Basic Contracting Series I (Full Series)  
Location: Noblis
Address: 3150 Fairview Park Drive South, Falls Church, Virginia 22042
Start Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
End Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Contact: Jean Marceau Lohier, CPCM, CFCM


NCMA Tysons is pleased to offer our Basic Contracting Series (BCS) I beginning October 15, 2013.  Series I includes eight (8) courses covering different aspects of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Contract Management tools and techniques.  Participants will gain knowledge that is directly applicable to their career in Government Contracting and for each class completed; students earn a certificate for 2 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) points they can use to assist them in obtaining or re-certifying for NCMA’s Certified Commercial Contract Manager (CCCM), Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) or Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) credentials. 

BCS I will be hosted at Noblis in Falls Church, VA.

The classes are 2 hours in duration and taught by volunteers who are considered expert in their field.  Participants can sign up for an entire series or mix and match any of the eight (8) classes offered below.


Individual classes are $50.00 each (NCMA member), $60.00 (non-member).  An entire series is priced at $375.00 (member), $455 (non-member).

To register for any of the Basic Contracting Courses please go to the Training Tab on the website and click on "Scheduled Training" or click on the class below. To register for an entire series of classes go to the Training Tab on the website and click on "Scheduled Training" and select the FULL SERIES event. 

Please note that all instructors are volunteers, and that due to unpredictable work schedules we may on occasion use an alternative instructor. 

Refunds are only given if requested no later than 72 hours before scheduled class time.  


If you have other questions about the course or the facility please contact Jean Marceau Lohier at 



Tuesday, October 15th – Overview and Introduction to Major Contract Types (Oliya Zamaray and David Black) – Noblis

The audience will be introduced to the various federal and commercial contract types (Cost Reimbursement and Fixed Price). Components of common agreements (e.g., NDA, TA Subcontract and Joint Venture agreements) will be introduced.

Tuesday, October 22nd – Solicitations: Buyers vs. Sellers (Ron Falcone and Pete Tuttle) – Noblis

A general overview of the federal solicitation process, Common mistakes, tips.

Tuesday, November 5th - FAR Part 15 Negotiated Procurement Process (Stuart Turner) – Noblis

FAR Part 15 defines the procedures for “negotiated acquisitions”. Modern procurements focus on “best value” to the Government, not simply lowest price – Part 15 explains how to get it.

Tuesday, November 12th – Cost and Pricing of Federal Contracts (Mark Hoffman) – Noblis
An Introduction to the Principles of Cost Proposals for Government Contracts, with Emphasis on Competitive Pricing versus Proposals Based on Estimated Costs.

Tuesday, November 19th – Contract Administration (David Black and Oliya Zamaray) Noblis

Key concepts of contract administration will be discussed (e.g., key players, authority to bind, contract interpretation, Contract Admin. Duties, Acceptance, Warranties, Payment, Funding, Financing, Changes, terminations, Disputes, Past Performance and Subcontract Administration.

Tuesday, November 26th – Procurement Integrity (Tom Brownell) – Noblis

Government business shall be conducted in a manner above reproach and, except as authorized by statute or regulation, with complete impartiality and with preferential treatment for none.

Wednesday, December 4th - GSA Schedules (Ed Rinkavage) – Noblis

The following questions will be answered:  What is a “Schedule?”, Who awards a “Schedule?”, Who can purchase goods and services?, What is the history of the “Schedule” program? How do you obtain a “Schedule(the proposal, pricing, negotiations, protests, Advantage, BPAs, Audits, Contract Admin.)?”

Tuesday, December 10th – Key Risks in Federal Contracting (Tom Petruska) – Noblis 

This course will cover the following topics: False Claims Act, Key Risks during Procurement and Contract Formation, Key Risks during Performance and Contract Administration

Continental Breakfast and Coffee will be provided.
Registration:  7:00 AM
Instruction: 7:30 – 10:00 AM


      Conference Room 1007
      3150 Fairview Park Drive South
      Falls Church, VA  22042
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