National Credential
Credential: Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: National Contract Management Association (NCMA)

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) certification is for contracting professionals in both the public and private sectors who deal extensively with federal contracts and have a minimum of one year of experience. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, one year of experience, and 80 hours of continuing professional education to be eligible for the CFCM certification. Candidates lacking the degree requirement who have 10 years of verifiable contract management experience may apply for a degree waiver.  To earn the CFCM certification, a candidate must pay the applicable fees and pass an exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12H Construction Engineering Supervisor MOS other          
Enlisted 12N Horizontal Construction Engineer MOS other          
Enlisted 3C Operational Contract Support (OCS) ASI most          
Enlisted 51C Acquisition, Logistics & Technology (AL&T) Contracting NCO MOS most   III      
Enlisted 88N Transportation Management Coordinator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 92G Culinary Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 92Y Unit Supply Specialist MOS other          
Warrant Officer 120A Construction Engineering Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 882A Mobility Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 920A Property Accounting Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 922A Food Service Technician WOMOS other        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1 year
  • Education: Bachelors
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
21740 Beaumeade Circle
Suite 125
Ashburn, VA  20147
Phone: (800) 344-8096
Fax: (703) 448-0939
Contact Page

Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM)

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Non-degreed candidates with at least 10 years of verifiable contract management experience may request a waiver.

Candidates must have a minimum of 80 hours of continuing professional education.

Candidates must have one year of work experience in the contract management or related field.

Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM)

  • FAR Part 15 (16 questions)
  • FAR Part 12 (8 questions)
  • FAR Part 2 (7 questions)
  • FAR Parts 13 & 37 (12 questions)
  • FAR Parts 1, 19, 32, 43, 44 (25 questions)
  • FAR Parts 14, 17, 22, 39, 45, 46, 49 (28 questions)
  • FAR Parts 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16, 24, 27, 31, 36, 38, 42 (36 questions)
  • FAR Parts 6, 7, 23, 25, 30, 47 (12 questions)
  • FAR Parts 4, 8, 18, 28, 33, 35 (6 questions)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Kryterion. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the Kryterion website:

For more information on the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • CFCM recertification is required every five years. CFCM certification holders must earn 60 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) during the five year period. A recertification application form must be completed and submitted with documentation supporting the completion of 60 hours of CPEs and a recertification processing fee must be paid. 

    Additional information on CFCM recertification can be found on the NCMA website.