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ncma_ecourseProfessionals in the contract management field face extraordinary challenges and commitments. To meet the training needs of busy contract management professionals, NCMA offers self-paced, relevant e-courses.

These Web-based, topic-specific e-courses are designed to develop and improve proficiency in your role. Each course takes approximately one hour to complete and is valued at one continuous professional education (CPE) point.

Once purchased, course access information will be sent to you within 1-2 business days. If you have any questions, please contact learningcenter@ncmahq.org.

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E-Courses

ECRS: Ethics for Contract Management Professionals

What does it mean to act ethically? How is acting in an ethical manner different from just following the rules? These questions and more are answered in this course. This course explains the concepts of organizational ethics, professional ethics, and character ethics; the difference between rules and values; how to identify an ethical issue; how to think through a course of action when confronted by an ethical problem; and what resources are available to help. By studying examples from the real world, both in the public and private sectors, students will learn about ethical and unethical behavior and the warning signs of an unethical environment. Students will also discover ethical culture and how it can be fostered in a business environment, and finally test their new knowledge through the experience of "being the boss": being confronted by various ethics-based scenarios and choosing the best course of action.


  • Member: $60.00
  • Non-Member: $70.00

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ECRS: Competitive and Collaborative Negotiations

This lesson covers the different stages of both competitive and collaborative negotiations and provides strategies and techniques to prepare contracting officers for both types of negotiations, including understanding the best alternative to a negotiated agreement (BATNA) and movement techniques.


  • MEMBER: $60.00
  • Non-Member: $70.00

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ECRS: Contract Administration

Today's contract managers need to understand the importance of contract administration: the process of ensuring compliance with contractual terms and conditions during contract performance. It involves making sure both parties fulfill the terms, conditions, and specifications of a contract. This course helps students understand the contract from the outset by conducting a post-award orientation (kickoff meeting). It explains essential elements of contract interpretation and contract modification. The course reviews remedies for contract performance problems and shows how to find important information in the FAR by going on a "FAR safari!"


  • Member: $60.00
  • Non-Member: $70.00

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ECRS: Contract Modifications and Options

Understanding the contracting officer’s authority on contract modifications plays an important role in the overall acquisition process. Keys for executing a successful contract modification includes having an understanding of the difference between bilateral and unilateral modifications, understanding the four types of contract changes, and knowing when to exercise contract options.


  • Member: $60.00
  • Non-Member: $70.00

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ECRS: Contract Types

Contracting professionals must balance risk to select a contract type that results in reasonable contractor risk and provides incentive for efficient and economical performance. The FAR lists over 15 contract types, each with a different allocation of risk, incentive, and management requirements. This course provides an overview of each of these contract types. The learner will also demonstrate understanding of these contract types by completing a contract type selection based on a real solicitation.


  • Member: $60.00
  • Non-Member: $70.00

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ECRS: Intellectual Property

In today's competitive marketplace, it is more important than ever to protect your firm's intellectual property. This course explains trademarks, patents, copyrights, and technical data rights. Students will review the laws and regulations governing intellectual property including intellectual property issues in the federal contracts arena. This course concludes with a case study that illustrates the importance of understanding patent rights. The case study provides relevant excerpts from the contract and the ASBCA decision. Students can link to the full text of the case in a PDF document.


  • Member: $60.00
  • Non-Member: $70.00

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ECRS: Performance-Based Acquisition

Performance-based acquisition (PBA) is a technique used for structuring all aspects of an acquisition around the purpose and outcome desired, as opposed to the process by which the work is to be performed. The FAR states that PBA is the preferred method for acquiring services and that all agencies must use PBA to the maximum extent practicable.


  • MEMBER: $60.00
  • Non-Member: $70.00

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ECRS: Subcontract Administration

What challenges does a prime contractor face when managing suppliers and vendors? This course provides and introduction to subcontract administration and its unique concepts and requirements. This course will introduce students to the basics of subcontract administration, including privity of contract, statements of work, inspection and acceptance, and contract changes. Students will learn about commercial subcontracting and contracting with the federal government, creating and monitoring a subcontracting plan, and will test their knowledge using subcontracting scenarios.


  • Member: $60.00
  • Non-Member: $70.00

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