Federal Acquisition Certification (FAC) Continuous Learning (CL)

Acquisition Workforce (AWF) professionals perform a vital role in an evolving acquisition ecosystem. As such, AWF professionals must maintain a current knowledge base, develop critical thinking abilities, have an awareness of innovations and leading-edge technologies to achieve successful acquisition outcomes.

CL Policy Requirements

Acquisition Workforce (AWF) professionals holding a FAC-C, FAC-COR, or FAC-P/PM certification are required to earn a specified (minimum) number of continuous learning points (CLPs) every two years, beginning with the date of their current certification. Learn more about Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) Certifications.

CL Points Requirements
Certification Level I Level II Level III
FAC C 80 CLPs 80 CLPs 80 CLPs
FAC COR 8 CLPs 40 CLPs 40 CLPs
FAC-P/PM 80 CLPs 80 CLPs 80 CLPs
  • FAC-C-Digital Services (FAC-C-DS) holders: 20 of the 80 mandatory CLPs must be achieved by “acquiring enhanced Digital Services“ knowledge

  • FAC-P/PM Information Technology (FAC-P/PM-IT, see Attachment 4) holders: 20 of the 80 mandatory CLPs must be achieved by topics associated with the IT core-plus area

CL Sample Activities

Training is just one means of achieving CLPs. Numerous acquisition-related learning activities are now accessible, designed to help AWF professionals stay up to date on new policies, processes, and technical and professional capabilities

OJT Experiential Learning Opportunities = 1 CLP per hour of activity; maximum 20 CLPs per year Coaching and Mentoring = 1 CLP per hour of activity; maximum 20 CLPs per year Try an innovative technique in your upcoming acquisition = Up to 3 CLPs Open Opportunities - short term experiential project (https://openopps.usajobs.gov/ ) = 1 CLP per hour of activity
Formal or Informal Training (such as FAI/DAU classroom or online courses) = 1 CLP per hour of instruction Accredited Higher Education Courses (college courses) = Generally, 10 CLPs per semester or quarter hour Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 10 CLPs per CEU Equivalency Exam = Same points as awarded for the course
Conferences, Seminars and training presentations = 1 CLP per hour, including preparation; maximum of 20 CLPs per year Association Leadership Role = 1 CLP per hour; maximum of 20 CLPs per year Professional License or Certification = 20 to 40 CLPs Publication = 1 CLP per hour of material preparation; maximum of 20 CLPs per year

CL Developmental Assignment Examples
Tenure CLPs Tenure CLPs
1 month 20 CLPs 6 months 45 CLPs
2 months 30 CLPs 9 months 65 CLPs
3 months 35 CLPs 12 months 80 CLPs

Developmental Assignments are based on learning achieved and length of assignment / detail

Questions - Contact your agency Acquisition Career Manager

Guides and Tools

Acquisition Gateway: A workspace for acquisition professionals and federal buyers to connect with resources, tools and each other to improve acquisition government-wide.

1102 Experience Development Tool: For contract professionals and their supervisors to identify and document participation in the most common 1102 job tasks, show areas where more experience is needed, and help identify knowledge gaps.

Open Opportunities: A government-wide program offering professional development opportunities to current federal employees and internships to students. Facilitates collaboration and knowledge sharing across the Federal Government.

P/PM Toolkit: For all acquisition workforce professionals, not just P/PMs, the toolkit is a knowledge base containing policies and guidance; training; resources; playbooks; communities of practice; and universities with PM certificates.

Contracting Professional's Career Roadmap: Provides contracting professionals and their supervisors with a guide to getting started in the 1102 career field.

FAI Media Library: A collection of video products, audio podcasts and lectures, and other selected material all relating to the challenges of acquisition in the federal workspace.