Eligibility for the CFCM requires a candidate to have:
* A degree from a regionally accredited institution at the bachelor's level, with 24 hours of course work in business management topics, * Two years of experience, and 120 hours of continuing professional education, at least 40 of which are specific to federal contracts management topics.
* Waivers of the degree requirement are available for those candidates who have ten years of experience and a letter from a supervisor supporting their candidacy.
* Candidates lacking only the experiential and continuing education requirements may apply for the designation and take the examinations. Upon successful completion of the examinations, the candidate will be awarded the designation ONLY when both experiential and continuing education requirements are met.
To earn the CFCM, a candidate must take and pass two examinations; the Business Knowledge and Federal Knowledge modules.