STTC researcher completes the Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional (CMSP) Program

April 25, 2013

Story Highlights

  • Dr. Christine Allen recently completed her CMSP Program.
  • The CMSP program is becoming an essential tool for anyone working in the field.

Dr. Christine Allen, science and technology manager for medical simulations at the Simulation and Training Technology Center (STTC) in Orlando, Fla., recently completed her Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional (CMSP) Program.

The Simulation and Training Technology Center is part of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Human Research and Engineering Directorate.

According to Allen, "certification is important as it helps me expand my expertise in the continually evolving modeling and simulation field."

The CMSP program is becoming an essential tool for anyone working in the field of Modeling and Simulation (M&S) - developers, managers, analysts, users and customers to maintain current knowledge and skills. The National Training and Simulation Association created the program in 2002 to promulgate the use of best practices and assemble a group of well-qualified individuals that are experts in the field.

The two phase certification structure evaluates and tests the candidate's qualifications and knowledge. The first phase is evaluation of the applicant's credentials. The committee requires a designated amount work experience in the M&S that correlates to the highest degree level held by the candidate. Additionally, applicants must furnish three detailed letters of reference addressing to their expertise in M&S and suitability.

The second phase consists of an online examination and essay that evaluates both the applicant's general knowledge of M&S and questions within their area of expertise. Applicants have 30 days to complete the exam and essay. The essay topic is not formally graded but reviewed to provide insight of the applicant's abilities.

"I would encourage others to take the certification as it is a great test of M&S knowledge in a field that has grown exponentially," said Allen.

For more information on the CMSP program visit: http://www.simprofessional.org/

 

Last Update / Reviewed: April 25, 2013