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SEI-Certified Smart Grid Maturity Model Navigator

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SEI-Certified Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) Navigators are industry experts who have been trained and certified to guide utilities through the SGMM Navigation process.

What services do SEI-Certified Smart Grid Maturity Model Navigators offer?

An SGMM Navigator works with a utility's smart grid team to complete the SGMM Compass Assessment Survey, which promotes valuable internal discussion of current status and shared objectives. After scoring and analyzing the survey, the Navigator leads a workshop to review the survey results and use them to set consensus aspirations for an agreed planning horizon and to discuss related motivations, obstacles, and required actions. Navigators guide and manage an organization's Navigation process to determine its smart grid maturity.

Customer acceptance can make or break smart grid implementation. SGMM Navigators provide the help that utilities need to address customer acceptance and other essential aspects of smart grid technology. All you need are an effective tool and the appropriate skills. The SGMM provides that tool, and SEI certification as an SGMM Navigator provides the skills to guide utilities in making effective use of it.

Benefits of the SGMM Navigator Certification

Earning the SGMM Navigation Certification trains professionals to lead SGMM Navigation Events that assess a utility's characteristics against the model. Major investor-owned utilities and small public power utilities alike, in the United States and around the world, have reported finding the model a valuable tool to help them

  • identify where they are on the smart grid landscape
  • develop a shared smart grid vision and road map
  • communicate with internal and external stakeholders using a common language
  • prioritize options and support decision making
  • compare their results to themselves over time and to the rest of the community
  • measure their progress
  • prepare for and facilitate change

Benefits of becoming an SEI-Certified SGMM Navigator include access to marketing materials, scripts for each phase of the SGMM Navigation process, checklists for workshops, agenda and documentation templates for meetings, role specifications, forms for process and participant experience reports, and other supporting documentation for conducting SGMM workshops, maturity analysis, and reporting.

After completing this certification, participants are entitled to refer to themselves as an SEI-Certified SGMM Navigator and are listed on the SEI website as a SEI-Certified Individual as long as they are sponsored by an SEI Partner that has chosen to appear in the SEI Partner Directory.

Download a white paper about the SGMM Navigator Certification.

Who Should Get This Credential?

  • systems integrators
  • consultants and vendors in the in the electric power or electric utility domain
  • individuals who will assist utilities through SGMM planning and implementation

Term and Renewal

The SGMM Navigator certification is valid for a period of five years from the award date. Renewal requirements are as follows:

  • Complete at least one SGMM Navigation Event.
  • Submit data and SGMM Navigation process results to the SEI within 30 days of completing each Navigation process.
  • Complete any upgrade training, exams, feedback sessions, and review of new materials as may be required by the SEI from time to time.

SGMM Navigators who meet the maintenance criteria automatically receive certification renewal for the next validity period. Those who do not meet the maintenance criteria during their certification period may reinstate their certification by completing renewal requirements set by the SEI on a case-by-case basis.

Summary of Fees

There are fees for courses and training; SEI Partner organizations pay annual support fees for certifications. Training fees are set by the SEI. For more information about fees, please contact the SEI at certification-info@sei.cmu.edu.

How to Apply

1. Meet qualification criteria.

Before applying to become an SEI-Certified SGMM Navigator, you must meet the following qualification criteria:

  • 8 years of work experience in the electric power or electric utility domain
  • 2 of those 8 years include roles and responsibilities in consulting, training, or management
  • 1 of those 8 years include work in applications or deployments related to smart grid
  • work experience leading teams, facilitating workshops, giving presentations, and coordinating projects with senior management
  • experience using facilitation techniques to bring a group to consensus
  • technical proficiency with MS Office products such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • ability to read, speak, and write in English

2. Submit your application.

Complete the application to become an SEI-Certified SGMM Navigator, and submit it to certification-info@sei.cmu.edu. Your application will include the following:

You will receive a confirmation email when submission is complete. A review board will evaluate your application for acceptance into the program. If there are questions about your application, the review board will contact you for clarification.

Certification Process

1. Complete SGMM Navigator training.

After your application has been approved, you must successfully complete the SGMM Navigator Training course. Successful completion of this course requires participants to attain a passing score on an end-of-course examination that reviews the SGMM model and associated product suite.

2. Lead an Initial Navigation Event.

Within 12 months of completing SGMM Navigator Training, lead an Initial Navigation Event. Candidates are able to access the Navigation materials in the SEI's Partner Resource Center.

  1. Within 90 days of leading an Initial Navigation Event, submit all Navigation process artifacts to the SEI, including

    • meeting minutes of the preparation meeting
    • a copy of the Survey Workshop presentation
    • a copy of the final Aspirations Workshop presentation
    • the completed participant evaluation forms
  2. Candidates who do not meet the time-frame criteria will be required to attend the SGMM Navigator course again, retake the SGMM Navigator end-of-course examination, or both.

The SEI's SGMM Navigator Review Board will review Navigation process artifacts, contact the candidate for clarification as needed, and notify the candidate of its decision regarding certification within 30 days. Board decisions are not subject to appeal.

If the candidate's performance during the initial SGMM Navigation Event is unsatisfactory, the SEI will provide feedback and, if necessary, recommend steps for remediation. If additional SEI support is required to mentor and/or review remedial work, that work will be billed to the sponsoring SEI Partner.

3. Receive your certification.

After successfully completing all prior steps, you receive a certification diploma. You are then listed in the SEI Partner Directory and can use the SGMM materials contained in the SEI Partner Resource Center.

4. Keep your certification up to date.

Your SGMM Navigator certification is valid for a period of five years from the certification award date. Renewal requirements are as follows:

  • Complete at least one SGMM Navigation Event.
  • Submit data and SGMM Navigation process results to the SEI within 30 days of completing each Navigation process.
  • Complete any upgrade training, exams, feedback sessions, and review of new materials as may be required by the SEI from time to time.

SGMM Navigators who meet the maintenance criteria will automatically receive certification renewal for the next validity period. Those who do not meet the maintenance criteria during their certification period may reinstate their certification by completing renewal requirements set by the SEI on a case-by-case basis.

Contact us with questions about this certification at certification-info@sei.cmu.edu.

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