The Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) program is for Federal government acquisition workforce members performing contracting and procurement activities and functions.
New Refreshed FAC-C
The May 7, 2014 Memo on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) from OFPP provides the Federal Contracting Acquisition Workforce with a refreshed FAC-C program, the FAC-C (Refresh). All contracting acquisition workforce members should read this memo. A summary of some of the changes can be found on the FAC-C (Refresh) Summary page. The effective date of the FAC-C (Refresh) is October 1, 2014. Per the May 7, 2014 memo, civilian agencies must fully implement the FAC-C (Refresh) by October 1, 2015. For questions concerning your agency’s policy regarding implementation of the FAC-C (Refresh), contact your Agency Acquisition Career Manager (ACM).
The FAC-C (Refresh) program continues to have three levels with specific experience, education, and training requirements for each level. No changes have been made to the experience and education requirements. The training requirements have been changed at all three levels. The new certification training requirements can be found on the FAC-C (Refresh) Certification page.
During the transition period from May 7, 2014 to October 1, 2015, workforce members may be able to complete some of the certification requirements using the current or Legacy program depending on agency policy. The certification training requirements for the FAC-C (Legacy) program can be found on the FAC-C (Legacy) Certification Requirements page.
Individuals looking to learn more about the FAC-C (Refresh) are encouraged to watch a short OFPP video that highlights some of the key changes and features of the program.
The Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) program is governed by the January 20, 2006 Memo on The Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Program (FAC-C) from OMB and the May 7, 2014 Memo on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) from OFPP.
The FAC-C program has three levels, with specific education, training, and experience requirements for each level. From May 7, 2014 to October 1, 2015, there are two FAC-C programs running concurrently, the FAC-C (Refresh) and the FAC-C (Legacy). For questions concerning which certification program you should follow, please contact your Agency Acquisition Career Manager (ACM).
The certification requirements for the FAC-C (Legacy) program can be found on the FAC-C (Legacy) Certification Requirements page. The certification requirements for the new, refreshed FAC-C program can be found on the FAC-C (Refresh) Certification Requirements page.
The training requirements for the current FAC-C program can be found on the FAC-C (Legacy) Certification Requirements page. The training requirements for the FAC-C (Refresh) program can be found on the FAC-C (Refresh) Certification Requirements page. For questions concerning which certification program you should follow, please contact you Acquisition Career Manager (ACM).
Most courses in the FAC-C program have prerequisites. Courses beginning with CLC or FAC generally do not have prerequisites. A Workforce member must complete the prerequisites for a course before registering for that course. Prerequisites will not be waived.
Workforce members who have completed Level II or III under the FAC-C (Legacy) program and are interested in taking one of the new certification classes must meet the course prerequisites for that class. This may mean additional training is required in order to meet those prerequisites.
DoD/DAU Training Classes. If a workforce member plans on taking a resident or classroom course directly from DAU, they must meet all the prerequisites established by DoD/DAU for that course. The DoD/DAU course prerequisites can be found in the DAU iCatalog. The DoD/DAU prerequisites may be different from the FAC-C prerequisites and require the individual to take additional courses. This does not apply to online courses taken from DAU or courses provided by DAU-equivalent commercial vendors, colleges and universities, or other organizations. In these circumstances, the prerequisites established for the FAC-C program apply.
The Legacy courses are courses that are required for certification in the FAC-C (Legacy) program but not in the FAC-C (Refresh) program. The legacy courses are CON 110, CON 111, CON 112, FCN 110, FCN 111, FCN 112, CON 120, CON 215, CON 217, and CON 218. These courses may not be used for certification purposes in the FAC-C (Refresh) program.
Predecessor courses are courses that have been retired but may be used for certification and fulfillment purposes for a limited time. Each course on the FAC-C Predecessor list has a date when it can no longer be used for certification or fulfillment. The predecessor courses can be found on the FAC-C Predecessor Courses page.
DAU Equivalency/FAI Verification
A training class taken for certification purposes must be taken from a commercial vendor, a college or university, or another organization whose class has been determined to be DAU Equivalent by DAU or has been verified by FAI. Classes taken directly from DAU may be used for certification.
DAU Equivalent Providers. A list of DAU Equivalent vendors and classes can be found in DAU’s iCatalog under Equivalent Providers. Commercial vendors, colleges and universities, and other organizations can find more information about the DAU Equivalency Process in the DAU iCatalog under Equivalent Providers.
FAI Verified Providers. A list of FAI Verified vendors and classes can be found on the FAI Verified Contracting Classes page. The FAI Verification process is in development.
Fulfillment may be used as an alternative to training when appropriate and in compliance with agency policy. The fulfillment process is based on the workforce member documenting in detail how they accomplished the performance outcomes and learning objectives in a specific course used for certification. The accomplishment of the performance outcomes and learning objectives is based on contracting experience, alternative training, certification by another organization, or other developmental activities.
Finding and Registering for Classes
Training for the FAC-C program is prescribed by the certification requirements described above. Please read the information under the Certification Requirements heading carefully. Workforce members may locate and register for classes at the Find & Register for Courses page.
After a workforce member is FAC-C certified, they must accumulate 80 continuous learning points (CLPs) every two (2) years in order to maintain their certification. The intent of this requirement is to ensure workforce members stay current in the laws, regulations, policies, and processes that impact the Federal Contracting environment. CLPs can be earned in a number of ways. The following are examples of Continuous Learning Opportunities:
- Taking a classroom or online course in contracting, business skill, or a technical area related to an individual’s job such as IT
- Participating in government contracting-related professional activities
- Teaching classes in government contracting
- Publishing articles in professional journals or magazines on topics in government contracting
- Developing, presenting, or participating in a seminar on government contracting
Other ideas and additional information on earning CLPs can be found on the Continuous Learning Opportunities page.
Workforce members should always consult their supervisor and Acquisition Career Manager (ACM) in order to determine agency-specific continuous learning requirements.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Visit the FAC-C section of the Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to commonly asked questions regarding FAC-C.
The FAC-C Program is built on competencies that refer to the knowledge, skills, and abilities workforce members must have in order to perform their contracting duties. Because the changes to the FAC-C Program were made to better align it with the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) contracting program, the contracting competencies that are the underpinnings of the FAC-C certification training are the ones developed by DoD. The DoD competencies are located on the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) website.
Contracting Functional Advisory Board (CON FAB)
The Federal Contracting Career Field has a Functional Advisory Board (FAB) as a collaborative, federal-wide working group charged with shaping the management policies and practices of the Federal Acquisition Certification program which is chartered by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The Contracting FAB Charter establishes the Contracting FAB (CON FAB) to perform continuous review, evaluation, and update of the contracting career field within Federal civilian agencies.
The FAC-C has a positive education requirement. At Level I and Level II a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution OR 24 semester hours of business-related courses is required. At Level III, both a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution AND 24 semester hours of business-related courses is required.
More information may be found on OPM's website, specifically on the Questions and Answers Concerning Revised 1102 Standard" page.
24 Hours of Business
OPM’s guidance on the 24 hours of business may be found on the Questions and Answers Concerning Revised 1102 Standard" page.
You may also download a copy of FAI's guidance on the 24 Hours of Business.
Additional agency-specific guidance on the 24 hours of business requirement may be found below: