The Professional Certificates in Contract Management are designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the key concepts associated with the pursuit and management of contracts. Several elective courses offered through the certificate program enables students to explore a number of these key contract management concepts at a deeper level.
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Contracts are the vehicles through which all essential work is performed. Learn how to manage contracts in nearly any industry by earning your Professional Certificate in Contract Management from SDSU Global Campus.
About the Program
San Diego has long enjoyed a strong presence of large federal contractors, including the defense industry. Our region has also experienced a rapid growth of telecommunication and biotech firms serving a wide array of commercial markets. The work brought to the area has created abundant opportunities for smaller subcontractors as well. Regardless of the specific industries that these companies serve, they all generate revenue through contracts awarded by their clients. Contracts are the vehicles through which all essential work is performed. A keen understanding of the contracting process and the ability to effectively work within it is paramount to the success of every organization.
12 months (Standard)
18 months (Advanced)
Min. Completion Time
If you’re interested in working with contracts, SDSU’s Professional Certificate in Contract Management program will help you acquire the in-demand skills you need to thrive in San Diego’s robust contracting environment. The program is taught by experienced professionals who pair instruction with case studies and hands-on exercises. You’ll learn from a curriculum that’s been continuously updated with topics of interest to both federal and commercial practitioners.
Aerospace & Defense
Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM)
Claudia Marquez Puebla
Deputy Division Chief at the United States Property & Fiscal Office of CA
Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM)
Daniel A. Chalfant
President and founder of Alexander Associates LLC
Inventor of the Labor Rate Load Factors, and Census Rate Tool
Senior Vice President of Administration of Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc.
Uses a "Servant Leadership" philosophy and "Learning by Doing" approach
Chief of Procurement Services at the County of San Diego
Expertise in advanced planning, strategic sourcing, and contract management best practices
Senior Manager and Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO)
Holds an MBA and BA in Public Administration as well as a degree and certificate in Purchasing and Materials Management
Chief of Procurement Services
County of San Diego, Department of Purchasing and Contracting, over $2.1 Billion of public spend on goods and services each year
CPIM, CPM, Sourcing Specialist at Solar Turbines
Over 25 years handling complex contracts in the commercial and defense industries
What Our Students Say
Each instructor was very seasoned in the contracts world, offering structured lessons as well as applying real-world scenarios relatable to the content being presented. The experience the instructors brought to the classroom allowed for excellent discussions in addressing potential solutions that can be applied in the real world. I’m very appreciative for these discussions and excellent presentation of valuable contract management lessons, tools, and skills.
- Heather Jaehn, Supervisor, Contracts Administration, Cobham Microelectronic Solutions
Is This Program Right for Me?
SDSU’s Professional Certificate in Contract Management program is designed for professionals currently working with contracts who want to enhance their résumé, prepare for industry exams, and take on leadership roles in the workplace. It’s also ideal for people who are working with contracts for the first time and need guidance on proper procedures and best practices.
Your classmates hold a variety of positions in all types of industries, including:
- Contract administrators
- Procurement managers
- Project managers
- Quality assurance personnel
This program can also help you learn more about the contract management process in engineering, law, business, and other commercial enterprises.
All contract management courses are 100% online and accessible from anywhere in the world. Instructors hold classes one night a week starting at 6:00 pm Pacific Time, which makes it easier to fit the program into your busy schedule. You’ll be able to earn your Contract Management Certificate in as few as twelve months, or take up to five years to complete the program.
I started the SDSU Contract Management program when I worked in the nonprofit sector and wanted to grow my career. As soon as I finished (in a little over a year), I started applying for entry-level defense contractor positions and started receiving replies very quickly. I knew it was mostly due to the professional certificate I was able to highlight as a valuable resource in my resume and cover letter. Having this certificate really opened doors for me to advance my career.
- Lorisa Camaclang, Contracts Administrator, BAE Systems Inc. San Diego Ship Repair
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What Can I Learn?
From procurement to proper management, our expert instructors will help you take your career in contract management to new heights. Through a series of intensive online courses, you’ll be able to earn the formal credit hours you need to prepare for your CCMA, CFCM, CCCM and CPCM Certification exams.
You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the seven core competencies recognized by the National Contract Management Association’s CMBOK, which are:
Find out why adept leadership skills are necessary for Contract Management professionals at all levels.
Discover how management competency involves setting goals to enhance both individual proficiency and organizational capability.
Learn how to look for defining principles through all phases of the contract life cycle, no matter what each unique situation throws your way.
Familiarize yourself with the first phase of the contract life cycle, when buyers produce solicitations and sellers prepare offers.
Let us walk you through this often-complicated phase in which the buyer and seller work together to produce a contract.
Dig into contract execution and completion — the contract administration process.
Continuing education ensures Contract Managers' commitment to professional development and lifelong learning.
You’ll learn more about contract management through a series of core courses that will help you:
- Develop an understanding of contract types, effective contracting methodologies, and contract law.
- Gain knowledge related to ethical and regulatory aspects of contracting, intellectual property, teaming, and international contracting considerations.
- Learn how to develop proposals that will be responsive to your customer’s requirements, negotiate contracts that will contribute to your company;s success, and effectively manage contracts through completion.
- Increase understanding related to subcontracting such as acquisition planning, solicitation development, sourcing, and cost/price analysis.
In addition to the core courses, you’ll also get the opportunity to customize your curriculum by choosing from several unique elective courses, based on your individual professional needs. Elective topics include advanced negotiation skills, financial management, cost/price analysis, ethics, FAR fundamentals, and more.
I enrolled in the Contract Management program to obtain continuing education units for my existing certifications. I’m extremely satisfied with the program – the courses are led by expert instructors who present interesting and useful information during each session. I regularly used what I learned in each class on the job soon after.
- Steve Wood, Estimator/Project Manager, A.M. Ortega Construction
Why Should You Choose Us?
Our contract management certificate program is not just for professionals already established in the industry. Whether you’re preparing for an industry exam or you’re just beginning your journey in contract management, our program will help you prepare to work with contracts in nearly any industry.
San Diego is an emerging hub for contract management professionals. You learn directly from some of San Diego’s leading professionals in the federal and commercial fields. Our program gives you the opportunity to form meaningful connections with industry professionals and your fellow classmates.
All courses are 100% online and hold sessions one evening per week, which makes our program more accessible for today’s busy students and working professionals.
To earn the Professional Certificate in Contract Management, you’ll need to successfully complete six (6) core courses and four (4) elective courses. To earn the affiliated Advanced Certificate, you’ll need to take four (4) additional electives for a total of eight (8) electives.
- You may take as many individual courses as you wish, but all requirements must be completed within five (5) years to earn the Professional Certificate.
Click the course names below to read the course description.
|Core Courses (complete all 6)||Cost||Fall||Spring||Summer|
|CM 0001 Introduction to Contract Management: Principles of the Acquisition Process
Recommended first course
|CM 0002 Contract Types and Effective Contracting Methodologies||$449||10/18-11/29*|
|CM 0003 Effective Negotiation Skills and Techniques||$449||1/17-2/21|
|CM 0004 Essential Contract Management Techniques||$449||4/2-5/7**|
|CM 0005 Effective Proposal Writing and Communication||$449||9/19-10/24|
|CM 0006 Legal Aspects of Contracts||$449||2/20-3/26|
Dates and fees subject to change. This schedule is tentative and dates subject to change. Courses meet one night a week, 6-9pm.
*No class on 11/22.
**No class on 4/1/24
|Elective Courses (choose 4 for basic & 8 for advanced)||Cost||Fall||Spring||Summer|
|CM 0010 Teaming, Partnering and Subcontracting||$449||1/22-2/26|
|CM 0012 Sourcing and Cost/Price Analysis||$449||8/17-9/21|
|CM 0013 Intellectual Property and Licensing||$449||9/28-11/2|
|CM 0014 Ethics and Compliance||$449||2/28-4/3|
|CM 0016 Financial Management of Government Contracts||$449||4/4-5/9|
|CM 0019 Fundamentals of the FAR||$449||11/13-12/18|
|PM 0005 Procurement||$549||10/9-11/13|
|PM 0015 Earned Value Management
Dates and fees subject to change. This schedule is tentative and dates subject to change. Courses meet one night a week, 6-9pm.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. This certificate program aligns to NCMA standards and provides students with the competencies and skills to be successful on any of the four NCMA Exams (CCMA, CFCM, CCCM and CPCM). Each class counts as 18 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.
Yes! Our students have found that the skills they learn in the contract management certificate program have helped them move up in their careers, either into a contract management role or another position that requires some contract management knowledge.
Our courses are fully-online and accessible from anywhere in the world, unless otherwise noted. Instructors hold classes one night per week, which makes it easier to fit the program into your busy schedule.
Classes in the Project Management Certificate program are held via live (synchronous) Zoom sessions, usually held in the evenings for students who may work or have family commitments during the day. Please click on the course descriptions for specific dates and times.
No textbooks are required. All materials will be provided through the program.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person components of this program have either been paused, rescheduled, or moved into a virtual format until further notice.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 594-7700 to learn how these changes affect your program. SDSU will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of our local and federal health agencies.
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San Diego is a "hotbed" of high technology with heavy concentrations of biotech, telecommunication, and defense firms. Many contract managers and procurement professionals encounter intellectual property issues on a daily basis. This course will introduce students to the four areas of intellectual property; patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, and how they interact with the contracting/procurement profession. One class session will specifically address the licensing of intellectual property and technology. Students in this course will be able to directly apply course information to their job or business.
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