Certified Assessors (Certified Professionals, CAs 1 – 3 – 5 )

This page will be a central location for CMMC professionals on the Certified Assessor track. Please send information if you see anything that is useful to CAs and CPs from a career perspective.

Official Guidance for Certified Assessor (CA) or Certified Professional (CP)

CMMC-AB Website for Assessors

Answers about C3PAOs, Assessors, and other CMMC Professional questions

CMMC-AB Jeff Dalton Interview #2 – C3PAOs, CAs, Instructors, Ethics

Code of Professional Conduct (must be followed by Certified Professionals and Assessors)

Status of Certified Assessor Training (February 2021)

CAICO and current state of CMMC training – Ben Tchoubineh (CMMC-AB)

The CMMC Assessment Process (interviews with Jeff Dalton, Jan 2021)

CMMC-AB Jeff Dalton – the CMMC Assessment Process – Part 1

CMMC-AB Jeff Dalton – the CMMC Assessment Process – Part 2

CMMC-AB Jeff Dalton – the CMMC Assessment Process – Part 3

Big Rocks for Certified Assessor (CA) or Certified Professional (CP)

Cost:

  • $200 application fee to CMMC-AB (non-refundable)
  • $ (unknown, $4500?) Training course for Certified Professional
  • $ 300? Proctored exam for Certified Professional
  • Free (but could take months) Tier 3 non-clearance suitability determination

*You could start work at this point as a member of an assessment team*

  • $ (unknown, $4500?) Training course for Certified Assessor 1
  • $ 300? Proctored exam for Certified Assessor 1
  • $ (unknown, $3000 minimum?) Quality Assurance by CMMC-AB during first assessment at ML1?

*You could lead CMMC Level 1 assessments at this point*

  • $ (unknown, $4500?) Training course for Certified Assessor 3
  • $ 300? Proctored exam for Certified Assessor 3
  • This is a guess by Amira, that each ML will need a quality assurance check. Currently the AB website says that just one QA will need to be done. $ (unknown, $3000 minimum?) Quality Assurance by CMMC-AB during first assessment at ML3?

*You could lead CMMC Level 1 – 3 assessments at this point*

  • (unknown) Every few years, re-take exam, re-take training, or submit continual professional education

Requirements:

U.S. Citizen and achieve a favorably adjudicated Tier 3 suitability determination

Associated with a C3PAO organization that is authorized to perform assessments

Maintain ethical behavior per Code of Professional Conduct and as needed to maintain Suitability Determination

Lifestyle:

Are you ready to spend your life on the road, visiting 20-100 different companies or sites per year?

Are you ready to agonize about whether to record a NOT-MET requirement, and take all of the pressure that comes with it, for several months afterward?

Are you willing to continue training and fees to maintain your certified status?

Articles on being a Certified Assessor (CA) or Certified Professional (CP)

CMMC Auditor Training Resources

How to become a CMMC auditor or certifier