Preparation for the CPCM Exam

The amount of time candidates spend preparing for the CPCM exam really depends on their familiarity with the materials and experience in contract management. Some people are better test takers than others, so prep time varies! NOTE: Candidates preparing for the CPCM exam based on CMBOK 5th Edition, (all exams beginning with January 2018) will benefit from reviewing the “Counsel Commentary” articles in CM magazine written by Jack Horan. Reading and understanding these articles will help you prepare for the types of questions based on contracting scenarios.

Online Preparatory Course

This comprehensive 10-week online, instructor-led course provides a rigorous, asynchronous learning experience for those who desire structured exam preparation. This program is designed for busy professionals who will benefit from self-paced learning through readings, assignments, and discussion forums. The online course facilitators will guide you through all the CMBOK competencies tested on the CPCM exam.

NCMA Books

NCMA offers the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), the Desktop Guide to FAR Essentials and the Desktop Guide to Basic Contracting Terms for sale through its online webstore. Click the book images below to purchase. 

Contract Management
Body of Knowledge,
5th Ed.
Member Price: $60
Nonmember Price: $90
ChaptersConnectFAREssentials2  Desktop Guide to Basic Contracting Terms
Desktop Guide to
FAR Essentials
Desktop Guide to Basic
Contracting Terms, 
7th Ed.
Member Price: $75
Nonmember Price: $90
Member Price: $40
Nonmember Price: $50


For a breakdown of CPCM exam questions by CMBOK competency, click here.

Chapter Study Group

NCMA offers a chapter study guide which is intended to help you in organizing group studies, but it is relevant even if you are simply a group of one.

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