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Professionals in the contract management field face extraordinary challenges and commitments. To meet the training needs of busy contract management professionals, NCMA offers self-paced, relevant e-courses.

These Web-based, topic-specific e-courses are designed to develop and improve proficiency in your role. Each course takes approximately one hour to complete and is valued at one continuous professional education (CPE) point.

Once purchased, course access information will be sent to you within 1-2 business days. If you have any questions, please contact learningcenter@ncmahq.org

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New! Contract Types

Contract TypesContracting professionals must balance risk to select a contract type that results in reasonable contractor risk and provides incentive for efficient and economical performance. The FAR lists over 15 contract types, each with a different allocation of risk, incentive, and management requirements. This course provides an overview of each of these contract types. The learner will also demonstrate understanding of these contract types by completing a contract type selection based on a real solicitation.

Price: $60 (member)/$70 (nonmember)

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Competitive and Collaborative Negotiations

NegotiationsThis lesson covers the different stages of both competitive and collaborative negotiations and provides strategies and techniques to prepare contracting officers for both types of negotiations, including understanding the best alternative to a negotiated agreement (BATNA) and movement techniques.

Price: $60 (member)/$70 (nonmember)

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Contract Administration

Contract AdministrationToday's contract managers need to understand the importance of contract administration: the process of ensuring compliance with contractual terms and conditions during contract performance. It involves making sure both parties fulfill the terms, conditions, and specifications of a contract. This course helps students understand the contract from the outset by conducting a post-award orientation (kickoff meeting). It explains essential elements of contract interpretation and contract modification. The course reviews remedies for contract performance problems and shows how to find important information in the FAR by going on a "FAR Safari!".

Price: $60 (member)/$70 (nonmember)

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Contract Modifications and Options

Contract Modifications and OptionsUnderstanding the contracting officer’s authority on contract modifications plays an important role in the overall acquisition process. Keys for executing a successful contract modification include having an understanding of the difference between bilateral and unilateral modifications, understanding the four types of contract changes, and knowing when to exercise contract options.

Price: $60 (member)/$70 (nonmember)

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Intellectual Property

Intellectual PropertyIn today's competitive marketplace, it is more important than ever to protect your firm's intellectual property. This course explains trademarks, patents, copyrights, and technical data rights. Students will review the laws and regulations governing intellectual property including intellectual property issues in the federal contracts arena. This course concludes with a case study that illustrates the importance of understanding patent rights. The case study provides relevant excerpts from the contract and the ASBCA decision. Students can link to the full text of the case in a PDF document.

Price: $60 (member)/$70 (nonmember)

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Introduction to the FAR

FARThe Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) plays an important role in contract management. The FAR is the key tool used by contracting officers to manage the acquisition process. Understanding the principles, authority, rules, regulations, and structure of the FAR will help each contracting officer become a more proficient and better negotiator.

Price: $60 (member)/$70 (nonmember)

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Laws and Regulations

Laws and RegulationsContract managers who work with the U.S. government need to have a strong understanding of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), but where does the FAR come from? This course introduces four foundational statutes that provide the basis of today’s contract management process as well as four statutes that reformed that process. Students will look at how those statutes are incorporated in the FAR and demonstrate understanding of the key clauses and concepts of the Contract Disputes Act, Truth In Negotiations Act, Competition in Contract Act, and Procurement Integrity Act.

Price: $60 (member)/$70 (nonmember)

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Performance-Based Acquisition

PBAPerformance-based acquisition (PBA) is a technique used for structuring all aspects of an acquisition around the purpose and outcome desired, as opposed to the process by which the work is to be performed. The FAR states that PBA is the preferred method for acquiring services and that all agencies must use PBA to the maximum extent practicable.

Price: $60 (member)/$70 (nonmember)

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