Contract Management

NCMA AdopterUCI Division of Continuing Education’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. 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.”
— Karen Gamarra, Program Graduate

Who Should Enroll

  • 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

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), 7th Edition
  • CMS-based instruction prepares students for the CPCM™ certification exam.
  • Courses may qualify for employer tuition reimbursement programs

Using the Contract Management Standard™ as a Foundation:

As part of our shared commitment to our student success as they enter the workforce or seek to advance their contract management careers, the Contract Management Certificate Program considers and uses NCMA’s ANSI-Approved Contract Management Standard™ as the basis of its program and course curricula and is committed to driving student success through its instruction of the phases, domains, competencies, and skills that are common across the contract management profession. Through its alignment with the CMS and use of the CMBOK® as the primary textbook, the Contract Management Certificate Program prepares students for NCMA’s certification exams, such as the CPCM™ certification, which demonstrates proficiency in the CMS, CMBOK® competencies, and is a strong stepping stone into the contract management profession as well as further career advancement overall.

Earn an Alternative Digital Credential

sample badgeSuccessful completion of a qualifying assignment within select course(s) offers you the opportunity to earn an Alternative Digital Credential. Also referred to as a digital badge, an ADC is a virtual record of specific skills and competencies you have acquired and provides a verifiable way for you to share your educational achievements with employers, colleagues and others via social platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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Learn more about Alternative Digital Credentials and how they can help you demonstrate your commitment to professional development and distinguish yourself in a competitive job market.

*Courses completed prior to indicated dates are not eligible for a badge.

Eligibility and Requirements

Apply to become a candidate for the program: A Declaration of Candidacy is required to establish candidacy in this program. Complete the application and pay the application and candidacy fee of $125 (non-refundable). Learn more about the benefits of becoming a candidate. Candidacy is not required to enroll into individual course in a program.

A candidate in the program is awarded a certificate upon the successful completion of six (6) required courses totaling 16 units, each with a letter grade of “C” or better. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in their first course. To receive the Certified Digital Certificate after the completing all the program requirements, students must submit the Request for Certificate to initiate the certificate audit process. Students not pursuing the certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Continuing Education Credit

  • 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
  • Many of our other programs qualify as CPE credit. Please call (949) 824-4598.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit Students who complete the Contract Management Certificate Program are eligible to transfer credits into a graduate degree from the universities listed below:


National Contract Management Association (NCMA)

NCMA members save 10% on course tuition.

Meet Our Graduate

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Approximate Cost $4,650
Format Online
Duration 6-18 Months
Total Credits 16
WIOA Approved Program

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Course Schedule

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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