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

Become an SEI-Certified Instructor for Designing Products and Processes Using Six Sigma

An Instructor of the Designing Products and Processes Using Six Sigma (DPPSS) takes a hands-on, problem-solving approach to data analysis, providing participants with a toolkit of analysis methods and leveraging industry best practices such as Six Sigma and Goal-Driven Software Measurement.

As an SEI-Certified DPPSS Instructor, you’ll reap the rewards of professional recognition through certification, and you’ll add value to your organization. DPPSS Instructors contribute standard practices to organizations by teaching others to

  • implement a variety of measurement techniques to dramatically improve requirements engineering and solution selection
  • use advanced measurement techniques to model uncertainty and predict cost and schedule performance
  • select and implement uncertainty models and advanced statistics to anticipate, predict, understand, and test process and product quality
  • understand basic process modeling and simulation concepts
  • use modern design of experiments and optimization techniques for robust product design

Steps for Earning Your DPPSS Instructor Certification

1.  Meet qualification criteria

Before applying to become an SEI-Certified DPPSS Instructor, you must meet all of the following qualification criteria:

Educational Qualifications

  • A BS or BA degree from an accredited or recognized college or university; an MS degree is desirable
  • Successful completion of an authorized version of the SEI’s Designing Products and Processes Using Six Sigma
  • Successful completion of at least one college-level course in probability/statistics or an equivalent course, or hold a Six Sigma Green or Black Belt certification.

Technical and Measurement Experience

  • You must have at least 10 years of overall work experience and with at least 7 years experience working in measurement activity supporting business improvement. These 7 years can include consulting teaching or training organizations in implementing their measurement programs.
  • Submit for review at least one summary description of a DMAIC project you lead which saved an organization at least $50k

Training/Teaching Experience

  • At least 500 hours of instructional experience in delivering technical/measurement topics within the last 10 years
  • Presenter of at least 1 technical paper at a software engineering conference


  • Must speak fluent and clear English

2. Complete training courses

Verifiable attendance of  an authorized delivery of the Improving Process Performance Using Six Sigma (IPPSS) course from the SEI or an authorized SEI Partner is required.

Register and attend an authorized delivery of the Designing Products and Processes Using Six Sigma (DPPSS) from the SEI or an authorized SEI Partner.

3. Apply

Complete the application to become an SEI-Certified Instructor for DPPSS.Your application package must include the following:

4. Complete exercises

Demonstrate your understanding of the methodology and concepts used in the DPPSS course by working though the methodology on a specific implementation prior to attending the DPPSS instructor training course. This will be accomplished through completion of a set of exercises.

After you complete Steps 1–3 above, you may request the exercises to be emailed to you. Send the request to

All documents are evaluated by SEI personnel. If you submit below-average work, the SEI will inform you of remediation steps. If your exercises are approved, you will be invited to attend the instructor training course.

5. Complete the instructor training course

During this course, you must be able to demonstrate competency in all performance objectives associated with the course. In particular, you should be prepared to deliver any of the modules from the DPPSS course and to analyze and provide feedback to solutions of the course exercises. The leaders of the instructor training course will evaluate your performance using a checklist of expected competencies.

If your performance in the instructor training course is deficient, the SEI will either (at the SEI’s sole discretion) (1) recommend appropriate remedial activities that must be completed to continue with the qualification process, or (2) disqualify the candidate with no opportunity for remediation.

Note: A candidate successfully completes the instructor training course for the DPPSS course after demonstrating competency in all performance objectives associated with the course and at the conclusion of formal instructor training or at the satisfactory completion of any required remedial course work for that course.

6. Conduct a course delivery for assessment

You must complete a performance assessment within 12 months of your successful completion of the instructor training course for the DPPSS course. For the performance assessment, SEI staff members will observe your live delivery of a course. You must be able to demonstrate competency in all performance objectives associated with the course delivery. The SEI will use a checklist of competencies to rate your performance.

Note: The observer will provide the candidate with feedback at the conclusion of the observation. The SEI will notify the candidate of certification evaluation status as an instructor for the DPPSS course and furnish a diploma when certified. For observations that are unsatisfactory, the SEI will provide the candidate with feedback and, if necessary, steps for remediation. Any additional SEI support for remedial work will be billed at the SEI Partner’s expense.

The SEI will observe up to two candidates per offering, provided that the SEI is informed prior to the offering. The candidate’s sponsoring SEI Partner determines the location of the course offering and reimburses the SEI for daily effort and actual travel expenses when the SEI performs the observation.

7. Receive your certification

If steps #1-6 are performed satisfactorily, then certification is granted by the SEI. You will be notified of the results of your performance assessment within 3-4 weeks. SEI-Certified DPPSS Instructors will receive a certification diploma.