Mask Policy: As of November 22, 2021, Washington, DC, has lifted the mask mandate for indoor gatherings. Masks will be optional for fully vaccinated participants. Participants who are not fully vaccinated will need to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from others and wear a mask, except when presenting or actively eating or drinking. If you need a mask, you may pick one up at registration. All participants will need to follow local guidelines and while traveling to include ground transportation, airports, and transportation.
Visit our Health and Safety page for more information on how we will keep you safe.
Q. How many Continuing Professional Education (CPE) or Continuous Learning Point (CLP) credits will I receive from this event?
If you are participating in the 2021 Experience, you have the opportunity to receive up to 29.7 CPE/CLP credits through live and replays of GCMS sessions, virtually or in person.
If you are participating in the 2025 Experience, you can earn up to 37.8 CPE/CLP credits through live and replays of GCMS sessions.
Please note that individuals may receive more credits depending on what they register for, e.g., the National Education Seminar. In order to receive the full credit amounts listed, you will have to watch replays of sessions you did not attend during the event. Recordings will be available in the Virtual Platform 24 hours after their scheduled time.
You will need to be present in a session for at least 45 minutes to receive credit for attending.
Q. What happens if I cannot attend in person or get sick prior to GCMS?
We understand that circumstances change and will switch your registration to virtual and will refund you the difference between the in-person and virtual registration with written notice at least 24 hours prior to December 2, 2021.
Q. Are sessions recorded?
Yes! All regular general sessions and most breakout sessions will be available for replay. Special sessions such as Exchanges and in-person only breakout sessions will not be recorded. Session replays will be available 72 hours after the session in the GCMS Virtual Platform. Go to the Auditorium and select a session to view the recording. The platform will remain accessible until January 3, 2022.
Q. Can I download slides?
Yes! Speaker presentations can be accessed in the virtual platform and mobile app under each session description at the bottom under Handouts.
Q. How long will I have access to the virtual platform?
Both virtual and in-person registrants will have access to the virtual platform, including session replays to earn additional credits for 30 days after the event ends on December 3, 2021. The platform will remain accessible until January 3, 2022.
Q. Can I earn credit for watching session replays?
Yes! You will receive education credit for watching session replays as you would for live sessions. Your certificate of completion will automatically update your cumulative credit total after you finish watching a session replay.
Q. How will I receive my certificate of completion?
Virtual Attendee: Your participation will be recorded automatically when you enter sessions and you will earn credit for that session once it ends. To access your certificate of completion, go to the Attendee Lounge within the Virtual Platform and click on the Certificate menu option. You can also access it in the Attendee Service Center. You will receive one overall certificate of completion for this event with a cumulative credit total. Your credits will be transferred to your NCMA account after the virtual platform closes on January 3, 2022.
In-Person Attendee: Scan the QR code on your badge as you enter the session room. Your participation will be recorded, and you will earn credit for that session once it ends. To access your certificate of completion, log into the Attendee Service Center and click on the Certificate menu option. You will receive one overall certificate of completion for this event with a cumulative credit total. Your credits will be transferred to your NCMA account after the virtual platform closes on January 3, 2022.
Q. I have a disability and need special accommodations. How can I ensure accessibility?
Please indicate your need for special accommodations when registering for GCMS and NCMA will contact you to ensure your reasonable requests are met. Every effort will be made to accommodate advance requests; day-of requests might be delayed.
Q. Is membership included in my registration?
Individual and group nonmember registrations include a one-year membership to NCMA. Your membership term will run from January 2022–December 2022. Memberships will be activated after GCMS in January 2022.
Q. Who can I contact about questions regarding my NCMA membership?
Please contact Memberservices@ncmahq.org or call 800.344.8096 and choose option 1 to speak to a Member Advocate.
Q. How do I become a volunteer at GCMS?
The volunteer application period is now closed for GCMS.
Q. What are the technology requirements to attend this event?
To prepare for GCMS 2021, make sure your technology is compatible with eShow virtual event platform. You are responsible for testing the equipment you will be using during the event in the location you plan to participate. Meet with your organization's IT department at least 24 hours prior to the event to ensure you can participate.
In order to make sure you receive your confirmation e-mail and other important event updates, please add mail2.netronixcorp.com to the SPF record in the sending domain DNS.
· Browser: For the best experience, use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Safair and Edge are also supported. Internet Explore is not compatible with the eShow system.
· WiFi/Internet: You will need a high-speed, Internet-connected device. At least 20Mbps download speed is recommended for the best experience.
· Security Restrictions: Check with your company’s IT department to ensure you don’t have any pop-up blockers or spyware installed that would limit your access to the event.
· Webcam and Mic: If you would like to participate in 1:1 appointments and networking with other attendees, speakers, or exhibitors, you will need to have a working webcam and mic.
System Requirements Check and Troubleshooting Tips:
Other requirements to keep in mind:
Q. Do I need to install or download anything to attend the event?
Q. How do I access the Exhibitor Showcase?
The Exhibitor Showcase will be located throughout the hallways of the event space. Make an appointment through the mobile app or virtual platform to meet with an exhibitor in person.
|Thursday, December 2:||Friday, December 3:|
|8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.||8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.|
|1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.||10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.|
|2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.||1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.|
|4:15 p.m.–5:15 p.m.|
How do I access the Virtual Exhibit Hall?
You can access the Virtual Exhibit Hall in the GCMS Virtual Platform. Log in using your registered e-mail and password. If you do not remember it, you can reset it via the “forgot password” function. Click on the Exhibit Hall tab in the top navigation menu. You will be able to visit exhibitors’ virtual booths, add their info to your eBag, and save contact info. You will also be able to make one-on-one appointments with exhibitors.
The Virtual Career Fair is open to the public and connects you with those who are hiring in the contract management field. You will be able to learn more about organizations and view their current job openings. During live Career Fair hours, listed below, you will be able to engage in one-on-one chats with recruiters.
Q. Where can I go for one-on-one support?
We are here to help! You have a couple of options:
Visit us at the Registration desk located in the West Lobby.
Virtual and In-Person Help Desk Hours:
Wednesday, December 1
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET (Virtual preshow support)
Thursday, December 2
7:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m. ET
Friday, December 3
7:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m. ET
Business Development Manager
National Contract Management Association