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ICCM-F

Industry Certification in Contract Management–Federal

What is the ICCM?

The ICCM is to private industry what the Defense Acquisition Workforce Act (DAWIA) and the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) are to the Department of Defense and Federal Agencies.

DAWIA and FAC-C certifications are awarded by Federal agencies. Who awards the ICCM?  

The ICCM is awarded by the National Contract Management Association.

The DAWIA and FAC-C are separate certifications. Does NCMA have two ICCM certifications as well?  

Yes. The ICCM-D mirrors the requirements for the DAWIA certification. The ICCM-F mirrors the requirements for the FAC-C.

There are three levels for the DAWIA and FAC-C certifications. Does the ICCM have three levels also?  

Yes. There are three levels for the ICCM-D and the ICCM-F.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND COURSEWORK

Who is eligible to apply for the ICCM certifications?

The ICCM certifications are open to any qualified contracting professional who is not a military member or employee of a federal agency.

What are the requirements for earning the ICCM certifications?

The education, experience, and specialized training requirements for the ICCM-D are exactly the same as for the DAWIA certification in contracting. The requirements for the ICCM-F are exactly the same as for the FAC-C.

Do I have to get the specialized training from a specific source?

Training classes taken for ICCM-F certification purposes must be taken from a commercial vendor, a college or university, or another organization whose class has been determined to be Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Equivalent by DAU or has been verified by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI). Classes taken directly from DAU may be used for certification.

DAU Equivalent Providers.  A list of DAU Equivalent vendors and classes can be found in DAU’s iCatalog under Equivalent Providers. Commercial vendors, colleges and universities, and other organizations can find more information about the DAU Equivalency Process in the DAU iCatalog under Equivalent Providers.

FAI Verified Providers. A list of FAI Verified vendors and classes can be found on the FAI Verified Contracting Classes page.  The FAI Verification process is in development.

NCMA Education Partners. Individuals can take courses to fulfill the requirements here as well.

What are the requirements for earning the ICCM certifications?

The education, experience, and specialized training requirements for the ICCM-D are exactly the same as for the DAWIA certification in contracting. The requirements for the ICCM-F are exactly the same as for the FAC-C.

I am an experienced contracting professional but I do not have a bachelor’s degree. Can the degree requirement be waived?

No. To insure there is recognition that the ICCM standards are as demanding as the DAWIA and FAC-C standards, no requirements will be waived. (Note: The bachelor’s degree is not required for FAC-C Levels I and II, therefore it is not required for the ICCM-F Levels I and II.)

I have been a contracting professional for XX years, but I have not had the specialized DAWIA or FAC-C training. Can I be grandfathered into the ICCM certification?

No. There will be no grandfathering provisions for the ICCM.

I am a current DAWIA or FAC-C certified federal employee or military member. May I apply for the ICCM based on my current certification?

No. The ICCM is not for contracting professionals who are current military members or federal employees.

I am a former military member or federal employee who was DAWIA or FAC-C certified in contracting. May I apply for the ICCM based on my prior certification?

NCMA will evaluate requests from individuals who have been out of federal service for five years or less and can document an average of 40 hours of Continuing Professional Education for each year.

I currently hold another NCMA certification (CPCM, CFCM, or CCCM). Do I get any credit towards the ICCM?

No. The CPCM, CFCM, and CCCM are completely separate certifications, each requiring a specific rigorous examination. Federal Employees typically attempt these certifications after attaining the minimum DAWIA or FAC-C required certification, however, qualified professionals may attempt them at any time.

 

FEES & RENEWALS

What is the cost of the ICCM?

The major portion of the cost is in obtaining the required number of courses. The exact cost depends on the provider chosen. The NCMA application fee for the ICCM is $299 for NCMA members and $475 for non-members.

Recertification requirements for the ICCM

ICCM certifications are valid for two years. They can be renewed upon request. Renewal requires documentation of 80 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE). The 80 CPEs are equivalent to the 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLP) as required for maintaining DAWIA and FAC-C certifications. CPE may be earned in a number of ways. See the NCMA CPE Guide for details.

Renewal Fee

$50 for members and $65 for nonmembers.

 

EXAMINATION

Is there an examination required?

No. DAWIA and FAC-C have no comprehensive examinations and neither does ICCM.

How do I know if a provider is DAU-Approved?

DAU maintains a list of equivalent courses and approved providers on its website www.DAU.mil. NCMA will provide a list of NCMA Education Partners who are approved providers.

For additional questions, contact certification@ncmahq.org.

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