In House IACCM Contract and Commercial Management Associate (CCMA) Practitioner and Expert Level Qualifications

IACCM and DPSS have formed a strategic alliance to best serve the needs of the contracting and commercial management community. As an accredited provider of the CCMA qualification, IACCM has granted unique equivalence to the DPSS contracting and commercial training programme. Therefore, we are able offer the “bespoke” in house version of the CCMA.

This has the added value of being delivered in the context of the clients operations and context. Course materials and assessments will reflect the needs, challenges and context of the client organisation

The Accreditation Process to gain IACCM CCMA

To gain the accredited CCMA award, participants will be required to submit to DPSS for assessment and moderation by IACCM 10 classroom based case studies and/or tasks – both group and individual.

These assignments have the added value of being related to the day to day work undertaken by members of the contracting and commercial team.

The completed assignments (which are undertaken during class time) are assessed by DPSS and a portfolio of work is then sent to the IACCM for moderation. Providing the work is of the right standard and all 10 assignments are completed the participant will be awarded the CCMA

Costs and Fees

Our consultants are charged on a day rate basis plus VAT and agreed expenses at cost

In addition there is the assessment, IACCM membership and moderation fee of £465 per participant plus VAT

CCMA Delivery - Classroom

We have two options for the delivery of the CCMA

Option 1 - 5 day block course to cover the 5 units of study


Option 2 - 2 days and 2 days and 1 day courses, delivered over a period of weeks or months

Focus Group

Both of these options would be preceded by one day “focus group” workshop, facilitated by our consultant. This is to be attended by the prospective participants, key stakeholders, line managers, HR and all interested parties. The event is design to enable our consultant to gain an insight into the clients operations, context, procedures and challenges and to reflect these back in the course content. This will ensure total relevance and thereby facilitate full participant engagement

Delivery Methodology

Our highly experienced consultants, many are published authors with international reputations, will make use of a wide range of teaching, learning strategies and methods which could include:

• Context based case studies
• Presentations/power points
• Comprehensive learning materials/articles
• Group discussions
• Tasks
• Learning style and inventories
• Videos/utube
• Role-plays
• Business simulations
• Brainstorming and Q&A
• Individual and group activities

Practitioner and Expert Level

Delivery Methodology - Blended Learning

Practitioner Level “Works with autonomy on a variety of contracts and commercial initiatives with experience in advanced operational techniques”

Expert – “Leads on complex and strategic cases, often requiring top executive interface and a high degree of personal judgment. Champions their professional function”

IACCM Practitioner

The IACCM has recently reviewed the process of gaining Practitioner and Expert status. Participants and required to undertake the IACCM Skills Assessment to evaluate their previous and current experience. The next step is to undertake the Advanced Award course. This is an “online” course only resourced by IACCM. The course contains 3 main parts Personal, Business Acumen and Technical (see full curriculum below) There are 30 units of study. The approximate online study time is 30 hours. Normally participants would be advised to target 1 unit per week, thus the average time is approx. 6 months, but this is flexible and is driven by the learning speed of individual participants. Our offer is the contract with IACCM to deliver the online course and in additional to provide a series of supporting workshop to assist participants, provide tutoring, review materials and assist with assessments.

Based upon our experience we would recommend six support days as our part of the blended learning approach

IACCM Expert

Participant are required to successfully complete the IACCM Advanced Course and will then be tested on the practical application of their skills. Following qualification for the program (which is based on successful submission of a case study) candidates will be invited to develop a business case on an issue of policy or organization. Candidates with successful submissions will be invited to present the business case to an expert panel and gain the benefit of personal feedback from the panel.

Based upon our experience we would recommend 3 support days, as part of the blended learning approach for Expert.

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