National Contract Management Association (NCMA)

Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM)


Credential: Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: National Contract Management Association (NCMA)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) certification is for contracting professionals in both the public and private sectors who deal extensively with federal contracts and have a minimum of one year of experience. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, one year of experience, and 80 hours of continuing professional education to be eligible for the CFCM certification. Candidates lacking the degree requirement who have 10 years of verifiable contract management experience may apply for a degree waiver.  To earn the CFCM certification, a candidate must pay the applicable fees and pass an exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1 year
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

National Contract Management Association (NCMA)

21740 Beaumeade Circle
Suite 125
Ashburn, VA  20147

Phone: (800) 344-8096

Fax: (703) 448-0939
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Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Non-degreed candidates with at least 10 years of verifiable contract management experience may request a waiver.

Candidates must have a minimum of 80 hours of continuing professional education.

Candidates must have one year of work experience in the contract management or related field.

Written Exam

  • FAR Part 15
  • FAR Parts 2, 12
  • FAR Part 37
  • FAR Parts 1, 13, 32, 34, 43
  • FAR Parts 17, 19, 22, 39, 44, 45, 49
  • FAR Parts 3, 5, 9, 14, 16, 24, 27, 29, 36, 38, 46
  • FAR Parts 6, 10, 11, 23, 25, 30, 31, 42, 47

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • CFCM recertification is required every five years. CFCM certification holders must earn 60 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) during the five year period. A recertification application form must be completed and submitted with documentation supporting the completion of 60 hours of CPEs and a recertification processing fee must be paid. 

    Additional information on CFCM recertification can be found on the NCMA website.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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