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Registered vs Certified Tracks

An RP delivers non-certified advisory service informed by basic training on the CMMC standard.  By contrast, a Certified Professional (CP) or Certified Assessor (CA) delivers advice that is based on their rigorous training on what is and is not acceptable during an actual CMMC-AB Certified Assessment.

A Registered Practioner completes a short, online training course to familiarize the individual with the concepts of CMMC and its basic objectives.  


Who should become
a Registered Practitioner?

  • Consultants who broadly help prepare organizations for CMMC requirements and wish to advertise their baseline familiarity with the CMMC Standard.
  • Employees of organizations that are considering a CMMC assessment and want to gain a basic understanding of the standard and be exposed to changes as the standard evolves.


What is required of Registered Practitioners?

  1. Sign the CMMC-AB Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. Successfully complete an online introductory training session.
  3. Be able to pass a basic background check.


Is there a cost?

  • A Registered Practitioner is required to pay a $500 annual maintenance fee.

A CMMC-AB Certified Professional completes training from a CMMC-AB Licensed Training Provider that includes the foundation of the CMMC Standard, the basic principles for assessment and documentation of the assessment, and completes a rigorous exam.  

Who should become
a Certified Professional?

  • Anyone who would like to become a CMMC-AB Certified Assessor.  The first step in that process is to become a CMMC-AB Certified Professional.
  • Consultants who wish to advertise their deep knowledge and familiarity with the CMMC Standard when providing consulting services.
  • Consultants who conduct "pre-assessments" to ready their clients for a CMMC-AB third-party assessment.
  • Consultants who are assessment Team Members in a C3PAO, but haven't completed the training to become a CMMC-AB Certified Assessor.
  • Employees of organizations preparing for a CMMC assessment and want to ensure that there is a complete understanding of the CMMC Standard and the assessment process.

What is required of Certified Professionals?

  1. Sign the CMMC-AB Code of Professional Conduct.
  2. Successfully complete certified training from a CMMC-AB Licensed Training Provider and pass the required exam.
  3. Be able to pass a background check or have accepted clearance.

Is there a cost?

  • Candidates will pay an application fee to receive a CMMC-AB id number.
  • Training will be offered by LTPs (Licensed Training Providers.  LTPs will be listed in the CMMC-AB Marketplace at a cost that is set by the LTP.
  • At the completion of training, the Certified Professional exam will be offered by the CMMC-AB at a cost of $250 that includes one (1) year of certification (initially good through 12/31/2021).