Learning Pathways

NCMA Online Training Courses for All Skill LevelsNCMA Learning Pathways were created to help guide acquisition team members in their professional journey. This program was designed by our experts to provide high-quality contract management training for individuals at each skill level—foundational, professional, and strategic.

Online Training Courses for Contract Management Professionals of All Levels

Foundational Path Courses

The Foundational path features training courses that provide contract managers and other acquisition professionals with a solid foundation for a career in acquisition. New to the profession, looking for a refresher, or wanting to strengthen your foundational knowledge? This path is for you!

NCMA Introductory Training in Contract Management

New! Best Practices for Preparing Responsive Proposals

This e-course presents key financial elements of closing multiple types of contracts, including how final negotiated indirect rates affect flexibly priced contracts. Participants will learn the effects of untimely audits, settlement of multiple fiscal years, and record retention policies, as well as specific audit risks related to a number of these factors, and recent government policy updates related to contract closeout.

Earn 2 CPEs/CLPs.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Environment

In this course, you will become oriented to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)—the system established for the codification and publication of uniform policies and procedures for federal acquisitions. You will learn the FAR’s structure and purpose, as well as practical skills needed to apply, reference, and navigate its key principles and requirements.

Earn 4 CPEs/CLPs.

Navigating the Solicitation Process

Government personnel and commercial buyers need the skills to develop excellent solicitations and industry sellers need the skills to respond. In this course, you will learn which regulations apply to solicitations and proposals, how to read the solicitation document to recognize risks, and when and how to seek information.

Earn 4 CPEs/CLPs.

Introduction to Cost and Pricing

Cost and pricing can seem complex and confusing to those new to the contracting profession—and even for those who have been around for a while. Getting cost and pricing wrong can bring serious consequences. In this course, you will learn the basics of developing a competitive and responsive cost or price proposal that meets the buyer’s needs while mitigating financial risk.

Earn 4 CPEs/CLPs.


Professional Path Courses

The Professional path contains training designed for professionals who want a deep dive into specific acquisition topics. Already have a solid foundation and looking to advance your knowledge and skills in complex areas of the contracting profession? This path is for you!  

NCMA Online Training for Contract Professionals

NEW! Acquisition of Commercial Items

This e-course examines the ins and outs of commercial item acquisition, with a focus on speeding up the acquisition process, the evolution of National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAAs), and market research. Participants will understand what a “commercial item” is (per FAR 2.101), how to conduct a proper “commercial item” evaluation, and how to properly perform price analysis to determine a fair and reasonable price.

Earn 2 CPEs/CLPs.

NEW! Strategies for Maximizing Buyer/Seller Pre-Award Communication

Market research is the key to effective communication between buyers and sellers. This e-course provides specific strategies for conducting and leveraging effective market research for the meaningful exchange of information between buyers and sellers to produce the best contract outcomes.

Earn 2 CPEs/CLPs.

Contract Changes Pitfalls to Avoid

Contract changes present several challenges to contract administrators on both the buying and selling sides. This e-course identifies several common issues that often arise, including out-of-scope changes, unpriced changes, and de-scoping the contract effort.

Earn 2 CPEs/CLPs.

Key Subcontract Flowdown Clauses: How to Manage Them from Prime and Sub Perspectives

The successful performance of a subcontract depends on both the prime contractor and the subcontractor knowing the responsibilities required under the prime’s flowdown clauses. This e-course discusses these significant responsibilities, and how managing them effectively leads to the best outcomes for both primes and subs.

Earn 2 CPEs/CLPs.

Government Contract Compliance: Enforcement Methods and Tools for Building Your Compliance Program

Proactive government contract compliance starts with a compliance program. This intermediate-level course will specify the whys, whens, and hows of compliance in an increasingly sanction-oriented environment. With attention to the specifics of compliance programs and real-life examples, this course will help contractors navigate the many twists and turns of government contracting.

Earn 2 CPEs/CLPs.

Developing a Negotiation Strategy

Have you ever negotiated without a plan? If so, there’s a good chance there were unwelcome surprises and less-than-advantageous results. Successful negotiations require a comprehensive strategy. In this case study–driven course, you play the role of lead negotiator and take seven steps toward developing a negotiation strategy, from conducting market research to establishing clear targets, ranges, and alternatives.

Earn 4 CPEs/CLPs.

Strategic Path Courses

The Strategic path features training designed for professionals who want to amplify their strategic impact within their organizations. Looking to take your leadership, management, or communication skills to the next level? This path is for you!