The Leatherstocking Chapter offers our members the opportunity to learn more about the contracting profession through three primary means: 1) helping our members get certified in one of NCMA’s five nationally recognized certifications and 2) by providing learning opportunities for our members through seminars, webinars and NCMA’s National Education Seminars (NES).
NCMA’s certification programs have become the national standard in our profession. An NCMA certification tells current and prospective employers that you have mastered the portions of the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK) covered by that certification. NCMA certifications help you differentiate yourself from your peers, demonstrate your commitment to professional development and may help you with a promotion or help you in your job search. NCMA currently offers five professional certifications:
- Certified Commercial Contracts Manager (CCCM)
- Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM)
- Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM)
- Industry Certification in Contract Management – Defense (ICCM-D)
- Industry Certification in Contract Management – Federal (ICCM-F).
The CPCM, CFCM, and CCCM are certifications awarded to candidates who meet rigorous standards, including experience, education, training, and knowledge. They are professional designations of distinction, and carry the respect of their peers in the profession. The NCMA professional certification program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and distinguish those who demonstrate knowledge essential to the practice of contract management. The CPCM exam is based on all of 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.
The Industry Certification in Contract Management – Defense (ICCM–D) and Industry Certification in Contract Management – Federal (ICCM–F) are certifications awarded by NCMA based on meeting the same prerequisites and completing all the same courses required for the Defense Acquisitions Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) or Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) certifications in contracting. These two certifications afford industry contracting professionals the opportunity to be certified at levels I, II, and III in the same manner as their public sector counterparts.
For more information on NCMA’s certification programs check out our pages for each of the five certifications or click the links above.