Continuous Learning Opportunities

Regular participation in continuous learning activities enhances the skills of acquisition professionals, affords them opportunities for professional growth, and improves the quality of services rendered. This page presents a variety of ways you can earn Continuous Learning Points (CLPs).

General guidance on continuous learning is available from OFPP.

Acquisition Workforce Flash 1 from OFPP

The CLP requirements for each Federal Acquisition Certification (FAC) area can be found on the Certification pages.

Continuous learning opportunities should be used to obtain training in core competencies, maintain critical acquisition skills and obtain agency specific training. If you have a specific question about a course or developmental opportunity, please see your agency ACM

FAITAS Course Catalog

FAITAS Course Catalog - The Course Catalog contains hundreds of instructor-led and online, self-paced training opportunities available through FAI, the Defense Acquisition University, Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, Health & Human Services, Homeland Security, Interior, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs.  Some agencies charge a fee or tuition for attending their training, so visit the Teaching School Resources page and select the appropriate teaching school to find out how that process is managed.

Overview of the FAITAS course catalog

How to use filters in the FAITAS course catalog 

FAI Media Library

FAI’s Media Library contains great videos and podcasts on issues impacting the federal acquisition workforce. Assets include:

Behind the Buy  Podcasts - Audio stories told by members of the federal acquisition workforce who have successfully executed best practice IT contracting strategies.

Acquisition Seminars - A collection of acquisition-related videos on emerging issues.

FAI Learning Assets

FAI offers various courses for the acquisition workforce members throughout the year. For a list of classes with immediate openings, please visit the Find and Register for Courses Page.

Below is a complete list of more formal learning assets - classroom & online training - from FAI.

Course Title Location CLPs
CON 170 (FED) Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis Classroom/Virtual 64-80
FCN 190 FAR Fundamentals Virtual 80
CON 091 (FED) Contract Fundamentals Classroom/Virtual 104
CON 270 (FED) Intermediate Cost & Price Analysis Virtual 80
CON 280 (FED) Source Selection and Administration of Service Contracts Classroom/Virtual 80
CON 290 (FED) Contract Administration & Negotiation Techniques in a Supply Environment Classroom/Virtual 80
CON 360 (FED) Contracting for Decision-Makers Classroom/Virtual 64-80
ACQ 370 (FED) Acquisition Law (5-Day) Classroom/Virtual 40
CON 243 (FED) Architect-Engineer Contracting Classroom 40
CON 244 (FED) Construction Contracting (5-Day) Virtual 40
FCN 400 Emergency Contracting Basics (2-Day) Classroom/Virtual 16
FCN 482 Cybersecurity for Contracting Professionals Virtual 16
FCN 491 FAR Overview Classroom 16
FCN 605 Intermediate Agile Techniques for Contracting Professionals (2-Day) Virtual 16
FFM 403 Federal Appropriations Law (3-Day) Virtual 24
FQN 413 Performance Based Acquisition (3-Day) Classroom 24
FQN 425 Simplified Acquisition Procedures (5-Day) Classroom 24
FQN 427 Writing Performance-Based Statements of Work (3-Days) Classroom 24
FQN 452 Information Technology Acquisition (5-Day) Classroom 40
FCR 201 Contracting Officer's Representative Level 2 (5-Day) Classroom/Virtual 40
FCR 403 Advanced COR (5-Day) Classroom/Virtual 40
FCR 404 COR Refresher (ReCertification) (5-Day) Classroom 40
FPM 121 Acquisition Fundamentals Of Project And PM II Classroom/Virtual 40
FPM 231 Applications in Project & Program Management Classroom/Virtual 32
FPM 232 Applications in Contracting Classroom/Virtual 24
FPM 233 Applications in Business, Cost & Financial Management Classroom/Virtual 24
FPM 234 Applied Leadership in Project and Program Management Classroom/Virtual 16
FPM 331 Progressive Concepts in Program Management Classroom/Virtual 32
FPM 332 Progressive Contracting Strategies for Programs Classroom/Virtual 24
FPM 333 Progressive Business, Cost & Financial Management Classroom/Virtual 24
FPM 334 Progressive Leadership in Program Management Classroom/Virtual 16
FPM 432 Agile Project Management for the Federal Environment (3-Day) Virtual 24
FPM 511 Managing IT Programs & Projects Classroom/Virtual 32
FPM 512 IT Mgmt, Security And Performance Assurance Classroom/Virtual 32
FPM 513 IT Infrastructure And Architectural Design Classroom/Virtual 32
FAC 018 (FED) Green Purchasing for Civilian Acquisition Online 2
FAC 019 (FED) Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) Online 1
FAC 022 (FED) Combating Trafficking in Person Online 2
FAC 023 Basic Contracting For GSA Schedules Online 4
FAC 024 GSA Global Supply Online 2
FAC 027 GSA Schedules and the Utilization of Small Business Online 1
FAC 028 GSA Schedules and Sustainable Acquisition Online 1
FAC 029 GSA Schedules vs. Open Market Online 2
FAC 031 (FED) Small Business Programs Online 1
FAC 034 (FED) Interagency Acquisitions Basics Online 1
FAC 036 GSA Schedules BPAs and CTAs Online 2
FAC 037 GSA eBuy: An Overview Online 2
FAC 038 How to Integrate Green into Acquisitions Online 2
FAC 042 GSA's GWAC: 8(a) STARS II Online 2
FAC 043 (FED) Ethics and Procurement Integrity for the Acquisition Workforce Online 1
FAC 046 (FED) Davis-Bacon Act and Other Labor Standards Online 8
FAC 047 (FED) Micro-Purchases and Section 508 Requirements Online 1
FAC 048 GSA MAS Program: Buying Services Through GSA Schedules Online 4
FAC 049 (FED) Section 508: What is It and Why is It Important to You? Online 1
FAC 056 (FED) Section 508 Compliance for Contracting Office Representative, Program & Project Managers Online 3
FAC 057 COR Refresher Online 2
FAC 059 HUBZone Contracting Online 1
FAC 060 Acquisition Challenge: Past Performance Online 3
FAC 061 DHS JRMIS Overview Online 2
FAC 062 DHS Cybersecurity Test and Evaluation Course Online 4
FAC 063 Buy American statute Online 2
FAC 064 Certificate of Competency Program Online 1
FAC 065 The Customer's Role on the Acquisition Team Online 3
FAC 066 GSA Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions DPA Online 1
FAC 067 Verifying Offer-Quoter Registration in SAM Online 0
FAC 068 Contract Types Online 1
FAC 069 Price Analysis Online 1
FAC 072 Foundational Overview of the Acquisition Team Online 1
FAC 073 Critical Decision Making: Requirements Development Online 1
FAC 074 Critical Decision Making: Identifying and Pursuing the Best Solution through Contracting Online 1
FAC 075 Critical Decision Making: Achieving Program/Project Goals Online 1
FAC 076 Establish Line Items for Contract/Orders Online 1
FAC 081 Back to Basics: Market Research Online 1
FAC 082 Back to Basics: Conduct Preaward and Postaward Debriefing Online 0
FAC 083 Back to Basics: Getting the Best Value Online 1
FAC 084 Back to Basics: Contract Remedies Online 1
FAC 085 Back to Basics: Price Reasonableness for Simplified Acquisition Online 1
FAC 086 Back to Basics: IDIQ Task Order Evaluation Online 1
FAR 100 (FED) Introduction to the Federal Acquisition Regulation Online 2
FCL-A-0021 (CL) To Bid or Not to Bid: Industry Perspective Online 2
FCL-A-0022 (CL) FSSI OS3 Office Supplies Solution Online 2
FCL-A-0023 (CL) EEO Responsibilities in Procurement Online 2
FCL-A-0024 (CL) Agile Acquisitions 101: Means Behind Magic Online 2
FCL-A-0025 (CL) AbilityOne Online 2
FCL-A-0026 (CL) Lifting the Curtain: Debriefings Online 2
FCL-A-0027 (CL) Can We Talk: Industry Day Conferences Online 2
FCL-A-0028 (CL) Using GSA Multiple Award Schedules Program Online 2
FCL-A-0029 (CL) Ten Tangible Techniques to Trim Time Online 1
FCL-A-0030 (CL) Suspension & Debarment Online 2
FCL-A-0031 (CL) Category Management & the Acquisition Gateway Online 1
FCL-A-0032 (CL) Lifting the Curtain: Past Performance Online 1
FCL-A-0033 Information Disclosure AS Online 1
FCL-A-0035 Learn and Develop Across Generations (AS) Online 1
FCL-A-0036 Innovation in Acquisitions (AS) Online 1
FCL-A-0037 Category Management for Acquisition Professionals Online 1
FCL-A-0038 Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL) Primer Online 1
FCL-A-0400 ACC: Contract Debriefings Online 1
FCL-A-0401 ACC Contract File Documentation Online 1
FCL-A-0402 ACC: Selecting Evaluation Factors Online 1
FCL-A-0403 ACC: Source Selection 101 Online 1
FCL-A-0404 ACC: Source Selection Decision Online 1
FCL-A-0405 ACC: Independent Government Cost Estimate Online 1
FCL-A-0406 ACC: Post Award Conferences Online 1
FCL-A-0407 ACC: Past Performance Online 1
FCL-A-0408 ACC: Cost Realism Online 1
FCL-A-0409 ACC: Exchanges Online 1
FCL-A-0410 ACC: Competitive Range Online 1
FCL-A-0411 ACC: Market Research Online 1
FCL-G-0001 GSA Schedules and Utilization of Small Business Online 1
FCL-G-0002 Introduction to the Acquisition Gateway Online 1
FCL-G-0003 Professional Services Schedules - Where can I Buy Online 1
FCL-G-0004 GSA Schedues vs. FAR 15 Online 1
FCL-G-0005 Alliant Small Business GWAC Online 1
FCL-G-0007 Contract Team Arrangement and the GSA MAS Program Online 1
FCL-G-0008 Integrating Sustainable Acquisition Online 1
FCL-G-0009 Overview of Small Business GWACs Online 1
FCL-G-0011 Buying Services Through GSA Schedules - Introduction Online 1
FCL-G-0012 Buying Services Through GSA Schedules - Basics of Buying Part 1 Online 1
FCL-G-0013 Buying Services Through GSA Schedules - Basics of Buying Part 2 Online 1
FCL-G-0014 Buying Services Through GSA Schedules - BPA and CTA Online 1
FCL-G-0015 Buying Services Through GSA Schedules - Other Considerations Online 1
FCN 101 Contracting Basics Online 15
FCR 110 Contracting Officer Representative Level 1 Online 8
FPM 120A Project Management Basics Online 20
FPM 120B Project Management and Project Lifecycle Online 22

Learn more about the training formats FAI utilizes (classroom, vILT, DL, etc.) under FAI's Training FAQ.

Other Resources

Below are a few other resources of interest. Not all confer continuous learning points, but they are subjects that may be of interest and use on the job.

Contingency Contracting Corps Program Guide The Contingency Contracting Corps is a government-wide group of volunteer, trained contract specialists who provide on-call support to lead agencies in emergency response and recovery missions.

ENERGY STAR  Information, training, and resources for public and private sector individuals seeking to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Federal Facilities Environmental Stewardship and Compliance Assistance Center  Information, training, and assistance in environmental stewardship and compliance.

Section 508 Training, Information, and Resources Section 508 resources are designed to encourage development of technologies to eliminate barriers and make available new opportunities for people with disabilities. Visit Buy Accessible and The Accessibility Forum for additional information.

Seven Steps to Performance-Based Services Acquisition This virtual guide breaks down performance-based services acquisition into seven easy steps, complete with "stories" (case studies). It is intended to make the subject of Performance-Based Services Contracting (PBSC) accessible for all and emphasizes collaborative performance-oriented teamwork with a focus on program performance and improvement, not simply contract compliance. 

Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB): A Guide for Contracting Officers Confused about the new WOSB Program? Want to learn more about it? SBA has developed a quick (25 minute) on-line training course for Contracting Officers. The course includes an overview of the program, eligibility requirements for women-owned and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses, a Contracting Officer's checklist for using the WOSB Program, a discussion about Parity, Certification, Reviews and Protests, Resources and Questions, and information on how to access the WOSB Program Repository.

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.

Candid Conversations with Acquisition Leaders Members of The Partnership for Public Service’s LEAP chose top-notch executives in the Federal acquisition workforce and asked them a series of questions to gather their thoughts on the acquisition workforce, and how they advance through the ranks.

Bite-Sized Videos on Hot Questions in Suspension & Debarment These interviews of Suspension & Debarment Officials and Professionals from across the Federal Government will provide you with an advanced understanding of some of the nuances of Suspension & Debarment.

Davis Bacon Training Vol 1 This is part one of a 2011 Davis Bacon Act webinar specifically designed for Contracting Officers and their agencies.

Davis Bacon Training Vol 2 This is part two of a 2011 Davis Bacon Act webinar specifically designed for Contracting Officers and their agencies.

Human Trafficking Trailer This video, produced by the Departments of Homeland Security and State, provides a brief primer on Human Trafficking, and what you can do as contracting professionals to keep federal funds away from businesses involved in the practice.

FAPIIS Trailer This short video provides an overview of the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS).

Contingency Contracting Corps Program Guide This film summarizes the functions of the Contingency Contracting Corps and how to get involved in the program.

Government Available Learning Assets This list is comprised of IT PM learning assets developed by Federal agencies. These assets may be available to the federal acquisition workforce to earn Certification and Continuous Learning Points (CLP) credit to achieve or maintain federal acquisition certifications.  Be sure to check with each agency POC to see if these course are available to outside agency employees and ensure your ACM will accept this approach for credit.

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. 

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.