Acquisition Supplement for CMMI for Development v 1.3

This one-day course introduces acquisition managers and practitioners, appraisal team members, and process group (e.g., SEPG, EPG) members to CMMI fundamental concepts related to acquisition. CMMI for Acquisition (CMMI-ACQ) is a CMMI model designed for use in managing a supply chain by those who acquire, procure, or otherwise select and purchase products and services for business purposes.


This CMMI model focuses on acquirer processes and contains best practices that address activities for initiating and managing the acquisition of products and services that meet the needs of the customer. Types of acquisitions that benefit from using CMMI-ACQ include government acquisition, supply chain management, procurement, and outsourcing.

The course is composed of lectures and class exercises with ample opportunity for student questions and discussions. After attending the course, students will be able to describe the CMMI-ACQ model, discuss the model’s process areas, and locate relevant information in the model.

This course when combined with its prerequisite, fulfills a requirement for any course requiring an official SEI Introduction to CMMI for Acquisition course. This course is also a prerequisite for becoming a lead appraiser or team member on a SCAMPI appraisal using the CMMI-ACQ model.

Who should attend?

  • Product and service acquirers and process implementers
  • Anyone interested in learning about CMMI-ACQ


  • Introduction
  • Acquisition Overview
  • Acquisition Category Process Areas and Unique Specific Practices
  • Next Steps
  • Summary


Successful completion of this course will enable students to do the following:

  • Understand and correctly interpret CMMI-ACQ in an acquisition environment
  • Describe the differences between CMMI for Development, v1.3 and CMMI for Acquisition, v1.3


Before registering for this course, students must successfully complete the Introduction to CMMI for Development v1.3 course (or Introduction to CMMI Version 1.1 or Version 1.2 with upgrade) or the Introduction to CMMI for Services course.


Students will receive the CMMI for Acquisition, v1.3 model and a course notebook with copies of the course slides.