Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

SGMM Navigator Training

This three-day course introduces the Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) Navigation process to those interested in becoming an SEI-Certified SGMM Navigator. The SGMM Navigation process provides utilities with essential planning support and positions the Navigator to initiate new engagements and gain follow-on work with utility customers.

The course is composed of lectures, case study, and exercises, with many opportunities for discussion and Q&A. To prepare for the SGMM workshop experience, you will explore the SGMM's 175 aspects of smart grid implementation. Developed by utilities for utilities, the SGMM is a comprehensive analysis and planning tool.

Your participation in class activities and an exam will determine your successful completion of the course.

The SGMM Navigator Training course features an interactive classroom environment and includes a case study that simulates all aspects of the SGMM Navigation process. This allows the students to role-play the facilitation skills required and gain the detailed understanding of the model needed to lead a Navigation.

Course participants will receive a copy of the SGMM Navigator Process Resource notebook and a course notebook with copies of the course slides and exercises. The Navigator Process Resource notebook contains checklists, templates, and step-by-step guidance on the SGMM Navigation process.

Who should attend?

  • Systems Integrators
  • Consultants
  • Vendors
  • Individuals who can find value in assisting utilities through SGMM planning and implementation


In particular, the course covers
  • an overview of the SGMM
  • an overview of the SGMM Navigation process
  • comprehensive preparation to conduct the five-step SGMM Navigation process: Preparation, Survey Workshop, Analysis, Aspirations Workshop, and Action Planning
  • how you might integrate SGMM Navigation services with your own analysis tools and services
  • details about partnering with the SEI for SGMM Navigation


As a result of successfully completing this course, you will be able to
  • deliver an SGMM overview
  • plan and conduct a survey workshop for the utility that results in high-integrity (consistent and correct) data
  • validate and analyze SGMM Compass survey data to produce insightful findings about the organization's current smart grid implementation status
  • plan and conduct an aspirations workshop that establishes a cohesive, cross-organizational, and consensus profile of an organization's smart grid aspirations
  • understand roles and responsibilities of an SEI-Certified SGMM Navigator
  • understand the final steps of becoming an SEI-Certified SGMM Navigator
  • increase your knowledge of the utility industry and provide additional value to your customers


This course fulfills a prerequisite requirement for becoming an SEI-Certified SGMM Navigator. Before attending this course, you should

  • possess strong industry knowledge and experience
  • be sponsored by an SEI Partner
  • submit the Certification Application Package (Please allow sufficient time for the SEI to review your qualifications and approve your participation prior to the course date.)
  • successfully complete an open book pretest

After accepted into the course, participants will receive the instructions to the open book pre-test via email.

Students must bring with them a portable computer with:

  • at least 100 megabytes of free disk space
  • Microsoft Excel 2003 (or more recent)
  • Microsoft Word 2003 (or more recent)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 (or more recent)
  • Adobe Reader
  • Zip file capability
  • CD-ROM or memory stick


Participants will receive a course notebook.


This three-day course meets at the following times:

Days 1-3: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On the afternoon of the third day, participants will take the exam.

Course Details

Course Fees [USD]

U.S. Industry: $3000

U.S. Government/Academic: $2400

International: $3600

This course may be offered by special arrangement at customer sites.

For More Information

Phone: 412-268-7622