CMMI Institute

Certified SCAMPI Lead Appraiser Certifications

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.

Certification Process for Advanced Individuals

  1. Submit the CMMI Lead Appraiser Application Package

    You must submit:

    • A completed Partner Candidate Sponsorship Form
    • For non-native English speakers send in your TOEFL score demonstrating you can read, write, and speak understandable English.
    • A certification application using the button below:

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  2. Review Appraiser Application

    Each application will be reviewed by the CMMI Institute Appraiser 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.

      Examples of these skills includes:

      • Presenting procedural and conceptual information in a clear and concise manner.
      • Facilitating group discussion and interaction using instructional media presentation.
    • Discipline Area Experience and Skills

      The candidate must have at least 10 years of experience in their desired domain.


      • 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 candidate must have at least 10 years of experience as an employee and/or manager/supervisor in a services environment (3 years of the 10 years of services experience must be in a non-CMMI environment; 2 of the years of the 10 must be managing a service). Experience may be on the job and can include volunteer or community service.


      • The candidate must have at least 10 years of project management. At least two of these years must include managing technical or acquisition personnel, and five years of experience in acquisition.


      • The candidate must have at least 10 years of management experience. At least two of these years must include management of personnel.
    • Academic Credentials

      Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalent experience.

    • Appraisal Experience and Skills

      Participation as an appraisal team member on:

      • At least two SCAMPI A appraisals,
      • or One SCAMPI A and two SCAMPI B or C appraisals
      • These appraisals must be completed within 24 months prior to the desired training course
    • Language Experience and Skills

      Fluency in English is required to become a CMMI Certified Lead Appraiser.

  3. Submit Written Exercise.

    You must successfully complete a scenario-based written exercise before advancing to the next step, unless you already hold an Instructor certification for your desired constellation.

    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 can download a version of the written exercise based on the view they are working towards.

    Click here for the Acquisition scenario instructions.
    Click here for the Development scenario instructions.
    Click here for the Services scenario instructions.

  4. Pass CMMI Qualiļ¬cation Exam

    After successfully completing the scenario exercise, you can register for the qualification exam.

    To register for the exam a candidate must:

    • Contact the CMMI Institute to schedule your qualification exam.
    • You may take the exam a maximum of three times, each attempt will cost a fee of $250.
    • For more information on the exam for your constellation, see here:
    Click here for the Acquisition exam information.
    Click here for the Services exam information.
  5. Receive your Certification

Price Breakdown

Certification Step Fees
Certification Exam $250 per attempt


  • How do I become a High Maturity Lead Appraiser?

    For more information on High Maturity Lead Appraisers, visit the High Maturity Lead Appraiser Certification page.

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  • I'm a Services Instructor and a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser for Development, what do I need to do to become a Services Lead Appraiser?

    To become a Services Instructor, you already needed to complete a written assignment and pass an exam. Therefore, you do not need to complete any further certification steps. 

    Contact the CMMI Institute to activate your Services Lead Appraiser certification.