Upon application approval, candidates have one year and three attempts to pass their certification exam(s). Below are several details that may be helpful:
Logistics & Fees
NCMA certification exams are administered by Kryterion, our testing partner, or via paper exam at the annual World Congress and Government Contract Management Symposium conferences. Your local NCMA Chapter may also request authorization to host paper exams on‐site. The Chapter must provide a suitable exam site and an appropriate number of proctors.
Kryterion exams are administered multiple times per week depending on the examination site chosen. You must have an NCMA-approved application before being allowed to schedule and sit for your exam.
The Kryterion exam fee is $125 in the United States and Canada and $150 internationally. Exam results are available immediately following the test.
Candidates who opt for the paper exam pay an exam fee (in addition to the application fees above) of $50 for members and $90 for non‐members. Exam results are generally available within 15 working days.
Retaking or Rescheduling Your Exam
After an unsuccessful attempt, you must wait 30 days before you are able to log back in to your Kryterion account, schedule your next test, and pay the fee. This period will provide you with the opportunity for further study.
Using the same procedure as your original test, you can reschedule as soon as the 30 day waiting period is completed. Please be aware that your original eligibility deadline date is not extended when re-testing.
In the event that a candidate is scheduled to test through Kryterion and needs to reschedule their exam, they must contact the certification department directly. Any reschedule requests that are made within 72 hours of the test date will result in a fee. The cost is $100 domestically and $130 internationally.
Are There Extensions to the One-Year Time Limit?
No. NCMA strictly enforces its one year of eligibility for certification. To reinstate your eligibility period, you will have to reapply and pay the necessary fees.