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. It is NCMA's senior and most prestigious certification. More information about the CPCM is located atwww.ncmahq.org.
What is the CFCM? A Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) certification validates your education, training, experience, and knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). More information about the CFCM is located atwww.ncmahq.org. When will the study group meet? The CPCM Study Group will meet on Tuesdays from 6PM to 8PM starting January 10, 2017 and ending March 21, 2017.
Where will the study group meet? The CPCM Study Group will meet at KES, Inc., 7807 Convoy Ct., Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92111.
What is the format for the study group? The recommended duration for the CPCM study group is 10 to 12 weeks. A recommended format for study groups is to go through the chapter-provided power point presentation, discuss the prepared multiple choice and review multiple choice questions provided in the study guide.
What subjects are competencies are covered in the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK) - CPCM
Specialized Knowledge Areas
Is there “homework”? For CPCM, each week, in advance of the meeting, members are expected to (1) read the assigned chapters in the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK) and the CPCM Study Guide, (2) familiarize themselves with the chapter-provided Power Point slides and (3) prepare some multiple choice questions for the group. The number of multiple choice questions will depend on the size of the study group but will range between one and five questions per member.
For CFCM, each week, in advance of the meeting, members are expected to (1) read the assigned Parts of the FAR, (2) familiarize themselves with the chapter-provided Power Point slides and (3) prepare some multiple choice questions for the group. The number of multiple choice questions will depend on the size of the study group but will range between one and five questions per member.
If I join the study group, what is expected of me? Members are expected to actively participate in the weekly meetings and maintain consistent attendance. Members should expect to spend about four hours a week toward study group activities (approximately two hours of homework plus approximately two hours at each study session). At each week's meeting a subject matter expert from the chapter will volunteer their time to review the slides with the study group, facilitate discussion and answer any questions members may have.
What materials do I need to purchase to participate in the study group?
CPCM Study group members need to purchase the following two books:
Contract Management Body of Knowledge, Fifth Edition By: NCMA, Updated by Margaret G. Rumbaugh, CPCM, Fellow Price: $60 (member)/$90 (nonmember) plus shipping and handling
What materials will be provided by NCMA for the study group?
NCMA headquarters provides the power point presentation to guide the weekly discussion but study group members will be responsible for printing their own slides.
The chapter will also provide a recommended syllabus and some practice exams. Again, study group members will be responsible for printing these materials.
How much does it cost to join the study group?
Recognizing that CPCM preparation classes can be costly, NCMA San Diego aims to minimize the cost of studying for these exams. Therefore, NCMA does not anticipate charging a fee for participation in this course but participants are responsible for purchasing the current CMBOK and current Study Guide, as discussed below in more detail. Leaders and facilitators volunteer their time and NCMA strives to secure a hosting facility that does not charge a fee. All that is asked of study group members is that they complete a quick program evaluation at the end of the study group.