Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM)

The CPCM exam is based on the competencies found in the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK). The CFCM and CCCM exams are based on knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), respectively. All exams are designed to be legally defensible and psychometrically sound.

Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM)

cpcmA 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.


Requirement #1: A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. Check to see if your school is accredited at www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/search.aspx. Candidates who are graduates of colleges and universities outside the United States of America must contact the certification department to confirm the accreditation status. Call 800-344-8096 or email us at certification@ncmahq.org.

Non-degreed candidates who have a minimum of 10 years experience may attach a written letter of request for waiver of the degree requirement.

What You Need to Submit: A copy of your transcript.

Requirement #2: At least five years of work experience in the contract management field.

What You Need to Submit: Complete the Relevant Work Experience section of the certification application.

Requirement #3: 120 continuing professional education (CPE) hours in contract or business management-related topics. For more details, see www.ncmahq.org/certification/docs/CPE_requirements.pdf.

What You Need to Submit: Copies of documents verifying that you completed 120 CPEs in contract or business management-related topics. Certificates of completion and/or transcripts are preferred.

To Apply: Complete the CPCM Application

Questions?: If you have any questions about Certification email the VP of Certifications & Training at NCMAgoldrush@gmail.com or the NCMA National Office at certification@ncmahq.org.