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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)


Training Resources

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The Contracting Professional School (CPS) provides the VA acquisition workforce with Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) training.  There are also opportunities to earn the 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs), which are required every two years, in order to maintain certification.  The following resources are designed to help the acquisition staff polish their existing skills and plan long-term training:

In addition, CPS goes beyond merely providing the courses to refining them, as necessary.  Through course surveys, Student Feedback allows the school to respond to the needs of the workforce.

CPS Trivia

The school offers a curriculum that provides over 1800 CLPs. At a rate of 40 CLPs per year, it would take approximately 46 years to complete all the offerings.

Training Shorts

Visit the Contracting Professional School Training Shorts page to view short videos about common contracting topics.

Course Competency Tool

The VAAA CPS Course Competency Tool is designed to help users identify what classes to take, based on alignment to the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI)/Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Technical Competencies and the VA 1102 Professional Competencies.  You can choose a specific competency, in order to determine the classes CPS offers under that skillset.

NOTE:  An updated version of this resource will remain on this site.  Please open the tool from this location, so you have the most recent details.  Please provide feedback to

Screenshot of the VAAA CPS Course Competency Tool

Course Road Maps

The Course Road Maps provide suggestions for long-term professional development by outlining potential focus areas and continuous learning courses:

Screenshot of the CPS Course Road Map Tool

To create your own path, request a blank road map, via

Student Feedback - Continuous Learning Courses

We pay attention to what students say!  Below is feedback from just a few of the Continuous Learning Courses, at CPS.  To take any of our classes, please register in the Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System (FAITAS).

I really enjoyed this class, especially the interaction between the instructors. FCN 501 — Adapt to Change and Maintain Accountability (FY 17, 1st Quarter)
I had a very positive learning experience and will be able to directly apply what I have learned to my job and personal life. FCN 506 — Communicate, Collaborate, and Connect (FY 16, 3rd Quarter)
Class interaction was wonderful — hearing from other people across the nation always provides great input and tools to use. FCN 521 — Advanced Problem Solving for 1102s (FY 16, 3rd Quarter)
As a Division Chief, time management is the biggest challenge I face to mission accomplishment.  Therefore, the real world exercises are immediately useful in my position. FCN 602   Journeyman Contracting Officer, Effective Time Management (FY 16, 3rd Quarter)
As someone on the West Coast with a Level III FAC-C, I really appreciated the opportunity to have a useful online course available. FCN 700 — Supervisory Contracting Officer, Managing and Measuring Work (FY 16, 2nd Quarter)
This was a Great course that I will definitely be recommending to my colleagues. FCN 702 — Supervisory Contracting Officer, Develop Others and Pay it Forward (FY 16, 3rd Quarter)