**Applications for the beta group have closed**

NCMA is developing the certification exam for our ANSI-accredited Contract Management StandardTM and we seek your help in building a beta test group. This new certification provides an entry-level step for those new to the profession to set them off on a powerful professional journey.

As part of sound ANSI practices, the beta group will sit the first exam in November and provide feedback as we prepare for a launch in January 2021.

Beta group participants receive the gratitude of our Community and other powerful recognition.

A handbook on the Entry Level Certification is available here.

Beta Candidate Requirements

Candidates must have at least one year of experience in contract management OR a 4-year degree from a regionally accredited college or university. In addition, the candidate must have at least 40 hours of training that conforms to the Contract Management Continuing Professional Education GuideTM(CPE Guide).

The ideal candidate for this beta group is a contract manager (buyer or seller) with 1 – 3 years of experience OR a person whose 4-year degree aligns to the competencies found in the appendix of the CPE Guide (e.g., Contract Management, Supply Chain Management, Business Management, Law, etc.).

Candidates agree to prepare for the exam by studying the CMSTM, sit the exam at a Kryterion location around the US, and provide feedback after taking the exam.


The content of the exam is sourced from the Contract Management StandardTM (CMSTM). The CMSTM is an American National Standard (ANSI/NCMA ASD 1-2019) and describes the contract life cycle in foundational terms of the buyer and seller domains, competencies, and job tasks.

The exam is comprised of 80 multiple choice questions and it must be completed within 2 hours. In addition, the exam must be taken at a Kryterion Testing Center between November 9 – 30, 2020 (you set the date and time of your exam). Once the exam is determined to be reliable and valid, then the passing score will be determined. Though it may be possible to receive the entry-level certification if you meet the requirements, there is no guarantee that anyone participating in this beta group will be certified with the new designation.


The deadline has been extended! Submit your application by November 16, 2020. Selection to the beta group will be done on an impartial basis (please see NCMA’s Impartiality Statement). You are not required to be an NCMA member and those who are selected will have their application and exam fees waived. Those with an approved application will be accepted into the beta group on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Candidates who sit for the exam and provide feedback will receive:

  • One free NCMA webinar in 2021
  • Inclusion in drawing for 1 of 10 registrations for World Congress 2021.

If a candidate receives an appropriate score (to be determined), and the exam is deemed reliable after psychometric analysis, the candidate may receive the final approved certification.