A Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) certification shows you are knowledgeable about all facets of contracts management, both within the government and the commercial arenas. To become a CPCM holder, a candidate must take and pass the Certified Professional Contract Manager module exam.



A minimum of a bachelor’s degree of any type from a regionally-accredited college or university. Candidates who have earned their degrees from institutions outside the United States must obtain a determination of equivalency from an independent source.


Work Experience

Five years of contract management (or related career field) experience.

Continuing Education

Minimum of 120 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours. For further details, please consult NCMA’s CPE Guide at www.ncmahq.org


Contract Management Standard Publication (CMS)

The CMS™ publication 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™ publication is the foundation of the Contract Management Body of Knowledge®, Sixth Edition.

Watch this short video to get a brief understanding of NCMA’s CMS™ publication.