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NCMA Education PartnerContract Management

Strategic management of the business deal and customer/supplier relationships

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UC Irvine Extension's Contract Management Certificate Program focuses on core competencies recognized by the National Contract Management Association. Coursework addresses the most up-to-date information available in the procurement and contracting fields – whether commercial, government or international. Students will develop a solid understanding of the contracting process and key elements of procurement and acquisition, including contract formation, negotiation, financial analysis and risk management. Students will also explore new business areas such as global outsourcing, international contracting, doing business with the federal government and building strategic alliances.

“I enrolled in the Contract Management Program to gain a better understanding of the various contracts that come across my desk as an office administrator. I was most impressed with the open forum discussions in the online courses and the instructors making sure to keep everyone involved with the weekly questions. The diversity and experience of other students taking the course also adds to the learning experience. I appreciated the fact that the classes weren't just about taking an exam and passing it, as the instructors expected a bit more through the on-line postings and papers, but did not overwhelm us with an unmanageable workload. I was impressed with the overall organization and would recommend UCI's online courses to anyone.” Karen Gamarra
Program Graduate

Program Benefits

  • Gain an understanding of the contract life cycle, subcontracting, outsourcing, developing strategic alliances, negotiation, financial analysis, and implementation.
  • Explore the components and processes of commercial and government contracting.
  • Expand your awareness of the legal, risk, and ethical issues related to contracting and procurement.
  • Understand and explain the foundational competencies and subject matter competencies of the National Contract Management Association's (NCMA) Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), 4th Edition.
  • Courses may qualify for employer tuition reimbursement programs.

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Who Should Attend

  • Those working in large or small organizations, government and commercial entities, or as entrepreneurs
  • Contract administrators, subcontractors, procurement managers, project managers, quality assurance personnel, and others looking to advance their career
  • Engineering, law, business, paralegal professionals and others wishing to enter this field

Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of six required courses with a grade of “C” or better for a total of 16 units (160 hours) of instruction. To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Continuing Education Credit

  • Earn CPE credit towards NCMA certification and recertification.
  • Earn 28 hours of continuing education (for each 3-unit course) that may be applied toward Institute for Supply Management (ISM) CPSM recertification, CPSD recertification, C.P.M. recertification, and/or A.P.P. reaccreditation program requirements. Note: ISM does not endorse, certify or sponsor this program or its content.

On-site Training Available

Through Corporate Training, we can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization's specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.