Course Descriptions

 

CON 100

Shaping Smart Business Arrangements (online)

Description:

This course is a FAC-C Level I certification training course. Employees who are entering the acquisition career field will gain a comprehensive understanding of the environment in which they will serve. Students will develop professional skills for making business decisions and for advising other acquisition team members in successfully meeting customers' needs. Knowledge management and information systems will be introduced as well.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Describe the acquisition/contracting mission and its impact on the American economic system;
  • Describe the importance of the oversight roles of the Government Accountability Office.
  • Explain the characteristics and responsibilities of the contracting professional in the role of a business advisor;
  • Explain the distinctive interests of both the buyer and seller and the role those interests play;
  • Describe commercial acquisition and government unique requirements of market research in identifying the best arrangements to meet mission requirements; and
  • Explain e-business and information technology in supporting business processes.

Who Should Attend: Employees who are entering the contracting workforce and those involved in the acquisition process such as contracting officer representatives and program/project managers.

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisites: None

CLPs: 16


FCN 101

Contracting Basics (online)

Description:

FCN 101, Contracting Basics, is an online course which provides new contracting professionals and Contracting Officer Representatives with a broad understanding of the Federal civilian contracting environment in which they serve.  Topics included in this course are:  Federal Contracting Overview, Skills for Success, Acquisition Planning, Contact Formation, and Contract Administration.  FCN 101 is an alternative course to CON 100.

Who Should Attend: Employees who are entering the contracting workforce and those involved in the acquisition process such as contracting officer representatives and program/project managers.

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisites: None

CLPs: 15


CON 121

Contract Planning (online)

Description:

Contract Planning will introduce personnel new to the contracting field to their role as a business advisor in the acquisition process. It focuses on the students’ role in understanding their customers’ mission and their ability to plan successful mission support strategies based upon their knowledge of the contracting environment and their customer needs. Students will learn how to use the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), conduct effective market research, develop alternative acquisition strategies, and understand how socioeconomic programs support the acquisition planning process.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Given a customer need, reinforce areas of mutual interest within an acquisition environment (requiring activity, contractor, contracting office, others).
  • Using the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), locate required information.
  • Given a provided mission support area, describe strategic or tactical methods of market research.
  • Given a customer need, identify all issues related to developing the applicable requirements documents for an acquisition.
  • Given a customer requirement, determine the laws applicable (labor, environment, socioeconomic, and foreign acquisition requirements) to that requirement.
  • Given the customer requirement, select the appropriate contract type.
  • Given a customer requirement, choose applicable competition requirements.
  • Given a customer need, provide sound business advice for an acquisition strategy.

Who Should Attend: Employees who are entering the contracting workforce and those involved in the acquisition process such as contracting officer representatives and program/project managers.

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisite: CON 100

CLPs: 12


CON 124

Contract Execution (online)

Description:

Contract Execution is the second of three online Level I contracting courses. It focuses on executing the acquisition planning through soliciting industry and awarding a contract. It provides students with the knowledge necessary to execute an acquisition that optimizes customer mission performance. Students will learn the techniques and benefits of early industry involvement in shaping requirements. Students will learn basic procedures for acquisition of both commercial and noncommercial requirements, effectively conduct analysis of market data, and determine when a price is fair and reasonable. Finally students will learn how to conduct basic competitive acquisitions, process awards, and handle protests before and after contract award.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Given a procurement request (PR) package, determine if the purchase request package can be accepted and processed.
  • Given a requirement, determine the applicable methods for exchanging information with the vendor.
  • Given the specifics of the requirement, determine the components and procedures for preparing an oral or written solicitation.
  • Given a solicitation, determine the procedures for processing solicitation responses.
  • Given responses to a solicitation, determine the analytical techniques that will be used to evaluate contractors’ proposals to ensure that both the Government and contractor get a fair and reasonable price.
  • Given responses to a solicitation, complete a price analysis of a contractor’s proposal in order to establish price objective for negotiation.
  • Given the results of an evaluation, determine the elements of a negotiation strategy.
  • Given results of the evaluation process, determine the procedure taken for contract award.

Who Should Attend: Employees who are entering the contracting workforce and those involved in the acquisition process such as contracting officer representatives and program/project managers.

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisite: CON 110/ CON 121

CLPs: 13


CON 127

Contract Management (online)

Description:

Contract Management is the final of three online courses. This course builds on the foundation established in CON 121 and CON 124 and provides students with the knowledge necessary to identify and utilize appropriate performance metrics when evaluating contractor performance. Students will explore processes for working with their customer to ensure contract performance is meeting mission requirements. Students will explore performance assessment strategies and remedies for contractual non-compliance, how to make and price contract changes after award, handle disputes, and finally how to close out completed contracts. Additionally, students will gain a fundamental knowledge of the characteristics and principles of the contract termination process.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Given FAR, DFARS, and a case scenario, apply the major elements of contract administration planning.
  • Given FAR, DFARS, and a case scenario, categorize the policies and procedures for the post-award orientation of contractors.
  • Given a case scenario, the FAR, and DFARS, explain the policies and procedures for managing contract performance.
  • Given a case scenario, the FAR, and DFARS, determine the policies and procedures for payment.
  • Given a case scenario, the FAR, and DFARS, describe the policies and procedures for preparing and processing contract modifications.
  • Given a case scenario, the FAR, and DFARS, describe the policies and procedures for resolving contract disputes.
  • Given a case scenario, the FAR, and DFARS, define the policies and procedures for the termination of contracts.
  • Given a case scenario, the FAR, and DFARS, determine the policies and procedures used for closing out contract files.

Who Should Attend: Employees who are entering the contracting workforce and those involved in the acquisition process such as contracting officer representatives and program/project managers.

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisite: CON 111/ CON 124

CLPs: 10


FAC 031

Small Business Programs (online)

Description:

Small businesses make up about 99% of all the nation’s businesses and employ half of all Americans, and small businesses are the source for many of our greatest innovations. This module provides Federal contracting professionals and program officials an overview of small business types and programs, and provides them with the information they need to encourage small business participation in Government acquisitions. It will also help contracting professionals meet specific acquisition requirements related to small business concerns and achieve agency small business goals, while supporting increased opportunities for small businesses.

Who Should Attend: Employees who are entering the contracting workforce and those involved in the acquisition process such as contracting officer representatives and program/project managers.

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisites: None

CLPs: 2


FAC 023

Basic Contract for GSA Schedules (online)

Description:

In this module, you will learn about the procedures for placing orders for supplies and services against Multiple Award Schedules as outlined in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 8.4. The module is not about general FAR procedure such as protests, acquisition planning, preparation of statements of work, and contract files management, but does discuss these topics as they relate to Schedules contracting and ordering procedures.

Who Should Attend: This module is primarily intended for federal 1102 community working in both civilian and military agencies, who seek to gain understanding or strengthen their knowledge of Federal Supply Schedules contracting and ordering procedures.

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisites: None

CLPs: 4


CLC 058

Introduction to Contract Pricing (online)

Description:

During the most recent Contracting Competency Assessment, senior leadership from all services and agencies viewed cost and price analysis as a fundamental skill for contracting professionals to focus on early in their contracting careers. As a result, the Defense Acquisition University is infusing cost and price analysis into the entire Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) curriculum, beginning with the fundamental topics and issues presented in CLC 058, Introduction to Contract Pricing, a Level I certification requirement and prerequisite to CON 170, Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis.

Who Should Attend: Employees who are entering the contracting workforce and those involved in the acquisition process such as contracting officer representatives and program/project managers.

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisites: None

CLPs: 2


CLC 057

Performance Based Payments and Value of Cash Flow (online)

Description:

This module provides an introduction and overview for Performance Based Payments as it applies to structuring and negotiating Win-Win PBP agreements with contractors. A tutorial on the use of the PBP Analysis Tool is also provided.

Who Should Attend: This module is primarily intended for contracting officers, contracting officer’s representatives, and others involved in acquisition contracting processes.

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisites: None

CLPs: 4


CON 090

FAR Fundamentals (DoD) (classroom)

Description:

This course focuses on the basics of the FAR and acquisition planning, emphasizing the importance of procedures and policies prescribed by the FAR, and the authority given to contracting officers and the restrictions placed upon them. It covers the value of market research, contract types, socioeconomic programs, and acquisition planning. Students receive guidance on competition, advertising requirements, and types of specifications based on the information in the FAR. Coverage includes activities in contract award, including clauses, sealed bidding, negotiation, and officer responsibility. The course details contract administration, including ambiguities, changes, payments, and claims. Students receive guidance in differing site conditions, time extensions, government property, labor standards, and terminations. They work individually and in groups to locate parts of the FAR, interpret FAR requirements, and resolve scenarios based on information in the FAR.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Describe the basic structure of the federal acquisition environment.
  • Identify the basic principles of contracting.
  • Identify basic background information pertaining to the FAR and the steps in the rulemaking process.
  • Locate, cite, and interpret information in the FAR and DFARS.
  • Identify the stages of acquisition planning.
  • Specify policies and procedures governing the acquisition of commercial items.
  • Identify various contract types and determine policies and procedures for using them.
  • Identify the three basic methods of acquisition and how they are applied.
  • Identify FAR-covered small business programs.
  • Delineate requirements for publicizing contract actions.
  • Use the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) matrix to assemble required clauses and provisions.
  • Identify the policies and procedures for numbering contract line items.
  • Identify elements of contractor responsibility and explain process for determining a small business is not responsible.
  • Identify the types of indefinite-delivery contracts and their characteristics.
  • Identify principles of and policies and procedures related to proposal analysis and source selection.
  • Explain policies and procedures related to modifications and change orders.
  • Explain the use and requirements of certain contract clauses and provisions.
  • Explain the use of indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contracts and the use of task or delivery orders.
  • Determine the different types of contract financing payments.
  • Determine the policies and procedures for processing contract disputes and appeals.

Who Should Attend: Employees who are entering the contracting workforce and those involved in the acquisition process such as contracting officer representatives and program/project managers.

Length: 20 days

Prerequisites: CON 170

CLPs: 160


CON 120

Mission Focused Contracting (classroom)

Description:

This course is a comprehensive, hands-on study of the entire acquisition process. Using an integrated case study, this class takes the student from the initial meeting with a customer to contract completion and closeout. This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in CON 110/CON 121, CON 111/CON 124, and CON 112/CON 127 by giving students an opportunity to apply what they've learned. This course is designed for Level 1 students, and emphasizes making informed decisions, problem-solving, and conducting negotiations in support of the customer's mission.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Give customers sound information and advice
  • Cooperatively develop complete purchase request packages
  • Lead an acquisition team
  • Prepare a synopsis and a solicitation
  • Evaluate offers and award contracts
  • Evaluate price reasonableness
  • Conduct price negotiations
  • Monitor contractor performance and apply appropriate remedies
  • Modify contracts
  • Exercise options
  • Complete the contract close-out process

Who Should Attend: Employees who are entering the contracting workforce and those involved in the acquisition process such as contracting officer representatives and program/project managers.

Length: 10 days

Prerequisites: CON 112/ CON 124

CLPs: 80


CON 170

Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis (classroom)

Description:

This course is a Level I contracting course intended primarily for contracting personnel, and provides foundational knowledge of contract cost and price analysis. Students learn how to apply quantitative tools to accomplish cost and price analysis in accordance with the FAR and the Contract Pricing Reference Guide; distinguish various seller pricing strategies; identify policies and procedures for applying Cost Accounting Standards; identify the contractor business systems that must comply with government requirements for contract award; and apply professional negotiation techniques to achieve success in a face-to-face negotiation.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Apply quantitative tools to accomplish cost and price analysis with the FAR.
  • Calculate net present value and identify issues associated with it.
  • Consider cost, volume, and profit within contracts.
  • Recognize and understand the importance of market research, truthful cost and pricing data, and cost accounting standards.
  • Analyze performance-based payments.
  • Understand the differences between cost and price analysis.

Who Should Attend: Employees who are entering the contracting workforce and those involved in the acquisition process such as contracting officer representatives and program/project managers.

Length: 10 days

Prerequisites: CON 127 and FAC 031 and FAC 023 and CLC 058 and CLC 057 

Workforce members who already have a FAC-C Level I, II, or III and want to take this course must complete CLC 057, CLC 058, FAC 023, and FAC 031 before enrolling.

CLPs: 80


FCN 190

FAR Fundamentals (FED) (classroom)

Description:

FCN 190, FAR Fundamentals, is the resident capstone FAC-C Level I contracting course for federal civilian agency personnel.  This course provides foundational knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) System.  Specifically, the course provides immersion training into the FAR.  FCN 190 is an alternative course to CON 090.

This intensive 10-day course provides students foundational knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations System. Specifically, the course provides immersion training into the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Students work individually and in groups to locate parts of the FAR, interpret the FAR’s requirements, and practice applying the FAR to real-world scenarios found in the contract planning, contract formation, and contract administration phases. The course is designed for acquisition workforce members who are seeking FAC C Level I certification and ideally have already completed CON 100, CON 110 or FCN 110, CON 111 or FCN 111, and CON 112 or FCN 112.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Locate, cite, and determine the applicability of policies and procedures in the FAR.
  • Explain the planning process as mandated by law and implemented by regulation.
  • Identify competition requirements for acquisitions.
  • Describe the policies and procedures for preparing specifications and statements of work.
  • Describe the techniques for publicizing proposed contract actions.
  • Determine the applicability of socioeconomic programs to a given acquisition.
  • Identify the legal principles used by courts and boards of contract appeals.
  • Identify the policies and procedures for contract administration planning and post-award orientation.
  • Recognize the policies and procedures for government payment.
  • Understand the procedures for closing out government files.

Who Should Attend: Employees who are entering the contracting workforce and those involved in the acquisition process such as contracting officer representatives and program/project managers.

Length: 10 days

Prerequisites: CON 170

CLPs: 80


CON 200

Business Decisions for Contracting (online)

Description:

Business Decisions for Contracting builds on contracting Level I pre-award business and contracting knowledge necessary to process complex procurements. The emphasis of this course is on planning successful mission-support strategies and executing an acquisition that optimizes customer mission performance. Participants will learn various techniques for building successful business relationships, the benefits of strategic sourcing and spend analysis, and the ins and outs of providing contract financing. Students will also take an in-depth look at subcontracting, how to conduct a formal source selection, and how to analyze the information necessary to determine contractor responsibility.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Given a customer’s acquisition requirements in a mission support environment, identify the importance of a good business relationship in achieving the customer’s performance expectations.
  • Given an acquisition environment defined by budget cuts and increased scrutiny of government contracting, identify how strategic sourcing can improve the quality and cost related to the purchase of goods and services. 
  • Given a complex service requirement, identify the principles of performance-based acquisition (PBA) that will apply to it.
  • Given a complex requirement, identify the techniques that can be used to manage risk on an acquisition project.
  • Given an acquisition strategy that includes providing contract financing, identify the impact of this decision on the acquisition process.
  • Given a complex acquisition situation, determine the appropriate contractual arrangement to support customer needs.
  • Given an acquisition that provides Government property (GP) as a strategy to achieve an overall objective, identify the implications of that decision on the acquisition process.
  • Given a complex acquisition and information on small business socio-economic programs, determine the impact of these programs on contracting decisions and how small businesses can support an acquisition.
  • Given an unrestricted acquisition that has subcontracting possibilities, determine the subcontracting requirements that apply to the acquisition.
  • Given a complex competitive negotiated acquisition, determine the appropriate source selection methodology.
  • Given an acquisition; determine if a prospective contractor is responsible.

Who Should Attend: Contracting professionals who have earned their FAC-C Level I.  

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisites: FAC-C Level I Certification -OR- Complete all training required for the FAC-C level 1 (currently CON 100/110/111/112/120 or CON 100/121/124/127/170)

CLPs: 25


CON 216

Legal Considerations in Contracting (online)

Description:

This course focuses on legal considerations in the procurement process. Participants are introduced to the basic principles and sources of law relevant to procurement, including fiscal law. The course also addresses various other legal issues that may develop during the course of a contract, such as protests, assignment of claims, disputes, fraud, contractor debt, performance issues, and contract termination. 

Objectives:

Those who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify the legal and ethical principles that apply to government contracts
  • Identify different processes through which challenges may be filed against a federal acquisition
  • Identify the legal obligations of both parties when a contract performance issue arises
  • Identify formal dispute-resolution procedures under the Contract Disputes Act
  • Identify criminal, civil, and administrative remedies for contract fraud
  • Identify the tools for recovering monies owed the government
  • Select the process and procedures for terminating a contract

Who Should Attend: Contracting professionals who have earned their FAC-C Level I.

Length: You have 60 calendar days to complete this course. The course consists of 11 lessons that could be completed in approximately 23 hours.

Prerequisite: CON 200

CLPs: 23


CON 218

Advanced Contracting for Mission Support (classroom)

Description:

This intermediate level course is designed for Contract Specialists who have completed Level I contracting training and have taken CON-214, CON-215, CON-216, and CON-217. In this capstone course, students participate in practical exercises involving acquisition planning; cost analysis; negotiation, award, and administration of a sole-source research and development contract; and acquisition planning, source selection, award, and administration of a competitive production contract. Students demonstrate their ability to negotiate fair and reasonable prices and consider the legal implications of various contract situations.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Appropriately use contracting and non-contracting methods.
  • Develop a variety of options/alternative strategies to meet mission needs and promote customer satisfaction.
  • Develop a proactive strategic approach to satisfy the customer’s evolving requirements.
  • Apply applicable laws, regulations, and policies to a complex requirement.
  • Assess the impact of the contractor’s business strategy on government acquisition.
  • Execute appropriate contract arrangements to support customer needs.
  • Establish effective business relationships within existing law, regulations, and policies to meet mission needs and requirements.

Who Should Attend: Acquisition Workforce members seeking FAC-C Level II Certification.

Length: 10 days

Prerequisites: CON 217

CLPs: 80


CLC 056

Analyzing Contract Costs (online)

Description:

In this module, the student assumes the role of a contract specialist/intern who has been afforded the opportunity to work with the Contracting Officer of a large complex base operating services contract. The Contracting Officer acts as a mentor, providing guidance and direction as the student performs various cost and price analysis tasks.

Who Should Attend: Acquisition Workforce members seeking FAC-C Level II Certification.

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisites: None

CLPs: 17


CON 270

Intermediate Cost and Price Analysis (classroom)

Description:

This course is specifically designed to help students become better business advisors while they develop contract arrangements that serve the best interests of the government. It expands upon the contract pricing principles addressed in the Level I Contracting curriculum, Contract Pricing Reference Guide, and Department of Defense policy. The course prepares students for subsequent DAWIA Level II certification courses that cover more advanced contract pricing content.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Use sampling data to select the appropriate statistical information for facilitating the decision-making process.
  • Summarize development, assumptions, application, and risk of Cost Estimating Relationships.
  • Use historical data and improvement curve analysis, to select the appropriate statistical information for use in the decision-making process.
  • Be able to identify issues and factors considered in developing the government’s negotiating objective for an equitable adjustment and pricing a termination settlement.
  • Use cost realism analysis to determine contractor’s most probable actual cost to perform successfully.

Who Should Attend: Acquisition Workforce members seeking FAC-C Level II Certification.

Length: 10 days

Prerequisites: CON 170, CON 216, CLC 056, CLC 057, CLC 058, FAC 031 and FAC 023

Workforce members who have a FAC-C Level II or III and want to take this course must complete CON 170, CLC 056, CLC 057, CLC 058, FAC 023, and FAC 031 before enrolling.

CLPs: 80


CLC 051

Managing Government Property in the Possession of Contractors (online)

Description:

This course provides an overview of the policies, processes, and procedures used to manage Government property in the possession of contractors. It also introduces the concept of Government property, terminology used in the management of Government property, and accounting and treatment of Government property in the possession of contractors.

Who Should Attend: Designed for Acquisition Professionals who typically work with or delegate responsibility for the accountability and treatment of Government property on contract, this course will provide an overview of the different types of property that may be in the possession of contractors.

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisites: None

CLPs: 2


HBS 428

Negotiating (online)

Description:

In this module you will learn about the negotiation process, when different types of negotiations are appropriate, essential negotiating strategies, and how to become an effective negotiator.

This module includes a practical guide to becoming an effective negotiator. It includes steps to guide you through the negotiation process: assessing your interests as well as those of the other party, developing opportunities that create value, avoiding common barriers to agreement, and implementing strategies to make the negotiation process run smoothly.

Who Should Attend: Acquisition Workforce members seeking FAC-C Level II Certification.

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

Prerequisites: None

CLPs: 2


CON 280

Source Selection and Administration of Service Contracts (classroom)

Description:

This course provides students with key information regarding the acquisition of services under FAR Part 15 procedures. It emphasizes performance-based acquisitions for services, source selection, contract types, contract incentives, and contract administration. It expands upon the foundation established through the Level I curriculum and the course prerequisites.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Use market research to assess the industry’s environment and determine availability of sources.
  • Construct acquisition plans and source selection plans.
  • Generate performance-based metrics mirroring best commercial practices.
  • Evaluate incentive arrangements that adhere to regulation, policy, and guidance.
  • Develop a source selection plan that meets all laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines.
  • Evaluate contractor proposals and determine contract award.
  • Examine a source selection and determine the best value proposal that meets mission requirements.
  • Determine contract close-out procedures.

Who Should Attend: Acquisition Workforce members seeking FAC-C Level II Certification.

Length: 10 days

Prerequisites: CON 270 and CLC 051 and HBS 428

Workforce members who have a FAC-C Level I, II, or III and want to take this course must complete CON 270 before enrolling.

CON 280 and CON 290 do not have to be taken in order. CON 270 must be successfully completed before enrolling in either CON 280 or CON 290.

CLPs: 80


CON 290

Contract Administration and Negotiation Techniques in a Supply Environment (classroom)

Description:

In this course, students make practical use of the contracting concepts acquired in prerequisite courses. By doing so, they are better able to address customer supply requirements and resolve contracting issues. Students analyze the contracting process by following a supply requirement through the acquisition cyclebeginning with acquisition planning and concluding with contract closeout. The course builds upon legal concepts from CON-216 and intermediate pricing concepts from CON-270.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Determine whether to contract without full and open competition.
  • Choose an appropriate contracting method and type of financing.
  • Identify the major parts of a solicitation.
  • Use cost analysis to evaluate a contractor’s proposal.
  • Identify basic negotiation techniques and prepare for a negotiation.
  • Evaluate bases for, and defenses to, contractor protests.
  • Develop a contract administration plan.
  • Conduct a post-award orientation.
  • Decide if a change can be made.
  • Identify rules and steps for submitting and processing a claim.
  • Evaluate government termination options and settlement methods and procedures.
  • Determine whether a contract may be closed out.

Who Should Attend: Acquisition Workforce members seeking FAC-C Level II Certification.

Length: 10 days

Prerequisites: CON 270 and CLC 051 and HBS 428

Workforce members who have a FAC-C Level I, II, or III and want to take this course must complete CON 270 before enrolling.

CON 280 and CON 290 do not have to be taken in order. CON 270 must be successfully completed before enrolling in either CON 280 or CON 290.

CLPs: 80


CON 360

Contracting for Decision Makers (classroom)

Description:

This intensive course for advanced students provides practice in applying skills and knowledge gained in previous training courses and work experience to realistic learning scenarios. Students confront an interrelated array of issues that require use of judgment and comprehensive knowledge to resolve. Students hone problem-solving and critical-thinking skills develop real solutions to real acquisition problems, resulting in more effective managerial business decisions to support the organization’s mission.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify the major components of critical thinking and problem-solving methods.
  • Identify risk management techniques and apply viable solutions to a case.
  • Identify techniques for effectively managing and implementing change.
  • Identify and apply conflict management strategies in a team environment.
  • Understand the fundamentals of leadership and components of empowerment and apply them to a case.
  • Recognize the human factors of ethical decision making and differentiate between several ethical decision-making models.

Who Should Attend: Acquisition Workforce members seeking FAC-C Level III Certification.

Prerequisites: All Level I and Level II training

Workforce members must have completed either CON 218 under the FAC-C(L) program or CON 280 and CON 290 under the FAC-C(R) program.

Length: 10 days

CLPs: 80


FCR 100

Contracting Officer's Representative Level I Course (online)

Description:

The Contracting Officer’s Representative Level I Course provides an overview of the COR's duties and responsibilities during the four contract phases -- Pre-Award, Post-Award, Contract Administration and Management, and Closeout. This course will prepare professionals for the Level I COR certification by addressing the aligned skills: Acquisition Planning; Market Research (Understanding the Marketplace); Defining Government Requirements in Commercial/Non-Commercial Terms; Effective Pre Award Communication; Technical Analysis of Proposals; Negotiation; Effective Contract Management; Performance Management; Inspection and Acceptance; Ethics. This course satisfies 7 of the required 8 hours of the Level I competencies required for the initial COR certification, effective January 1, 2012. Training for the remaining hour will be specified by each Agency Acquisition Career Manager or the Contracting Officer. This course has an exam after each module that must be passed at 100%. Learners will have 3 attempts to pass each exam successfully.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Understand Acquisition Planning;
  • Know the definition and how to conduct Market Research (Understanding the Marketplace); 
  • Know how to Define Government Requirements in Commercial/Non-Commercial Terms; 
  • Understand Effective Pre Award Communication;
  • Understand the Technical Analysis of Proposals;
  • Define Negotiation;
  • Understand the role of Effective Contract Management; Performance Management; and Inspection and Acceptance; 
  • Understand Ethics

Who Should Attend: Employees who are entering the acquisition workforce and will be required to serve as Contracting Officer’s Representative.

Prerequisite: None

Length: All online courses are to be completed within 60 days of the date the student is registered. 

CLPs: 7


FCR 201

Contracting Officer's Representative Level II Course (classroom)

Technical personnel play a vital role in acquiring equipment, systems, and support services by contract for the Government.  They prepare the work statement; evaluate proposals; recommend source selection; and, as the appointed contracting officer’s representative (COR), review, guide and direct the contractor’s performance. Program success relies upon their informed and timely input. Effective contracting requires that technical personnel possess and correctly apply technical and administrative skills. Most technical personnel become involved in acquisitions because of their technical expertise. This course looks to improving agency acquisitions and contractor performance by enhancing their knowledge and practical application of contracting principles.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify their responsibilities in the acquisition process and applicable requirements from the FAR and Agency policy.
  • Address key elements of acquisition planning including market research, competition, source selection, contract type, use of indefinite delivery contracts, cost estimating, funding, special considerations for service contracts, logistical considerations, Government-furnished property and information, and security.
  • Recognize authorized limitations on full and open competition; develop a justification for other than full and open competition, and support small business set-aside goals and programs.
  • Prepare a performance-based work statement, source selection criteria, and technical proposal instructions.
  • Observe solicitation constraints including communication with prospective offerors, disclosure of information, and confidentiality.
  • Understand their input to the source selection process including the technical evaluation plan, evaluating proposals and reaching an agreement, cost realism and best value analysis, and source selection.
  • Plan for quality and schedule assurance, select the appropriate remedy for nonconforming or delinquent performance, and prepare contractor performance evaluation reports.
  • Support timely execution of contract modifications and avoid unauthorized changes.
  • Provide timely technical direction within the scope of the contract requirements.
  • Review payment requests and provide timely feedback.
  • Know and appreciate standards of procurement ethics including areas of proscribed conduct under the Procurement Integrity Act and criminal conflict of interest statutes.

Who Should Attend: Individuals seeking FAC-COR Level 2 certification.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 5 days

CLPs: 40


FPM 101

Managing Federal Government Projects (classroom)

Description:

This course is an introduction to the life cycle of federal government projects. Participants will leave this course with knowledge of the project life cycle; core management skills for managing projects; the process for gathering, testing, and validating requirements for a project; acquisition for federal government projects; how to manage project risk; and best practices for leading projects.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of project managers across the project life cycle 
  • Define and develop the foundations of a project plan, including the project requirements document (PRD), work breakdown structure (WBS), budget, schedule, and other resources 
  • Manage and control the project against the baseline 
  • Close out a project effectively

Who Should Attend: New Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 1.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 102

Acquisition for Federal Government Project Managers (classroom)

Description:

This course introduces participants to federal acquisition as it pertains to project management. It covers the contracting process from requirements development to administration and closeout, including managing performance-based service agreements.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of a process where all personnel responsible for acquisition are integrated through a comprehensive plan for fulfilling the organization’s need in a timely manner at a reasonable cost
  • Demonstrate the ability to participate in pre-award actions following the appropriate FAR Parts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the process for formulating pre-award policies
  • Explain the process for development of project specifications and a statement of work
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the process for formulating a source selection plan that allows for best value selection from a competitive solicitation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the process that is commensurate with the level of procurement action
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to support contract administrative actions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to negotiate for the required level of support at a cost consistent with available funding
  • Demonstrate the ability to establish a negotiated baseline of performance with operational users and the corresponding commercial and organic support providers

Who Should Attend: New Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 1.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 103

Scheduling & Cost Control for Federal Government Projects (classroom)

Description:

This course is an introduction to scheduling resources and controlling costs on federal government projects. This course provides an overview of techniques for cost estimating, forecasting, and budgeting. The course also covers the value of earned value management in monitoring and controlling a project and how to interpret the earned-value data.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify documentation needed to provide inputs to scheduling and cost control activities
  • Use the WBS to identify, assign, and tabulate resource requirements
  • Predict costs and work time using specific levels and estimate types from the WBS
  • Predict future project performance based on historical data
  • Use the WBS to develop a network diagram
  • Calculate schedules using the Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)
  • Interpret data gained from time-phased distribution of project costs
  • Apply the discipline of earned value to a project
  • Monitor changes and close out projects on time

Who Should Attend: New Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 1.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 104

Leading Federal Government Projects I (classroom)

Description:

This course introduces best practices and concepts in leading/influencing federal government project teams. Participants begin the course with an assessment of their leadership skills to master the basics of problem solving, conflict management, interpersonal skills, resilience, flexibility, accountability, written communication, customer service, and oral communication - entry-level FAC-P/PM competencies. Participants develop techniques to ensure that project ideas, strategies, and work plans have impact and receive buy-in.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Lead and manage a project team to satisfactory achievement of project goals
  • Identify problems and discuss methods for managing conflicts and best practices for responding to and resolving problems
  • Tailor the relationships you build to fit the needs of team members, stakeholders, or customers
  • Promote and adapt to change, even when this involves making unpopular decisions and explaining them to team members
  • Delegate work effectively and hold yourself and others accountable to for compliance with established systems and high standards of work
  • Provide written communication in a succinct and organized manner, using proper grammar and punctuation
  • Make clear and convincing presentations

Who Should Attend: New Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 1.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16


FPM 116

Requirements & Systems Management: Entry Level

Description:

This course provides the foundation for effective requirements development and systems management. It satisfies the Requirements Development and Management Processes, Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation, and Life Cycle Logistics performance outcomes necessary for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) at the Entry Level.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Illustrate the Federal acquisition process and the key planning documentation used by program managers
  • Analyze the role of the program manager in developing and managing requirements
  • Discuss key technical management processes and tools used in systems engineering
  • Evaluate the importance of the test and evaluation process in acquisition decisions
  • Discuss the application of Total Life Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM)
  • Create an on-the-job action plan

Who Should Attend: New Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 1.

Prerequisite: Students should complete the following prior to attending class:

  • eLearning module on “The Federal Acquisition Environment”
  • Pre-assessment of experience and expertise with relevant FAI Performance Outcomes. A personalized report will be generated for students upon completion of the pre-assessment.

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 117

Contracting: Entry Level

Description:

Program and Project Managers (P/PMs) are required to have a thorough understanding of federal contracting actions and the policies that apply to the acquisition process. This course provides an introduction to federal contracting and focuses on the three phases of the acquisition life cycle: acquisition planning, contract formation, and performance & administration. This course is designed for entry-level project managers. It satisfies the acquisition coursework area necessary for FAC-P/PM certification at the Entry Level.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose, goals, and roles & responsibilities of the federal acquisition system
  • Discuss the importance and key aspects of acquisition planning
  • Describe the elements of contract formation: solicitation, evaluation, and award
  • Explain the functions performed to terminate and close out a contract

Who Should Attend: New Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 1.

Prerequisite: Students should complete the following prior to attending class:

  • eLearning module on “The Federal Acquisition Environment”
  • Pre-assessment of experience and expertise with relevant FAI Performance Outcomes. A personalized report will be generated for students upon completion of the pre-assessment.

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16


FPM 118

Business, Cost, and Financial Management: Entry Level

Description:

This course provides the foundation for effective cost estimating, Federal budgeting, and implementing EVM on projects. It satisfies the Business, Cost, and Financial Management performance outcomes necessary for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) at the entry level.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Outline the process for building a viable business case containing both qualitative and quantitative decision criteria
  • Describe key concepts relating to cost estimating
  • Describe the federal budgeting process
  • Allocate funds from each type of appropriation
  • Describe key concepts relating to EVM
  • Analyze various performance measures as a means of managing a program
  • Create an on-the-job action plan

Who Should Attend: New Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 1.

Prerequisite: Students should complete the following prior to attending class:

  • eLearning module on “The Federal Acquisition Environment”
  • Pre-assessment of experience and expertise with relevant FAI Performance Outcomes. A personalized report will be generated for students upon completion of the pre-assessment.

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16


FPM 119

Leading Acquisition Projects: Entry Level

Description:

Leadership is critical to the success of all high-performing program and project managers. The ability to not just manage, but lead a project is the differentiator in the realization of career goals and attaining the mission of the agency. This course covers key leaderships skills including holding yourself and others accountable for project results, building relationships, solving problems, managing conflict, communicating effectively, and demonstrating outstanding customer service.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the role of leadership in project management
  • Hold project team members accountable for results
  • Recognize when different conflict management approaches are most effective
  • Use effective oral and written communication skills with stakeholders
  • Discuss leadership techniques to maximize customer satisfaction
  • Create an on-the-job action plan

Who Should Attend: New Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 1.

Prerequisite: Students should complete the following prior to attending class:

  • eLearning module on “The Federal Acquisition Environment”
  • Pre-assessment of experience and expertise with relevant FAI Performance Outcomes. A personalized report will be generated for students upon completion of the pre-assessment.

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 120

Acquisition Fundamentals of Project and Program Management I

Description:

FPM 120 is a web-based course providing the basic knowledge and comprehension skills that entry-level project managers (PM) in the Federal sector need to manage a small project or participate as an effective member of an integrated project team (IPT). The target audience for this training is entry-level project managers within the Federal civilian agencies desiring to complete the training requirements for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-PPM).  Using a scenario-based approach, FPM 120 covers project management roles, responsibilities, decision points, and key deliverables required for effective systems-acquisition management within the context of the project lifecycle.  Learners will comprehend acquisition and project management as an integration of requirements development and management; systems engineering; test and evaluation; lifecycle logistics; contracting; business, cost estimating and financial management; and leadership.

FPM 120 has eight exams that must each be passed at 80%.  Learners will have 3 attempts to pass each exam successfully.

Who Should Attend: New Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 1.

Prerequisite: None

Length: Learners will have 90 days to complete the course.

CLPs: 42


FPM 121

Acquisition Fundamentals of Project and Program Management II

Description:

FPM 121 is a one week resident classroom course which follows successful completion of the online FPM 120 (Part I) entry-level fundamentals course. FPM 121 places the project management learner in an integrated product team (IPT) setting, allowing students to gain hands-on experience working through problem-based exercises based on the concepts learned in the prerequisite FPM 120 online course. Students participate as team members in crafting and communicating solutions to simulated project management challenges, including:  identifying capability gaps; developing a work breakdown structure; developing high-level and system-level requirements; crafting an analysis of alternatives; developing a business case; selecting a solution; risk management; acquisition planning; systems engineering; measuring performance; and leadership. FPM 121 culminates in a graded integrated case study which assesses the student’s performance as a member of an IPT while applying knowledge and skills gained throughout the course.

Who Should Attend: New Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 1.

Prerequisite: FPM 120

Length: 5 days

CLPs: 38


FPM 201

Applied Project Management for Federal Government (classroom)

Description:

This course reviews foundational project management concepts, tools, and techniques used by federal government project managers and addresses the unique challenges of information technology (IT) projects. It covers each phase of the IT project life cycle—concept, requirements, planning, design, construction, delivery, and closeout—discussing the activities performed, as well as the role and responsibilities of the project manager and team. Requirements gathering and risk management receive expanded coverage in this course as do select topics related to systems engineering, MOSA and test and evaluation which are integrated with the project life cycle.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Build relationships through communication
  • Identify and resolve conflicts within project teams
  • Describe a typical technology project life cycle and activities within each phase of that cycle
  • Follow the requirements development process
  • Conduct market research
  • Use the business requirements document (BRD) to verify and validate the business solution
  • Recognize the importance of testing
  • Describe performance-based logistics
  • Define risk and its basic characteristics
  • Understand the 8-step risk management process
  • Close out a project effectively

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 2.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 202

Applied Acquisition for Federal Government Project Managers (classroom)

Description:

This course provides the opportunity to apply acquisition methodologies and to understand various contract types. Participants will be provided with techniques to conduct market research and plan for acquisitions. The course details statements of work (SOW), statement of objectives (SOO), and the Independent Government Estimate (IGE). Participants will learn how a project budget is development and how to obtain budget approval and appropriation of funds.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Develop comprehensive specifications and a statement of work that fully defines the agency/department need
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of the best-value source selection process
  • Demonstrate knowledge of agency/department acquisition regulations and develop Independent Government Estimates (IGE) for cost and price analysis
  • Apply best practices, commensurate to the contract type, to evaluate contractor’s proposals, analyze pricing and cost data to establish a pre-award negotiation position
  • Apply an integrated comprehensive acquisition plan throughout project life cycle
  • Provide project management oversight for monitoring contract and supporting contract administration actions

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 2.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 203

Applied Earned Value for Federal Government Projects (classroom)

Description:

This course emphasizes the processes and tools used associated with EVM as they apply to federal acquisition management in the cost contract environment. Participants will learn to follow key policies, regulations, and guidelines governing a performance management system. Participants will gain hands-on knowledge of the EVM process and metrics, including Estimates at Completion (EAC), as well as performance management techniques. An overview of the EVM process from project development to execution also is provided. This course provides the framework for participants to understand how to provide management with the necessary information to ensure that their decisions keep performance consistent with program objectives.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Explain the significance of EVM, especially as it relates to government mandates
  • Manage a project through the life cycle of an appropriation 
  • Describe capital planning and investment control (CPIC) 
  • Follow the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Information Technology Investment Management (ITIM) model 
  • Explain how financial management techniques are used in program and project management
  • Apply the eight-step risk management process
  • Describe the relationship between cost estimates and the project baseline
  • Identify cost-based risks

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 2.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 204

Leading Federal Government Projects II (classroom)

Description:

Leading more complex federal government projects and project teams requires the mid-level project/program manager have specific technical skills, as well as soft skills, for successful project outcomes. This course uses various tools and techniques to ensure participants will continue to apply leadership principles learned in the classroom, in the workplace. Starting with the steps a project manager takes to ensure a project is aligned with agency strategies, subsequent discussions and activities allow participants to explore relationship-building as a fundamental aspect of effective project management and leadership. Participants will use a self-assessment tool to learn more about their personal communication preferences and styles to employ this knowledge on projects and with stakeholders. To further enhance communication skills, participants practice applying stakeholder influencing skills and concepts. Creativity and innovation models are explored next, with a focus on the AS-IS vs. the TO-BE states, principles of which also apply to coaching and development of project team members. An overview of the conflict-management processes follows that provides skills to identify conflict and determine when the conflict is real so conflict-resolution processes can be applied. Finally, Leading Federal Government Projects II walks participants through how to prepare for and conduct a collaborative negotiation in the project environment.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Explain current leadership philosophies as applied to project management
  • Develop strategies for leading effective teams
  • Improve relationships and communications with stakeholders by applying Relationship Awareness® Theory and concepts
  • Use appropriate styles of conflict resolution
  • Explore ethical issues in business decisions
  • Manage difficult project management issues
  • Develop strategies for leading successful change

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 2.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16


FPM 216

Requirements & Systems Management: Mid Level

Description:

This course provides the foundation for effective requirements development and systems management. It satisfies the Requirements Development and Management Processes, Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation, and Life Cycle Logistics performance outcomes necessary for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) at the mid level.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Illustrate the Federal acquisition process and the key planning documentation used by program managers
  • Analyze the role of the program manager in developing and managing requirements
  • Discuss key technical management processes and tools used in systems engineering
  • Evaluate the importance of the test and evaluation process in acquisition decisions
  • Discuss the application of Total Life Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM)
  • Create an on-the-job action plan

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 2.

Prerequisite: Students should complete the following prior to attending class:

  • eLearning module on “The Federal Acquisition Environment”
  • Pre-assessment of experience and expertise with relevant FAI Performance Outcomes. A personalized report will be generated for students upon completion of the pre-assessment.

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 217

Contracting: Mid Level

Description:

Program and project managers need a strong foundation in the principles of Federal acquisitions. This course differentiates between private and public sector contracting, discusses the mission, purpose, vision, and goals of Federal contracting, discusses the Federal Acquisition Regulation System (FAR) and acquisition life cycle, and reviews the various roles and responsibilities of the acquisition team. Comprehensive planning is a critical part of successful acquisitions. This course explores leadership and management processes associated with successful acquisition planning. The elements of planning for source selection are also covered, as are the key aspects of evaluating proposals, bids, and offers. Critical aspects of planning contract administration, measuring performance against a baseline, and monitoring contractor performance are also reviewed. This course is designed for mid-level project/program managers. It satisfies the acquisition coursework area necessary for FAC P/PM certification at the Mid Level.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of key acquisition concepts, life cycle, and roles & responsibilities
  • Implement leadership and management processes associated with acquisition planning
  • Develop and implement source selection criteria that consider associated risk
  • Conduct contract administration functions in collaboration with the program Contracting Officer's Representative (COR)

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 2.

Prerequisite: Students should complete the following prior to attending class:

  • eLearning module on “The Federal Acquisition Environment”
  • Pre-assessment of experience and expertise with relevant FAI Performance Outcomes. A personalized report will be generated for students upon completion of the pre-assessment.

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16


FPM 218

Business, Cost, and Financial Management: Mid Level

Description:

This course provides the foundation for effective cost estimating, Federal budgeting, and implementing EVM on projects. It satisfies the Business, Cost, and Financial Management performance outcomes necessary for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) at the mid level.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Construct and present for evaluation a viable business case based on sound benefit-cost analysis, containing both qualitative and quantitative decision criteria
  • Integrate the common forms of cost estimating and cost analysis into the formulation of financial programs and budgets, budget analysis, and execution
  • Analyze the Federal budgeting process
  • Use Earned Value Management (EVM) to forecast and track program/project performance
  • Create an on-the-job action plan

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 2.

Prerequisite: Students should complete the following prior to attending class:

  • eLearning module on “The Federal Acquisition Environment”
  • Pre-assessment of experience and expertise with relevant FAI Performance Outcomes. A personalized report will be generated for students upon completion of the pre-assessment.

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16


FPM 219

Leading Acquisition Projects: Mid Level

Description:

Effective project leadership is integral to realizing career goals and achieving the agency’s mission. Developing high-performing project teams and maintaining constructive stakeholder relationships are skills that set outstanding project leaders apart. This course explores key leaderships skills, including building high-performing project teams, building networks and professional alliances, managing conflicts, making decisions, developing team members, and demonstrating creativity and innovation.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Build high-performing project teams
  • Use influence, persuasion, and effective negotiation to build professional alliances
  • Manage interpersonal conflicts, grievances, and confrontations to minimize negative personal and organizational impact
  • Make well-informed and timely decisions
  • Develop the talent of others to perform by providing ongoing, effective feedback
  • Demonstrate and encourage creativity and innovation
  • Create an on-the-job action plan

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 2.

Prerequisite: Students should complete the following prior to attending class:

  • eLearning module on “The Federal Acquisition Environment”
  • Re-assessment of experience and expertise with relevant FAI Performance Outcomes. A personalized report will be generated for students upon completion of the re-assessment.

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 301

Program Management for the Federal Government (classroom)

Description:

Developed specifically for government organizations, this course lays the foundational knowledge and skills to implement essential activities throughout the life cycle of a typical government program. Coaching and mentoring to help you apply concepts on the job will be an important theme throughout the course. You’ll explore the program manager’s guides - mission, vision, and value - and learn to link the business case to the organization’s strategy as part of pre-program preparation. You’ll build a stronger foundation in stakeholder identification, with detailed focus on who the stakeholders are, the roles they play throughout the rest of the phases, and the program manager’s role in stakeholder management. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of a program’s multiple components and deliverables, their interdependencies, and the program manager’s role in coordinating all of them. A review of program benefit tools and metrics will help you manage program performance across the phases. Finally, you’ll develop a better appreciation of program closeout as a transition to effective support and maintenance.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Increase effectiveness and efficiency as a program manager in achieving the strategic value of a program
  • Follow a systematic approach to managing programs
  • Apply proven tools and techniques to program management
  • Recognize benefits management as the primary responsibility of the program manager
  • Use a standard vocabulary for program management
  • Make distinctions among projects, programs and portfolios, as well as among project management, program management and portfolio management
  • Describe the program life cycle and recognize the value of following this approach
  • Understand the critical success factors of program management, maintaining alignment with strategy, managing benefits and stakeholders and executing program governance

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 3.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 302

Advanced Acquisition for Federal Government Project Managers (classroom)

Description:

In this course, you’ll apply your knowledge, skills, and work experience as you work in teams to complete an extensive, realistic case study to negotiate fair and reasonable prices and to consider the legal implications for various contract situations. Participants will hone the critical thinking, cost analysis, negotiation, and contract administration skills necessary for successful contract performance.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Emphasize pre-award and award activities
  • Comprehend approaches and techniques for awarding a PBA
  • Comprehend approaches and techniques to manage a performance-based acquisition (PBA) after award
  • Describe the concepts and implementation of performance-based acquisition
  • Perform market research to determine possible public- and private-sector sources and solutions
  • Perform a job analysis in preparation for writing a clear and concise performance work statement
  • Develop an effective quality assurance plan
  • Develop performance measures
  • Use the key tools of PBA to effectively manage contract performance
  • Structure a team that is qualified to manage performance assessment
  • Facilitate a partnering relationship between government contract monitors and the contractor
  • Employ a recordkeeping and documentation process throughout the performance assessment cycle

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 3.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 303

Advanced Earned Value for Federal Government Projects (classroom)

Description:

The use of earned value management in the federal government is shifting from program oversight to insight and foresight. While the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requires use of EVM on contracts greater than a certain amount to ensure compliance, the Federal IT Dashboard and TechStat sessions with the federal CIOs have turned EVM into a performance improvement tool.  This course helps you direct and manage EVM implementation across the program lifecycle and builds up extensive EVM capabilities to be applied to large, complex projects/programs. You’ll review total life cycle systems management, how departments/agencies work within a typical life cycle, and the project/program manager’s roles throughout the cycle. Through immersive exercises that simulate the workplace, you will deepen your insights into financial planning and management, cost estimating and program evaluation through various EVM methodologies. Together with other participating senior-level program/project managers, you will share and build up your knowledge of agency implementation instructions for OMB A-11.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Oversee application of Total Life Cycle Systems Management
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and appropriateness of—
    • Cost estimating processes, methods, techniques
    • Analytical principles, data, confidence bands
    • Specialized costing, application of
    • OMB A-94
    • Management applications when managing projects
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and appropriateness of—
    • Earned value management (EVM) policies, methodologies, and software for performance measurement of projects
    • The Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) process
    • Techniques used to determine effective project strategies when EVM indicators are yellow and/or red, or cross a threshold
  • Demonstrate knowledge of—
    • How funds are allocated within appropriation categories and use of the funds from each appropriation
    • The department/agency’s policy/instructions for financial planning, programming, budget development, and budget execution
    • OMB A-11 application, including the documentation processes which are employed

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 3.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24


FPM 304

Leading Federal Government Projects III (classroom)

Description:

This course helps you take a nimble approach to leading project managers, managing direct reports, and managing the expectations of senior audiences. You’ll take a deep dive into managing relationships, communication filters, and conflict management, with an eye to building and maintaining a high-performance team. Dynamic simulations will let you apply theories and tools to lead project managers through the opportunities and pitfalls of complex projects. A detailed examination of managing multiple projects from a program level will build your mastery of setting project priorities and aligning them with organizational strategy, while addressing the impact of policies and trends. Finally, you’ll learn how to use portfolio management to identify opportunities and take calculated risks in order to position your organization for short- and long-term success.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Discuss the leader’s role in each phase of the project life cycle 
  • Support project managers and project teams through coaching, mentoring, and rewarding success 
  • Apply the concepts of complexity science and current leadership philosophies as applied to project management
  • Ensure program credibility through alignment with your organization’s goals, objectives, and strategies 
  • Communicate your strategy and vision to the project team, the customer, and other project stakeholders 
  • Formulate strategies to keep up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders’ views
  • Employ business acumen to achieve improved program results

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 3.

Prerequisite: None

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16


FPM 316

Systems Management: Senior Level

Description:

This course focuses on systems management within the Federal environment. Students will assess how systems development, including requirements, system engineering, test and evaluation, and logistics, fits into the overall total life-cycle systems management (TLCSM) environment. With the use of real-life examples, in-depth discussions, and analyses of current events, students will navigate through Federal department/agency decision support systems and learn key strategies to evaluate systems development challenges; lead the transition and assessment of strategic goals into executable project/program requirements; gain a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of a project management office (PMO); and use systems engineering, life-cycle logistics, and formal plans for managing systems.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate systems development challenges in the Federal system environment
  • Lead the transition and assessment of strategic goals into executable project/program requirements
  • Evaluate the benefits of a project/program management office
  • Evaluate and evolve the development and application of a systems engineering approach to develop IT and non-IT products
  • Evaluate when life-cycle logistics approaches are appropriate
  • Formulate an approach using integrated master plan (IMP)/integrated master schedule (IMS) processes
  • Appraise the importance of making informed decisions across the TLCSM

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 3.

Prerequisite: A minimum of 4 years of experience in a Federal program management or related position; Completion of a continuing education/training program in entry-level project management

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16


FPM 317

Contract Management: Senior Level

Description:

This course provides an overview of managing Federal contracts with a focus on the acquisition plan, the pre-award and source selection process, leading and appraising contract execution and formulating contract approaches for services and IT efforts. Students participate in interactive exercises and discussions to assess and evaluate how to effectively and efficiently apply Federal and acquisition policies to meet the program’s needs.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate contracting challenges in the Federal system environment
  • Appraise the program strategy and acquisition plan
  • Adapt the pre-award and source selection process to program needs
  • Lead and appraise contract execution efforts
  • Formulate contract approaches for services and IT efforts

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 3.

Prerequisite: A minimum of 4 years of experience in a Federal program management or related position; Completion of a continuing education/training program in entry-level project management

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16


FPM 318

Business, Cost, and Financial Management: Senior Level

Description:

This course provides an overview on managing cost estimating, Federal budgeting, and implementing EVM on programs. The use of interactive exercises and class discussions allows students to focus on collecting, organizing, analyzing, and reporting on project and program progress and performance. The application of best practices that integrate performance information—from cost estimating, risk management, and earned value management (EVM)—provides students with the tools they need to apply these concepts and strategies to their own programs.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate business/cost challenges in the Federal system environment
  • Assess program cost estimating/analytical processes
  • Assess the business case analysis (BCA) process
  • Analyze needs for performance measurement
  • Describe the financial management plan for a program

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 3.

Prerequisite: A minimum of 4 years of experience in a Federal program management or related position; Completion of a continuing education/training program in entry-level project management

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16


FPM 319

Leadership and Strategic Management: Senior Level

Description:

This course focuses on the ability to lead projects strategically within the Federal environment. Students will determine how to identify key issues that can inhibit a large-scale project or program from moving forward and discuss how to change the environment across decision support systems to meet strategic department/agency needs. With the use of both real-life and Government Accountability Office (GAO) examples, in-depth discussions, and an analysis of current events, students will navigate through Federal department/agency decision support systems and learn key strategies for developing an executable, comprehensive acquisition strategy. Students gain, hone, and apply needed leadership and decision support knowledge to navigate the dynamics of the Federal acquisition environment, drive strategic change, build teams and foster stakeholder relationships, and make strategic decisions.

Objectives:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate leadership challenges in the Federal system environment
  • Compose an effective leadership strategy to effect organizational change
  • Build high-performance teams and develop stakeholder relationships
  • Evaluate the system environment to make timely and effective decisions

Who Should Attend: Program and Project Management professionals seeking their FAC-P/PM level 3.

Prerequisite: A minimum of 4 years of experience in a Federal program management or related position; Completion of a continuing education/training program in entry-level project management

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16


CON 244

Construction Contracting

Description:

This course provides contracting personnel involved in the formation and administration of construction contracts with a complete and extensive look at contracting for construction projects. Coverage includes project planning, specification and solicitation preparation, contract award and administration, and contract completion. Students learn to describe functional components of construction contracting from planning through closeout; use appropriate techniques for solicitation, evaluation, and award; identify methods of quality assurance for construction contract administration; identify sources of potential modifications and correct courses of action; and manage a construction contract.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify the changes in laws and regulations that affect construction contracts.
  • Understand FAR policies related to construction acquisition planning and determine the appropriate type of construction acquisition plan.
  • Describe how to develop a construction solicitation package.
  • Analyze the bid or proposal documents and recommend award.
  • Evaluate required contract administration compliance for applicable construction clauses.
  • Understand applicable labor laws and regulations.
  • Identify applicable construction clauses when change conditions occur.
  • Describe the process for inspection and acceptance, invoices, and payments.
  • Describe contract closeout procedures.
  • Identify unique construction claim issues.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed all FAC-C Level I Training before enrolling in this course.

Length: 5 days

CLPs: 40

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FCN 400

Emergency Contracting Basics

Description:

This course is designed for contracting professionals, or other personnel performing similar functions, who may assist federal agencies during the recovery from national disasters or other emergencies. Students receive an introduction to the knowledge necessary to procure goods and services required to support emergency and disaster recovery activities.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of participants in the emergency contracting process.
  • Understand how emergency contracting differs from standard contracting.
  • Identify and follow FAR Part 18 provisions, agency guidance, and other policies in emergency contracting.
  • Properly analyze procurement requests.
  • Identify resources needed to procure goods and services during an emergency or disaster recovery.

Prerequisites: None

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16

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FCN 402

FAR Refresher

Description:

This course focuses on the basics of the FAR and acquisition planning, immersing students in the FAR and relevant agency supplements. Students receive an overview of the FAR and its history, with an emphasis on the procedures and policies prescribed by the FAR, the authority given to contracting officers, and the restrictions placed upon them.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Obtain a basic understanding of the federal acquisition environment.
  • Identify the basic principles of federal government contracting.
  • Use the FAR and applicable agency supplements to locate, cite, and interpret specific information.
  • Identify policies and procedures for acquisition planning.
  • Identify required sources and their order of priority.
  • Identify various contract types and cite policies and procedures for using them.

Prerequisites: None

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16

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FCN 403

Cost Principles

Description:

This course provides participants with a complete understanding of the cost principles found in relevant OMB Circulars and 2CFR. These circulars apply (depending on the nature of the recipient of the grant or agreement) and prescribe certain activities and responsibilities required of the government and the recipient. Compliance guides and audit requirements will be reviewed to determine applicability to various recipients.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Define the role of cost principles in grants and cooperative agreements.
  • Identify examples of costs that are allowable and unallowable.
  • Explain how cost principles vary between organizations.
  • Define and identify direct and indirect costs.
  • Take action or make recommendations on costs requiring prior approval.

Prerequisites: None

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16

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FCN 404

Federal Contract Law

Description:

This intermediate level course is designed for Contract Specialists who have completed Level I contracting training and have two years of contracting experience. This course focuses on legal considerations in the procurement process. The course introduces basic principles and sources of law relevant to procurement, including fiscal law. Students will address legal issues encountered in contracting such as protests, assignments of claims, disputes, fraud, contractor debt, performance issues, and contract termination.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify the legal principles that apply to government contracts.
  • Identify the most common constraints on using appropriated funds.
  • Identify the issues associated with government property, particularly intellectual property.
  • Identify different processes by which challenges may be filed against a federal acquisition.
  • Determine when an assignment of claims is permitted.
  • Identify the legal issues associated with contract performance.
  • Identify formal disputes resolution procedures under the Contract Disputes statute.
  • Identify criminal, civil, and administrative remedies for fraud.
  • Select the procedures for terminating a contract.
  • Identify the tools for recovering monies owed the government.

Prerequisites: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24

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FCN 405

Service Contracting

Description:

This course provides students information on the requirements for service contracts, including applicable clauses, the award process, work statement requirements, and labor laws. This session is based on part 37 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and considers the use of simplified acquisition methods, sealed bidding, and negotiation as appropriate methods for acquiring services.

A Work Statement is the most important document in the acquisition process. It describes the services/items to be bought and is the baseline for preparing and evaluating bids and proposals and monitoring day-to-day contractor performance. This course emphasizes the procedures and steps in the Federal acquisition process and how they relate to the development of clear, complete, and concise Work Statements.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify roles, responsibilities, and teaming arrangements in developing Work Statements.
  • Identify essential elements and their interrelationships in the Service Contracting process.
  • Apply step-by-step procedures to capture such Service Contracting elements as strategy, job analysis, and work breakdown structures.
  • Perform an Activity Analysis to capture necessary work scheduling, procedures, and performance times
  • Screen out unnecessary detailed design restrictions.
  • Specify deliverables including hardware, software, and data items.
  • Create outcome-based acceptance criteria linked to monetary and non-monetary performance incentives.
  • Avoid and eliminate common writing errors.

Prerequisites: None

Length: 5 days

CLPs: 40

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FFM APL3

Federal Appropriations Law (classroom)

Description:

This session provides agency personnel with the legal aspects of federal appropriations law. The course is based on Principles of Federal Appropriations Law published by the General Accounting Office. These materials are designed to provide the participant with insight and information on Comptroller General decisions that impact an agency's expenditures.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Comprehend the nature of appropriations law and the congressional “power of the purse.”
  • Describe the life cycle of an appropriation.
  • Recognize what constitutes an appropriation, and explain the difference between authorization and appropriation.
  • Understand the “necessary expense” doctrine and its relationship to appropriations.
  • Recognize specific purpose authorities and limitations.
  • Describe the “bona fide needs” rule as it applies to both supplies and services.
  • Explain which appropriations qualify for advance payments and why.
  • Understand the laws regarding the disposition of appropriation balances.
  • Describe the Anti-Deficiency Act and its relationship to appropriations, and r recognize the penalties for violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act.
  • Understand the process of apportionment of appropriations to government agencies.

Prerequisites: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24

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FFM BP3

Federal Budget Process

Description:

The course provides information on the major phases and timing of the federal budget process and is designed for those new to budgeting responsibilities or those who want an overview of the budget process.  Formulation, enactment, execution, and audit phases of the budget process are reviewed with emphasis on the roles of the key players in the executive and legislative branches.  The course uses current events to illustrate the process of appropriating, allocating, and spending billions of federal dollars.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify the major legislation affecting the federal budget process.
  • Track the budget timeline and the major phases of the budget process.
  • Identify the roles of the major players in the budget process.
  • Outline how agencies use and track their allocated funds.
  • List the methods used to audit the use of federal funds.
  • Identify trends in spending the last 50 years.

Prerequisites: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24

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FQN PBA3

Performance-based Acquisition

Description:

This course provides students information on the requirements for performance-based contracts, including applicable clauses, the award process, work statement requirements, and labor laws. Based on FAR Part 37, this course covers the use of simplified acquisition methods, sealed bidding, and negotiation as appropriate methods for acquiring services.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify the benefits of performance-based acquisition.
  • Understand and perform the seven steps of performance-based acquisition:
    • Establish an integrated solutions team;
    • Describe the problem that needs solving;
    • Examine private- and public-sector solutions;
    • Develop performance work statements or statement of objectives;
    • Decide how to measure and manage performance;
    • Select the right contractor.

Prerequisites: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24

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FQN SAP

Simplified Acquisition Procedures (Refresher)

Description:

This refresher course has been developed for purchasing personnel and provides an update on current procedures for simplified acquisitions.  The course specifically deals with FAR parts 8, 12, and 13. Class exercises and chapter quizzes provide the students with hands-on experience in problem-solving, and reinforce the lessons presented. The course also contributes to the training for warrant requirements of purchasing agents and contracting officers.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Discuss recent changes that impact simplified acquisitions.
  • Explain complex issues in the area of simplified acquisitions.
  • Properly state customer requirements.
  • Locate supply sources and solicit for competition.
  • Apply appropriate purchasing methods.
  • Evaluate quotes, make an award, and administer the contract or purchase order.

Prerequisites: None

Length: 2 days

CLPs: 16

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FQN SAP5

Simplified Acquisition Procedures

Description:

This course provides participants with current information on simplified acquisition procedures and required sources, and is suitable for new and experienced purchasing and contracting personnel. Coverage includes thresholds and the rules that currently apply to purchasing under FAR Parts 8 & 13.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Better understand current policy and practice using simplified acquisition procedures and required sources.
  • Recognize thresholds and the rules that apply to purchasing under FAR parts 13 and 8.
  • Identify requirements for small businesses and other socioeconomic programs.
  • Evaluate quotations and other offers.
  • Understand the importance of market research and requirements documents.
  • Issue requests for quotations.
  • Evaluate proposals and award contracts.
  • Administer contracts.

Prerequisites: None

Length: 5 days

CLPs: 40

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FFM CHW3

Capitol Hill Workshop

Description:

This course provides the Capitol Hill experience focusing on the policy-making process and the legislative agenda, helps to understand the congressional budget process, and the culture of U.S. Congress.  This course will be taught from the perspective of Congress in its role of overseeing Executive Branch agencies.

Case studies, current and proposed budgets, and pending legislation impacting Federal agencies will be the majority of the course content.  Students will share group work to summarize the committee topics discussed and impression of visit to Representative or Senate office.

Students will summarize the value of the case studies, handouts, attending the committee meeting and meeting Congressional staff.

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Appreciate the role of OMB and the President to generate the budget process
  • Define the roles of the President, House of Representatives and Senate
  • Follow the House and Senate Process for budget formation and approval
  • Appreciate the modification and amendment of budget legislation
  • Appreciate the roles of Federal Agencies, lobbyists and special interests groups to influence the process
  • Contrast the differences between House and Senate procedures
  • Identify the role of the Federal Register in budget policy and legislation
  • Recognize the influence of Congressional Committees to affect the budget
  • Attend a congressional hearing to determine the dynamics and process
  • Measure agency impacts of time, purpose and amount for budget appropriations
  • Identify budget and other major issues facing Congress today
  • Define effective avenues for communication with Congress and its members
  • Evaluate how biased media impacts the Executive Office, Congress, Defense and National Security
  • Measure how Congress impacts the Federal agencies with the budget
  • Recognize the role of GAO as “Congressional Watchdog”
  • Identify how Congressional members advance their positions, agenda, and public policy
  • Appreciate the functions and roles of Congressional staff and interns
  • Appreciate the approaches to domestic versus international policy and law
  • Determine approaches you can use to build win/win relationships with Congressional staff 

Prerequisites: None

Length: 3 days

CLPs: 24

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