Contract Administrator Classes and Training Programs

Contract administrators look for the best deals by comparing vendors and conducting negotiations. Find out more about job duties, education and certification options. Schools offering Procurement degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

As a contract administrator, you manage the procurement of equipment and supplies for a company and ensure employees have a safe and comfortable work environment. Classes related to contract administration are widely available in business certificate programs and bachelor's programs, as well as programs in construction contract administration.

Training A high school diploma or GED is enough to enter this profession, although many employers seek candidates with relevant bachelor's degrees
Classes Contract law, economics, business, project management
Median Salary (2018)* $85,864 per year for administrative services managers

Sources: International Facility Management Association, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, *Salary.com

What Type of Education Do I Need?

There is not one specific education path required to become a contract administrator, but the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that some positions do require you to have a bachelor's degree. A bachelor's degree program in business can give you a background that prepares you for this profession. Relevant coursework includes:

  • Contracts law
  • Economics
  • Project management
  • Administrative duties
  • Management principles

What About Certificate Programs?

Certificate programs related to contract administration are also available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. They typically cover the various aspects of contract management and procurement. In the program, you often become familiar with the following topics for your courses:

  • Life cycle of a contract
  • Risk management
  • Contract administration
  • Contract negotiation
  • Outsourcing
  • Subcontracting

What Other Training Programs Are Available?

You can also find training programs that specialize in construction contract administration. Programs that focus on government contracts management may also be beneficial. A program like this can teach you about the following areas of interest:

  • Training on interpreting specifications
  • Bidding
  • Construction law
  • Contract guidelines
  • Government contracts

Is Certification Available?

The National Contract Management Association offers voluntary certification for contract administrators to demonstrate knowledge of contracts and ensure management skills. They offer three different certifications for those who work with government, commercial or professional contracts. To earn certification, you must have a bachelor's degree, complete a specific amount of work experience and pass an exam.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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