Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level III Course Catalog - Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)
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Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Level III Course Catalog

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FAC-C Level I FAC-C Level II FAC-C Level III Lease Continuous Learning
Course Schedule

FAC-C Level III Requirements

  • CON 360: Contracting for Decision Makers (Available through DAU or FTF at VAAA)
  • Complete 1 of the following:
  • Available through VAAA
    • CON 244: Construction Contracting
    • ACQ 265: Mission Focused Services Acquisition (Available through DAU or FTF at VAAA)
    • ACQ 315: Understanding Industry (Available through DAU or FTF at VAAA)
    • ACQ 370: Acquisition Law (Available through DAU or FTF at VAAA)
    • 32 hours of electives*
  • Available in CSOD
    • CON 252: Fundamentals of Cost Accounting Standards
    • CON 370: Advanced Contract Pricing

Choose any HBS Module, other than HBS 428 (Available in CSOD)

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

  • Experience: 4 years of contract work experience based on the Contract Specialist (GS-1102) Qualification Standard
  • Education: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution AND 24 semester hours of business-related college courses

*These 32 hours of electives may be one course or a series of courses.classroom, online, or a combination of the two. Topics must be related to acquisition. Agencies have the option of specifying the courses their workforce members must take to meet the 32 hours of electives.

CON 360 (FED) - Contracting for Decision Makers

Course Description:  This course is a FAC-C Level III certification training course.  This intensive course for advanced students provides practice in applying skills and knowledge gained in previous training courses and work experience to realistic learning scenarios.  Students confront an interrelated array of issues that require use of judgment and comprehensive knowledge to resolve.  Students hone problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and develop real solutions to real acquisition problems, resulting in more effective managerial business decisions to support the organization’s mission.

Prerequisite[s]: Certification:  FAC-C Level II.
Continuous Learning:  FAC-C Level III.
Instruction Hours: 64 [7.5 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 64
Delivery Method: FTF
CON 244 (FED) - Construction Contracting

Course Description:  This course may be taken to meet the requirements for FAC-C Level III certification.  This course provides contracting personnel involved in the formation and administration of construction contracts with a complete and extensive look at contracting for construction projects.  Coverage includes project planning, specification and solicitation preparation, contract award and administration, and contract completion.  Students learn to describe functional components of construction contracting from planning through closeout; use appropriate techniques for solicitation, evaluation, and award; identify methods of quality assurance for construction contract administration; identify sources of potential modifications and correct courses of action; and manage a construction contract.

Prerequisite[s]: Certification:  CLC 056 - Analyzing Contract Costs, CON 127 - Contract Management and CON 216 - Legal Considerations in Contracting.
Continuous Learning:  FAC-C Level II.
Instruction Hours: 40 [5 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 40
Delivery Method: FTF
ACQ 265 (FED) - Mission-Focused Services Acquisition

Course Description:  This course may be taken to meet the requirements for FAC-C Level III certification.  This course is designed to improve our tradecraft in the acquisition of services.  It uses a multifunctional approach that provides acquisition team members with the tools and techniques necessary to analyze and apply performance-based principles when developing requirements documents and effective business strategies for contractor-provided services.  The course uses the seven-step Service Acquisition process, a team-oriented approach, and multiple interactive, hands-on, learning sessions to apply the principles. ACQ 265 is designed for individuals who need to improve their skills in developing and defining service requirements, supporting business strategies, and effectively managing the resulting contractor performance.  However, this course may also serve as an opportunity for experienced acquisition personnel to improve their understanding of the Service Acquisition Process.

Prerequisite[s]: Certification:  FAC-C Level II.
Continuous Learning:  FAC-C Level II.
Instruction Hours: 32 [4 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 32
Delivery Method: FTF
ACQ 315 (FED) - Understanding Industry

Course Description: Course covers a wide range of business acumen competencies including industry orientation, organization, cost and financial planning, business strategy/development, supplier management, incentives, and negotiating strategies. Business skills will be learned on aligning company strategies, finances, and operations that motivate company decisions to meet their business goals, gain fair and reasonable profits, while providing best taxpayer value to the government on defense products.

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 38
Continuous Learning Points: 38
Delivery Method: FTF
ACQ 370 (FED) - Acquisition Law

Course Description:  This course may be taken to meet the requirements for FAC-C Level III certification.  The employment of integrated product teams in the acquisition process has resulted in the involvement of many non-contracting government personnel.  ACQ 370 provides an overview of government contract law, specifically laws and regulations that are applicable to government contracts.

Prerequisite[s]: Certification:  FAC-C Level II.
Continuous Learning:  FAC-C Level II.
Instruction Hours: 36 [4.5 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 51
Delivery Method: FTF