About CPCM

Contract management professionals who have mastered the majority of the contract management competencies in the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), have extensive business education and training, and a minimum of 5 years of contract management experience can apply for the CPCM certification.

Who should pursue the Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) certification?

  • Buyers and sellers who participate in government-to-business (federal, state, and local) and business-to-business (small, medium, and large) contract and subcontract activities;
  • Buyers interested in understanding how their actions impact sellers and sellers interested in understanding how their actions impact buyers; and
  • Contract management professionals who have a general material interest in contract management (e.g., scholars, consultants, researchers, regulatory authorities, representatives of accrediting organizations, representatives of other organizations, etc.)

Benefits of Earning the CPCM Certification:

  • It sets you apart from others in your profession.
  • It helps you achieve your professional goals.
  • It shows that you are committed to maintaining the highest level of professionalism.

Why CPCM Certification?

Obtaining my CPCM Certification has been a real difference-maker in my career. I believe that holding that certification allowed me to jump over other employees who had more experience than I did.
Harry D. Cleaver, Jr., CPCM, CPE

Eligibility Requirements:

Application Process & Fees:

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

  • Your college/university transcripts.
  • Your work experience (CV, resume, or employer records).
  • Proof of at least 120 CPE hours.
  • Your application fee ($210 for NCMA members and $410 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 Kryterion, NCMA’s testing provider. You will be able to select the date, time, and testing location based on 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.

CPCM Exam Questions by CMBOK Competency

Chapters QuestionsComments
 CM Framework
 CMBOK Overview
 1.0 Leadership
 8-12No change
 2.0 Management
 30-35No change
 3.0 Guiding Principles
 30-35No change
 4.0 Pre-Award
 30-35No change
 5.0 Award
 30-35No change
 6.0 Post-Award
 30-35No change
 7.0 Learn
 6-10No change
 TOTAL 180No change


NCMA Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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