National Education Seminars

Additional Training Opportunity!

Thursday, July 27, 2017
8:30am–4:30pm; Check-in: 8:00am 
(Seminars run concurrently)

NCMA Member: $345 WC Attendee
NCMA Member: $375 NES Only
Nonmember: $395 WC Attendee
Nonmember: $445 NES Only

After World Congress concludes, stay another day and attend a National Education Seminar (NES) to earn an additional 7 CPE/CLP credits. The two seminars to choose from are FAR Essentials and Key Terms and Conditions. The NES is a specialized one-day training seminar led by expert presenters and covers topics suitable for professionals of all levels. Attend one seminar as part of your World Congress experience or as a standalone event.

 FAR Essentials 


FAR-Essentials-SketchCoverWhat must you absolutely know in order to thrive as a government contractor or government contracting professional? Our contracting experts have singled out the most essential aspects of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and designed a one-day National Education Seminar that helps participants understand the complexities and relationships within each topic. The seminar covers 28 essential topics such as data rights, competition, small business policy, warranties, and much more. Attendees will have many opportunities during the seminar to relate these essential topics to their own work experience. Each participant will receive a copy of the Desktop Guide to FAR Essentials, an invaluable research tool for use during the seminar and on the job.

GCMS16_CurrierSpeaker: Michelle Currier, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow, Professor of Contract Management, Defense Acquisition University

Ms. Michelle Currier serves as a Professor of Contract Management at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), Middle Atlantic Region. Ms. Currier brings a wealth of real-world experience to the classroom from her 35-year career, having served with distinction as a Contracting Officer, Division Chief, and Director of Contracts at the Naval Research Laboratory, Military Sealift Command, Small Business Administration, Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Army Contracting Command. Ms. Currier has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Superior Civilian Service medal in 2006, DAU Corporate Ask-A-Professor Award in 2010 and 2011, DAU MAR Faculty of the Year 2012 and was awarded the DAU Distinguished Teacher in 2013. The academic community bestows the Distinguished Teacher Award to recognize faculty members who demonstrate teaching mastery through classroom performance and enhancing student outcomes. Ten Distinguished Teacher designations have been awarded in the history of the Defense Acquisition University. Ms. Currier was recognized by Inside Business as one of the Top 25 Women in Business.

Key Contract Terms & Conditions



Key Contract Terms and Conditions is a one-day National Education Seminar (NES) that reviews the most important terms and conditions that must be negotiated—presented from three practical, day-to-day contract management perspectives: U.S. federal government buying, industry selling, and industry buying.  

Jim_KirlinSpeaker: Jim Kirlin, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow, President, Kirlin Consulting, LLC

Jim Kirlin has 30 years of contracts and supply chain experience in government and industry. Jim holds several professional certifications in subcontract management, compliance, contracting, supply chain, and supplier diversity. Jim has been honored with the NCMA Alvis D. Keen Honorary Life Member Award, NCMA Charles A. Dana Distinguished Service Award, the NCMA National Achievement Award, and the NCMA Education Award (twice). Jim served on the NCMA Board of Directors and served as Chair of the Policy Committee. He is the author of two articles in NCMA’s Contract Management magazine. He has presented at six NCMA World Congresses and at numerous National Education Seminars and Chapter meetings. Jim is the author of the book “Subcontract Management from A to Z”. Jim is the co-author of the book “Desktop Guide to FAR Essentials”.


Register for a seminar through the World Congress registration portal, either in addition to your World Congress registration, or as a stand alone event. If you've already registered for World Congress and would like to add on a seminar, choose "Make a change to an existing registration".

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