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Contract Management Training FAQ

Why has the CMT Program changed?

The Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas Procurement and Support Services-Training and Certification Program (TCP), is working to provide our customers with effective, efficient and innovative training for contract managers through the most cost-effective means possible.

Do I have to take the NEW CPA Contract Management classes in a particular order?

There is no requirement that the classes be taken sequentially, but TPASS recommends taking the classes in the following order:

  1. Contract Management and Source Selection
  2. Project Management
  3. Negotiation Techniques

If I have not completed the four (4) segment courses; will I be granted credit for partial courses taken under ESI?

Yes. If you have invested significant time and money in meeting the contract management course requirements you will qualify for course equivalences as shown below. The level of equivalent exemptions will depend on the number of courses the student has completed.

PRIOR ESI PROGRAM - Contract Management - Four (4) Segment Course
NEW CPA PROGRAM - Contract Management Three (3) Segment Course

If you’ve completed any of these course titles

(1) Contract Management Principles and Practices (CMPP)
(2) Project Management for Contracting Professionals
(3) Negotiation Strategies and Techniques
(4) ESI Source Selection: The Best Value Process (SSBPV), if you have not taken ESIs CMPP you are required to take CPA’s CMSS.

You will be exempt from retaking the following course titles

(1) Contract Management and Source Selection
(2) Project Management
(3) Advanced Negotiation Techniques
(4) If you have not taken ESI’s CMPP course you are required to take CPA’s Contract Management and Source Selection course

I have not completed the four (4) segment courses offered by ESI, but will complete the remaining required courses under CPA’s new program and will seek the optional certification; should I test under ESI or CPA?

If you have partial course completion between the two programs and want to test for the optional certification, please contact the Training and Certification program at (512) 305-9813 or 463-5355. We will provide you with the best test options.

If I have completed the required courses, but have not tested; how long will the ESI test be available?

CPA will maintain and administer the test through May 2012. The CPA CTCM certification is an optional certification associated with the required contract management training. Those opting to acquire the certification under the ESI program may do so if all required classes have been completed.

  1. Contract Management Principles and Practices
  2. Negotiation Strategies and Techniques
  3. Source Selection: The Best Value Process
  4. Project Management for Contracting Professionals

Will the new program have an optional certification associated with the contract management training program?

Yes. TPASS will continue to offer an optional certification associated with the contract management training program. Those opting for the certification will have to pass the new CTCM test and will then be designated as a Certified Texas Contract Managers (CTCM).

If I have a CTCM certification or have completed all required contract management courses prior to January, 2012 will I have to take the new classes to remain in compliance with the contract management requirements?

No. If you currently hold a CTCM certification or have completed the four (4) levels of the required training you have satisfied the contract management requirements. Although, TCP will encourage all Contract Managers to take the newly offered classes as the courses will have more emphasis on Texas specific material, greater than half the savings and you can earn CEH.

Will the nationally recognized professional certification equivalent training still be recognized?

Yes. Individuals who have earned and hold a current nationally recognized professional certification in a specific subject matter may be exempt from taking part or all of the TPASS's Contract Manager Training (CMT) classes. See specific information of the current acceptable equivalences.

Granted equivalent training will vary based on the course outline and level of nationally recognized professional certification.

May I take Contract Management classes offered by someone other than the Comptroller’s office and still remain in compliance under Government Code; Sec. 2262.053 Training.

No. Pursuant to Gov't. Code §2262.053. Training. (a) The commission (Comptroller) shall develop or administer a training program for contract managers. Sec. 2262.053. (c) Each state agency shall ensure that the agency’s contract managers complete the training developed under this section.

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