Continuous Learning Opportunities

Continuous learning activities enhance the skills of acquisition professionals, affords opportunities for professional growth, and can improve the quality of services rendered. Federal Acquisition Certification (FAC) certified workforce members are required to earn Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) every two years to maintain their certification. The required number of CLPs differs for FAC-C, FAC-P/PM and FAC-COR and are detailed on their respective FAI.GOV certification pages. CLPs are tracked and monitored by workforce members, supervisors and Acquisition Career Managers (ACMs) through FAITAS. Continuous learning opportunities should be used to obtain training in core competencies, maintain critical acquisition skills and obtain agency specific training.

Continuous Learning Guidance

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
FAITAS Course Catalog Contains hundreds of instructor-led and online, self-paced training opportunities available through FAI, DAU, and many other agencies.  Some agencies charge a fee or tuition for attending their training; visit the Teaching School Resources page and select the appropriate teaching school to find out how that process is managed. FAI has created this video to assist with using catalog filters. Note: For courses that lead to DAU’s Virtual Campus, assigned CLP values for courses are subject to revaluation and may change periodically. For a list of classes with immediate openings, please visit the Find and Register for Courses page.
DAU Virtual Campus Offers a variety of self-paced training opportunities. Search the DAU iCatalog 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 1 CLP per hour working on a short term experiential projects. Be sure to share these ideas with your acquisition teams, colleagues, and customers.
Contracting Training Shorts The VA Acquisition Academy and its Contracting Professional School have developed short micro-learning videos to introduce common contracting topics to the acquisition workforce.
Energy Star Training Training courses on purchasing energy efficient items.
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.
Publicly Available Learning Assets This list is comprised of free, flexible, and self-paced learning assets. These assets may be used by the federal acquisition workforce to earn Continuous Learning Points (CLP) to maintain federal acquisition certifications. Be sure to check with your supervisor and your agency continuous learning managers to ensure your agency will accept this approach for CLPs.
SBA's Learning Center The Center offers a variety of free on-line training opportunities. Whether you are interested in learning more about SBA's Certificate of Competency, HUBZones, Woman Owned Small Businesses, NonManufacturer Rule, it's all there, plus more!
Skillsoft eLearning provides the acquisition workforce opportunities to participate in continuous learning activities through their agency Learning Management Systems (LMS). Skillsoft has collaborated with FAI to identify and review continuous learning opportunities which align with the FAC-P/PM competencies to assist the federal acquisition workforce in meeting their continuous learning point (CLP) requirements.