The Contracting Professional School (CPS) provides the VA acquisition workforce with the fundamental courses necessary to obtain the Office of Federal Procurement Policy’s (OFPP) Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) at Levels I, II, and III. In addition, the school offers specialized tracks and electives in areas such as strategic sourcing, federal appropriations law, Lean Six Sigma, and best value source selection, as well as customized courses for targeted training needs. These efforts assist the workforce in obtaining the 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) that are required every two years to maintain certification.
The school works with vendors to incorporate civilian and VA-specific case studies in our training to increase relevance. The scenarios provided are realistic and create a meaningful theory-to-practice connection.
CPS takes a holistic approach to complement the core technical contracting courses with leadership, writing, and interpersonal skills training. This method aligns with the other schools of the VA Acquisition Academy, ensuring an integrated and synergistic curriculum that leverages the strengths of the entire acquisition team.