U.S. Federal Contracting Fundamentals: Spring 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!


  • This is a 4-day virtual event and you must attend all days to receive credit
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM each day

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  


Schedule: 2:00 - 4:30 pm ET, Monday May 6 - Thursday May 9, 2024 

  • Day 1: Monday, May 6: US Federal Acquisition System and Rules
    • Compliance environment
    • Federal Acquisition Regulation overview and supplements
    • Federal acquisition systems
    • Uniform Commercial Contract 
  • Day 2: Tuesday, May 7: 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: Wednesday, May 8: U.S. Federal Cost and Price Analysis
    • Fair and reasonable pricing
    • Cost elements, cost principles and overhead costs
    • Pricing and accounting requirements
  • Day 4: Thursday, May 9: 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.

5/6/2024 2:00 PM - 5/9/2024 4:30 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
Registration is closed.