CMMI Institute

Certified CMMI® 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 are able to:

  • Use best practice outcome-based instructional techniques to effectively support student mastery of CMMI course objectives
  • Use or tailor CMMI Institute course training materials to plan and teach CMMI courses
Certification Process for Beginners
  1. Achieve the CMMI Professional Certification:

    • Successfully complete the steps to become a Certified CMMI Professional. The model view-based specialization chosen for Professional certification must match the view being applied for in the application shown below in Step 3.
  2. Confirmation of CMMI Partner Sponsorship

    Ensure your sponsoring organization is a CMMI Institute Partner that is licensed for the CMMI product suite.

    Not a Partner? Learn more about partnership today.

  3. Submit CMMI Instructor Application Package

    Candidates must:
    • Complete the Partner Candidate Sponsorship Form
    • Non-native English speakers should send their TOEFL score demonstrating their ability to read, write, and speak understandable English
    • Use the button below to submit their application, where they will choose a view-based specialization: Development (DEV), Services (SVC), or Supplier Management (SPM)
    • Candidates may have more than one specialization but must choose a primary view for the course and observation

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  4. Required Experience

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

    Candidates will be reviewed on the following selection criteria:

    • Teaching Experience and Skills


      Candidates must have training and/or experience in classroom presentations and management skills.


      Required: One year of experience presenting information (procedural and conceptual) in a clear concise, and engaging manner. May overlap with discipline area experience.


      Discipline Area Experience and Skills


      The candidate must have at least 10 years of experience in their desired View of the model. In addition to the experience and skills listed below, candidates must also have served in at least one of the following roles: member of engineering process group (EPG), member of process improvement (PI) team, or process improvement coach.



      • 10 years of experience related to product development, showing clear evidence of expertise in applicable areas
      • At least 3 years of experience related to interpreting or applying the CMMI models in a development work environment


      • 10 years of experience related to service delivery, showing clear evidence of expertise in applicable areas
      • At least 3 years of experience related to interpreting or applying the CMMI models in a service delivery work environment

      Supplier Management:

      • 10 years of experience related to supplier management, showing clear evidence in applicable areas
      • At least 3 years of experience related to interpreting or applying the CMMI models in a supplier management work experience

      Appraisal Experience and Skills

      Within 24 months of the desired training date, candidates must have participated on 2 registered/reported CMMI V2.0 appraisals (Benchmark, Evaluation, or Sustainment Appraisals only – no APRs).


      Language Experience and Skills

      Fluency in English is required

  5. Submit Written Exercise

    • Candidates must successfully complete a scenario-based written exercise on the view they plan to specialize in
    • Written exercises are evaluated by CMMI Institute and those not considered satisfactory will receive instructions for next steps
  6. Complete Instructor Training

    All Candidates must complete the three-day CMMI Instructor Training course.

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  7. Schedule & Complete Observation

    • Students will receive observation criteria during Instructor Training
    • Candidate and Partner organization must be in good standing
    • Observations must be scheduled within 24 months of successfully completing Instructor Training (failure to do so will result in loss of candidate status)
    • Candidate must demonstrate the ability to deliver a course according to the observation guidelines
    • Not applicable for currently certified CMMI Instructors
  8. Receive & Maintain your Certification

  9. Current Instructors Wishing to Add a New Specialization View 

    • Submit an application (see Step 3)
    • ​Meet all course, exam, experience, and submission requirements listed in the certification process on this page
    - If applicant is a CMMI V1.3 Instructor and completed the V2.0 upgrade pathway, the CMMI High Maturity Concepts course is NOT required
    - Applicant must have a minimum of 3 years of experience related to the specialization they wish to add
    - If applicant has NOT earned a higher education degree or global equivalent, then a minimum of 5 years of experience related to the specialization they wish to add is required instead of 3
  10. Receive & Maintain your Certification

Price Breakdown

Certification Step Fees
Foundations of Capability View All Courses
Introductory Building Course View All Courses
Advancing Organizational Capability: Applying CMMI $4400
CMMI Instructor Training $10750
Observation Visit the Candidate Information Page

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