U.S. Federal Contracting Fundamentals: Fall 2024

Certificate Course
This certificate course focuses on federal contracting. Participants receive 10 hours of live, multi-day, virtual learning. Walk away with a better understanding and a digital badge to post on LinkedIn. Multi-Day | Live Virtual Training | 10.0 CPE/CLP | $936 member | $1194 non-member



The U.S. government acquisition landscape is full of complexities, rules, and nuances. Whether you are new or seeking a refresher, this certificate will provide a solid foundation and framework for understanding the context of all the requirements, forms, and systems to navigate as well as insight into how the process really works!

Who should attend?

Ideal candidates for this course include:

  • Current or prospective sellers (contractors or subcontractors) to the U.S. government seeking to understand the unique U.S. federal acquisition landscape 
  • Contracting professionals working for organizations that sell to the U.S. federal government 
  • New or prospective contract management professionals and students 
  • Anyone seeking an understanding of U.S. federal acquisitions  


  • Tuesday September 10 - Friday September 13, 2024 
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM each day
  • Notice: This is a 4-day virtual event and you must attend all days to receive credit.

Topics of Conversation:  

  • Day 1: US Federal Acquisition System and Rules
    • Compliance environment
    • Federal Acquisition Regulation overview and supplements
    • Federal acquisition systems
    • Uniform Commercial Contract 
  • Day 2: How U.S. Federal Contracts are Made
    • Contract lifecycle: contract planning to award
    • Source selection
    • What’s negotiable and what’s not
    • Contract types
  • Day 3: U.S. Federal Cost and Price Analysis
    • Fair and reasonable pricing
    • Cost elements, cost principles and overhead costs
    • Pricing and accounting requirements
  • Day 4:  Hot Topics in U.S. Federal Contracting 
    • Small business utilization
    • Risk management
    • Supply chain management
    • Cybersecurity
    • Competition
    • Buy American
    • And more!


  • 10.0 CPE/CLP


  • $936 member / $1194 non-member
  • Membership + Certificate Course Bundle: $1106
    • Take advantage of this bundle and save on course fees and become a member of NCMA
    • Membership will activate after the course.

Course Structure:

  • The program takes place over four days for 2.5 hours each day on Zoom.
  • At the end of the program, you will receive a certificate of completion and a digital badge you can share on LinkedIn and elsewhere. 
  • Attendance at all four sessions is required to receive the Certificate of Completion and the digital badge.
Course Access:

Connectivity Requirements:

  • This training is conducted through My Virtual Training and presented via Zoom. 
  • To have all the zoom features available during the live virtual training, we recommend using the most up-to-date version of Zoom for your system.
  • System Requirements can be found here.

9/10/2024 2:00 PM - 9/13/2024 4:30 PM
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Sign in or create an account to register Registration ends 9/10/2024 3:00 PM
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