Adopting the Contract Management Standard (CMS™) and Contract Management Body of Knowledge® (CMBOK®)

The ANSI-approved CMS™ from the NCMA is more important than ever before. It is the key to the advancement of the profession and is leading the way in providing a common language for the federal government, higher education institutions, and industry.


Unlock the Power of Contract Management with CMS™ and CMBOK®

Together the CMS™ and CMBOK® provide a common language for the contract management profession as the basis of hiring, training, and career development. It's your one-stop resource! 


Why Adopting the CMS™ and CMBOK® is Critical

When we speak the same language, everyone wins.

  • Realize efficiency in the contracting process. 
  • Improve customer communications and relationships.
  • Improved hiring opportunities, improved staffing. 
  • Enhanced career growth and development. 
  • Build a pipeline of qualified contract management professionals. 
  • Promote and grow the career field. 

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Federal Government Adopters

ANSI-Approved Contract Management Standard(TM) developed through ongoing Government-Industry-Commercial consensus activities ( has been adopted by the US Department of Defense (see competency model) and the US Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The federal government led the charge, and the profession is following suit.  Discover how this will shape the profession in the release. 

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Higher Education Adopters

Higher Education Adopters commit to aligning their contract management curriculum to the CMS™ and CMBOK® and preparing students for the ANAB accredited Certified Contract Management Associate certification.



Industry Adopters

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What is Common Language and Why is It Important? 

The future of contract management is transformed through the adoption of NCMA accredited standards and common foundational competencies for all contracting professionals. Learn more about our mission, vision and strategic goals to put them in place for the well-being of the community.

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