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Contract Management Certifications (CPCM, CCCM, and CFCM) & Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Online Courses, Webinars and Podcasts by NCMA USA

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Established in 1959 and headquartered in Ashburn Virginia, National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and is the world’s leading professional resource for those in the contract management profession. Contract management or contract administration is the management of contracts made with customers, vendors, partners, or employees. NCMA is the foremost standards development organization for contract management in the United States.

With over 20,000 members, the membership s open to several categories including - agencies, commercial businesses, government contractors, federal, state, and local government employees, project and program managers, accountants, lawyers, human resources professionals, consultants, administrative professionals, educators, students, and retired contract management professionals to name a few.

NCMA promotes contract management through various means such as education and certification in contract management for the advancement of the career for the aspiring professionals. The CPCM™, CFCM™, and CCCM™ are certifications awarded to candidates who meet rigorous standards, including experience, education, training, and knowledge. They are professional certifications of distinction, and carry the respect of their peers in the profession.

The certification exams are based on the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), which explains the seven core competencies that serve as essential building blocks for successful contracting practitioners and leaders. All contract managers should participate in learning activities that maintain or improve individual competence through continuing professional education (CPE).

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Certifications & Training Programs

Certification Programs




  • Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM): Contract management professionals who have mastered the majority of the contract management competencies in the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), have extensive business education and training, and a minimum of 5 years of contract management experience can apply for the CPCM certification. Eligibility requirements include - a bachelor’s degree, five years of work experience in the contract management or related field, and a minimum of 120 hours of continuing professional education.
  • Certified Commercial Contract Manager (CCCM): Contracting professionals who have education, training, knowledge of the Uniform Commercial Code, and a minimum of 1 year of experience can apply for the CCCM certification. Eligibility requirements include - a Bachelor’s Degree (non-degree candidates with at least 10 years of verifiable contract management experience may request a waiver), one year of work experience in the contract management or related field, and a minimum of 80 hours of continuing professional education.
  • Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM): Contracting professionals who have education, training, knowledge of the U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulation, and a minimum of 1 year of experience can apply for the CFCM certification. Eligibility requirements include - a Bachelor’s Degree (non-degree candidates with at least 10 years of verifiable contract management experience may request a waiver), one year of work experience in the contract management or related field, and a minimum of 80 hours of continuing professional education.

Certification Practice Exams Online

  • CPCM Practice Exam: A 180-question CPCM practice exam is available covering the seven competencies found in the fifth edition of the Contract Management Body of Knowledge. Use this practice exam to gauge your strengths and weaknesses to help you pass your NCMA certification exam.
  • CCCM Practice Exam: A 150-question CCCM practice exam that pulls from a question bank of over 400 questions is now available covering Articles 1–9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Use this practice exam to gauge your strengths and weaknesses to help you pass your NCMA certification exam.
  • CFCM Practice Exam: A 150-question CFCM practice exam is available covering the Federal Acquisition Regulation parts included on the CFCM exam. Use this practice exam to gauge your strengths and weaknesses to help you pass your NCMA certification exam.
  • Duration: A practice exam may be accessed for a period of 6 months; during that time, you may attempt the practice exam as many times as you wish.

Online Contract Management CPE Courses

  • "Buying Time": The Pricing of Labor Rates (2 hours)
  • 10 Things You Need to Know about Other Transaction Agreements (2 hours)
  • 30 Things Every Contractor Needs to Know about the FAR (2 hours)
  • Acquisition of Commercial Items (2 hours)
  • Agile Acquisition and the Contract Management Role (1.5 hours)
  • Best Practices for Contract Closeout (2 hours)
  • Best Practices for Preparing Responsive Proposals (2 hours)
  • Commercial Information Technology (IT) Contracts: Bridging the FAR Gap (2 hours)
  • Contract Administration (1 hour)
  • Contract Changes Pitfalls to Avoid (2 hours)
  • Contract Types (1 hour)
  • Cost Accounting Standards: Compliance, Administration, and Cost Impacts (2 hours)
  • Cost and Price Analysis: Requirements and Techniques (1.5 hours)
  • Cybersecurity and the DFARS 252.204-7012 Clause (1.5 hours)
  • Cybersecurity Contractual Requirements (2 hours)
  • Developing a Negotiation Strategy (4 hours)
  • Ethics for Contract Management Professionals (1 hour)
  • Fixed-Price Incentives: Are They Being Used Properly? (1.5 hours)
  • Government Contract Compliance: Enforcement Methods and Tools for Building Your Compliance Program (2 hours)
  • Intellectual Property (1 hour)
  • Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and Cybersecurity in the Supply Chain (2 hours)
  • Issues with Intellectual Property (IP) on Government Contracts and Grants (1.5 hours)
  • Key Subcontract Flowdown Clauses: How to Manage Them from Prime and Subcontractor Perspectives (2 hours)
  • Managing Risk through Contract Terms & Conditions (1.5 hours)
  • Plus more

Other CPE Programs

  • Live Webinars
  • Podcasts