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SEI-Certified Instructor for Implementing Goal-Driven Measurement

Certification • Software Process

What Services Do IGDM Instructors Offer?

An Implementing Goal-Driven Measurement (IGDM) Instructor introduces the methods for identifying and defining indicators (graphical displays) and measures that directly support an organization’s business goals for product development, process improvement, and project management.

Benefits of the IGDM Instructor Certification

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

  • define and use goal-driven measures to manage and improve software projects, products, and processes
  • establish a measurement program that is aligned with the organization’s business processes
  • define measures and indicators that support the measurement requirements of ISO standards such as ISO 15939
  • start and lead measurement activities in the context of software process improvement programs

Upon completing the certification process, participants will be entitled to refer to themselves as an SEI-Certified Instructor for IGDM and will be listed as SEI-Certified Individuals as long as they are sponsored by an SEI Partner that has chosen to appear in the SEI Partner Directory.

Who Should Get This Credential?

This credential is designed for individuals who want to help organizations use measurement to make informed decisions, identify and define indicators and measures that support an organization’s goals, and determine success, progress, and analysis indicators. Individuals who pursue this credential should have

  • extensive instructional experience
  • experience in implementing or developing measurement programs
  • experience working in a software engineering environment
  • facilitation skills

Term and Renewal

IGDM Instructor Certification is valid for a period of three years from the award date and expires the last day of the month in which it was awarded.

For details, see How to Renew Implementing Goal-Driven Measurement (IGDM) Instructor Certification.

Summary of Fees

There are fees for courses and instructor training; SEI Partner organizations pay annual support fees for certifications. Training fees are set by the SEI. For more information about fees, contact the SEI at

How to Apply

1. Meet qualification criteria

Before applying to become an SEI-Certified IGDM Instructor, you must meet the following criteria:

Educational Qualifications

  • a BS or BA degree from an accredited college or university; an MS degree is desirable
  • successful completion of an SEI-authorized Implementing Goal-Driven Measurement course (Case Study Version 6.0 or higher)
  • successful completion of at least one college-level course in probability or statistics, or hold a Six Sigma Black Belt certification
  • successful completion of one course in facilitation skills

Technical and Measurement Experience

  • at least 7 years of experience in implementing or developing measurement programs, which can include consulting with, teaching, or training software-intensive organizations in implementing their measurement programs
  • at least 10 years of experience working in a software engineering environment and on software project teams

Training and 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


  • ability to speak fluent and clear English

2. Submit your application

Complete the application to become an SEI-Certified Instructor for IGDM. Your application package must 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. Should there be questions about your application, the review board will contact you for clarification.

Certification Process

1. Complete exercises

Demonstrate your understanding of the methodology and concepts used in the IGDM course by completing a set of exercises. Send your completed worksheets to

SEI personnel will evaluate your documents. 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.

2. Complete the instructor training course

In the IGDM Instructor Training course, you must demonstrate competency in all performance objectives associated with the IGDM course. Be prepared to deliver any of the modules from the IGDM course and analyze and provide feedback to solutions of the course exercises. SEI instructors evaluate your performance using a checklist of expected competencies.

If your performance in instructor training is deficient, the SEI either (1) recommends appropriate remedial activities that must be completed to continue with the qualification process or (2) disqualifies the candidate with no opportunity for remediation.

3. Conduct a course delivery for assessment

Within 12 months of completing the instructor training course, you must undergo a performance assessment by the SEI while you deliver the IGDM course to an actual class. You must demonstrate competency in all performance objectives associated with the course delivery. The SEI uses a checklist of competencies to assess your performance.

The observer provides the candidate with feedback after the observation. For observations that are unsatisfactory, the SEI provides the candidate with steps for remediation. Any additional SEI support for remedial work will be at the sponsoring SEI Partner’s expense.

The SEI observes 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.

4. Receive your certification

After you successfully complete all prior steps, certification is granted by the SEI. The SEI notifies you of the results of your performance assessment within 3-4 weeks. SEI-Certified IPPSS Instructors receive a certification diploma.

Contact us with questions about this certification at

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