NEW FAC-C Training Requirements

Beginning October 1, 2019, NEW Federal Acquisition Certification - Contracting (FAC-C) training requirements take place.  Adopting these new training requirements continues our alignment with Defense Acquisition University’s (DAU) Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Contracting certification program. 

 

Students will be provided time to implement these changes as they seek FAC-C Level I, II, or III.   The changes to the curriculum are not extensive, however, there are varying dates to keep in mind. A new OFPP policy memo will not be issued for these changes; all changes will continue to be maintained on FAI.GOV.  

 

NEW FAC-C Training Requirements

FAC-C Refresh (May 2014)

Transition to New FAC-C

(October 1, 2019-June 30, 2020)

(Changes are in red below)

FAC-C LEVEL I

FAC-C LEVEL I

CON 090 FAR Fundamentals

(20 days, instructor-led) OR

FCN 190 FAR Fundamentals

(10 days, instructor-led)

 

CON 090 & FCN 190 are being phased out by courseware vendors during the period 10/1/19 through 6/30/2020 - certificates from either course will be acceptable for FAC-C Level I until 9/30/2021.

CON 091 Contract Fundamentals

(13 days, instructor-led)

 

 

CON 100 Shaping Smart Business Arrangements (self-paced online) OR

FCN 101 Contracting Basics

(self-paced online)

CON 100 Shaping Smart Business Arrangements OR

FCN 101 Contracting Basics

(self-paced online)

CON 121 Contract Planning

(instructor-led or self-paced online)

CON 121 Contract Planning

(instructor-led or self-paced online)

CON 124 Contract Execution

(instructor-led or self-paced online)

CON 124 Contract Execution

(instructor-led or self-paced online)

CON 127 Contract Management

(instructor-led or self-paced online)

CON 127 Contract Management (instructor-led or self-paced online)

FAC 023 Basic Contracting for GSA Schedules

(self-paced online)

FAC 023 Basic Contracting for GSA Schedules

(self-paced online)

FAC 031 Small Business Programs

(self-paced online)

FAC 031 Small Business Programs

(self-paced online)

CLC 057 Performance Based Payments and Value of Cash Flow

(self-paced online)

CLC 057 Performance Based Payments and Value of Cash Flow

(self-paced online)

CLC 058 Introduction to Contract Pricing

(self-paced online)

CLC 058 Introduction to Contract Pricing

(self-paced online)

CON 170 Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis

(10 days, instructor-led)

CON 170 Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis

(8 days, instructor-led)

N/A

CLC 056 Analyzing Contract Costs

(self-paced online)

 

Effective October 1, 2019, this course will be

required for FAC-C Level I.

FAC-C LEVEL II

FAC-C LEVEL II

CON 200 Business Decisions for Contracting

(instructor-led or self-paced online)

CON 200 Business Decisions for Contracting

(instructor-led or self-paced online)

CON 216 Legal Considerations in Contracting

(instructor-led or self-paced online)

CON 216 Legal Considerations in Contracting

(instructor-led or self-paced online)

CLC 056 Analyzing Contract Costs

(self-paced online)

(Course now required for Level 1)

 

CLC 051 Managing Government Property in the Possession of Contractors

(self-paced online)

CLC 051 Managing Government Property in the Possession of Contractors

(self-paced online)

HBS 428 Negotiating

(self-paced online)

HBS 428 Negotiating

(self-paced online)

CON 270 Intermediate Cost and Price Analysis

(instructor-led)

 

Effective October 1, 2019, this course is no longer required for FAC-C (Can still be taken for CLPs/electives).

CON 280 Source Selection and Administration of Service Contracts

(instructor-led)

 

CON 280 Source Selection and Administration of Service Contracts

(instructor-led)

(Note: Some content from CON 270 will be added to this course.)

CON 290 Contract Administration and Negotiation Techniques in a Supply Environment

(instructor-led)

 

CON 290 Contract Administration and Negotiation Techniques in a Supply Environment

(instructor-led)

(Note:  Some content from CON 270 will be added to this course.)

FAC-C LEVEL III

FAC-C LEVEL III

CON 360 Contracting for Decision Makers

(10 days, instructor-led)

CON 360 Contracting for Decision Makers

(8 days, instructor-led)

An HBS module other than HBS 428

An HBS module other than HBS 428

Choose 1 of the following:

  • 32 hours of electives*
  • ACQ 265 Mission-Focused Services Acquisition
  • ACQ 315 Understanding Industry
  • ACQ 370 Acquisition Law
  • CON 244 Construction Contracting
  • CON 252 Fundamentals of Cost Accounting Standards
  • CON 370 Advanced Contract Pricing

Choose 1 of the following:

  • 32 hours of electives*
  • ACQ 265 Mission-Focused Services Acquisition
  • ACQ 315 Understanding Industry
  • ACQ 370 Acquisition Law
  • CON 244 Construction Contracting
  • CON 252 Fundamentals of Cost Accounting Standards
  • CON 370 Advanced Contract Pricing

* 32 Hours of Electives. The 32 hours of electives may be one course or a series of courses. Each course should be at least eight hours in length and can be classroom, online, or a combination of the two. Topics must be related to acquisition and may include general business courses such as statistics or budgeting. Topics of subject areas may also be in a technical area related to the individual’s specific work, such as IT. Agencies have the option of specifying the courses their workforce members must take to meet the 32 hours of electives.

 

FAI has developed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pertaining to the recent changes.  For specific questions about your FAC-C, contact your agency Acquisition Career Manager (ACM).

 

 

FAQs for NEW FAC-C Training Changes

 

Question: What prompted changes to the curriculum for FAC-C?

Answer:  The Department of Defense is making a number of changes to their Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) curriculum and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget (OFPP/OMB) has decided to continue the alignment of the civilian Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting with DoD’s curriculum and changes.

 

Question: Can I still use my CON 090 or FCN 190 certificate for FAC-C Level 1?

Answer: You may use your CON 090 or FCN 190 certificate to apply for FAC-C Level I as long as the course certificate was issued before June 30, 2020. (Note: CON 090 and FCN 190 will be accepted as meeting current certification requirements through September 30, 2021.) However, once vendors are listed on DAU’s Equivalency List as providing CON 091, it is recommended that students start taking that class.

 

Question: Do you have a projected timeline for when CON 091 courseware vendors will be deemed equivalent by DAU and begin offering the course?

Answer: This will depend on when the vendors submit for DAU-equivalency. It may be possible for some vendors to be equivalent by early FY 2020. In the meantime, workforce members may still take CON 090 or FCN 190 for FAC-C Level I.

 

Questions: When will  CLC 056 Analyzing Contract Costs be  removed as a required course for a FAC-C Level II and become a required course for a FAC-C Level I?

Answer: October 1, 2019

 

Question: When will CON 170 and CON 360 courses be reduced from 10 days to 8 days? 

Answer: There will be a transition period from October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 in which vendors will be converting their courseware.  Course certificates from either version will be acceptable for FAC-C. 

 

Question: When will  CON 270 Intermediate Cost and Price Analysis no longer be required for FAC-C?

Answer: October 1, 2019

 

Question: Since CON 270 will no longer be required for FAC-C Level II, is the course being retired?

Answer:  No. CON 270 is not being retired and it will still be maintained and available from vendors. This course may be beneficial to acquisition workforce members who are involved in cost and price analysis work or major acquisition programs, per supervisor discretion. Additionally, this course could be used to maintain currency for continuous learning requirements.

 

Question: When I purchase FAC-C courseware, will I still be relying on DAU’s Equivalency List?

Answer: Yes

 

Question: Will CONs 280 and 290 that have already been taken satisfy those respective class requirements for FAC-C Level II as of October 1st, or do they immediately expire?

Answer: As the content changes being made to CON 280 and CON 290 are considered minor, any version of these courses will be acceptable for certification at any time.