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Lifetime Certification

Who is eligible for Lifetime Certification?
What is needed for Lifetime Certification?
It is my recertification deadline and I am eligible for Lifetime Certification, do I have to apply for both regular recertification and lifetime at the same time?
How much does Lifetime Certification cost?

Who is eligible for Lifetime Certification?

If a designee is 60 years of age or has been continuously certified for a minimum of 20 years and has an NCMA designation in good standing, then lifetime certification may be earned.

What is needed for Lifetime Certification?

  • Completed Lifetime Certification application.


  • $95 Lifetime Certification fee.


  • Clear copy of government issued photo identification card showing date of birth such as a driver's license, US passport, or military id if application is based on reaching age 60.


  • Documentation showing 12 CPE hours each year from the date of the certificant's last recertification date to the year that he/she achieves age 60 or has been continuously certified for a minimum of 20 years. For example, John P. Jones is a CFCM who last recertified effective December 31, 2003 and whose next recertification date is December 31, 2008. Mr. Jones will be 60 years of age on June 10, 2007. When applying for Lifetime Certification, Mr. Jones must submit evidence of 36 CPE hours with his application (12 CPE hours for each of the full years of 2004, 2005, and 2006).
  • If application is based on 20 continuous years of certification, provide date of your first certification.


It is my recertification deadline and I am eligible for Lifetime Certification, do I have to apply for both regular recertification and lifetime at the same time?

No, you need only to fill out the Lifetime Certification Application and pay only the $95 application fee once.

What is needed for Lifetime Certification?

For members and non-members, $95.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Requirement for Recertification

What do you mean by hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE)?
How many CPE's are required for recertification?
What subject areas can be counted toward the CPE's?
What sources of training are acceptable toward the CPE requirements for certification?
How are CPE's measured by NCMA?
Do the required CPE hours have to come from NCMA-sponsored materials, seminars and/or courses?
What kind of documentation do I need to send in with my recertification application to verify my 60 CPE hours?
During my recertification period, I earned a college degree; can those courses count toward the 60 CPE requirement?

What do you mean by hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE)?

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours may be earned in several different ways. Attendances at university or college courses, seminars, workshops, and conferences are some of those ways. For a more detailed explanation of continuing professional education, click here.

How many CPE's are required for recertification?

For recertification of CFCM, CCCM and/or CPCM, 60 CPE hours are required for every five-year recertification period.

What subject areas can be counted toward the CPE's?

Contract Management, Purchasing, Finance, Accounting, Ethics, Marketing, Business Law, Management, Operations Management, Economics, Quantitative Methods.

What sources of training are acceptable toward the CPE requirements for certification?

  • NCMA educational events at the Chapter, Region, and National level, including but not limited to conferences, workshops, and education-oriented meetings.


  • NCMA education courses such as the National Education Seminars (NES), Audio Seminars (AS), and e-Learning.


  • Similar educational events and training experiences from other similar groups to include, but not limited to, Institute for Supply Management (ISM), National Institute for Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), Project Management Institute (PMI), National Property Management Association (NPMA), American Bar Association (ABA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).


  • Formal training offered by Federal, State and Local governments.


  • Formal training offered by colleges, universities, and private providers such as, but not limited to, NCMA Educational Partners listed here. Documented internal training programs of governmental organizations and private employers.


How are CPE's measured by NCMA?

NCMA uses the following conversion for CPE's:
1 CPE = 50 mins or 1 hour of classroom instruction
1 CEU = 10 CPE's
1 college/semester credit = 15 CPE's
1 full day seminar = 7 CPE's (unless otherwise stated on your transcript/certificate)

Do the required CPE hours have to come from NCMA-sponsored materials, seminars and/or courses?

No, CPE hours do not have to be earned through any specific institution, school, association or group.

What kind of documentation do I need to send in with my recertification application to verify my 60 CPE hours?

NCMA must see documentation that will verify (1) your attendance at a function/event and (2) the number of hours spent in that event. Here are examples of acceptable documentation.

  • For a chapter meeting, a copy of the attendance roster or a brief description of the nature and length of the meeting. Please note that only 30 hours of the 60 required hours for recertification can be achieved through chapter meetings.


  • For a course at the college level, transcripts (official or unofficial) from the institution detailing the date(s) of the course, the number of credit hours and indication of successful completion.


  • For a conference, a certificate of attendance (preferred) or an attendance list and description of the topics covered, dates held, and number of hours or sessions attended.


During my recertification period, I earned a college degree; can those courses count toward the 60 CPE requirement?

Yes, courses related to contract and business management courses can count toward the 60 CPE hours. For a list of acceptable subjects, please refer to the document CPE Requirements

 

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