24 Weeks
3 Courses
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What is Contract Management?

Contract management is a process used by commercial and government organizations to manage contract creation, execution and analysis. During the development of a contract, both buyers and sellers must work together to manage customer and supplier expectations and relationships, control risk/cost and contribute to organizational profitability and success. Contract management can help to address time-consuming elements of business and employs effective automated contract management systems.

Work is typically divided into process stages of creation, collaboration, signing, tracking and renewal. Contract management software is also a common solution for managing these different stages. By automating processes and organizing contract paperwork, organizations are able to reduce labor costs and ensure resources are effectively allocated.

Understanding the various stages of contract management and the ability to facilitate processes amongst stakeholders can be vital for reducing costs and improving company performance from requisitioning to contract closeout.

About the Program

Led by industry-recognized expert faculty, the Certificate in Contract Management provides specialized training focused on the commercial and government contract management processes from requisitioning through contract closeout. The curriculum provides information for both buyers and sellers who must manage customer and supplier expectations and relationships, control risk and cost, and contribute to organizational profitability and success.

This program helps to equip contract managers with a unique combination of technical knowledge, communication skills and management expertise. It’s this combination that allows professionals to pursue success in their organizations as well as prepare for vital National Contract Management Association (NCMA) professional certifications.

Skills Learned
Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK) Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Negotiation Process Improvement Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Government Contracts Procurement
Learn More About Certification

The Certificate in Contract Management program features Contract Management StandardTM curriculum that aligns with the latest NCMA Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK). Courses focus on teaching you how to find practical contract management solutions to real-world problems, while preparing you to sit for NCMA certification exams.

Designed for contract administrators, contract managers, sales or business development managers, project managers or others responsible for contracting projects, these courses can help provide students with negotiation skills that are applicable to the public and private sectors, along with a more thorough understanding of the contract management process.

  • Certified Commercial Contract Manager (CCCM) – Validates your understanding of the practice of contract management in the commercial environment.
  • Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) – Shows that you are knowledgeable about the government regulatory environment and capable of executing its tenets.
  • Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) – Demonstrates that you understand all facets of contract management in the commercial and government sectors.
Contract Management Digital Badge
Earn a Digital Badge

Students will earn a digital badge that demonstrates their skills and commitment to furthering their professional education when they successfully complete the full Contract Management program. These badges are great to display on career platforms like LinkedIn and are a visual way of representing your expertise.

Prepare for NCMA Certification Exams

Your certificate helps prepare you for CCCM™, CFCM™ and CPCM™ certification exams offered by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA).

Meet Your Expert Faculty

Christie Harris

Christie Harris is one of the many Villanova faculty members who bring contemporary, real-world experience into the classroom. The adjunct professor teaches the Essentials of Commercial Contract Management, Essentials of Government Contract Management and Advanced Contract Management courses in Villanova’s College of Professional Studies. To the classroom, Harris brings more than 10 years’ experience as a contracting officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as previous experience working for companies vying for government contracts. Having instructors who are active in the fields they teach about is a benefit for Villanova students, Harris said, adding that those instructors “bring their live practical experience to the classroom.”

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Required Courses

3 Course Program

Essentials of Commercial Contract Management

8-Week Course
8 Continuing Education Units
57.5 PDUs

Study how contract management skills can build relationships, address essential company needs and streamline budgets

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Essentials of Government Contract Management

8-Week Course
8 Continuing Education Units
50.25 PDUs

Develop your knowledge of business leadership strategies and legal issues as they apply to the successful management of government contracts.

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Advanced Contract Management

8-Week Course
8 Continuing Education Units
55.25 PDUs

Learn techniques in deal making and project administration for building successful business partnerships

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