FAC-COR Certification Requirements

The Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting Officer's Representative (FAC-COR) Program requirements are governed by the September 6, 2011 OMB Memo on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer's Representatives.

The Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) play a critical role in ensuring that contractors meet the commitment of their contracts. They ensure proper development of requirements and assist Contracting Officers in managing their contracts.

Where the previous FAC-COTR had just one level of certification for all CORs, the new FAC-COR has three levels of certification with varying requirements for training, experience, and continuous learning, depending on the types of contracts being managed. To find out more information about the requirements for each level, please refer to the table below. Note that training or continuous learning from one level may be applied to training requirements for the next level.

Level

FAC-COR Level I

FAC-COR Level II

FAC-COR Level III

Experience

None
1 year of previous COR experience required
2 years of previous COR experience required

Training

8 hours of training
40 hours of training
60 hours of training

Appropriate for:

This level of COR is generally appropriate for low-risk contract vehicles, such as supply contracts and orders.
This level of COR is generally appropriate for contract vehicles of moderate to high complexity, including both supply and service contracts. Level III CORs are the most experienced CORs within an agency and should be assigned to the most complex and mission critical contracts within the agency. These CORs are often called upon to perform significant program management activities and should be trained accordingly.