Hello Amanda: I entered procurements as a contract specialist in 1979 following graduation from law school. For a brief moment I thought my education and experience clerking for a judge and a law firm involved in contract litigation had prepared me to work for a large federal defense contractor. Was I ever wrong.
Everyone was busy with their own work but helped me from time to time. I started a contract administration certificate program at UCLA extension and it was great. This was way before classes were available on line so I drove from Pomona to Westwood twice a week. In case you’re not familiar with Los Angeles that was 90 minutes or more each way.
I still remember the material from these classes and thought that it helped me greatly. If possible take the classes in person. Certificate programs following the recommendations from
NCMA are 8 classes. I wish I could tell you that there are Open Course Ware (OCW) available on line. Alas, I have not found any. What a shame. Best wishes.