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The Agile Acquisition Credentials Program is designed for contracting professionals who seek to save time, reduce risk, and improve the quality of their contracts using Agile practices. This three-course program supports the competency standards set by NCMA’s ANSI-accredited, Contract Management StandardTM Publication (CMS), and the corresponding Contract Management Book of Knowledge (CMBOK) standards. This program provides:

  • An understanding of the key principles of the Agile methodology and the challenges of applying this framework in the federal acquisition environment
  • Foundational knowledge of the values, principles, and theories behind Agile-based project management, and how to apply them to agency acquisitions
  • Best practices for contracting using Agile throughout the acquisition lifecycle with the objective of saving time, reducing risk, and improving the quality of contracts
  • The knowledge necessary to effectively monitor, control, and report on Agile acquisition projects

After the successful completion of each individual course, you will be sent an electronic Training Certificate. Upon completion of all program requirements, you will receive a specialized digital badge identifying the Agile Acquisition (Basic) Credentials Program and the associated competencies attained.  

Program Requirements

Course Title Course Number Learning Objectives/NCMA CMS Competencies Available Delivery Method/s

Introduction to Agile Contracting for IT

1041

Learning Objectives:

  • Given an overview of Agile fundamentals, explain the benefits of applying Agile strategies to contracting
  • Given realistic scenarios, determine best practices for using Agile strategies in contracting

NCMA CMS Competencies:

1.4 Regulatory Compliance
1.6 Team Dynamics
2.1.1 Plan the Solicitation
2.1.1.1 Shape Internal Requirements
2.1.1.4 Formulate Contracting Strategy
4.1.1 Administer Contract
4.1.2 Ensure Quality

CLPs: 8
CEUs: .6

  • Instructor-Led Virtual
  • Instructor-Led In-Classroom

Intermediate Agile Techniques for Contracting Professionals

1042

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe Agile concepts and methodologies in the federal acquisition environment
  • Determine the acquisition and pricing strategies and techniques appropriate for Agile projects and programs
  • Apply quality-focused acquisition methodologies in Agile projects and programs
  • Determine the most effective methods to use when simplifying deliverables, choosing an acquisition vehicle, or meeting reporting and compliance requirements

NCMA Competencies:

1.4 Regulatory Compliance
2.1.1 Plan the Solicitation
2.1.1.1 Shape Internal Requirements
2.1.1.2 Conduct Market Research
2.1.2 Request Offers
4.1.1 Administer Contract
4.1.2 Ensure Quality

CLPs: 16
CEUs: 1.3

  • Instructor-Led Virtual
  • Instructor-Led In-Classroom

 

Acquisition of Agile Services

6002

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize key principles of the Agile methodology
  • Describe the characteristics of an effective Agile team
  • Effectively plan an Agile acquisition
  • Select the contracting approach for an Agile project
  • Effectively monitor, control, and report on Agile acquisition projects
  • Identify best practices for implementation of Agile acquisitions

NCMA CMS Competencies:

1.1 Skills and Roles
1.2 Contract Principles
1.4 Regulatory Compliance
1.6 Team Dynamics
2.1 Develop the Solicitation
4.1.1 Administer Contract

CLPs:24
CEUs:1.9

  • Instructor-Led Virtual
  • Instructor-Led In-Classroom

Additional Credential Information

  • Expiration: 3 years from the date earned
  • Restrictions: None
  • Total CLPs if all courses in the Credential are completed: 48
  • Total CEUs if all courses in the Credential are completed: 3.8

Acquisition & Contracting Programs Letter of Intent

Courses completed prior to submitting this Letter of Intent may apply toward completion of the certificate program you wish to pursue. Please note that you have up to three years from the first certificate program course taken to complete the program.

Note: This Letter of Intent is for Management Concepts records only, not a legal contract, and does not obligate the student to take courses.

Please enroll me in the credentials program indicated below.