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.
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Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM)
The Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-PPM) is governed by the April 25, 2007 OFPP Memo on the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers Representatives. This policy memorandum outlines the education, training, experience and continuous learning certification requirements to be certified as a project and/or program manager in Federal civilian agencies other than the Department of Defense. This certification program is based upon a competency model of performance outcomes which measures the knowledge, skills and abilities gained by program and project managers through professional training, education, job experience and continuous learning.
The FAC-PPM certification program certifies program and project managers at three levels: Entry, Mid, and Senior. To find out more information about the requirements for each level, please click here.
For frequently asked questions about the FAC-PPM certification, click here.
FAC-PPM 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 Training Crosswalk is the source of training providers offering certification training that have been verified by FAI for alignment to the FAC-PPM competency model. The Crosswalk is updated periodically.
Interested individuals may review additional information on Continuous Learning requirements by clicking here.
A revised FAC-PPM competency model is in DRAFT and has been forwarded to OFPP for review and approval. This draft competency model is expected to replace the current model above before the end of FY13. The draft model retains the same 7 core competency areas, but expresses the knowledge, skills and abilities expected of program and project managers in behavioral terms as performance outcomes. These performance outcomes are identified in each of the 7 core competency areas in each of the three certification levels.
Reviewing the draft competency model now gives agencies early notification of future changes in training and experience requirements for program and project managers. It will also be posted on the Training Vendor Consortium page to alert training providers of possible changes required of their training products to maintain alignment with the new FAC-PPM competency model.
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. Click here to view the current P/PM FAB charter.