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

Become an SEI-Certified Implementing Goal-Driven Measurement Instructor

An Implementing Goal-Driven Measurement (IGDM) Instructor introduces the methods for identifying and defining indicators (graphical displays) and measures that directly support an organization’s business goals related to product development, process improvement, and project management.

As an SEI-Certified IGDM Instructor, you’ll reap the rewards of professional recognition through certification, and you’ll also add value to your organization. IGDM Instructors contribute standard practices to increase efficiency and support the business goals within their organizations by delivering methods for identifying and defining indicators and measures that directly support product development, process improvement, and project management.

Steps for Earning your IGDM Instructor Certification

1.  Meet qualification criteria

Before applying to become an SEI-Certified IGDM Instructor, you must meet all of the following  qualification criteria:

Educational Qualifications

  • a BS or BA degree from an accredited or recognized college or university; an MS degree is desirable
  • successful completion of an authorized version of Implementing Goal-Driven Measurement course (case study version 6.0 or higher)
  • successful completion of at least one college-level course in probability/statistics, an equivalent course, or a certificate from a Six Sigma black belt training course
  • successful completion of one facilitation skills course

Technical and Measurement Experience

  • at least 7 years of experience in implementing and/or developing measurement programs. This includes consulting, teaching, or training software intensive organizations in implementing their measurement programs.
  • at least 10 years of experience working in a software engineering environment including experience on software project teams

Training/Teaching Experience

  • at least 500 hours of instructional experience in delivering technical/measurement topics within the last 10 years
  • presenter of at least 1 technical paper at a software engineering conference


  • must speak fluent and clear English

2.  Apply

Submit the application to become an SEI-Certified IGDM Instructor. Your application package must include the following:

3.  Complete exercises

Demonstrate your understanding of the methodology and concepts used in the IGDM course by completing exercises that test your knowledge of the subject matter.

Send your completed worksheets to

All documents are evaluated by SEI personnel. If you submit below-average work, the SEI will inform you of remediation steps. If your exercises are approved, you will be invited to attend Implementing Goal-Driven Measurement Instructor Training.

4.  Complete the instructor training course

During the instructor training course, you must demonstrate competency in all performance objectives associated with the course. In particular, you should be prepared to deliver any of the modules from the IGDM course and to analyze and provide feedback to solutions of the course exercises. SEI instructors will review your performance using a checklist of expected competencies.

If your performance in instructor training is deficient, the SEI will either (at the SEI’s sole discretion) (1) recommend appropriate remedial activities that must be completed to continue with the qualification process, or (2) disqualify the candidate with no opportunity for remediation.

5.  Conduct a course delivery for assessment

Within 12 months of completing the instructor training course, you must undergo a performance assessment by the SEI while you deliver the Implementing Goal-Driven Measurement course to an actual class. Performance assessments may be conducted via observation of an SEI observer or through recorded class presentations. During the assessment, you must demonstrate competency in all performance objectives associated with the course delivery. The SEI will use a checklist of competencies to assess your performance.

In an on-site observation, the SEI may observe up to two candidates per offering, provided that the SEI is informed prior to the offering. Your sponsoring SEI Partner determines the location of the course offering and reimburses the SEI for daily effort and actual travel expenses when the SEI performs the observation.

The observer will provide you with feedback at the conclusion of the observation. You will receive your performance assessment results from the SEI within 2-3 weeks.

6.  Receive your  certification

SEI-Certified IGDM Instructors will receive a certification diploma.

If your observation was unsatisfactory, the SEI will provide you with feedback and, if necessary, steps for remediation. Any additional SEI support for remedial work will be billed in accordance with your sponsoring SEI Partner’s license agreement.

7.  Keep your certification up to date

Your IGDM instructor certification is valid for a period of three years from the award date. Learn how to renew your IGDM Instructor Certification.