As a central resource for federal acquisition professional development and certification, career guidance, and current industry information and emerging trends, FAI is committed to forging partnerships with government, private, and public-sector entities, as well as educational institutions.

Project Management Institute (PMI) PMI is the leading membership association for the project management profession. In July 2009, FAI signed an updated letter of understanding with PMI which replaces the December 2007 copy and clarifies the comparison of the PMI certification against the FAC-P/PM on all three levels.

The Partnership for Public Service Founded in 2001, the Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works. 

The University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies is pleased to announce their Defense Acquisition University Equivalent – Certificate in Federal Acquisition. The Certificate in Federal Acquisition provides students with the necessary skills and abilities to successfully use the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFAR) to develop acquisition strategies, substantiate contracting decisions, evaluate proposals and awards, and manage and close out contracts. The 18-credit undergraduate certificate (6 courses) can be completed in 12 months by enrolling in 2 courses per term.

The Certificate in Federal Acquisition is a key component to attaining Level I Contracting Certification, and therefore positions students to work for either a federal or Department of Defense (DoD) agency. The certificate is ideal for individuals changing careers, veterans, or recent college graduates who are interested in seeking a rewarding and highly sought-after government position. Visit the SCPS website to register for current classes.

FAI is pleased to announce it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with University of Maryland University College (UMUC) to provide qualified Program and Project Managers (P/PM) the opportunity to transfer credit earned through professional certifications toward UMUC’s Master of Science program in Management with a specialization in Project Management.

A Federal Acquisition Certification (FAC) or Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) P/PM Certification provides students with the necessary skills and abilities to ensure that requirements are appropriately written, performance standards are established, and contractors deliver what they promise. P/PMs develop requirements, lead integrated project teams (IPTs), and oversee budgeting and governance processes, all of which are critical to ensuring that agency mission needs are filled and expected outcomes are achieved.

Establishing rigorous professional development requirements for this critical workforce in civilian agencies will better position the government for success in its efforts to acquire and manage goods and services.

The UMUC Master of Science in Management with a Project Management specialization is ideal for individuals desiring to advance their careers and for veterans, or recent college graduates who are interested in seeking a rewarding and highly sought-after government position in Program or Project Management. To learn more about these opportunities, and to get started and register, visit UMUC's website or call 844-UMUC-FED.