Contract Management

Next Class Governmental Contracting starts Tuesday, January 13, 2015.  Register now.


Learn to design and modify contracts and to effectively manage existing contracts and contracting relationships. Explore the principles of contract management for goods and services while learning to make responsible, sustainable business decisions. Understand the legal and financial aspects of contracts. Advance your contract negotiation skills as you learn how to actively negotiate contracts from both the buyer and seller perspective.


This course is designed for contract professionals who deal with commercial and government organizations. The growing profession of contract management is covered, including a wide range of job functions in the complex business of procurement and contracting.
  • Contract professionals who deal with commercial and government organizations and wish to deepen their knowledge to further advance in their careers
  • Administrative and operational staff personnel, procurement specialists, contract administrators, vendor managers, auditors and paralegals
  • Individuals who wish to enter professions that require contract management skills
  • Professionals who regularly deal with contractors, suppliers or contracts

Admission Requirements

Two years of college is preferred, and one year of work experience related to contracts.

English Proficiency

For more information on English language proficiency see Standard Program Test Scores under “What Are the English Language Requirements for My Program” in International Student Eligibility.

Enrolling in Individual Courses

A limited number of spaces in courses designated by an asterisk (*) may be available to professionals who do not intend to pursue the certificate. You must qualify for admission in the program to be eligible to take individual courses. Please submit your application noting that you are interested in the individual course option.

Earning the Certificate

Two years of college is preferred, and one year of work experience related to contracts.  Upon successful completion of all program requirements, participants earn a Certificate in Contract Management from the University of Washington Tacoma and 10.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This nine month certificate program starts Fall Quarter 2013 and runs through Spring 2014.

Legal Issues in Contracting and Procurement*

Includes an overview of contracting functions which serves as a foundation for other courses.

Topics include:

  • Sources of law (Washington Common, UCC, Equity Law)
  • Agency theory for employees, contractors, suppliers
  • Procurement of goods (Uniform Commercial Code-UCC)
  • Contract formation; elements of a contract
  • Contract performance and remedies
  • Intellectual property
  • Government regulation and contracts
  • Commercial torts including libel, privacy, commercial interference
  • Miscellaneous issues including warranties, bids, licenses, leases

Note:  Start date postponed from 9/9/14 to 09/30/14.

Class meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 09/30/2014 - 10/16/2014
and Tuesdays 10/21, 10/28, & 11/04/14, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Location: South Puget Sound Community College - Hawks Prairie Center, Room 104
Fee: $653
Instructor:  Jessica Jensen, JD
Course #:  14FTCM0101
Credit/Contact hours: 27 Clock or Contact Hours or 2.7 CEUs


Financial Aspects of Contracts*

Topics include:

  • Cost accounting and data needs
  • Direct and indirect costs
  • Cost allocation methods
Class meets: Tuesdays, 11/18/2014 - 12/16/2014, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: South Puget Sound Community College - Hawks Prairie Center, Room TBA
Instructor:  Patricia Boydston
Fee: $475
Course #:  14FTCM0102
Credit/Contact hours: 15 Clock or Contact Hours or 1.5 CEUs


Governmental Contracting*

Provides a general overview of federal, state and local government contracts. Topics include:

  • Federal acquisition regulations
  • Federal procedures
  • State procedures and regulations
  • Local procedures and regulations
  • Writing effective contract terms and conditions
Class meets:  Tuesdays, 01/13/2015 - 02/17/2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location:  South Puget Sound Community College - Hawks Prairie Center, Room 104
Instructor: Jessica Jensen, JD
Fee: $529
Course #:  15WTCM0103
Credit/Contact hours: 18 Clock or Contact Hours or 1.8 CEUs

Negotiation Skills*

Participants study the negotiation process. Topics:

  • Pre-negotiation planning
  • Fact-finding and strategic planning
  • Setting objectives
  • Tactics in negotiations
  • Documentation
Class meets: Tuesdays, 02/24/2015 - 03/24/2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: South Puget Sound Community College - Hawks Prairie Center, Room 104
Fee: $475
Instructor:  Roslyn Marcus
Syllabus:  TBA
Course #:  15WTCM0104
Credit/Contact hours: 15 Clock or Contact Hours or 1.5 CEUs

Changes, Terminations and Claims*

A comprehensive review of what happens with contracts once they are initiated, but before they are fulfilled.

Topics include:

  • Change clauses and formal change orders
  • Constructive changes
  • Notice requirements
  • Delays
  • Pricing of adjustments
  • Default and convenience terminations
  • Disputes
Class meets: Tuesdays, 04/07/2015 - 05/12/2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: South Puget Sound Community College - Hawks Prairie Center, Room TBA
Instructor:  Jessica Jensen, JD
Fee: $529
Course #:  15STCM0105
Credit/Contact hours: 18 Clock or Contact Hours or 1.8 CEUs

International Contracting and Special Topics*

A detailed examination of international contracts and program wrap-up. Topics:

  • Introduction to the role of contracts in international business
  • Forms of contracts – terms and conditions
  • Special contents for international contracts
  • Negotiations
  • Cultural aspects in contracting
  • Drafting
  • Enforcement of international contract provisions
  • Dispute resolution
Class meets: Tuesdays, 05/19/2015 - 06/16/2015, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: South Puget Sound Community College - Hawks Prairie Center, Room TBA
Fee: $475
Instructor:  Judith Maier
Course #:  15STCM0106
Credit/Contact hours: 15 Clock or Contact Hours or 1.5 CEUs

Admission requirements

Two years of college preferred, and one year of work experience related to contracts.

Fees and tuition

Tuition is payable on a term-by-term basis. Tuition for the entire program is $3,136. There is also a $50 non-refundable application fee to apply to this program and a $10 non-refundable registration fee for each term. First-term tuition and $10 registration fee are due by 5 p.m. three business days before class begins.  The University’s tuition exemption policy does not apply to this program. Fees and tuition are subject to change.


Please submit the following materials with a $50 non-refundable application fee:


Registration and Payment: Once you have been accepted into the program, submit a KeyBank PDC Registration Form, tuition and a $10 registration fee by 5:00 p.m. at least three working days before each term begins. Choose to pay the entire course tuition or pay per quarter. We accept checks, money orders and VISA or MasterCard debit or credit cards for payment.

Refunds:  Students must submit a written or e-mail request for a refund/withdrawal no later than 5:00 p.m. two working days BEFORE the course begins to be eligible for a tuition refund. Application ($50), registration fees ($10) and card processing fees* are non-refundable. There is no refund for tuition after the first day of class.  UW Tacoma reserves the right to cancel classes or programs with low enrollment.  *An additional 2% processing fee will be retained if tuition was paid with a debit or credit card.

Cancellations and Changes: UW Tacoma reserves the right to change meeting dates and cancel programs or classes with low enrollment. Please note: Course, application, and registration fees are subject to change.

By clicking "Register now"  you acknowledge that you have read and understood all of these terms and conditions and wish to continue to register for classes. If you have any questions or concerns before registering contact us at 253-692-4618 or


Jessica M. Jensen, J.D.

Jensen is the principal and senior attorney with Jessica Jensen Law PS in Olympia.  Her emphasis is on business, real estate, and estate planning. She was formerly with the Washington State Department of Transportation as a real estate services manager and the Washington Department of Social and Health Services as a contracts administrator. She has taught subspecialties in litigation and legal research and writing at the University of Washington.

Roselyn Marcus, J.D.

Marcus is the director of legal affairs for the Washington State Office of Financial Management in Olympia. She is also general counsel for the Texas Racing Commission in Austin, Texas. She formerly served as acting manager for the Contracts and Legal Affairs Office, Washington State Department of Information Services. Marcus holds a J.D. from Pace University School of Law and a B.S. in management from New York University's Stern School of Business. She is a member of the Bar Association in the states of Washington, Texas and New York.

Judith Maier, MBA, J.D.

Judith taught legal writing and research at the Seattle University School of Law, and has served as law clerk to Judge Karen Seinfeld, Washington Court of Appeals, and to the Commissioners of the Court. She has also held a number of executive positions related to risk management and information technology.