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Continuous Learning

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.


FY2024 OFPP Acquisition Flash 24-02: Training and Development of Civilian Agency Acquisition Professionals

FY2022 OFPP Acquisition Flash 22-01: Continuous Learning (CL) Requirements

FY2020 OFPP Acquisition Flash 20-02: Additional Training and Development Options to Consider in FY 2020 

FY2020 OFPP Acquisition Flash 20-01: Recommended Training and Development for FAC-C, FAC-COR and FAC-P/PM Holders
 

CL Policy Requirements

Acquisition Workforce (AWF) professionals holding a FAC-C, FAC-COR, or FAC-P/PM certification are required to obtain the required continuous learning points (CLPs) within the two-year common continuous learning period. The current continuous learning period began on May 1, 2022 and ends on April 30, 2024.

 

Continuous Learning Points Requirements

Certification Level Requirement
FAC-C (Professional) n/a 80 CLPs (100 CLPs required beginning May 1, 2024)
FAC-COR

I

II

III

8 CLPs

40 CLPs

40 CLPs

FAC-P/PM

I

II

III

80 CLPs

80 CLPs

80 CLPs

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

OFPP Guidance on Meeting the Requirement for Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) which includes the types of activities to obtain CLPs and the amount of CLPs for each type of activity.

 

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.

Continuous Learning Sample Activities

Continuous Learning Developmental Assignment Examples

Tenure CLPs Tenure CLPs
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 3 months
  • 20 CLPs
  • 30 CLPs
  • 35 CLPs
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 45 CLPs
  • 65 CLPs
  • 80 CLPs

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

Questions - Contact your agency Acquisition Career Manager (ACM) or small agency representative (SAR).

Training Sources for Continuous Learning Points

Below are some training sources that can be used to acquire CLPs (Note: This is not an all-inclusive list).

Training Sources for Continuous Learning Points
FAI CSOD Offers a variety of self-paced training opportunities available from both FAI and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Search FAI CSOD to locate training opportunities in a variety of acquisition specialities.
FAI Media Library Videos and podcasts on issues impacting the federal acquisition workforce. Some of the assets include: Behind the Buy Podcasts, acquisition seminars, knowledge nuggets, GSA Reverse Industry Day videos.
Acquisition Open Opportunities Earn up to one CLP per hour working on short term experiential projects. Be sure to share these ideas with your acquisition teams, colleagues, and customers.
Contracting Training Shorts The Veteran Affairs Acquisition Academy and its contracting professional school have developed short micro-learning videos to introduce common contracting topics to the acquisition workforce.
Fed Center.GOV Offers acquisition training courses dealing with environmental stewardship and compliance.
GSA’s Section508.GOV Training intended to improve the understanding of IT accessibility, and Section 508 law, and help employees produce digital tools and content that conform to 508 Standards.
SBA's Learning Center The center offers a variety of free online training opportunities. Whether you are interested in learning more about SBA's certificate of competency, HUBZones, woman-owned small businesses, non-manufacturer rule, it's all there, plus more!
Skillsoft Skillsoft courses that align with FAC P/PM competencies are available through individual agency Learning Management Systems (LMS). Check with your agency acquisition career manager or small agency representative regarding continuous learning point credit.

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.

COR Toolkit: Is a knowledge base tool with a comprehensive set of links to policies, resources, training and communities of practice all in one place.

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.

 

     

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