Who Should Take The CMCP Exam?

The Certified Mission Critical Operator (CMCP) certification is a vendor-neutral, globally trusted program for professionals protecting critical operational technology (OT) infrastructure from physical and cyber-related attacks. CMCP validates the foundational knowledge required to prevent attacks and mitigate risk.

Many roles within mission critical infrastructure would benefit from professionals achieving the CMCP certification to assist with the continuous maintenance of critical systems:

SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) Engineering Technicians are responsible for operations and maintenance of the communication channels connecting computers with remotely controlled equipment, as well as, the equipment in the network. Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Interfacing with SCADA transmission and control companies for data and network continuity
  • Providing technical support for SCADA systems
  • Troubleshooting DNP protocols, RTU communications, and SCADA and ICCP issues
  • Monitoring system logs and responding to abnormal system conditions

Electronic Control Technicians work with the controls behind electronic equipment.  They monitor and assess control systems and carry out repairs under intense pressure to ensure there is no halt in a production process.  Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Completing projects using SCADA & HMI programming and maintaining documentation
  • Installing and calibrating instrumentation
  • Performing all duties in conformance with applicable code requirements
  • Designing, installing and/or troubleshooting electrical and electro-mechanical components

Protection & Control Technicians maintain controllers that regulate the functions of a system.  These technicians work in a variety of mission critical environments including automotive, and aerospace and industrial automation. Tasks may include:

  • Scheduling and job scoping of pre-planned outages, including SCADA checkout
  • Participating in the installation, maintenance, and repair of on-site electrical equipment
  • Understanding the different zones of protection associated with each relay system
  • Familiarity with alarm relays, line relays, transformer relays, etc.

Petroleum Technologists are involved in the determination of the specific properties and classification of crude oil, which will determine the refining parameters.  During the refining process, laboratory petroleum technologists perform testing and evaluation of various samples.  Requirements may include:

  • Knowledge of field instrumentation and SCADA
  • Knowledge of emergency response procedures
  • Knowledge of environmental protection methods and devices for the natural gas industry
  • Knowledge of circuit analyses and basic electrical measurements

Mission Critical Skills Tested & Verified

The Certified Mission Critical Professional (CMCP) certification exam is designed to validate your knowledge against mission critical best practices as determined by hundreds of subject matter experts in the mission critical industry.  The seven domains shown below are covered in the certification exam, so begin preparing by downloading your copy of the CMCP Candidate Handbook, today!

  • Core Mission Critical Concepts (15%)
  • Risk Management (15%)
  • Safety, Physical Security & Cybersecurity (25%)
  • Change Management (5%)
  • Operations (21%)
  • Business Continuity (10%)
  • Mission Critical System Design (9%)

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CMCP Exam Details At-a-Glance

Wonder how many questions are on the Certified Mission Critical Professional (CMCP) certification exam and how you will be taking the test?  Find out with this snapshot of the CMCP exam requirements:

Exam Code


Type of Exam
  • Online through Pearson OnVUE
  • In-person at Pearson VUE testing centers



CMCP candidates must have:

  • A 2-year degree (with coursework in an information technology or an operations technology field), plus a minimum of 6 months (2 quarters) of related co-op experience or an equivalent 6-month apprenticeship


  • 2 years of related work experience in a field such as information technology, operational technology, engineering, cybersecurity, military, or other mission critical field.


  • Any combination of the 2 previous requirements totaling 2 years of experience or education, provided that the minimum requirement of 6 months of work experience is met
Number of Exam Questions


Type of Exam Questions

Multiple Choice

Maximum Test Time

180 Minutes

Certification Renewal

Good-For-Life (GFL)


CMCP Training and Exam Preparation

Get ready for your Certified Mission Critical Professional (CMCP) certification exam with a voucher package that fits your learning style.  Choose from packages with e-learning resources and classroom training offered through the Mission Critical Global Alliance (MCGA) authorized training provider network.


Read the e-learning resources that address the core principles of mission critical operations.


Classroom-Style Training

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CMCP Testing Information

The Certified Mission Critical Professional (CMCP) certification exam is administered by Pearson VUE. It can be taken through OnVUE, their remote online testing platform, or in person at more than 5,000 testing centers in North America, Europe and Asia. For insight into scheduling and sitting for your exam:

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Purchase a CMCP Certification Exam Voucher or Package

All exams require the purchase of a Certified Mission Critical Professional (CMCP) exam voucher to register for the exam. Mission Critical Global Alliance (MCGA) recommends choosing a training package or bundle to prepare you for the exam. All bundles include an exam voucher.

To purchase a voucher or package for yourself, someone else, or to make a bulk purchase, select the geographic location below where the exam will be taken.


Taking the exam in the U.S.?  Select one of these vouchers.



Taking the exam outside of the U.S.?  Choose your voucher here.


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Do You Have Questions About CMCP?

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