Contracting Officer's Representative (FAC-COR)

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

Additional information on the FAC-COR may be found by using the navigation links below.

Certification Requirements

Training

Continuous Learning

COR Competencies

Agency Unique FAC-COR Requirements

Additional Information

Certification Requirements

The Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting Officer's Representatives (FAC-COR) Program requirements are governed by the September 6, 2011 Memo on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer's Representatives (FAC-COR) from OFPP. This memorandum revises and replaces the November 26, 2007 Memo on The Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer Technical Representatives (FAC-COTR) from OFPP, revising the competency requirements for CORs to establish a risk-based, three-tiered certification program for civilian agencies that better reflects the important role of the COR. The new FAC-COR requirements became effective as of January 1, 2012.

The FAC-COR is only one component of strengthening the COR function. Equally important is selecting the right individual to be a COR, ensuring that the COR understands the importance of his/her role, providing the individual adequate time and resources to perform the COR function, and building a culture of effective collaboration and communication between the Contracting Officer and the COR.

Where the previous FAC-COTR had just one level of certification for all CORs, the new FAC-COR has three levels of certification with varying requirements for training, experience, and continuous learning, depending on the types of contracts being managed. There are also answers to frequently asked questions about the FAC-COR Certification.

For questions concerning your certification, please contact your Acquisition Career Manager (ACM)

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Training

Initial training for new CORs must include, at a minimum, a course covering COR roles and responsibilities as well as fundamental contract rules and regulations. In addition, it is strongly recommended that this training be provided in a classroom setting. For other CORs any combination of classroom or online training required by agency policy and the agency’s Acquisition Career Manager (ACM) is acceptable. Individual CORs should consult with their supervisor and the Contracting Officer to determine their specific training needs.

FAI, the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), private vendors, and other government agencies offer a variety of online and classroom courses to satisfy the new training requirements. FAI has prepared sample curricula recommendations for these courses. 

To enroll in COR training, please login to FAITAS and select "Continuous Learning Modules" on the left side of the screen.

DAU Equivalency/FAI Verification for COR Courses

A training class taken for certification purposes should be taken from a commercial vendor, a college or university, or another organization whose class has been determined to be DAU Equivalent by DAU or has been verified by FAI.

DAU Equivalent Providers and FAI Verified Providers.  For the reader’s convenience, a listing of both DAU Equivalent providers and those providers that have been verified by FAI can be found on the FAC-COR Verified Course Vendors page.

A complete list of DAU Equivalent vendors and classes can be found in DAU’s iCatalog under Equivalent Providers. Commercial vendors, colleges and universities, and other organizations can find more information about the DAU Equivalency Process in the DAU iCatalog under Equivalent Providers.

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Continuous Learning

Individuals certified with FAC-COR must accumulate the number of CLPs reflective of their level of certification, every two years to maintain their certification to act as a COR. The September 6, 2011 Memo on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer's Representatives (FAC-COR) from OFPP specifically outlines continuous learning requirements for CORs.

OFPP also offers general guidance on continuous learning.

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COR Competencies

The essential competencies required for Contracting Officer's Representatives (CORs) or equivalent positions form the foundation for the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively perform as a COR. The FAC-COR Competencies and Performance Outcomes have been updated by the COR Functional Advisory Board, as of December 2012.

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Agency Unique FAC-COR Requirements

In August 2016, FAI distributed a survey to identify the Federal civilian agencies' unique certification requirements. The table below provides an overview of the agency unique FAC-C requirements. The requirements below are in addition to the government-wide FAC-COR requirements. If you have any questions about your agency's unique requirements, please contact your acquisition career manager (ACM). The agency unique FAC-COR requirements are also available as a downloadable PDF file.

Agency

FAC Level

Experience

Training

Continuous Learning

Other

DOJ

Level I, II, III

 

FAC 018, FAC 031, and FAC 043 (Or Proof of Equivalent Courses)

   

SEC

Level I

 

3-hour SEC-specific workshop

   

Level II

 

41 Hours of SEC specific classes

   

SSA

Level I

 

40 hours of training

   

USAID

Level II

 

122 hours of training, including USAID COR and Assistance Officer Representative training and Agency specific Programming Foreign Assistance Training

   

VA

Level II, III

 

CPARS Overview and CPARS Guide Update

   

The following agencies reported that they do not have any agency-specific FAC-COR requirements in addition to the government-wide requirements: Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Education, Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Labor (DOL), Department of the Treasury, Department of Transportation (DOT), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), General Services Administration (GSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and Small Business Administration (SBA).

The following agencies did not respond to the survey: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Department of Interior (DOI), and Department of State.

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Additional Information

The term “COTR” has been changed to “COR” to align with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) which now incorporates a definition for “Contracting Officer’s Representative” and includes designation of a COR as part of a Contracting Officer’s responsibilities. (See FAR Parts 1.602-2, “Responsibilities” and 2.101, “Definitions”)

Each career area has a Functional Advisory Board as a collaborative, federal-wide working group charged with shaping the management policies and practices of the Federal Acquisition Certification program which is chartered by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. The COR FAB Charter establishes the COR FAB to perform continuous review, evaluation, and update of the COR certification within Federal civilian agencies.

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