What is the CMSP Program?
The CMSP (Certified Modeling & Simulation Professional) certification program was created in 2002 to provide the Modeling & Simulation industry with its own professional certification. Like the Professional Engineer (PE) or Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications, the CMSP designation signifies competence, skill and experience.
Why should you get the CMSP certification?
Anyone working in the field of Modeling & Simulation – developers, managers, analysts, and users/customers – should pursue the CMSP certification. If you consider Modeling & Simulation to be your "profession," you absolutely need to get your CMSP.
The Modeling & Simulation Professional Certification Commission (M&SPCC) believes that the CMSP designation will become the industry standard in the years to come, and that in the near future:
1) Industry professionals will be compelled to get the CMSP credential, as it will signify their knowledge and expertise, and further their careers.
2) Companies and organizations will encourage and even require their employees to pursue the CMSP credential – both to ensure that their employees are well-educated and certified, and to demonstrate this fact to their customers.
3) Customers will require companies working for them to have CMSP-certified employees, so they can be assured of competency and professionalism.
Benefits of CMSP Certification
Promote your CMSP certification on your resume and business cards – and in your correspondence. Getting your CMSP will give you:
- Recognition from the M&S community as a leader in the profession
- Validation of your skills, knowledge, experience and expertise
- Opportunities for professional advancement and career growth
CMSP Certification Process
Before applying, make sure you meet the Education and Work Experience Requirements outlined on the Certification Process page.
Applicants will need to submit:
- CMSP application Form (with $250 application fee)
- Three professional Letters of Reference
Once the applicant is approved to proceed, he/she will need to pass the online CMSP Exam, which must be completed within a two-week period.
For complete details, see the Certification Process page.
For more details on the CMSP Exam, please see the CMSP Exam page.
CMSP certification is valid for four years, at which point you must recertify. Along with the $100 recertification fee, each CMSP must submit a recertification application summarizing his/her work experience and continuing education (including conference/event participation) for the previous four years.
For complete details and to apply for recertification, please click on the Recertification tab above.
How is the CMSP program managed and how was it created?
The CMSP program is overseen by a Board of Governors with representatives from industry, government, and academia.
The original Implementation Group was created in 2001 to establish the CMSP program and associated Board. Representatives from the following companies, organizations, and institutions comprised the original Implementation Group:
The first two groups of CMSPs were the "Pioneers" and the "Charter Members."
The "Pioneers" were members of the original Implementation Group, Certification Board and Exam Subcommittee, who led the establishment of the CMSP program:
G.V. (Vince) Amico
Bruce T. Fairchild
Steven C. Gordon
Frederick Lewis, USN (Ret.)
Gary M. Lightner
R. Bowen Loftin
Henry C. Okraski
Harry Thompson, III
William (Mark) Yerkes, USN (Ret.)
The "Charter Members" were nominated by their peers to participate in the first two rounds of certification.