CPCM Online Preparatory Course

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Contracts Manager

CPCM Online Preparatory Course

About the Course

This comprehensive 10-week online, instructor-led course provides a rigorous, asynchronous learning experience for those who desire structured exam preparation. This program is designed for busy professionals who will benefit from self-paced learning through readings, assignments, and discussion forums. The revised 2014 CPCM examination is based on the revised Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK). All CMBOK competencies are tested on the examination, and all competencies will be presented in the prep course.

Those who enroll in the course will receive the most current editions of the CMBOK and CPCM Study Guide, along with 5 practice examinations. Each of these 5 practice exams covers one of the 5 major competencies in the CMBOK (Pre-Award, Acquisition Planning/Strategy, Post Award, Specialized Skill Areas, and Business).

Why Should You Make the CPCM Online Preparatory Course Your Next Step?

  • This course is limited to the first 50 who enroll;
  • Class provides a comprehensive and interactive learning experience;
  • Asynchronous learning designed to complement your professional and personal commitments;
  • Learn from an engaging, informative, and notable expert with years of experience;
  • Course schedule was developed and structured specifically to accelerate your learning;
  • Learn directly from the NCMA CPCM Study Guide, 3rd Edition and Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), 4th Edition;
  • Collaborate freely with your instructor and course mates through message boards and e-mail;
  • Earn 40 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours/Continuous Learning Points*; and
  • Enroll with the peace of mind that you will receive expert instruction from the developers of the CPCM Study Guide, 3rd Edition.

*Upon completion of the course based on the requirements listed in the Course Syllabus.

How Does the Course Work?

The course is 10 weeks long, with weekly reading assignments, discussion board postings, recorded lessons, and practice exams. Each week includes a lecture covering that week’s content. Student interaction is accomplished through instructor and student forum discussions. Students should expect to spend at least 4 hours on the course each week. Course materials include handouts, the CPCM Study Guide, 3rd Edition and CMBOK, 4th Edition.

This course is suitable for meeting the CPCM continuing education eligibility requirements and may be taken prior to application submission. To learn more about the CPCM certification, visit Certification

Read the full Course SyllabusPDF format.


While the course may be taken prior to application submission, students do so at their own risk. CPCM candidates must have an approved application on file prior to scheduling an examination. Individuals who do not meet the education, experience, and CPE requirements will not be allowed to test. Contact the Certification Department BEFORE registering for the CPCM OPC if you have any questions about your eligibility. 

It is the individual's responsibility to confirm that he/she is eligible for the CPCM program prior to enrolling in the CPCM Online Preparatory Course. This can be done by submitting a completed CPCM application to Certification@NCMAHQ.org. If you have questions about eligibility, contact Blake Boynton, (571) 382-1137, Blake.Boynton@NCMAHQ.org



Includes a free copy of NCMA's CPCM Study Guide, 3rd Edition, and CMBOK, 4th Edition. Please note that we are unable to provide a discount for books previously purchased from NCMA.


 NCMA Member    $495            
 NCMA Nonmember   $595

NCMA's Online Store is temporarily closed for book inventory. If you are interested in this course, please email learningcenter@ncmahq.org and you will be contacted when registration reopens.

Registered participants who wish to withdraw from the course may request a full refund up to five business days before the official course start date. Withdraw requests must be made in writing and submitted to center@ncmahq.org. Participants who wish to withdraw from the class within five days before the official start date and five days after the official start date will only be refunded 50% of their course fee. Refunds will not be issued for withdraw requests made after five days from the start of the class.

Participants who withdraw from the course must mail their course materials back to NCMA before a refund will be issued. If a participant chooses to keep the materials, the cost of the materials and shipping will be deducted from the refund amount.  

Due to the structure of the course, registration is non-transferable.


Course Instructor

Mike Criss, CPCM, Fellow

Sq_CrissDr. Mike Criss is a Senior Fellow with the Fluor Corporation.  He has over 35 years of experience in government contracting in both the public and private sectors.  Dr. Criss is also a frequent presenter at professional contracting events and a regular contributor to Contract Management magazine.  In addition to his professional responsibilities to the Fluor Corporation, Dr. Criss is an experienced trainer and university instructor.  He holds the Certified Professional Contract Management (CPCM), and the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) designations.  He is also a member of the National Contract Management Association Board of Advisors.

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