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What is the best training for becoming a hirable contract administrator? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective contract administrator?

What do non-traditional career paths look like?

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Kristin in Oakland, California

84 months ago

I would also like an answer to this question but it seems no one is doing so, so far. I am a Contracts Coordinator and am looking for a new job. I would like to know how to increase my skills and wondering how all those who have the skills, got them? Such as writing contracts, negotiating contracts? Those are two things I haven't done as a Contracts Coordinator.

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Debbie in Durham, North Carolina

83 months ago

I have been working as a Contract Administrator on and off for the last 5 years. I have been fortunate enough to be able to take several short term position to gain experience in different areas. The second thing I would recommend is to take classes in contracts. I am currently attending Villanova University working toward a Masters Certificate in Commercial Contract Administration. The program is entirely on-line and can be done at your pace. There are many places on-line that offer contract training or even single courses. Even working toward this certificate has helped me find jobs in contracts. I hope this has been helpful.

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Kristin in Berkeley, California

83 months ago

Thank you SO much! I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me this. What is salary ranges like where you live? I am in Ca, and my first position started at 60k, which suprised me (higher than I thought) considering my skill level, which is Jr. What further skills does that degree you're pursuing give you? And lastly, what kind of database have you used with contracts? interested to learn about databases other than the one I know, which is MS Access. this is SO helpful, hope to hear back. Thank you

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Debbie in Durham, North Carolina

82 months ago

In my area it would be in the 40's to 50's with 2-4 years of experience, but this is not California. The degree will help with the basics of contracts both commercial and government and it really helps on a resume. I have used many databases, but most were in-house systems, specifically created for the company I was working with at the time. Any database experience will help you pick up other databases as you move from position to the next. Keep trying to gain that experience even if you have to ask if you can help more senior members! Ask if you can sit in on negotiations and ask to help out with writing contracts using existing forms and acceptable language. Any experience is helpful. Hope this helps.

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Vickie in Lawrenceville, Georgia

73 months ago

I am seeking a position as a CA but have some, however limited experience in the field. What knowledge would I be expected to have as an intern. I have worked with contracts, researching, extracting information, but not drafting. I have good negotiation skills.

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Elyse in Cockeysville, Maryland

64 months ago

Host said: What is the best training for becoming a hirable contract administrator? What types of ongoing training or certifications are necessary to be an effective contract administrator?

What do non-traditional career paths look like?

I was a contract specialist (administrator) in the USAF. I've decided to re-enter this career path. I am currently a student at Strayer University. Strayer offers a bachelors degree with a primary concentration in procurement/contract administration and I'm doing this completely online.

I am having difficulty re-entering this field because my experience is from almost 20 years ago and I don't have my degree yet.

If anyone has any tips/advice for me, I would really appreciate it.

thanks,

elyse

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