NCMA Initiates Project to Develop an American National Standard

Nov 5, 2018

The National Contract Management Association has initiated a project to develop a new American National Standard (ANS) through the accreditation processes of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The ANS will be known as the Contract Management Standard (CMS). To view the current version of the CMS, please click here.

Abstract of Project. The CMS reflects the combined knowledge of government and commercial buyers and sellers, as well as academicians, regulatory authorities, and consultants. The CMS is intended to be applied by contract managers using the judgment required to adapt to any unique circumstances of the reader. Consequently, the CMS provides guidance to the contract management profession without restricting technological advancement or freedom to operate. The CMS describes the nature of contract management in terms of the contract manageĀ­ment processes created through the integration and interaction of job tasks and competencies, and the purposes they serve.

Project Need. ANSI accreditation of the CMS will (1) provide stability to contract management career field, (2) identify meaningful job tasks and competencies, and (3) provide a roadmap for targeted and relevant professional development. The rigorous ANSI accreditation process contributes to continuous improvement and provides a bridge between formal standards and individual competence.

Stakeholders. Government and commercial buyers and sellers, academicians, regulatory authorities, and consultants.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send them to Dr. John Wilkinson, CPCM, at standards@ncmahq.org.