The retired certification status allows individuals to continue to be recognized for achieving NCMA certification(s) after leaving the contract management profession or related fields. Retired certification status does not require the continuing professional education requirements of the active certifications, which may no longer provide value to a retired individual.
Why was the Retired designation created?
NCMA no longer supports lifetime certification because it allows practicing contract managers to hold active certifications without providing evidence of continuing professional education (CPE). Due to the dynamic nature of the contract management profession, NCMA has determined that recertification must be achieved to actively hold any of its certifications (CPCM, CFCM, and/or CCCM).
In addition, a certification without recertification does not meet the definition of "certification" as per the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
However, NCMA does recognize there are those who are not practicing contract management and are not pursuing applicable CPE, but still desire to display their well-earned distinction of NCMA certification.
Who can apply for Retired certification status?
Those eligible to apply for the retired certification status must meet the following criteria:
- The individual must hold an active CPCM, CFCM, and/or CCCM certification in good standing for at least 10 years,
- Provide 60 CPE hours, AND
- The individual must be, or soon to be, separated from the contract management profession or related fields.
Are there other requirements for retired certification status?
- Applicants must complete the retired certification application form and include a one-time, nonrefundable $95 (member) / $145 (nonmember) application fee.
- Individuals with a retired certification status designation must adhere to the same Code of Ethics as active certificants and may be subject to revocation in the event of a Code violation.
- If the individual with the retired certification status becomes re-employed within the contract management profession or a related field, he or she must discontinue use of the retired status designation and reactivate the certification.
- Applicants are not required to be NCMA members to hold the retired certification status.
What are the rights and privileges of the retired certification status?
Individuals who qualify for retired certification status may use the applicable NCMA certification (CPCM, CFCM, and/or CCCM) followed by the retired designation (Retired) after their name and all forms of address to indicate their status. For example, "John Smith, CPCM (Retired)" signifies a retired CPCM certification.
What are the restrictions of the retired certification status?
Retired certification designees may not use the applicable NCMA certification (CPCM, CFCM, and/or CCCM) without the "(Retired)" suffix, and they are not entitled to use or hold themselves out to the public as an active NCMA certificant.
Can retired certification(s) be reactivated?
Retired NCMA certifications may be reactivated under the following options:
Option 1. If the application for reactivation is made within 5 years of the last date of being an NCMA certificant in good standing, the retired certificant must complete the reactivation application, which will include providing evidence of the applicable amount of continuing professional education (CPE) for each of the years in which the certification was retired. For example, the current requirement to recertify is 60 hours of CPE (an average of 12 CPE hours per year). If reactivation is requested after 3 years, the number of required CPE hours is prorated to 36 hours.
Option 2. If more than 5 years has passed since the last date of being an NCMA certificant in good standing, or the requirements to reactivate are not met, the individual must meet current certification eligibility requirements by submitting a qualifying examination application and fees, and achieving a passing examination score.
Please note: Reactivation of any retired NCMA certification is at the discretion of NCMA.
Is there anything else I should consider?
Active certificants should think carefully and wisely before changing to the retired certification status. NCMA encourages certificants to maintain the active certifications if they are not sure they will remain fully retired from the contract management profession or related fields. Reactivating NCMA certifications may not be easy, especially if the retired certificant is not regularly pursuing continuing professional education. Also, a retired certificant may not meet current eligibility requirements at the time they may apply to retest.