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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy

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

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.

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 121 — Contract Planning

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.

Prerequisite: CON 100 - Shaping Smart Business Arrangements
Course Length: 2 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 124 — Contract Execution

Contract Execution is the second of three Level I contracting courses.  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.

Prerequisite: CON 121 - Contract Planning
Course Length: 2 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 127 — Contract Management

Contract Management is the final of three courses.  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.

Prerequisite: CON 121 - Contract Planning and CON 124 - Contract Execution
Course Length: 2 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 course is a Level I contracting course intended primarily for contracting personnel, and provides foundational knowledge of contract cost and price analysis.  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.

Prerequisites: 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
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