Program Information & Application Information


The ideal candidate is an NCMA member with 4–8 years of contract management experience who does not yet hold a supervisory or management position. He or she must hold a bachelor’s degree, or higher, from an accredited institution. The candidate should have a strong desire to become a leader and be recommended by his or her employer as a top performer with a high potential for advancement who will thrive and benefit from this program. 

Time Commitment

Participants are expected to attend three in-person training events over the course of the program year. In addition, students are expected to participate in webinars, complete individual and small group assignments, work on team projects, communicate regularly with their mentors, and complete a graduate-level research paper. Students are required to stay involved with NCMA either at the local chapter or national level for one full year after graduation.



You must be an NCMA member to apply, but there is no application fee. Materials, instruction, seminars, conferences, and mentoring are provided at no cost to participants. The only expense participants experience is travel-related costs to attend the three in-residence events. Applicants may seek support for these expenses in full or in part from their employers or their chapters. Your total travel expense for the program will vary depending upon where you live. Please review the budget worksheet found within the current application.

Important Dates

Attendance at the three in-residence training events is mandatory. Dates listed below exclude CMLDP specific events that may take place before or after the NCMA event date.

  • June 30, 2017: Application Deadline.
  • August 2017: Notification of Applicants.
  • October 19, 2017: In-Residence CMLDP Leadership Training Event (Long Beach, CA).
  • December 3-5, 2017: Government Contract Management Training Forum (Washington, DC).
  • March 30, 2018: Research Paper Due.
  • April 11-13, 2018: NES + Spring Training Event (Tysons, Virginia).
  • July 21-25, 2018: World Congress (includes graduation) (Cleveland, Ohio).


Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017-2018 cohort. The application period for 2018-2019 will open in Spring, 2018. Please refer to the previous application for an example of what to expect.

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