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

Become an SEI-Authorized PSP Instructor

What services do SEI-Authorized PSP Instructors offer?

As an SEI-Authorized PSP Instructor, you can use the TSP course suite to teach the PSP for Engineers, PSP Fundamentals, PSP Advanced, Introduction to Personal Process, Leading a Development Team, Managing TSP Teams, TSP Team Member Training, and TSP Executive Strategy Seminar courses to others in your organizations.

What is the difference between an SEI Authorization and an SEI Certification?

Certain SEI credentialing programs award an "authorization" to use the SEI's intellectual property (courses, assessments, etc.) to provide a service to internal or external customers. SEI Authorizations have specifically tailored entry and on-going qualification requirements that contain certain–but not all–elements of an SEI Certification. SEI-Authorized individuals require SEI Partner sponsorship to participate in the program. 

Steps for Becoming an SEI-Authorized PSP Instructor

1.  Meet qualification criteria

  • Complete one of the following sets of courses:
    • PSP for Engineers I and II
    • PSP for Engineers, Academic, blended learning version
    • PSP Fundamentals and PSP Advanced courses, from the SEI or an SEI-Authorized PSP Instructor

      Note: Use of the self-study PSP for Engineers course materials available at does not satisfy this requirement. The self-study material is not supported by SEI and will not evolve over time.
  • Be recommended by at least one of the SEI-Authorized PSP Instructors who taught you in either the PSP for Engineers I or II courses or the PSP Fundamentals or PSP Advanced courses
  • Be an SEI-Certified PSP Developer
  • Be sponsored by an SEI Partner for the TSP Product Suite
  • Have previous teaching or public speaking experience
  • Be proficient in both spoken and written English
  • Have signed the Code of Professional Conduct for SEI Services

2.  Apply for and complete the instructor training course

Register for the PSP Instructor Training course within 18 months of completing the PSP for Engineers I and II courses or the PSP Fundamentals and PSP Advanced courses. Within 10 days of receipt of request, you will receive a registration packet containing registration instructions and a data submission form. You must provide completed registration materials, including data from your prerequisite courses, no later than 60 days prior to the start of instructor training. (If you are enrolled in the PSP for Engineers II or PSP Advanced course at the SEI, the registration materials will be provided for you on the first day of that course.)

The SEI will review registration materials to ensure that the Authorization Candidate has a basic understanding of PSP concepts, is qualified to attend the instructor training course, and has met all other entry requirements. Authorization Candidate will receive email notification of the results of the pre-course screening.

3.  Meet examination requirements

You must pass the qualification exam offered on the last day of the PSP Instructor Training course. If you do not pass the exam, you may retake it at a later time for an additional fee. The qualification exam will be offered at SEI at least twice per year (in conjunction with PSP Instructor Training).
The SEI reserves the right in its sole discretion to require remedial work for Authorization Candidates pursuing authorization, and Authorization Candidates agree to perform such remedial work as a condition of becoming an SEI-Authorized PSP Instructor. Any remedial work for Authorization Candidates assigned by the SEI must be satisfactorily completed within three (3) months of when the SEI notifies the Authorization Candidate of the remedial work, unless otherwise stipulated by the SEI. Any additional SEI support for remedial work will be billed in accordance with applicable fees.

4.  Receive your authorization

After completing steps 1-3, you will receive a two-year authorization to deliver TSP Product Suite Courses. The SEI will provide access to the instructional materials listed on the TSP Product Suite Materials Page. You will also receive a Certificate of Authorization to teach TSP Product Suite Courses.

5.  Keep your authorization up to date

Learn how to renew your SEI PSP Instructor authorization.