Learning Pathways Online Courses

NCMA 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.

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Foundational Path

FoundationalLogoDesigned for professionals with 1–3 years of acquisition experience in government or industry. This path contains training courses on the most fundamental topics needed to set new acquisition professionals on the right path to learn and understand the business of contracting. New to the profession, looking for a refresher, or wanting to strengthen your foundational knowledge—this path is for you!

Online Courses:

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.

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.

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.

Professional Path



Strategic Path