I've been talking to a consultant about helping us to understand the CMMI. He claims to be a "Certified Lead Appraiser." How can I confirm this?
LOL! Being "certifiable" is one of the pre-reqs for becoming a Lead Appraiser, so maybe he's on the level!
But seriously folks....
All SCAMPI Lead Appraisers (and CMMI Instructors) must be certified by the SEI and certification is a matter of public record.
To become certified all LA's need to have the pre-requisite experience and education, take the required training, successfully complete multiple exams, and be observed by the SEI conducting their first SCAMPI Appraisal. It's a rigorous process (as it should be) and can be costly.
To confirm an LA's certification you can go the the SEI's Partner site and search for them at: www.sei.cmu.edu/partners/directory/individuals.
In addition, a Lead Appraiser must be sponsored by a licensed SEI Partner.