Certified CMMC Assessor

Prepare for the Department of Defense assessment

Program Details

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Program Duration

One week

(40 hours)

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Next Start Date

Future Date - TBD

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Program Format


Live online class sessions plus online content.

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Group discounts available.

Call 214-768-1086 for more information.

What Is The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)?

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification is the evolution of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) strategy to safeguard the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) from foreign and domestic cyber threats. There are over 350,000 organizations that are part of the DIB that participate in bidding on and winning contracts from the DoD. In the near future, all 350,000 DIB organizations plus subcontractors will have to switch from a very loose “self-attestation” model on their cybersecurity practices to a much more formal third-party assessment model. This will require massive amounts of training, both authorized and unauthorized, for hundreds of thousands of IT departments.

Training for these companies will range from:

  • Teaching what CMMC is
  • Instruction on IT security best practices to ensure their systems will meet the standards necessary to pass a CMMC Assessment
  • Official CMMC Assessor preparation

In short, this is a massive shift in the way the DIB organizations are managing their cybersecurity, and one of the only solutions is training.

What Does It Mean to Be a Certified CMMC Assessor (CCA)?

A Certified CMMC Assessor (CCA) who successfully completes all certification program requirements as outlined by the CAICO (the subsidiary of the CyberAB responsible for training and certification) will be authorized to work in an assessor capacity on Level 2 Assessments on behalf of a Certified Third-Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO).
Aside from the Certified Assessor track, both the CCP and CCA courses are also an excellent option for individuals in a variety of roles who will support DIB organizations in their CMMC preparation efforts.

Why Should You Take the Certified CMMC Assessor Program at SMU?

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CMMC Accredited Curriculum delivered with quality SMU experience.


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Prepare for the exam required to become a Certified CMMC Assessor (CCA).


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Your instructors are leading CMMC subject matter experts.


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For more information, contact Karoline Staton at 214-768-1086.

Instructor Regan Edens

Instructor Regan Edens

Regan Edens serves as the Chief Transformation & Compliance Officer and Co-Founder of DTC Global. Mr. Edens served as a founding Director on the CMMC-Accreditation Body, Board of Directors, as Chairman of the Standards Management Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Training Committee. He represented the CMMC-AB in the Federal CUI Stakeholder’s Working Group and led the CMMC Industry Working Group in collaboration with the DoD. He was one of four acting CMMC Certified Master Instructors.

Mr. Edens has served across various public and private capacities leading highly technical, complex, and extremely demanding DoD technology-driven transformation, operations, security, and intelligence activities. Mr. Edens has led the rapid implementation of over $4.5B integrated platforms systems. Mr. Edens is a plank holder member of the National Cyber Moonshot.

Mr. Edens led high performing organizations within the Special Operations and Intelligence Communities during multiple global deployments including Afghanistan and Iraq as a Senior DoD Intelligence Civilian, DoD contractor, and a US Army, active duty, Commissioned Officer. Under his leadership, activities were awarded 4 Defense Superior Civilian Service Awards (3rd highest award to a DoD Intel Civilian), 14 Bronze Stars, 12 Army Commendation Medals, and 6 Army Achievement Medals.

Student Success

"[I] recently attended this class and found it very helpful. Mr. Regan is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about CMMC. I would personally recommend this course."

– Anupam Datta, SMU Certified CMMC Professional Certificate student

Who should take the SMU Certified CMMC Assessor program?

  • 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 prepare 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.


Program participants must have minimum of two years of full-time professional work experience in IT or cybersecurity. This is a minimum requirement to become a CMMC Certified Assessor or Instructor. Participants preparing for the CCA certification exam must hold a CCP certification, but is not a prerequisite for this course. 

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