Certified Professional
Contracts Manager

What is the CPCM?

A Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) certification demonstrates that you have met NCMA’s highest standards for education, training, and experience, and have demonstrated your knowledge of the contract management competencies in the Contract Management Body of Knowledge. The CPCM is NCMA's senior and most prestigious certification.


Who takes the certification exam?

Contracting professionals who have mastered the majority of the contract management competencies in the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), have extensive business education and training, and a minimum of 5 years of experience.


When can I take the exam?

Individuals who are interested in taking the exam must submit an application to NCMA. Once the application has been processed, reviewed, and approved you will be able to take the exam. Note: If you intend to test at a Kryterion Learning Center do NOT attempt to contact Kryterion prior to receiving approval on your application.


Where do I take the exam?

The CPCM exam is offered at various times each week through Kryterion Learning Centers. There are over 600 national and international testing centers available. NCMA also offers exams at educational conferences―check the conferences page for the next NCMA conference. NCMA’s local chapters also host exams; check with your chapter or call NCMA to find out if your chapter is hosting an exam this year.


How should I prepare for the exam?

The best method of preparing is to enroll in NCMA's 10-week CPCM Online Preparatory Course. The course is instructor-led and asynchronous so you are not tied to an arbitrary meeting time. It is offered once each quarter and includes all study materials. Seating is limited and the class fills up quickly. Contact learningcenter@ncmahq.org for details.

You may also self-study or form your own group using the following study aids from NCMA:


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