Training Resources - Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)
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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).

Great class for beginning 1102s.  It made me as a leader go back and evaluate some of the solicitations that were issued by my team. FQN 481 - Applied Simplified Acquisition Procedures, (FY 18, 4th Quarter)
The instructor was not only knowledgeable but imparted the information in a warm and friendly manner. FCN 502 - Effective Writing for 1102s (FY 18, 4th Quarter)
The most valuable thing about this class was the interaction we all had during each session.  The questions asked got us all involved with ability to give our opinions. FCN 418 - Protests, Disputes and Terminations Workshop (FY 18, 3rd Quarter)
High energy, always engaged; never a moment where discussion was not valuable. FCN 506 - Communicate, Collaborate, and Connect (FY 18, 3rd Quarter)
Great class!  Instructors were able to provide a fun environment that kept my interest. FCN 501 - Adapt to Change and Maintain Accountability (FY 18, 2nd Quarter)
Very engaging course and positive attitude of the instructor(s).  Used real life examples from the workplace.  Kept my attention and used the time available to the maximum.  Great class. FCN 505 - Problem Solving for Acquisition Decision Making (FY 18, 2nd Quarter)
I appreciated that their scenarios were contracting based so they were more relatable. FCN 504 - Effectively Interacting with Your Customer (FY 18, 1st Quarter)
Keep doing this course.  I really enjoyed it and it allows me to reflect on my emotional intelligence and how I deal with others during stressful situations. FCN 603 - Journeyman Contracting Officer, Emotional Intelligence (FY 18, 1st Quarter)