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

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The Contracting Professional School Course Catalog Categories
FAC-C Level I FAC-C Level II FAC-C Level III Lease Electives

CON 090 (Modules A & B) — Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Fundamentals

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.

Prerequisite: None
Course Length: 10 class days
Homework: Please note homework will be given in most classes to reinforce curriculum concepts and to meet the contract requirements for student contact time with the materials.
Dates Offered: Refer to schedule
Registration: VA Employees and Non-VA Employees

CON 090 (Modules C & D) — Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Fundamentals

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.

Prerequisite: CON 090 (Module A & B) - Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Fundamentals
Course Length: 10 class days
Homework: Please note homework will be given in most classes to reinforce curriculum concepts and to meet the contract requirements for student contact time with the materials.
Dates Offered: Refer to schedule
Registration: VA Employees and Non-VA Employees

CON 100 — Shaping Smart Business Arrangements

Personnel new to the Contracting 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. Before beginning their study of technical knowledge and contracting procedures, students will learn about different mission areas and the procurement alternatives for each. Knowledge management and information systems will be introduced as well. Small group exercises will prepare the students to provide contracting support within the overarching business relationships of government and industry

Prerequisite: None
Course Length: 4 class days
Homework: Please note homework will be given in most classes to reinforce curriculum concepts and to meet the contract requirements for student contact time with the materials.
Dates Offered: Refer to schedule
Registration: VA Employees and Non-VA Employees

CON 110 — Mission Support Planning

This training course is designed for personnel new to the contracting workforce who are seeking FAC-C or DAWIA Level I training, or noncontracting personnel who play a role in the acquisition process and require this course for certification in their career field. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to perform planning and presolicitation activities during the acquisition planning phase of the acquisition process from forecasting requirements through receipt of procurement requests.

Suggested Prerequisite: CON 100-Shaping Smart Business Arrangements
Course Length: 5 class days
Homework: Please note homework will be given in most classes to reinforce curriculum concepts and to meet the contract requirements for student contact time with the materials.
Dates Offered: Refer to schedule
Registration: VA Employees and Non-VA Employees

CON 111 — Mission Strategy Execution

This course is the next in the series of contract specialist courses, and continues to address supporting the customers' missions, from preparation and issue of the solicitation through contract award and procedures for handling protests. The course emphasizes putting the acquisition plan into action to deliver optimum mission support.

Prerequisite: CON 110-Mission Support Planning
Course Length: 5 class days
Homework: Please note homework will be given in most classes to reinforce curriculum concepts and to meet the contract requirements for student contact time with the materials.
Dates Offered: Refer to schedule
Registration: VA Employees and Non-VA Employees

CON 112 — Mission Performance Assessment

This course takes mission support to its natural conclusion, performance and completion of the contract. The course focuses on the use of performance metrics to evaluate contractor performance and assure compliance with contract requirements, from award through closeout. The emphasis is on working with the customers and the contractors to assure that mission requirements are, and continue to be met. Students will explore assessment methods, remedies for delays and noncompliance, preparing and pricing contract modifications, deal with disputes and claims, and closing out contracts upon completion.

Prerequisites: CON 110-Mission Support Planning; and CON 111-Mission Strategy Execution
Course Length: 5 class days
Homework: Please note homework will be given in most classes to reinforce curriculum concepts and to meet the contract requirements for student contact time with the materials.
Dates Offered: Refer to schedule
Registration: VA Employees and Non-VA Employees

CON 120 — Mission Focused Contracting for Civilian Agencies

Mission Focused Contracting is the capstone course for Level I Contracting students. This course engages the students in the entire acquisition process from meeting with the customer to completing the contract closeout process. Students will have an opportunity to learn and apply leadership, problem-solving, and negotiation skills. Using an integrated case study approach, students will apply the knowledge and skills gained in the previous Level I contracting courses.

Prerequisite: CON 100-Shaping Smart Business Arrangements; CON 110-Mission Support Planning; CON 111-Mission Strategy Execution; and CON 112-Mission Performance Assessment
Course Length: 10 class days
Homework: Please note homework will be given in most classes to reinforce curriculum concepts and to meet the contract requirements for student contact time with the materials.
Dates Offered: Refer to schedule
Registration: VA Employees and Non-VA Employees

CON 170 — Fundamentals of Cost & Price Analysis

This is a Level I course designed for GS-1102 contract specialists.  It is two weeks in length and provides foundational knowledge of contract cost and price analysis.  Specifically, the course provides training in the application of quantitative tools to accomplish cost and price analysis with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Contract Pricing Reference Guide.

Prerequisites: CLC 058 - Introduction to Contract Pricing, CON 090 - Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Fundamentals, CON 127 - Contract Management
Course Length: 10 class days
Homework: Please note homework will be given in most classes to reinforce curriculum concepts and to meet the contract requirements for student contact time with the materials.
Dates Offered: Refer to schedule
Registration: VA Employees and Non-VA Employees