CMPIC Frequently Asked Questions
F.A.Qs - Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Why does my organization need CM Training?

2. Why choose CMPIC?

3. What is CMPIC's view on Industry Standards?

4. How does CMPIC determine the length of its certification courses?

5. What does achieving a CMPIC certification mean?

6. Are your courses focused on a specific environment?

7. Why don't you have online courses?

8. Who will be teaching your classes?

9. Are CMPIC course materials copyrighted?

10. What is the business structure of CMPIC?



Q:
Why does my organization need CM Training?

A:
Understanding and implementing CM correctly can reduce costs, increase productivity, and enhance communications throughout the entire organization. Having CM will improve the speed and ease in which you can find the information you need. It will also provide you with metrics to tactfully improve your entire organization. Imagine having less corrective action, less fixes, and wasting less money. CM won’t slow you down. In fact, proper CM can help your entire organization react quickly, accurately, and function smoothly.

Training your employees is the number one way to improve configuration management within your organization. Your CM people may not know the full potential of their jobs due to the fact that they may have never been properly educated in all the facets of CM. And even if they have been trained, they may be stuck with the same old processes and feel unmotivated to make CM work effectively. CMPIC can help. We give our students the tools and options to create and improve their CM processes. Students will learn about the most current CM practices and guidelines that can help your company achieve continuous improvement.



 

Q:
Why choose CMPIC?

A:
CMPIC provides high quality, cost-effective, the most up-to-date Configuration Management (CM) training & certification. We have taught some of the world’s largest business and government agencies including the FAA, General Dynamics, NASA, U.S. Air Force, Whirlpool, Lockheed Martin, GE, US Coast Guard, BAE Systems, and others. CMPIC courses cover all aspects of configuration management including CM requirements, principles, process, automation, and compliance. Over 99.3% of our students say they would recommend CMPIC courses.

Our goal is to assure that each student attains a complete understanding of the configuration management landscape relevant to all work environments. CMPIC training examines all perspectives of CM rather than focusing on a single ideology. CMPIC will give you implementation options that meet industry requirements and are considered best industry practice.

Currently, CMPIC offers 11 courses and 5 different certifications. Click here to learn more.



 

Q:
What is CMPIC's view on Industry Standards?

A:
CMPIC believes that industry standards and guidelines for Configuration Management form a solid foundation for CM process implementation. This is why CMPIC’s course material is based off of current industry-approved standards.

Standards discussed include: ANSI/EIA-649B, 649-1, ISO 10007, ISO 9001, DOE-1073, FAA 1800.66, MIL-HDBK-61A, CMMI, ITIL, Code of Federal Regulations, and many more.

Industry standards are well written and have been developed by experienced professionals who care about and understand configuration management and continuous improvement. Standards discussed will not only be quoted in class, but also interpreted to provide you with the true intent behind the words. In addition, ways to implement and meet requirements will be thoroughly discussed.

Class approach: (1) know the requirements of the standards; (2) identify any additional requirements that may be necessary; (3) learn the various implementation options and how to put them into practice.



 

Q:
How does CMPIC determine the length of its certification courses?

A:
A search of the internet will show you that CM certification programs vary in length, from as few as 2 days to as long as 12 days.

CMPIC will determine the amount of time needed for each class based upon an outline of topics needed to adequately cover the subject and trial training simulations.



 

Q:
What does achieving a CMPIC certification mean?

A:
Certification has different meanings. Some programs certify individuals based on years of experience and testing, while others certify based on the completion of a training program.

In our case, CMPIC certification means the individual successfully passed an approved course of study (or set of courses) by attending the mandated hours of classroom instruction and demonstrating proficiency through examination(s).


 

Q:
Are your courses focused on a specific environment?

A:
CMPIC courses are not environment-specific. Our courses and course examples have been written with a variety of implementation environments in mind. Our courses address an enterprise approach to CM that will fit the needs of all environments. Attendees from IT, software, hardware, engineering, manufacturing, facilities, and many other professions will feel equally represented and comfortable in these classes.


 

Q:
Why don't you have online courses?

A:
CMPIC does plan to offer some short topic-specific courses online in the near future. However, online courses are not appropriate for certain courses we offer. For instance, we do not plan to offer online options for the CM Principles & Implementation Certification series, SCM course, or the 649 courses. These are courses that require more direct involvement and participation than can be had in an online environment. In a classroom environment, students will greatly benefit from direct interaction with the instructor and the other students. They will have a chance to express their views and have their questions answered. Workshop participation is also critical to understanding various CM topics. It is our opinion that, for these courses, online training would not deliver the intended results.


 

Q:
Who will be teaching your classes?

A:
CMPIC instructors have decades of CM-related work experience in both commercial and governmental environments, have trained thousands of students in CM, and have presented dozens of CM & related conferences and events. Each instructor holds numerous CM certifications, has a solid track record in CM training, and is an active member in CM and related associations such as NDIA, ACDM, TechAmerica’s EIA-649 G-33 committee, SAE Internationa's G-33 committee, ASQ, and more. Our instructors have been involved with hardware, software, IT, facilities, design, production, operations, decommissioning, simple to complex systems, and a number of other diverse areas.

They are passionate about what they teach and remain up-to-date on the latest in configuration management by staying active in the CM community, conducting their own independent research, and listening to student feedback. CMPIC instructors are not only well-informed, but also personable and engaging. They use modern training techniques and a fresh perspective to ensure that classes are interesting and rewarding for students.

Review our instructors’ experience and history here.


 

Q:
Are CMPIC course materials copyrighted?

A:
Course materials are copyrighted, and as such may not be freely distributed or used to teach without CMPIC permission.


 

Q:
What is the business structure of CMPIC?

A:
CMPIC is a woman owned small business, Limited Liability Company (LLC).