Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level I Course Catalog - Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)
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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 Continuous Learning
Course Schedule

FAC-C Level I Requirements

  • Available through VAAA
    • CON 091: Contract Fundamentals
    • CON 121:Contract Planning (Available FTF (or SP at DAU))
    • CON 124:Contract Execution (Available FTF (or SP at DAU))
    • CON 127:Contract Management (Available FTF (or SP at DAU))
    • CON 170:Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis (Available FTF and VILT)
    • FCL-CM-2500: Category Management 101 (Available SP)
    • FCL-VA-0002: Welcome to VA: An Orientation for New 1102s (Available FTF and VILT)
    • FCL-VA-0034: Applying the Veterans First Contracting Program (Available SP)
    • FCL-VA-0170: Contract Pricing Determinations Workshop (Available FTF and VILT)
  • Available in FAITAS through DAU
    • CON 100:Shaping Smart Business Arrangements
    • FAC 023:Basic Contracting for GSA Schedules
    • FAC 031:Small Business Programs
    • CLC 056: Analyzing Contract Costs
    • CLC 057:Performance-Based Payment & Planning for Cash Flow
    • CLC 058:Introduction to Contract Pricing

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
CON 091 (FED) — Contract Fundamentals

Course Description:This 13-day course focuses on understanding contract formation and management principles, as well as regulatory fundamentals and their application. It provides fundamental knowledge and practical application that can be applied immediately in the workplace across the broad spectrum of contracting organizations. The first week develops critical skills necessary to locate, interpret, and apply regulatory guidance in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

Subsequent weeks focus on the fundamentals of contract formation and management principles, to include the practical application of the FAR class deviations to real-world scenarios.

Prerequisite[s]: FCL-VA-0002 – Welcome To the VA: An Orientation for New 1102s
Continuous Learning: FAC-C Level I or higher.
Instruction Hours: 104 [13 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 104
Delivery Method: FTF
CON 121 (FED) - Contract Planning

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]: Certification: CON 100.
Continuous Learning: When registering for this course in FAITAS, in the General Remarks box, enter “CON 090 has been waived for FAC-C.”
Instruction Hours: 16 [2 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 16
Delivery Method: FTF or SP
CON 124 (FED) - Contract Execution

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]: None. Highly encouraged to take CON 121, CON 124, and CON 127 in order.
Instruction Hours: 16 [2 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 16
Delivery Method: FTF or SP
CON 127 (FED) - Contract Management

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]: None. Highly encouraged to take CON 121, CON 124, and CON 127 in order.
Instruction Hours: 16 [2 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 16
Delivery Method: FTF or SP
CON 170 (FED) - Fundamentals of Cost and Price Analysis

Course Description:This course is a FAC-C Level I certification training course. CON 170 is an eight-day course that teaches students 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.

NOTE: VA students should register at the same time for FCL-VA-0170, Contract Pricing Determinations Workshop, to be taken after CON 170.

Prerequisite[s]: Certification: None.
Recommended: Basic math refresher.Highly encouraged to take CLC 057 (Performance-Based Payments) and CLC 058 (Introduction to Contract Pricing) before taking CON 170.
Continuous Learning:FAC-C Level I or higher.
Instruction Hours: 64 [8 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 64
Delivery Method: FTF or VILT
FCL-CM-2500 - Category Management 101

Course Description: This recorded presentation by the Government-wide Category Management Program Management Office gives an abbreviated overview of category management to Federal buyers. By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define category management
  • Explain why the government is adopting category management

Students will learn fundamental category management concepts as well as the government’s specific approach, how category management will affect them, and about tools they can use to better utilize category management concepts.

Target Audience: The course targets members of the Federal acquisition workforce, especially those seeking FAC-C level 1.

Prerequisite[s]: None.
Instruction Hours: 1
Continuous Learning Points: 1
Delivery Method: SP
FCL-VA-0002 - Welcome to VA: An Orientation for New 1102s

Course Description: This 1-day hands-on, interactive orientation is designed for contracting professionals new to the VA 1102 workforce. Students will gain an understanding of VA, the acquisition workforce, customer service, certification and professional development training, and available resources. This will assist in a smooth transition into the acquisition workforce, increased efficiency, and effectiveness as trusted business partners. This class is a VA specific offering required for FAC-C students enrolled in CON 091 and will be taken consecutively with the CON 091 offering.

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 8 [1 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 8
Delivery Method: FTF
FCL-VA-0034 - Applying the Veterans First Contracting Program

Course Description: Students will complete this self-paced course in Blackboard. Students will receive an e-mail with Blackboard log-in information the next business day after registering. This self-paced course provides training on the Veterans First Contracting Program. Students will be provided a brief overview of the program as well as an in-depth review of its applicability to each phase of the procurement cycle - market research, procurement strategy, solicitation, evaluation, award, and post-award. Implementation challenges will also be addressed, including file documentation, mandatory sources, Buy American Act requirements, fair and reasonable price determinations, and monitoring subcontractor compliance. This course is intended for all VA acquisition professionals.

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 2.5
Continuous Learning Points: 2.5
Delivery Method: SP
FCL-VA-0170 - Contract Price Determination Workshop

Course Description: This workshop will provide VA students an opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in CON 170 (FED). This application-based class provides a detailed understanding of how to make a determination of fair and reasonable pricing prior to contract award. Students will practice various pricing techniques by using case studies to review requirements and evaluate pricing for reasonableness. Contract pricing techniques are covered in-depth, including relevant VA policy, regulation, and example language. Dedicated time is set-a-side to discuss application of the Vets First Contracting Program. The VA Acquisition Academy will offer this 2-day course consecutively following an 8-day CON 170 offering. This course is to be taken in conjunction with completing CON 170 (FED).

NOTE: VA students should register for CON 170 and the consecutive offering of this course at the same time.

Prerequisite[s]: CON 170
Instruction Hours: 16 [2 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 16
Delivery Method: FTF or VILT