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SEI-Certified Team Software Process Associate Coach

Certification • Software Process

What Services Do TSP Associate Coaches Offer?

A TSP Associate Coach has sufficient knowledge and experience to work with teams, coach role managers, and use basic historic data. A TSP Associate Coach works under the guidance of an SEI-Certified TSP Coach. TSP Associate Coaches do not conduct checkpoints or postmortems; only SEI-Certified TSP Coaches or Mentor Coaches can perform those activities. TSP Associate Coaches may not have the seniority or experience to fully coach personnel in management positions and may not be capable of using sophisticated analysis techniques and tools.

This and other TSP Coach roles are described in more detail in the TSP Coach Certification Guidebook. The TSP Coach Mentoring Program Guidebook explains the mentoring process required to become an SEI-Certified TSP Associate Coach, TSP Coach, or TSP Mentor Coach.

SEI-Certified TSP Associate Coaches may apply the SEI's TSP materials only on behalf of an SEI Partner. TSP Associate 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.

Benefits of the TSP Associate Coach Certification

An SEI-Certified Associate TSP Coach has the training and experience to act as the process expert for the following TSP team activities:

  • facilitate (re)launches
  • facilitate weekly team meetings
  • provide day-to-day team support under the guidance of an SEI-Certified TSP Coach

After completing the certification process, participants are entitled to refer to themselves as an SEI-Certified TSP Associate Coach and are listed as SEI-Certified Individuals as long as they are sponsored by an SEI Partner organization that has chosen to appear in the SEI Partner Directory.

Who Should Get This Credential?

The application process for this credential is available to those who have successfully completed one of the following courses:

Term and Renewal

The TSP Associate Coach certification is valid for a period of one year from the award date and expires the last day of the month in which it was awarded.

For details, see How to Renew Team Software Process (TSP) Credentials.

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

How to Apply

Complete the application to participate in TSP Coach Training. Your application includes the following:

Certification Process

1. Complete the TSP Coach Training course.

After being accepted into the program as a candidate, successfully complete the SEI's TSP Coach Training course.

2. Complete activities for observation.

A candidate associate coach must successfully complete all of the following activities under the guidance of an SEI-Certified TSP Coach or SEI-Certified TSP Mentor Coach within 12 months of completing TSP Coach Training:

  • (Re)launch a TSP team while being observed by a TSP Coach or Mentor Coach.
  • Support the team's day-to-day operations through a complete TSP cycle from (re)launch to phase or project postmortem.
  • Assist the assigned TSP Coach or Mentor Coach in conducting the team's checkpoints and postmortems.

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

3. Receive your certification.

Upon receipt of the Associate Coach Final Assessment Report from the observing coach with a recommendation to grant certification and SEI verification of all required documentation, the SEI will award the candidate with the TSP Associate Coach credential. You will then be listed in the SEI Partner Directory and can use the TSP materials contained in the SEI Partner Resource Center.

Certified TSP Associate Coaches also receive a certificate recognizing the accomplishment of the certification.

Contact us with questions about this certification at

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