About CFCM

A CFCM certificate holder exhibits knowledge as a contract manager from the perspective of the federal environment, which is heavily focused on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

What is the FAR?

The FAR provides policies and procedures that government acquisition officials and contractors must follow in the procurement process for goods and service. (Source: Defense Contract Audit Agency)

Who should pursue the Certified Federal Contract Manager certification?

  • Federal contract managers (buyers and sellers) who participate in federal government contract actions,
  • State and local contract managers (buyers and sellers) who participate in contract actions involving federal funds,
  • Those who have a general interest in federal contract management (e.g., academicians, consultants, researchers, regulatory authorities, representatives of accrediting organizations, representatives of other organizations, etc.).

Benefits of Earning the CFCM certification:

  • It sets you apart from others in your profession.
  • It sharpens your focus.
  • It shows that you are committed to maintaining the highest level of professionalism.

Eligibility Requirements:

Application Process & Fees:

If you’re interested in the CFCM certification program, complete and submit your application along with:

  • Your college/university transcripts or written waiver request.
  • Your work experience (CV, resume, or employer records).
  • Proof of at least 80 CPE hours.
  • Your application fee ($150 for NCMA members and $350 for nonmembers).

Once you have completed and submitted your application, the certification department will have everything formally reviewed within 15 business days. If approved, you will have one year and three attempts to pass your exam.

Exam Process & Fees:

Your test will be scheduled through NCMA’s testing provider, Kryterion. You will be able to select the date, time, and testing location based off of your zip code. The exam fee is $125 in the U.S. & Canada and $150 internationally.

Reschedule requests made within 72 hours of an exam will result in a $100 (domestic) and $130 (international) fee.

Question Frequency by FAR Part

 FAR Part Questions per FAR Part
 Total Questions
  Part 15 16 16
 Parts 2, 12
 7 14
 Part 37 6 6
  Parts 1, 13, 32, 34, 43 5 25
 Parts 17, 19, 22, 39, 44, 45, 49 4 28
 Parts 3, 5, 9, 14, 16, 24, 27, 29, 36, 38, 46 3 33
 Parts 6, 10, 11, 23, 25, 30, 31, 42, 47 2 18
 Parts 4, 7, 8, 18, 28, 33, 35, 48, 50, 51 1 10
 TOTAL  150

NCMA Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Visit our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked certification questions.



Still have questions about the CFCM certification program? We're here to help. Contact the NCMA Certification Department at 1-800-344-8096 or certification@ncmahq.org

Why CFCM Certification?

Obtaining the CFCM certification has enabled me to extend my career, become more knowledgeable, and mentor individuals interested in achieving success in government contracting.
Rich Riordan, CFCM