NEW! Certificate Courses

Certificate courses are for contracting professionals looking to build their skills and advance their careers in specific topics related to the contract management profession.

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U.S. Federal Contracting Fundamentals Certificate Course

The U.S. government acquisition landscape is full of complexities, rules, and nuances. Whether you are new or seeking a refresher, this certificate course will provide a solid foundation and framework for understanding the context of all the requirements, forms, and systems to navigate as well as insight into how the process really works!  

The program takes place over four days for 2.5 hours each day on Zoom. At the end of the program, you will receive a certificate of completion and a digital badge you can share on LinkedIn and elsewhere.  Attendance at all four sessions is required to receive the Certificate of Completion and digital badge. 

Overall Learning Objectives
At the end of this program, you will be able to:
  • Recognize the key requirements, forms and systems referenced in federal contracting opportunities.
  • Navigate a federal contract document to outline requirements and risk areas.
  • Set expectations as to how the contracting relationship with a federal agency is formed and formalized.
  • Evaluate cost and price in line with federal acquisition requirements.
  • Apply key federal acquisition priorities and principles to contract planning and execution.
Session 1: U.S. Federal Acquisition System and Rules
Topics of conversation include:
  • Compliance environment
  • Federal Acquisition Regulation overview and supplements
  • Federal acquisition systems
  • Uniform Commercial Contract
Session 2: How U.S. Federal Contracts are Made
Topics of conversation include:
  • The rules of engagement
  • Contract lifecycle: contract planning to award
  • Source selection
  • What’s negotiable and what’s not
  • Contract types
Session 3: U.S. Federal Cost and Price Analysis
Topics of conversation include:
  • Fair and reasonable pricing
  • Cost elements, cost principles and overhead costs
  • Pricing and accounting requirements
Session 4: Hot Topics in U.S. Federal Contracting
Topics of conversation include:
  • Small business utilization
  • Risk management
  • Supply chain management
  • Cybersecurity
  • Competition
  • Buy American
  • And more!

Who should attend?

Ideal candidates for this course include:

  • Current or prospective sellers (contractors or subcontractors) to the U.S. government seeking to understand the unique U.S. federal acquisition landscape 
  • Contracting professionals working for organizations that sell to the U.S. federal government 
  • New or prospective contract management professionals and students 
  • Anyone seeking an understanding of U.S. federal acquisitions  

Upcoming Sessions: 

October 31 - November 3, 2022 from 2:00pm – 4:30pm ET

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January 30 - February 2, 2023 from 2:00pm – 4:30pm ET

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Attendees who complete all four sessions will receive 10 CPE/CLP.



 $936 NCMA member / $1,194 non-member 

Group rates are available to groups of 10 or more.  Contact us at [email protected]