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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)

 

The Facilities Management School

Facilities Management School Lifecycle

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The VA Facilities Management School (FMS) serves as the primary learning and development resource for the entire VA facility community. Recognizing that each administration and program office (Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), National Cemetery Association (NCA) and the office of Construction & Facilities Management (CFM)) has distinct facility operations and maintenance and capital project delivery needs, FMS can tailor training to enhance facility workforce performance in areas that matter the most to each organization.

From a Facility Life-Cycle perspective, FMS offers courses, workshops, seminars, and online resources to help achieve better results in requirements planning, project design and delivery, project activations, facility operations and maintenance, and leadership and innovation.  FMS also offer training to enhance employee and workplace safety, infection control risk mitigation, sustainability, external accreditation and code compliance, and biomedical equipment maintenance.

From our inception, in response to the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010 (FBPTA), Public Law 111-308, FMS has moved forward on a commitment to develop and deliver training that ensures VA complies with the law.  By supporting the development of a well-trained and competent Facility Management (FM) workforce FMS can help optimize the quality, safety, and performance of VA’s facility investments to better serve our nation’s Veterans.

Using the same competency-based, theory-to-practice training model employed across the VAAA enterprise, FMS provides training to address both technical and business competencies needed to perform both FM and capital project delivery (CPD) functions.  FMS offerings emphasize the following major Competency Areas:

  • Regulatory and Code Compliance
  • Planning, Design, Construction, and Activation (PDCA)*
  • Operations and Maintenance (including engineering, technology, energy management, safety, water efficiency, sustainability, building performance measures, and the trades)
  • Contracting and Finance*
  • Management and Administration (including planning, leadership and innovation)
  • Healthcare Industry Fundamentals
  • Healthcare Facility Safety
  • Financial Stewardship

*courses supplemented by VAAA Contracting Professional and Program Management Schools