candidates directly implicated in the irregularity, in some instances the evidence of irregularity, though sufficiently strong to cause doubt on the validity of scores, may not enable the CMMI Institute to determine all of the candidates affected. If necessary, the CMMI Institute reserves the right to withhold the scores of all candidates, even those not directly implicated in the irregularity, and to require such candidates to take an additional examination at a later date under conditions which will ensure the validity of all scores.
Candidates, proctors, or other persons who are directly implicated in an irregularity affecting the validity of examination scores are subject to additional sanctions, including barring the person(s) permanently from any future CMMI Institute examinations, terminating a candidate’s participation in an ongoing examination, invalidating the results of the candidate’s examination, withholding or revoking a certification, terminating any existing relationship with CMMI Institute, or other appropriate action.
CMMI Institute Certification candidates or other persons subject to additional sanctions will be provided with a email and written notice of any charges and an opportunity to respond to such charges in accordance with the appeal procedures as established by CMMI Institute.
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