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You earn CPCM™, CFCM™, CCCM™, and CCMA™ certifications through a valuable combination of education and practical experience.

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ATTENTION NCMA Certification Exam Candidates: Testing Center Closures and Application Extensions

For those who are pursuing an NCMA certification, this announcement provides information on testing center closures and application extensions.

Testing Center Closures.  To protect the health and safety of test candidates, proctors, and staff during the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the testing centers listed in the spreadsheet (accessed via the link below) have temporarily closed.

The spreadsheet will be updated as more testing centers close and others open.  Once your local test center reopens, we strongly encourage you to reschedule your own exam to quickly lock in the location, date, and time that's most convenient for you.


Application Extensions.  In light of this situation, NCMA will assess the 1-year application deadlines as they approach and announce no-cost application extensions, if necessary.  For instance, currently, all applications due to expire between now and March 30, 2021 have been extended to March 31, 2021.  As March 31 approaches, NCMA will determine if another extension is appropriate.


Online Proctored (OLP) exams provide flexibility and convenience at a time when public health concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic have impeded traditional testing methods.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at certification@ncmahq.org or 800.344.8096.


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Want to stand out in the field of Contract Management? Choose your path and become a leader. To learn more about each certification, visit the CPCM™, CFCM™, CCCM™, and CCMA™ webpages.


Chart comparing contract management certification requirements for CPCM, CFCM, CCCM, and CCMA (Click or tap image to view the full-size chart in a new browser window or tab)

Compare the requirements for the certifications offered by the National Contract Management Association

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Certification Process

Attaining professional certification in Contract Management will distinguish you as a subject matter expert, while boosting your own performance and enhancing the profession as a whole.

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Certification Exam

All NCMA exams contain competency‐based, objective‐type questions presented in a multiple-choice format. There are two options for how the exam is administered. Options include Online Proctored (OLP) exams or in-person exams at Kryterion Testing Centers.

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NCMA's certification programs can take your career to the next level. To help you choose the program that's right for you, we've put together answers to the questions we get asked the most.

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All certificants (CPCM™, CFCM™, CCCM™) are required to recertify by December 31, every 5th year.

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Retired Status

This recertification option is available for those who wish to be recognized as distinguished contract managers, but are retired or soon to be retired from the Contract Management profession.

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Continuing Professional Education

All contract managers should participate in learning activities that maintain or improve individual competence. Acceptable Continuing Professional Education (CPE) encompasses programs specific to the development and maintenance of professional skills.

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