Three Universities Align Curriculums to NCMA’s Contract Management Standard™, Providing a Path to Certification
Dominick Belfiore, Director of Operations and Special Projects
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ASHBURN, VA, January 24, 2023 - Three universities are the first group of higher education institutions to commit to aligning their program curriculums to support certification offered by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).
The university programs include:
“Preparing students for the contract management profession is one of our highest priorities,” said NCMA Chief Executive Officer Kraig Conrad. “The commitment of these universities elevates their programs and positions them as champions of the contract management workforce."
“Contracts are at the crux of every business deal in every industry and contract managers drive how these deals are made. Think of contract managers at the center of a wheel, interacting with every part of an organization including the c-suite, technical experts, marketing, information technology, and more.”
Professionals in the field of contract management often handle contracts for the procurement and acquisition of products and services with major federal agencies such as the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
NCMA is the steward of the profession, providing a neutral forum to facilitate the open exchange of ideas and the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide.
NCMA has established a Contract Management Standard™ (CMS™) that is the basis for preparing students and industry professionals to obtain certifications in the field, starting with the Certified Contract Management Associate™ (CCMA™). The CMS™ is approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is recognized globally as the preeminent standard in the profession.
“Establishing a ‘common language’ across the profession is essential, and the CMS™ is the foundation to build that consistency,” Conrad said. “A common language in contract management promotes talent mobility and facilitates interaction between academia, government and industry.”
University programs are encouraged to join NCMA’s cohort of committed programs by signing the NCMA MOU for Higher Education CMS™ Alignment/CCMA Certification Preparation on the NCMA Higher Education Resources page. This commitment can lead to more opportunities for universities to attract students in this field of study and prepare them for CCMA certification.
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The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), which was founded in 1959, is the world’s leading association in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 18,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession and industry it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. To learn more, please visit www.ncmahq.org.