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

SGMM Navigator Training

This two-day, virtual course introduces the Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM) Navigation process to those interested in becoming an SEI-Certified SGMM Navigator. The SGMM Navigation process provides utilities with essential planning support and positions the Navigator to initiate new engagements and gain follow-on work with utility customers.

To prepare for the SGMM workshop experience, you will explore the SGMM's 175 aspects of smart grid implementation. Developed by utilities for utilities, the SGMM is a comprehensive analysis and planning tool.

The SGMM Navigator Training course features an interactive virtual classroom environment and includes a case study that simulates all aspects of the SGMM Navigation process. The course is composed of lectures, case study, and independent exercises, with many opportunities for discussion and Q&A. This allows the students to role-play the facilitation skills required and gain the detailed understanding of the model needed to lead a Navigation. Your remote participation in class activities and an exam will determine your successful completion of the course.

Course participants will receive a copy of the SGMM Navigator Process Resource notebook and a course notebook with copies of the course slides and exercises. The Navigator Process Resource notebook contains checklists, templates, and step-by-step guidance on the SGMM Navigation process.

To complete the course, participants will be required to pass a final examination. The final examination, which is exclusively available at commercial testing centers, will require completing a separate registration and payment of an additional exam fee.

Who should attend?

  • Systems Integrators
  • Consultants
  • Vendors
  • Individuals who can find value in assisting utilities through SGMM planning and implementation


In particular, the course covers
  • an overview of the SGMM
  • an overview of the SGMM Navigation process
  • comprehensive preparation to conduct the five-step SGMM Navigation process: Preparation, Survey Workshop, Analysis, Aspirations Workshop, and Action Planning
  • how you might integrate SGMM Navigation services with your own analysis tools and services
  • details about partnering with the SEI for SGMM Navigation


As a result of successfully completing this course, you will be able to
  • deliver an SGMM overview
  • plan and conduct a survey workshop for the utility that results in high-integrity (consistent and correct) data
  • validate and analyze SGMM Compass survey data to produce insightful findings about the organization's current smart grid implementation status
  • plan and conduct an aspirations workshop that establishes a cohesive, cross-organizational, and consensus profile of an organization's smart grid aspirations
  • understand roles and responsibilities of an SEI-Certified SGMM Navigator
  • understand the final steps of becoming an SEI-Certified SGMM Navigator
  • increase your knowledge of the utility industry and provide additional value to your customers


This course fulfills a prerequisite requirement for becoming an SEI-Certified SGMM Navigator. Before attending this course, you should

  • possess strong industry knowledge and experience
  • be sponsored by an SEI Partner
  • submit the Certification Application Package (Please allow sufficient time for the SEI to review your qualifications and approve your participation prior to the course date.)
  • successfully complete an open-book pretest

After being accepted into the course, participants will receive the instructions to the open book pre-test via email.

In order to remotely attend this virtual course, students must utilize a computer with:

  • at least 100 megabytes of free disk space
  • Microsoft Excel 2003 (or more recent)
  • Microsoft Word 2003 (or more recent)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 (or more recent)
  • Adobe Reader
  • Zip file capability
  • CD-ROM or memory stick

To take part in the Adobe Connect meeting, you must have:

  • a browser
  • a copy of the Flash Player 10 or higher
  • an internet connection


Participants will receive a course notebook and a downloadable copy of course materials.


This two-day, virtual course meets at the following times:

Day 1: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Day 2: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)

The schedule will allow a one week independent study period between the course days. During this time, you will be required to complete and submit a lengthy homework assignment.

Training courses provided by the SEI are not academic courses for academic credit toward a degree. Any certificates provided are evidence of the completion of the courses and are not official academic credentials.

Course Details

Course Fees [USD]

U.S. Industry: $3000

U.S. Government/Academic: $2400

International: $3600

This course may be offered by special arrangement at customer sites.

For More Information

Phone: 412-268-7622