Certified CMMC Professional

Prepare for the Department of Defense assessment

Program Details

Program Duration

One Week (40 hours)

Next Start Date

October 9

Program Formats

Online and Live online class sessions plus online content.



Upcoming Start Dates

October 9 - 12

On Campus in Dallas

+ self-paced study

+ Free ticket to SWCIC October 7-8

GI Bill® Approved 

Financial Assistance Available

Sallie Mae loan available

Group discounts available. Email programs@smu.edu for group discounts.

GI Bill® eligible. Email vetresource@mail.smu.edu for information on GI Bill eligibility.

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

What is the CMMC Certification?

The Department of Defense (DoD) of the United States is taking action to secure critical data that companies receive or create in the performance of DoD contracts. Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) is highly sought by our adversaries to steal sensitive US defense-related technical information. This allows them to match and potentially defeat our war-fighting capabilities at pennies on the dollar. Hundreds of billions of dollars of CUI are exfiltrated each year.

The defense industrial base comprises hundreds of thousands of companies that now must meet current cybersecurity and compliance requirements and become compliant with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) to continue the ability to work on DoD contracts. In 2020, DoD established the CMMC Accreditation Body to develop and manage the training and certification ecosystem. CMMC certification requires the industry to satisfy all CUI security requirements and controls including all CMMC practices and assessment objectives. An independent CMMC Third-Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO) must assess and certify compliance.  Assessment teams consist of Certified CMMC Assessors (CCA) and Certified CMMC Professionals (CCP). The CMMC program is nearing a voluntary certification period and may create a significant competitive advantage for early adopters.

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification & Certified CMMC Professional Course

The credentials of the CMMC Certified Professional (CCP) are in high demand and the requirements and evidence are highly complex and detailed. This course walks participants through the basic principles for performing an assessment, completing the documentation required for the assessment, and understanding the foundation of the CMMC Model. In addition to the CMMC framework, we include network infrastructure concepts, a review of fundamental cybersecurity requirements, and general IT principles based on the federal requirements. This course will help you to gain the technical skills and expertise required to support and prepare for CMMC assessments.

The SMU Certified CMMC Professional program is taught by licensed instructors and designed by industry expert practitioners. This hybrid program combines live, online class sessions with online content, a modality that has been proven successful for learning technology-based programming. Through this course, you’ll gain an understanding of the details of the CMMC process and master the concepts required to pass the CMMC CCP exam.

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

  • CMMC Accredited Curriculum delivered with quality SMU experience.
  • Prepare for the exam required to become a CMMC Certified Professional (CCP).
  • Your instructors are leading CMMC subject matter experts.


SMU Certified CMMC Professional Programs

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 Professional 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. 


October 7 & 8 on the SMU Campus in Dallas, Texas The Southwest Regional CIC is a highly anticipated event laser-focused on the urgent CMMC agenda. Expand your expertise and transform your understanding of CMMC. Act now and secure your spot – don't miss out on this invaluable opportunity!


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