Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM)

The Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) program is for acquisition professionals in the Federal Government performing program and project management activities and functions. Program and Project Managers (P/PMs) are critical in developing accurate government requirements, defining measurable performance standards, and managing life-cycle activities to ensure that intended outcomes are achieved. The FAC-P/PM focuses on essential functional and technical competencies needed for P/PMs. It does not include agency-specific competencies. The purpose of this program is to establish general education, training, and experience requirements for those acquisition professionals. The FAC-P/PM applies to all executive agencies, except the Department of Defense (DoD).

Additional information on the FAC-P/PM may be found by using the navigation links below.

Certification Requirements

Training Requirements

Course Prerequisites

Reciprocity with Other Certifications

FAI Verification

Fulfillment

Continuous Learning

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAC-P/PM Competencies

Links to Program and Project Managers Related Documents and Sites

Other Information

Certification Requirements

The FAC-P/PM contains three levels of certification that allows for appropriate education, training and experience for program and project management professionals managing a range of various programs or projects from low-risk to high-risk and complex acquisitions (such as major acquisitions and Information Technology (IT) systems). The FAC-P/PM certification program levels are: Entry, Mid, and Senior, with specific training and experience requirements at each level. The FAC-P/PM shall be recognized by all federal civilian agencies as evidence that an employee meets core requirements to perform program and project manager functions.

FAC-P/PM certification is managed and awarded at the agency level. Each agency has a designated Acquisition Career Manager (ACM) responsible for managing the certification requirements of the acquisition workforce members in each agency. Agencies covered by the FAC-P/PM program may require additional training and experience beyond the basic FAC-P/PM requirements. Additional training is training in support of the agency’s mission or the requirements of a program and project manager’s specific position. Agencies with DoD-funded requirements may require additional training and experience in accordance with DoD policy for their Program and Project Managers who are appointed to support those requirements. Contact your ACM for more information.

While training requirements for the FAC-P/PM are closely aligned with the DAWIA training requirements, they are not identical. Per the December 16, 2013, Memo on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification in Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) from OFPP, changes to the FAC-P/PM training requirements will be maintained on the FAI website under the FAC-P/PM Certification area.

The FAC-P/PM section of the FAQs page on FAI.gov contains answers to frequently asked questions about the FAC-P/PM certification.

Below are the training and experience requirements for each FAC-P/PM level. This table is also available as a downloadable PDF file.

FAC-P/PM Requirements

Requirements for:

Entry Level

Mid-Level

Senior Level

Experience*

One year of project management experience within the last five years
Two years of program or project management experience within the last five years Four years of program or project management experience, which shall include a minimum of one year of experience on Federal programs and projects, within the last ten years

Training

While a specific curriculum is not articulated, the below training options can assist agencies and individuals in determining their training and development needs.
 
Choose one of the following tracks:
  • FPM 120A - Program Management Basics
  • FPM 120B - Project Management and the Project Lifecycle
  • FPM 121 - Fundamentals of Project and Program Management II
OR
  • FPM 131 - Fundamentals of Project & Program Management
  • FPM 132 - Fundamentals of Contracting
  • FPM 133 - Fundamentals of Business, Cost & Financial Management
  • FPM 134 - Fundamentals of Leading Projects and Programs
While a specific curriculum is not articulated, the below training options can assist agencies and individuals in determining their training and development needs.
  • FPM 231 - Applications in Project & Program Management
  • FPM 232 - Applications in Contracting
  • FPM 233 - Applications in Business, Cost & Financial Management
  • FPM 234 - Applied Leadership in Projects & Programs
While a specific curriculum is not articulated, the below training options can assist agencies and individuals in determining their training and development needs.
  • FPM 331 - Progressive Concepts in Program Management
  • FPM 332 - Progressive Contracting Strategies for Programs
  • FPM 333 - Progressive Business, Cost & Financial Management
  • FPM 334 - Progressive Leadership in Program Management

Experience. The requirements for experience are generally based upon the Program & Project Manager’s Qualifications. Experience may be time spent on the job in a program and project management-related job assignment, either in the private or public sector, which reflects the accumulation of knowledge, skills and abilities during years of progressively responsible work assignments.

There is no exception to the experience requirements and candidates must provide evidence of their experience to their certifying official. Satisfaction of experience requirements from one certification level may be applied to the satisfaction of experience requirements of a higher certification level.

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Training Requirements

Per the December 16, 2013, Memo on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification in Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) from OFPP, each certification level requires a range of approximately 80 to 120 hours of training, depending upon the instructional design and method of training delivery. With this approach, training vendors are expected to provide an instructional method best-suited to deliver the learning outcomes that align to the P/PM competencies. The P/PM competency model is also available as a downloadable PDF file.

Training is available from several sources, including industry training vendors, colleges and universities, and Federal training institutions and academies. The FAC-P/PM Verified Course Vendors page on FAI.gov lists several providers offering certification training that have been verified by FAI for alignment to the FAC-P/PM competency model.

While a specific curriculum is not articulated or mandatory, the P/PM Functional Advisory Board (FAB) approved the below training options that can assist agencies and individuals in determining their training and development needs to meet FAC-P/PM certification training requirements. Although required training should be determined by agency policy, individual P/PMs should consult with their supervisor and the Acquisition Career Manager (ACM) to determine their specific training needs meet each certification level requirement. Training taken toward a higher level may be applied as Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) to maintain certification.

Questions pertaining to training verification should be directed to Denny Hafer, Acquisition Program Executive at FAI. Any training provider or agency desiring to have their courseware verified for alignment to the FAC-P/PM competency model, please contact Denny Hafer at dennis.hafer@fai.gov.

Below is a list of potential training tracks available to meet the requirements for FAC-P/PM certification. This information is also available as a downloadable PDF file.

Entry Level: 80-120 Hours of Training Required

Option I: Online and Classroom Training

Class Number

Class Title

Number of Hours

Delivery Method

Provider

FPM 120A

Program Management Basics (online); Competencies 1-7
20 hrs Online FAI and DAU

FPM 120B

Project Management and the Project Lifecycle (online); Competencies 1-7 22 hrs Online FAI and DAU

FPM 121

Fundamentals of Project and Program Management II (five-day); Competencies 1-7
40 hrs Classroom Various contractors

Option II: Classroom or Virtual Training

Class Number

Class Title

Number of Hours

Delivery Method

Provider

FPM 131

Fundamentals of Project & Program Management; Competencies 1-4
32 hrs Classroom or virtual Various contractors

FPM 132

Fundamentals of Contracting; Competency 5 24 hrs Classroom or virtual Various contractors

FPM 133

Fundamentals of Business, Cost & Financial Management; Competency 6 24 hrs Classroom or virtual Various contractors

FPM 134

Fundamentals of Leading Projects and Programs; Competency 7
16 hrs Classroom or virtual Various contractors

Mid-Level: 80-120 Hours of Training Required

Classroom or Virtual Training

Class Number

Class Title

Number of Hours

Delivery Method

Provider

FPM 231

Applications in Project & Program Management; Competencies 1-4
32 hrs Classroom or virtual Various contractors

FPM 232

Applications in Contracting; Competency 5 24 hrs Classroom or virtual Various contractors

FPM 233

Applications in Business, Cost & Financial Management; Competency 6 24 hrs Classroom or virtual Various contractors

FPM 234

Applied Leadership in Projects & Programs; Competency 7
16 hrs Classroom or virtual Various contractors

Senior Level: 80-120 Hours of Training Required

Classroom or Virtual Training

Class Number

Class Title

Number of Hours

Delivery Method

Provider

FPM 331

Progressive Concepts in Program Management; Competencies 1-4
32 hrs Classroom or virtual Various contractors

FPM 332

Progressive Contracting Strategies for Programs; Competency 5 24 hrs Classroom or virtual Various contractors

FPM 333

Progressive Business, Cost & Financial Management; Competency 6 24 hrs Classroom or virtual Various contractors

FPM 334

Progressive Leadership in Program Management; Competency 7
16 hrs Classroom or virtual Various contractors

Until the new FAC-P/PM Modular Training Approach courseware has been developed and finalized, the below Crosswalk Chart details the courses verified by FAI and available from the training vendors as listed on the FAC-P/PM Verified Course Vendors page on FAI.gov.

New Course ID

FAC Academy

Twenty/Eighty Strategy

MCI

Learning Tree

Course Hours

FPM 131
FPM 101
FPM 111
FPM 116
U156
24-32
FPM 132
FPM 102
FPM 112
FPM 117
U157
16-32
FPM 133
FPM 103
FPM 113
FPM 118
U158
16-32
FPM 134
FPM 104
FPM 114
FPM 119
U159
16-24
FPM 231
FPM 201
FPM 211
FPM 216
U160
16-32
FPM 232
FPM 202
FPM 212
FPM 217
U161
16-32
FPM 233
FPM 203
FPM 213
FPM 218
U162
16-32
FPM 234
FPM 204
FPM 214
FPM 219
U163
16-24
FPM 331
FPM 301
FPM 311
FPM 316
U152
24-32
FPM 332
FPM 302
FMP 312
FPM 317
U153
16-32
FPM 333
FPM 303
FPM 313
FPM 318
U154
16-32
FPM 334
FPM 304
FPM 314
FPM 319
U155
16-24
FPM 511
410
401
6136
U210
24-40
FPM 512
420A
402
6020
U211
24-32
FPM 513
420B
403
6019
U212
24-32

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Course Prerequisites

Most of the P/PM courses in each level do not have prerequisites that must be taken prior to registering for a course within that level with the exception of FPM 120A, FPM 120B, and FPM 121. These Entry level courses must be taken in order and completed before applying for the next class in the series. Workforce members taking a classroom-based ACQ or PMT course directly from DAU must meet all DAU prerequisites. DAU prerequisites can be found in the online DAU iCatalog under ACQ & PMT training courses.

Below is a list of the FAI course prerequisites for both certification and continuous learning purposes. This list is also available as a downloadable PDF file.

Course Prerequisites

Course ID

Course Title

For FAC-P/PM Certification

For Continuous Learning

Comments

Entry Level

FPM 120A

Program Management Basics None None  

FPM 120B

Project Management and the Project Lifecycle FPM 120A FPM 120A  

FPM 121

Fundamentals of Project and Program Management II FPM 120 or FPM 120B FPM 120 or FPM 120B  
OR

FPM 131

Fundamentals of Project & Program Management None None  

FPM 132

Fundamentals of Contracting None None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 131 prior

FPM 133

Fundamentals of Business, Cost & Financial Management None None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 131 prior

FPM 134

Fundamentals of Leading Projects and Programs None None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 131 prior
Mid-Level

FPM 231

Applications in Project & Program Management Completion of Entry Level Training or ACM Approval None  

FPM 232

Applications in Contracting Completion of Entry Level Training or ACM Approval None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 231 prior

FPM 233

Applications in Business, Cost & Financial Management Completion of Entry Level Training or ACM Approval None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 231 prior

FPM 234

Applied Leadership in Projects & Programs Completion of Entry Level Training or ACM Approval None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 231 prior
Senior Level

FPM 331

Progressive Concepts in Program Management Completion of Mid-Level Training or ACM Approval None  

FPM 332

Progressive Contracting Strategies for Programs Completion of Mid-Level Training or ACM Approval None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 331 prior

FPM 333

Progressive Business, Cost & Financial Management Completion of Mid-Level Training or ACM Approval None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 331 prior

FPM 334

Progressive Leadership in Program Management Completion of Mid-Level Training or ACM Approval None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 331 prior
IT Specialization

FPM 511

IT Project Management Mid- or Senior Level Certification None  

FPM 512

IT Management, Security, and Performance Assurance Mid- or Senior Level Certification None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 511 prior

FPM 513

IT Infrastructure and Architectural Design Mid- or Senior Level Certification None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 511 prior

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Reciprocity with Other Certifications

Project Management Institute (PMI)

As a result of FAI's analyses and collaboration with the Program and Project Management Functional Advisory Board (P/PM-FAB), FAI established a letter of understanding with the Project Management Institute (PMI) outlining competency alignment, training equivalency, and continuous learning (CL) credit for the PMI credentials per the listed matrix below. This competency alignment and CL credit comply with: (1) the certification training standards contained in the December 16, 2013, Memo on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification in Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) from OFPP; and (2) the FAC-P/PM Core Competency Model (version 2.1, dated September 26, 2013).

A current PMI credential may be used as a one-time acquisition workforce system credit as authorized by each agency Acquisition Career Manager (ACM).

PMI Credential

FAC-P/PM Entry Level

FAC-P/PM Mid-Level

FAC-P/PM Senior-Level

Continuous Learning

CAPM

N/A
N/A N/A 24 hours; one time FAITAS entry*

PMP

Meets all Business, Cost and Financial Management training requirements
OR Meets all Business, Cost and Financial Management training requirements OR Meets all Business, Cost and Financial Management training requirements OR 40 hours; one time FAITAS entry*

* ACM may award additional CL credit for classes taken over the minimum PMI requirement.

Further, individuals pursuing or renewing PMI credentials who have completed training toward the FAC-P/PM certification, or have attained the FAC-P/PM certification, may submit evidence to PMI of such training or certification, subject to PMI review, toward meeting the education requirements of the initial or recertification of the applicable PMI credential. This letter is also available as a downloadable PDF file.

Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA)

For program and project manager professionals coming from DoD, a valid, current Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification is equivalent to a FAC-P/PM at the same certification level, provided the FAC-P/PM education and continuous learning requirements have been met and the agency ACM approves the certification. When applying for a FAC-P/PM, the individual is responsible for providing their agency acquisition career manager with the documentation supporting their DAWIA certification, education, and continuous learning history.

Because the DAWIA certification program has different training requirements, a valid, current FAC-P/PM does not necessarily meet all the requirements for the DAWIA certification in Program and Project Management. Civilian agency program and project managers seeking positions subject to DAWIA requirements must meet all agency specific training as required per each agency policy. Reciprocity will be determined by DoD on an individual basis.

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FAI Verification

Courses taken for FAC-P/PM certification purposes may be taken from a training provider (commercial vendor, college or university, or another organization) whose courseware has been evaluated and determined FAI Verified. Verified courses ensure that the training vendor has meet standard instructional methods best-suited to deliver the learning outcomes and that they are aligned to the P/PM competencies.

FAI Verified Providers

A list of FAI Verified vendors and classes can be found on the FAI Verified Course Vendors page. The FAI Verification process is currently under review and will be updated.

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Fulfillment

Fulfillment may be used by program and project managers with significant experience and training as an alternative way to meet the standard training requirements for certification. Fulfillment should be used when appropriate and in compliance with agency policy. The fulfillment process is based on documentation provided by the workforce member that demonstrates how they met or accomplished each of the performance outcomes and learning objectives in a specific course. The accomplishment of the performance outcomes and learning objectives may be based on program and project managers experience, alternative training, or another type certification in the area of program and project managers and other acquisition duties by another organization or other developmental activities. As each agency has different requirements, please contact your ACM or Training Officer for details on submitting a Fulfillment package. Sample fulfillment templates are available as downloadable PDF files (for Entry Level, Mid-Level, and Senior Level FAC-P/PM) but do not replace the need for a resume.

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Continuous Learning

To maintain a FAC-P/PM, program and project managers are required to earn 80 continuous learning points (CLPs) every two years, beginning with the date of their certification. Acquisition career managers (ACMs) monitor the continuous learning requirements for individuals holding FAC-P/PM certification to ensure they meet these requirements. It is the program and project managers’ responsibility to ensure that his/her continuous learning requirements are met.

Hours in excess of the minimum requirements may not be carried forward for credit beyond the current period. In general, no single activity should be used to accumulate all CLPs required for maintenance of their certification. Program and Project Managers should make an effort to participate in a variety of acquisition-related activities designed to give the member a well-rounded perspective of the acquisition management function.

Program and Project Managers are encouraged to take the classes recently added to the program and project manager’s certification program since obtaining their certification. Continuous learning can also be used to strengthen an individual’s skills and capabilities in the specialized areas in which they work. An example would be taking basic IT classes for those managing information technology projects. Taking courses outside the area of program and project managers such as contracting, engineering, logistics, test & evaluation, financial management, etc., helps broaden the program and project managers understanding of their customer requirements.

Continuous learning is more than just taking classroom or online training. Points can be awarded for participation in professional organizations, publishing articles on program and project management and acquisition, speaking at events where the topic is program and project management and acquisition, or rotational and developmental assignments.

When using these types of activities for CLP purposes, the program and project manager and their supervisor should pre-define the number of CLPs recommended for the activity. Below are sample activities and the number of CLPs recommended for completing them. The below list is a sample of activities that can be used for CLP credit and is not intended to be all-inclusive. Agencies can establish different CLP values for the listed activities; therefore, program and project managers should seek agency guidance and consider the advice of their ACM in the assignment of CLP values for each of the activities listed and those being contemplated. Further information may be found on Guidance on Meeting the Requirement for Continuous Learning Points.

Recommended Continuous Learning Points (CLPs)

Sample Activity

CLPs

Formal and informal training (such as FAI and DAU classroom or online courses) 1 CLP per hour of instruction
Accredited higher education courses (from a college or university) 10 CLPs per semester or quarter hour (generally)
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) 10 CLPs per CEU
Equivalency Exam for a course, i.e. “testing out” Same points as awarded for the course
A learning event such as a seminar, brown bag, or presentation
1 CLP per hour if attending the learning event 1 CLP per hour for preparation if leading the learning event.
 
A maximum of 20 CLPs per year for this type of activity
Attendance at professional association meetings 1 CLP per meeting hour with a maximum of 20 CLPs per year
Participation in intra- or interagency groups where the topic is some element of acquisition 1 CLP per meeting hour with a maximum of 20 CLPs per year
Association leadership role 1 CLP per meeting hour with a maximum of 20 CLPs per year
Professional license or certification 20 to 40 CLPs
Publication of an article or articles on an element of acquisition 1 CLP per preparation hour with a maximum of 20 CLPs per year
On-the-job experiential learning 1 CLP per hour of activity with a maximum of 20 CLPs per year
Mentoring 1 CLP per hour of activity with a maximum of 20 CLPs per year
Rotational or developmental assignments
Based on learning achieved and length of assignment or detail.
 
CLP Recommendation:
12 month assignment or detail - 80 CLPs
9 months - 64 CLPs
6 months - 45 CLPs
3 months - 35 CLPs
2 months - 30 CLPs
1 month - 20 CLPs

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

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

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

Course Prerequisites

Course ID

Course Title

For FAC-P/PM Certification

For Continuous Learning

Comments

IT Specialization

FPM 511

IT Project Management Mid- or Senior Level Certification None  

FPM 512

IT Management, Security, and Performance Assurance Mid- or Senior Level Certification None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 511 prior

FPM 513

IT Infrastructure and Architectural Design Mid- or Senior Level Certification None Workforce members are highly encouraged to take FPM 511 prior

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to commonly asked questions regarding FAC-P/PM.

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FAC-P/PM Competencies

The FAC-P/PM Program is built on competencies that refer to the knowledge, skills, and abilities Program and Project Managers must have in order to perform their program and project manager’s duties. Because the changes to the FAC-P/PM program were made to align the competencies with the December 16, 2013, Memo on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification in Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) from OFPP, the program and project managers competencies are the foundation of the FAC-P/PM certification training program.

The revised FAC-P/PM core competency model and the FAC-P/PM-IT Core-Plus competency model, portray the competency areas and further define the areas in behavioral terms using performance outcome statements and learning objectives.

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Links to Program and Project Managers Related Documents and Sites

FAC-P/PM Resources

Below are resources for the FAC-P/PM program:

December 16, 2013, Memo on Revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification in Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) from OFPP

April 15, 2005 Policy Letter 05-01 on Developing and Managing the Acquisition Workforce from OFPP

Project Manager's Guidebook

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Other Information

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

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