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

Become an SEI-Certified TSP Coach

The SEI-Certified TSP Coach is an individual who has demonstrated competence in performing all aspects of the TSP cycle under the mentorship of an SEI-Certified TSP Mentor Coach and has satisfied all of the requirements for TSP Coach Certification.  An SEI-Certified TSP Coach has the training and experience to act as the process expert for the following TSP team activities:

  • team launches and relaunches
  • day-to-day work processes, data collection, and data analysis
  • role manager duties and processes
  • weekly reporting
  • project/phase/cycle postmortems
  • interim checkpoints

Please refer to the TSP Coach Certification Guidebook for a description of the available TSP Coach roles and the entry requirements, certification process steps, and performance evaluation components that must be satisfied in order to become certified in one (or more) of the coach roles listed in that guide.

Steps for becoming an SEI-Certified TSP Coach

1. Meet qualification criteria

  • Complete either the PSP for Engineers I and PSP for Engineers II courses, or the PSP Fundamentals and PSP Advanced courses delivered by the SEI, an SEI-Authorized PSP Instructor, or an accredited university

    Note: You must complete the actual PSP courses. Use of the self-study PSP for Engineers course materials does not satisfy the requirements for successful completion of the SEI PSP courses

  • Hold a current SEI-Certified PSP Developer credential

2. Apply

Complete the application to participate in TSP Coach Training, which includes

3. Complete the coach training course

Be accepted into the program as a candidate after submission of all documentation described above. Then successfully complete the SEI's TSP Coach Training course. Upon graduation from the TSP Coach Training course, candidates must complete the mentoring program as detailed below.

4. Complete the mentoring program

Successfully complete the TSP Coach Mentoring program, which will guide you in completing the following activities under the guidance and observation of an SEI-Certified TSP Mentor Coach.

Candidates must perform

  • at least one each of the following TSP events
    • TSP launch or relaunch
    • TSP checkpoint
    • TSP project or a cycle postmortem report
  • all of the responsibilities of a TSP Coach as outlined in tasking areas C through G of the TSP Coach Job Analysis Report (see Appendix B of the TSP Coach Mentoring Program Guidebook)

Candidates are asked to plan to complete the mentoring step no later than 18 months after taking the TSP Coach Training course.  Please refer to the TSP Coach Mentoring Program Guidebook for activities and procedures about the program.

It is up to candidates to coordinate with their sponsoring Partners and SEI-approved Mentor Coach to establish a Mentoring Action Plan. Candidates who have not identified a potential SEI-approved Mentor Coach should contact the SEI Certification program at

Candidates who cannot complete the mentoring process within the 18-month post-training course completion date must coordinate with the SEI on mitigation requirements. Candidates who do not receive satisfactory mentoring reports must work with the SEI to develop a remediation plan. Please forward any questions regarding the TSP Coach Mentoring program to

Please refer to the TSP Coach Mentoring Program Guidebook for a complete description of the mentoring process.

4. Meet the examination requirement

Candidates who have successfully completed the TSP mentoring phase must pass a final examination to earn the TSP Coach certification. Candidates can register for the TSP Coach exam and take the exam at one of hundreds of testing locations throughout the world.

Examination fee: $250 USD (refundable for cancellations made 72 hours or more before the scheduled examination)

Candidates who take exams through our online testing services providers will be notified of their scores immediately. Candidates who take exams administered via paper and pencil will receive their scores in 7-10 business days.

Exam Retake Policy

Candidates who do not pass the examination on the first attempt may retake the exam. Permission to retake the exam a third time must be approved and scheduled by the SEI. Candidates who do not successfully complete the final exam step after three attempts must coordinate with the SEI on mitigation and remediation steps. The standard examination fee will apply for any retake.

TSP Coach Exam Background and Specifications

The SEI developed the TSP Coach Examination to ensure that only qualified individuals are certified as TSP Coaches. The exam is based on information found in the TSP Body of Knowledge (BOK) and the TSP Coach Job Task Analysis.  To review the details about development of the examination and its specifications, please go to the TSP Coach examination development web page.

5. Receive your certification

Upon successful completion of the certification process, TSP Coaches receive a two-year certification to deliver TSP product suite services and the SEI will provide access to the services and TSP product suite materials. Certified TSP Coaches will also receive a certificate recognizing the accomplishment.

SEI-Certified TSP Coaches may apply the SEI's TSP materials only on behalf of an SEI Partner. TSP Coaches cannot use the materials to deliver TSP-based services independently or on behalf of organizations that are not licensed by CMU/SEI to use TSP materials.

6. Keep your certification up to date

To remain certified, TSP Coaches must meet the renewal requirements. Learn how to renew your TSP Coach certification.