I hope you had an enjoyable summer with your family and friends. It’s amazing how quickly the holidays and end of the year are coming. The San Diego chapter, in my opinion, has had a successful year so far and I’m looking forward to us finish the year out strong.
If you have not visited the NCMA San Diego chapter’s website in awhile, there have been some changes to its layout. We hope you find the new layout easier to navigate. To mirror changes taking place at NCMA Headquarters, the San Diego Chapter is making our own changes to better serve you, the members. The Chapter’s Board of Directors is also hard at work with developing events for next year. Please check back periodically with our website for the latest information about these upcoming events.
Earlier this month, the San Diego Chapter was informed by NCMA Headquarters that the Certification Exam Policies have changed. With NCMA pursuit of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation, the test administration policies of the organization need to change. Going forward NCMA will no longer be offering paper certification exams. “To ensure NCMA delivers the highest-quality standards for the workforce”, all NCMA certification exams will be administered by Kryterion Global Testing Solutions. This policy change will allow members to receive their test scores instantaneously, reduce potential test grading errors, “accommodate the special needs of our certification candidates”, and have a secure interface with NCMA to ensure the integrity of the certification exams. Information about applying and registering for the NCMA certification exams can be found at: https://www.ncmahq.org/standards-certification. (NCMA HQ Email titled “NCMA Certification Exam Policies” dated 9/13/2019).
NCMA is a firm believer in holding members to the highest ethical and integrity standards in the Contracting Profession. I would like to take this opportunity remind you of the importance NCMA places on our members complying with the Contract Management Code of Ethics. We encourage each Chapter member to take a few extra minutes to read through the Code of Ethics provided at the end of this newsletter. This document is always available for viewing on the NCMA Headquarters website at: https://www.ncmahq.org/about/leadership/code-of-ethics.
Please keep in mind that the NCMA San Diego Chapter Board of Directors are here to help you to make the most out of your membership. We are always looking for new perspectives and ideas on how we can better serve our members. Please feel free to reach out to anyone of us with your questions or suggested ideas using the e-mail addresses listed on the San Diego Chapter’s website at: http://ncmasd.org/directorschairs.html.