Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM®)

Course ID:               GICM530
Course Duration:   80 Hours / 80 PDU

About CPCM

A Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) certification demonstrates that you have met NCMA’s highest standards for education, training, and experience, and have demonstrated your knowledge of the contract management competencies in the Contract Management Body of Knowledge.

 A certified professional contracts manager (CPCM) shows that you are knowledgeable about all facets of contracts management, both within the government and the commercial arenas. To earn the CPCM, a candidate must take and pass the Certified Professional Contracts Manager module exam.

 Certification is a mark of distinction. It sets the credentialed individual and his/her workplace apart from others in the same profession. A certified individual communicates that he or she has attained a certain level of expertise and is committed to maintaining the highest level of professionalism.

 NCMA’s certification program, in particular, sharpens candidates’ focus. Certification provides a direct link between the individual in the workplace and the rest of the professional community. This link provides support, guidance, and opportunity.

 Certification increases and enhances competition in the labor market. Employers also enjoy a level of assurance with respect to a certified individual’s knowledge, application of that knowledge, and continued professional development.

 Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successfully completing the CCCM/CPCM course, participants will demonstrate the ability to understand and apply the following: 

  • Apply CMBOK competencies to real-time contracts management and administration
  • Evaluate the integration of other areas of business in the contract management field
  • Understand both pre-award and post-award practices and procedures for contract management
  • Understand the application of specialized knowledge areas in regards to contract administration

 Eligibility Requirement for CPCM®

A candidate is required to have:

  • A degree from a regionally or Distance Education Accreditation Council (DEAC) accredited institution at the bachelor's level.
    • Degrees from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an independent third party such as World Education Services or Foreign Credits.
  • Five years of work experience in the contract management field.
  • 120 hours of continuing professional education

Who should attend?

  • Contract Administrator
  • Contract Manager
  • Procurement Manager
  • Project Managers

 Exam Fee and Membership Fee:

·         NCMA Membership: 175 $

·         Member: 199 $ / Non Member: 375 $ (Including one year complimentary membership)

 Exam Details:-

·         Exam Duration: 4 Hours 

·         Question Type: 180 Multiple Question

·         Passing Score: 70 % 


Course Content 

 The syllabus for this course will cover CMBOK areas in the following chapters:

 Chapter 1.0 Pre-Award

  • Contract Financing
  • Contract Principles
  • Contract Structures
  • Contracting Methods
  • Intellectual Property
  • Laws and Regulations
  • Socioeconomic Programs
  • Standards of Conduct (includes OCOI) 

Chapter 2.0 Acquisition Planning and Strategy

  • Acquisition Planning/Market Research/Marketing
  • Cost and Price Analysis
  • Drafting Solicitations
  • Negotiation
  • Protests
  • Responding to Solicitations
  • Source Selection & Contract Award 

Chapter 3.0 Post-Award

  • Contract Administration
  • Contract Changes and Modifications
  • Contract Closeout
  • Contract Interpretation & Disputes
  • Contract Termination & Excusable Delay
  • Quality Assurance
  • Subcontract Management
  • Transportation 

Chapter4.0 Specialized Knowledge Areas

  • Architect-Engineer Services and Construction
  • Government Property
  • Information Technology
  • International Contracting
  • Major Systems
  • Research and Development
  • Service Contracts
  • Specialized Areas
  • State and Local Government
  • Supply Chain 

Chapter 5.0 Business

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance Analysis
  • Information Science/IT
  • Leadership Skills
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management