Design, Negotiate and Support Legally Binding Agreements
Next start date:
October 1, 2018
Contracts are the linchpin of most business transactions. Once two entities enter into an agreement, it can have far-reaching consequences for both sides. Government agencies, nonprofits and commercial enterprises of all sizes rely on contract management professionals to ensure their contracts are responsible, sustainable and bulletproof.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll acquire the skills and learn the strategies to effectively develop, negotiate and manage contracts and contracting relationships. We’ll examine the legal and financial aspects of contracts and explore how they are designed and modified. Become a contracts expert and propel your career.
Professionals who create and manage contracts, including those who want to enter or advance in the field.
Two years of college plus one year of work experience related to contracts is preferred.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Contract Law & Contract Management
Contracting for Goods & Services
Certificate in Contract Management & Negotiation
Approved by the UW Foster School of Business.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Roland Jerald Baker, C.P.M., CPCM, Instructor, Shoreline Community College, Seattle, WA
Hank Barr, CFPIM, CSCP, C.P.M., CSCM, Six Sigma Black Belt, CLT, Director of Education for APICS Puget Sound Chapter
Richel Falk, CPM, IT Sourcing & Supply Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company
John Fogerty, Director of Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management, Precor, Inc.
Brent Frimodig, Senior Procurement Engagement Manager at Microsoft
Joe Kurian, Manager, Alaska Airlines
Frank Leyritz, C.P.M., Diverse Minority Supplier Development Lead, Consulting Buyer, Puget Sound Energy
John Thomas Lowdon, Senior Contracts Managements, UW Purchasing, Treasurer, NAPM-WW
Jarrett Payne, Senior Manager, Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Boeing
Jennifer L. Peary, Sr. Contracts Specialist – Procurement Professional; Sound Transit, Seattle
Taunia Penrose, Manufacturing Soluble at Starbucks
Matt Senechal, Senior Corporate Counsel, F5 Networks, Inc.
Janette Stockert, Contract Administrator Supervisor, Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc
“The program was great because there were other people who were in career transition, like I was, and really pivoting into a brand new world. So it was a great way for me to network with other people.”
Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »
Download the application form (PDF)
Complete your application and submit the materials listed in step 1, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee.
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until two weeks before the first class meeting or until the program fills, whichever comes first.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on how to register and pay your course fees. Payment is due no later than two days before your first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
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