Provisional Instructor (PI) Program

As part of establishing the assessor cadre for the CMMC Ecosystem, the CMMC-AB trains and tests a pool of instructors who are experienced in delivering training, either in-person or via virtual classroom settings. These instructors also complete provisional assessor training with the CMMC-AB to have an overall comprehensive knowledge of the CMMC Framework. The CMMC-AB Provisional Instructor (PI) program was established to provide training and validation for individual trainers who will be responsible for training assessors through the approved Licensed Training Provider (LTP) network.

As a provisional program it will remain in place until the release of the CMMC-AB Certified Instructor (CCI) certification program, the timing of which is pending.

It is important that individuals seeking assessor training know that only training delivered by Provisional Instructors through an approved Licensed Training Provider (LTPs) is valid for preparing for the CMMC-AB certification programs. The Department of Defense and the CMMC-AB will be using the administrative tracking protocols employed between the AB and LTPs to validate the assessors who are certified and authorized to conduct CMMC Assessments. 


Step 1: Meet Provisional Instructor Minimum Qualifications

Provisional Instructors must meet elevated criteria and experience requirements. A CMMC Provisional Instructor will go through hybrid and accelerated CMMC Assessor training. If you have the prerequisite experience listed below, begin the application process in step 2, if not please go to the Certified CMMC Assessor Page to begin your journey as an assessor:

  • CMMC Provisional Assessor; or 
  • Certified CMMC Professional (CCP) (when available); or 
  • 10+ years experience conducting evidence-based assessments in cyber or other information technology field including ISO, FedRAMP, CMMI, RMM CERT, DIBCAC or similar; or
  • Proven experience as a consultant or leader in Cybersecurity for at least 20 years and qualifying for DOD 8570 IAM Level III certification; and 
  • 2+ years of instructor/teaching experience within the information technology/security field, preferably within the cybersecurity field

Important: As of October 15th, 2021, the CMMC-AB will no longer issue provisional assessor (PA) badges as part of this program for a candidate that is not associated (*Independent) with an LTP at the time of PI application submission. However, all Provisional Instructors (PI) will complete the provisional assessor course as part of their preparation for the PI training.

*For an Independent PI to become a Certified Assessor post Oct 15th, 2021, after successfully earning a Certified CMMC Professional (CCP) certification at an Licensed Training Provider (LTP), an individual would then follow the assessor process to complete certification, assessment participation and suitability check.


Step 2: Complete Provisional Instructor Application Process:

  • Complete Certified CMMC Professional Application Process (this must be done prior to submiiting a PI Application)
  • Complete Provisional Instructor Application process
  • Once your application has been processed and accepted; you will be notified within 10 business days via email to register and complete payment for one of the Provisional Instructor Training events listed below (payment due at the time of registration)  
    • $3500 for new Provisional Instructors
    • $2500 for Existing Provisional Assessors

  PI Class Schedule for 2021:

October 5-7 

October 19-21

November 2-4

November 16-18

November30 - December 2

December 14-16


PI Class Schedule for 2022:


 January 18-20 

April 5-7

 July 12-14

 October 11-13

 February 8-10

 May 10-12

 August 9-11

 November 15- 17

 March 15-17

 June 14-16

 September 13-15

 December 13-15

*schedule subject to change

Step 3: Transition from Provisional Instructor (PI) to Certified CMMC Instructor (CCI)

  • Take CMMC-AB Provisional Instructor (PI) Class
  • Pass CMMC-AB Provisional Instructor (PI) Exam
  • Pass Certified CMMC-AB Instructor (CCI) Exam within six months of its public availability 


About the Provisional Instructor (PI) Course:

The Provisional Instructor (PI) training consists of both an asynchronous (self-paced) online component and a synchronous (live) online component. The asynchronous (self-paced) training is comprised of five modules that prepare the CMMC instructor in techniques, timing, virtual platform technologies, and Licensed Partner Publisher content for CMMC instruction. During the three-day synchronous (live) online component students will be given the opportunity to put their expertise in front of their fellow PI candidates during the student presentation module.

Students will also be enrolled in the Provisional Assessor (PA) training which consists of asynchronous (self-paced) online content. Students MUST complete the self-paced content prior to being enrolled in the PA exam.

Citizenship Requirements

  • No Citizenship requirements are tied to CMMC-AB Certified Instructors (PI/CCI). Individual assessor certifications taught by a CMMC-AB Certified Instructor have specifc citizenship requirements that can be found here.

CMMC-AB Refund Policy

  • Application fees are non-refundable or transferable.
  • Refunds for any fee, except Application fees, requested within 30 days shall be fully refundable upon review and approval by the CMMC-AB. 
  • Exam fees paid shall only be transferable to another named person from the same organization only if related services have not commenced.
  • Provisional Instructor (PI) course refunds are as follows:
    • After student begins Provisional Assessor (PA) course, prior to PI course  = $2500 (refund of PI course, minus $1,000 PA course)
    • After completetion of PI course = $0 (no refund)

 All other fees outside of these conditions shall not be refundable.

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