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.


Required Education

A degree from a regionally or Distance Education Accreditation Council (DEAC) accredited institution at the bachelor’s level is required. Degrees from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an independent third party such as World Education ServicesForeign CreditsCredit EvalInfo Check USA, or SpanTran*.

Applicants must submit a copy of their transcript.

Work Experience

Applicants must possess at least five years of work experience in the contract management field.

Applicants must complete the Relevant Work Experience section of the certification application.

Continuing Education

Applicants must possess a minimum of 120 continuing professional education (CPE) hours in contract or business management-related topics. For more details, see CPE Requirements.

Applicants must submit copies of documents verifying they have completed 120 CPEs in contract or business management-related topics. Certificates of completion and/or transcripts are preferred.

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*Candidates who are graduates of colleges and universities outside the United States of America must contact the certification department to confirm the accreditation status. Call 800-344-8096 or email us at certification@ncmahq.org. Non-degreed candidates who have a minimum of 10 years experience may attach a written letter of request for waiver of the degree requirement.