Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM)

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Program and Project Managers (P/PMs) are critical in developing accurate government requirements, defining measurable performance standards, and managing life-cycle activities to ensure that intended outcomes are achieved. The FAC-P/PM focuses on essential functional and technical competencies needed for P/PMs. It does not include agency-specific competencies.

Certification Requirements

As part of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy’s (OFPP) October 2009 Acquisition Workforce Development Strategic Plan for Civilian Agencies, a multi-agency Functional Advisory Board (FAB) was established to refresh the P/PM competencies and recommend improvements to the certification standards. This updated FAC-P/PM reflects the recommendation from the FAB and input from the Chief Acquisition Officers (CAO) Council, Chief Information Officers Council, the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI), and other stakeholders. The revised program is designed to strengthen civilian agency P/PMs to improve program outcomes, and reflects the need to improve the management of high-risk, high-impact programs. The revised FAC-P/PM program went into effect on March 31, 2014, and are governed by the December 16, 2013 OFPP memo on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM). 

The FAC-P/PM certification program certifies program and project managers at three levels: Entry, Mid, and Senior, with specific education, training, and experience requirements at each level.

The FAC-P/PM FAQ contains answers to frequently asked questions about the FAC-P/PM certification.

FAC-P/PM certification is managed and awarded at the agency level.  Each agency has a designated Acquisition Career Manager (ACM) responsible for managing the certification requirements of the acquisition workforce members in that agency.  Contact your ACM for more information.


Training that meets the requirements for FAC-PPM certification are based on the FAC-PPM competency model. Training is available from several sources, including industry training vendors, colleges and universities, and Federal training institutions and academies. The FAC-PPM Verified Course Vendor listing is the source of training providers offering certification training that have been verified by FAI for alignment to the FAC-PPM competency model. A listing of those providers that have been verified by FAI can be found on the FAC-PPM Verified Course Vendors page.

Questions pertaining to training verification should be directed to Denny Hafer, Acquisition Program Executive at FAI. Also, any training providers that have not had their courseware verified for alignment to the FAC-PPM competency model and desire FAI to verify their courseware should email Denny as soon as possible. He can be reached at

FAC-P/PM Core-Plus Specialization and the FAC-P/PM Information Technology (IT) Certification

The purpose of the FAC-P/PM Core-Plus specialization is to establish the additional training, experience and continuous learning requirements for FAC-P/PM certified personnel who manage specific investments requiring specialized knowledge, skills and abilities. The first core-plus area to be addressed in this certification program is for information technology (FAC-P/PM-IT) project and program managers.  New core-plus areas will be recommended by the P/PM FAB, approved by OFPP, and maintained by FAI.

Certification in core-plus specializations requires Mid or Senior level FAC-P/PM core certification plus mastery of the additional core-plus specialty training, experience and continuous learning requirements. There are no levels for core-plus specialty certifications. Once mastery of the core and core-plus competencies has been demonstrated through training, education, other relevant certification programs, or documentation through fulfillment (experience), the FAC-P/PM core-plus specialty certification is awarded and maintained through continuous learning. The FAC-P/PM-IT Core-Plus competency model  and the December 16, 2013 OFPP memo on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) both provide more information on the FAC-P/PM-IT core-plus specialty certification. 

Continuous Learning

Interested individuals may review additional information from OFPP on Continuous Learning requirements.

P/PM Competencies

The revised FAC-P/PM core competency model and the FAC-P/PM-IT Core-Plus competency model define the knowledge, skills and experience requirements for program and project managers. The models portray the competency areas, then further define the competency areas in behavioral terms using performance outcome statements.  

Additional Information

Each career area has a Functional Advisory Board 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 P/PM FAB Charter establishes the P/PM FAB to perform continuous review, evaluation, and update of the P/PM career field in Federal civilian agencies.