The Contract Management Standard™ is accredited by an internationally recognized third party entity.

The CMS™ is an ANSI-Accredited Standard that describes contract management in terms of the processes created through the integration and interaction of job tasks and skills and the purposes they serve.

The common and repeated application of this standard will improve productivity, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. The CMS™ is the foundation of the Contract Management Body of Knowledge®, Sixth Edition.

CMS™ is a free download available to NCMA members and nonmembers alike. We encourage you to share it with other contract management professionals who will find it useful.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the CMS™. Provide your feedback.

What’s the purpose of the Contract Management StandardTM ?

The CMSTM has five purposes:

  1. To define and standardize the term “contract management.”
  2. To present and define the processes involved in all phases of the contract lifecycle (pre-award, award, and post-award).
  3. To develop and perfect contract management practices, policies, and processes.
  4. To inspire critical thinking and learning to bring efficiency to the contract management profession.
  5. To be a constantly-evolving document with a formal change process.


The CMSTM was established as the result of a job task analysis survey of contract managers and working groups comprised of materially affected and interested parties. This process included a survey of contract managers, expert drafting, peer review, and a formal public comment validation.

On April 22, 2019, the Board of Standards Review of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited NCMA’s Contract Standards_developer-LOGOManagement StandardTM (CMS) as an American National Standard (ANS). As the sponsor of ANSI/NCMA ASD 1-2019, NCMA continues to fulfill its vision to, “lead in defining the standards and the body of knowledge for the contract management profession.” Learn how this impacts NCMA.

Next Steps

NCMA strives to continually improve our products and services to advance the contract management profession. Please review the CMS™ and tell us how it applies to you.

We’re also interested in your opinion regarding its strengths, shortcomings, and your suggestions for improvements. To submit your feedback, take this brief survey.

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