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 Syllabus.
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.
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The April-June session of the CPCM Online Preparatory Course is now full. Please fill out our contact form to be notified when registration for the next session is available.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Marge Rumbaugh, CPCM, Fellow
Marge Rumbaugh is a Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) and has over 25 years' experience in government contracts. She is a nationally recognized instructor in acquisition management. Her career in training began with the University of Virginia as an adjunct professor in 1991. Ms. Rumbaugh teaches undergraduate classes in their Procurement and Contract Management program online. She authored the textbook used in their Source Selection class, Understanding Government Contract Source Selection published by Management Concepts, Inc. in 2010. More recently she joined the faculty of Villanova University’s Contract Management Certificate program.
Ms Rumbaugh has experience designing, writing, and teaching courses for the intelligence community, the defense agencies, civilian agencies, and private industry. She has experience teaching a wide variety of topics covering the full spectrum of the acquisition cycle from acquisition planning to contract termination.
As the former National Vice President for Education and Certification of the National Contract Management Association (1997-1998), she was responsible for developing seminars, educational products, and overseeing professional certification exams. She has published numerous books and articles with the National Contract Management Association including NCMA’s Desktop Guide to Contracting Terms, the CPCM Study Guide, and CPCM exam questions.
An independent consultant, she provides acquisition support to government agencies and contractors. In addition to advising on both pre- and post-award matters, Ms. Rumbaugh performs technical research and writing; course development and training. Ms. Rumbaugh has experience in both the public and private sector beginning her career as a contract specialist for the Navy and working most recently as a contract manager for Fortune 500 Defense firms before forming her own consulting company in 1993.