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CMMC Assessors

To become a CMMC assessor requires the development of skills and knowledge through a series of training, testing, and assessment experience.

Please review the Requirements Grid below to begin the process. For more detailed requirements click here.

To review registration and testing information for the Certified CMMC Exams click here.

Requirements Grid

Registration Duration
Renewal Terms
Certified CMMC Professional (CCP)
Meet prerequisites (CCP blueprint), then approximately 1 week
$200 Registration (one time, CPN) + $275 Exam Fee
$250 Annual renewal fee. Note: Once you are certified in CCA you will only be annually renewing your CCA.
U.S. citizenship is not required for obtaining a CCP certification (Not participating as a CMMC Assessment Team Memeber). No U.S. citizenship is required. Will not participate on CMMC Level 2 assessments. CCP (Participating as a CMMC Assessment Team Memeber) U.S. Person (definition here). U.S. citizenship is required to participate as a team member on CMMC Level 2 assessments.
Certified CMMC Assessor (CCA)
Meet prerequisites (CCA blueprint). Then, approximately 1 week
$50 Registration fee + $350 Exam Fee
$500 Annual renewal fee
US Citizenship Required. Have or gain a favorable DoD Suitability Determination, or Possess a NAC (National Agency Check) or other DoD accepted clearance (require to participate on CMMC assessment teams).
CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO)
Approximately 4 months, including suitability check
$6,000 Application
$5,000 Annual renewal fee

*All fees are inclusive of application processing and membership registration which are non-refundable (please see Refund Policy). Schedule does not include any training, testing or examination fees.

Upon successful completion of the process, all candidates will be presented with additional information to include the authorized use of digital credentials in business materials, listing in the CMMC Central Marketplace and access to the Cyber AB's community updates.

Certified CMMC Professional (CCP)

an individual

CCP Enroll Here

A CCP is a person seeking to become responsible for the assessment, examination, verification, and review of an organization for compliance to a respective level of CMMC standards. They will utilize compliance checklists prescribed by the CMMC standard to control scope and ensure fairness in applied criteria. Assessors may work for a C3PAO or be independent.

A CCP is eligible to become CMMC Certified Assessor (CCA), participates up to CMMC Level 2 assessments, and holds a valuable credential reflecting the training to understand the CMMC requirements for a Defense supplier.

Certified CMMC Assessor (CCA)

An individual

CCA Enroll Here

Upon completion of the CCP certification program, and if the individual has met the pre-requisites for the CCA program, they can begin their training with a Licensed Training Provider (LTP). Preparing to become a CCA not only requires training and passing a high-stakes certification exam, but it also requires participation on three (3) level 2 assessments to gain the hands-on experience to become a Certified Level 2 Assessor.

An individual who becomes a CCA to work in an assessor capacity on Level 2 assessments must work for a Certified Third-Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO).

Individuals holding multiple designations RP/PRA and Assessor Certifications cannot assess a company if they have previously assisted with an implementation consultation for that same company.

CCAs are required to take training from a Licensed Training Providers (LTP) found on the CMMC Central Marketplace. Only training with an approved LTP will qualify the candidate for access to the Certified CMMC Assessor examination.

CMMC Third-Party Assessment Organization (C3PAO)

an organization

C3PAO Enroll Here

A C3PAO is an organization that has successfully passed a rigorous series of requirements to become acknowledged by the CMMC Accreditation Body, on behalf of the DoD, as being objective and competent to perform assessments of OSCs. C3PAOs adhere to assessment criteria that must be consistent, unbiased, and follows a prescribed approach that is utilized similarly across all C3PAOs. They are certified to assess based on the CMMC standard; only Cyber-AB recognized assessors utilized by the C3PAO may conduct authorized assessments.

Want to become a Member?

Membership into the CMMC-AB community, and visibility within the CMMC marketplace, is reserved for those organizations and individuals which successfully complete and pass their respective application and onboarding process, which includes formal review and authorization by the CMMC-AB.

Please click on the appropriate enrollment button above to start the process.