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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)

Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level I Course Catalog

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FAC-C Level I FAC-C Level II FAC-C Level III Lease Electives
Course Schedule

FAC-C Level I Requirements

  • CON 090:  FAR Fundamentals (Available through Defense Acquisition University (DAU) or Face-To-Face (FTF) at VAAA)
  • CON 100:  Shaping Smart Business Arrangements (Available online through DAU)
  • CON 121:  Contract Planning (Available online through DAU and FTF at VAAA)
  • CON 124:  Contract Execution (Available online through DAU and FTF at VAAA)
  • CON 127:  Contract Management (Available online through DAU and FTF at VAAA)
  • CON 170:  Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis (Available through DAU or FTF at VAAA)
  • FAC 023:  Basic Contracting for GSA Schedules (Available online through DAU)
  • FAC 031:  Small Business Programs (Available online through DAU)
  • CLC 057:  Performance-Based Payment & Planning for Cash Flow (Available online through DAU)
  • CLC 058:  Introduction to Contract Pricing (Available online through DAU)

In addition to the above listed courses, there are experiential and education requirements:

  • Experience:  1 year of contract work experience based on the Contract Specialist (GS-1102) Qualification Standard
  • Education:  Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or 24 semester hours of business-related college courses

Course Description:  This course is comprised of the first two modules of a four-module FAC-C Level I certification training course.  The four-module FAR Fundamentals course helps demystify the FAR to prepare students for careers in federal government acquisition (and for more advanced courses).

MODULE A:  CONTRACTING OVERVIEW
Module A of this course focuses on the basics of the FAR and acquisition planning.  Students learn about the history, value, and shortcomings of the FAR. This module emphasizes the importance of the FAR’s procedures and policies, and the authority given to and restrictions placed on contracting officers.

MODULE B:  CONTRACT PLANNING
Module B of this four-module course focuses on the first phase of federal acquisition - acquisition planning.  These modules are a practicum; the instructor lectures only briefly.  Students work individually and in groups to locate parts of the FAR, interpret the FAR’s requirements, and resolve certain situations based on the information in the FAR and applicable agency FAR supplements.  After completing the course, students will be more comfortable in completing their own research rather than relying on an instructor or supervisor to answer their questions.

Students should take both CON 090 Parts l and ll, within the same fiscal year.

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 72 [9 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 72
Delivery Method: FTF

Course Description:  This course is comprised of the last two modules of a four-module FAC-C Level I certification training course.  The four-module FAR Fundamentals course helps demystify the FAR to prepare students for careers in federal government acquisition (and for more advanced courses).

MODULE C:  CONTRACT FORMATION
Module C of this four-module course covers the second phase of federal government acquisition - solicitation and award - and policies and procedures related to contract formation.

MODULE D:  CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION
Module D of this four-module course covers the post-award phase of the contracting process - contract administration - and the variety of issues that may arise during this phase.  These modules are a practicum; the instructor lectures only briefly.  Students work individually and in groups to locate parts of the FAR, interpret the FAR’s requirements, and resolve certain situations based on the information in the FAR and applicable agency FAR supplements.  After completing the course, students will be more comfortable in completing their own research rather than relying on an instructor or supervisor to answer their questions.

Students should take both CON 090 Parts l and ll, within the same fiscal year.

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 80 [10 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 80
Delivery Method: FTF

Course Description:  This course is a FAC-C Level I certification training course.  Employees who are entering the acquisition career field will gain a comprehensive understanding of the environment in which they will serve.  Students will develop professional skills for making business decisions and for advising other acquisition team members in successfully meeting customers’ needs.  Knowledge management and information systems will be introduced as well.  VA students are encouraged to enroll for the DAU distance learning course, as appropriate with their learning style.  FTF offerings are limited. Students can enroll in the DAU course using FAITAS.

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 32 [4 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 32
Delivery Method: FTF or AT

Course Description:  This course is a FAC-C Level I certification training course.  Contract Planning will introduce personnel new to the contracting field to their role as a business advisor in the acquisition process.  It focuses on the students’ role in understanding their customers’ mission and their ability to plan successful mission support strategies based upon their knowledge of the contracting environment and their customer needs. Students will learn how to use the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), conduct effective market research, develop alternative acquisition strategies, and understand how socioeconomic programs support the acquisition planning process.  VA students are encouraged to enroll for the DAU distance learning course, as appropriate with their learning style. FTF offerings are limited.  Students can enroll in the DAU course using FAITAS.

Prerequisite[s]: CON 100 - Shaping Smart Business Arrangements
Instruction Hours: 16 [2 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 16
Delivery Method: FTF or AT

Course Description:  This course is a FAC-C Level I certification training course.  It focuses on executing the acquisition planning through soliciting industry and awarding a contract.  It provides students with the knowledge necessary to execute an acquisition that optimizes customer mission performance.  Students will learn the techniques and benefits of early industry involvement in shaping requirements.  Students will learn basic procedures for acquisition of both commercial and noncommercial requirements, effectively conduct analysis of market data, and determine when a price is fair and reasonable.  Finally students will learn how to conduct basic competitive acquisitions, process awards, and handle protests before and after contract award.  VA students are encouraged to enroll for the DAU distance learning course, as appropriate with their learning style.  FTF offerings are limited. Students can enroll in the DAU course using FAITAS.

Prerequisite[s]: CON 121 - Contract Planning
Instruction Hours: 16 [2 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 16
Delivery Method: FTF or AT

Course Description:  This course is a FAC-C Level I certification training course.  This course builds on the foundation established in CON 121 and CON 124 and provides students with the knowledge necessary to identify and utilize appropriate performance metrics when evaluating contractor performance.  Students will explore processes for working with their customer to ensure contract performance is meeting mission requirements.  Students will explore performance assessment strategies and remedies for contractual non-compliance, how to make and price contract changes after award, handle disputes, and finally how to close out completed contracts.  Additionally, students will gain a fundamental knowledge of the characteristics and principles of the contract termination process.  VA students are encouraged to enroll for the DAU distance learning course, as appropriate with their learning style.  FTF offerings are limited.  Students can enroll in the DAU course using FAITAS.

Prerequisite[s]: CON 121 - Contract Planning and CON 124 - Contract Execution
Instruction Hours: 16 [2 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 16
Delivery Method: FTF or AT

Course Description:  This course is a FAC-C Level I certification training course.  Students learn how to apply quantitative tools to accomplish cost and price analysis in accordance with the FAR and the Contract Pricing Reference Guide; distinguish various seller pricing strategies; identify policies and procedures for applying Cost Accounting Standards; identify the contractor business systems that must comply with government requirements for contract award; and apply professional negotiation techniques to achieve success in a face-to-face negotiation.

Prerequisite[s]: Legacy FAC-C Level I or Refreshed Curriculum:  CON 127 - Contract Management, FAC 023 - Basic Contracting for GSA Schedules, FAC 031 - Small Business Programs, CLC 057 - Performance-Based Payment & Planning for Cash Flow, and CLC 058 - Introduction to Contract Pricing
Instruction Hours: 80 [10 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 80
Delivery Method: FTF

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