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A Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) shows that you are knowledgeable about the practice of contracts management in the federal environment. To earn the CFCM, a candidate must take and pass the Federal Knowledge module exam.

Certification is a mark of distinction. It sets the credentialed individual and his/her workplace apart from others in the same profession. A certified individual communicates that he or she has attained a certain level of expertise and is committed to maintaining the highest level of professionalism.

NCMA’s certification program, in particular, sharpens candidates’ focus. Certification provides a direct link between the individual in the workplace and the rest of the professional community. This link provides support, guidance, and opportunity.

Certification increases and enhances competition in the labor market. Employers also enjoy a level of assurance with respect to a certified individual’s knowledge, application of that knowledge, and continued professional development.


Requirement #1: A degree from a regionally or Distance Education Accreditation Council (DEAC) accredited institution at the bachelor's level. Degrees from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by an independent third party such as World Education Services, Foreign Credits, Credit Eval, Info Check USA, or SpanTran.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Non-degreed candidates who have a minimum of 10 years experience may attach a written letter of request for waiver of the degree requirement.

What You Need to Submit: A copy of your transcript.

Requirement #2: At least one year of work experience in the contract management field.

What You Need to Submit: Complete the Relevant Work Experience section of the certification application.

Requirement #3: 80 continuing professional education (CPE) hours in contract or business management-related topics. For more details, see CPE Requirements.

What You Need to Submit: Copies of documents verifying that you completed 80 CPEs in contract or business management-related topics. Certificates of completion and/or transcripts are preferred.

To Apply: Complete the CFCM Application

For more information on preparing for this exam or certification, please contact (Tami) Hanh Nguyen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in NCMA Tysons Certifications for assistance.

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