Current CLP Course Descriptions - Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)
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Current CLP Course Descriptions

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Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) are used to maintain FAC-P/PM, FAC-COR, and in some cases FAC-C certification. One CLP is awarded per each one-hour of training instruction.

 
FCE 400 | Life Cycle Cost Estimation (LCCE)

To provide personnel with some acquisition background and the knowledge and skills needed to conduct program life cycle cost estimation.  Using an in-class, interactive case study, students learn and practice the process for managing the cost estimate, including updating the estimate with actual data and revising the estimate to reflect changes.

CLPs:  24
Prerequisite(s):  None
Course Length:  3 Days
Delivery Method:  Classroom
Upcoming Courses:  View Schedule and Register via FAITAS

  • January 29-31, 2020 - Frederick
 
Contracting CLPs available to Program/Project Managers

Through a partnership with the Contractiong Professional School, Program/Project Mangers, as part of VA Acquisition Workforce, can attend virtual and in-person courses simultaneously with VA Contracting Officers/Specialists.

Virtual courses:

  • FCN 507: Strengthen Your Resilience: Thrive as an 1102
  • FCN 521: Advanced Problem Solving for 1102s
  • FCN 603: Journeyman CO, Emotional Intelligence
  • FCN 703: Supervisory Contracting Officer, Manage the Message to Get Results

In-person courses (Frederick, MD):

  • ACQ 370 (FED): Acquisition Law
  • CON 243 (FED): Architect-Engineer Services Contracting (only for Construction PMs and Construction CORs)
  • CON 244 (FED): Construction Contracting (only for Construction PMs and Construction CORs)
  • FCN 502: Effective Writing for 1102s
  • FCN 503: Build Networks-Maximizing Your Relationships
  • FCN 506: Communicate, Collaborate, and Connect
  • FCN 605: Intermediate Agile Techniques for Contracting Professionals (preference for OI&T VA Acquisition Employees)
  • FCN 702: Supervisory Contracting Officer, Develop Others and Pay it Forward
  • FFM 403: Federal Appropriations Law
  • FLD 124: The Engaging Leader
  • FLD 133: Leadership and Management Skills for Non-Supervisory Contacting Professionals
  • FLD 150: Leadership Skills and Techniques
  • FLD 151: Critical Thinking for Problem Solving
  • FLD 411: Systems Thinking
  • FQN 408: Strategic Sourcing
  • FQN 415: Performance-Based Services Acquisitions with QASP
  • FQN 440: Basic Source Selection

Senior Acquisition Leadership Training (SALT) is now open to Senior-Level FAC-P/PM Certified employees. SALT is a cohort-based development program for Supervisory 1102s and Program/Project Managers. Visit the SALT website for more information and application instructions.

 
FCL-VA-0019 | Current Topics in Program/Project Management

This virtual instructor-led course is held as a periodic webinar.  It reviews and discusses relevant topics in the program and project management arena.  A new theme is introduced each period (weekly or monthly) with topics solicited by VA Acquisitions Academy graduates.

CLPs:  1
Prerequisite(s):  None
Course Length:  1 Hour
Delivery Method:  Virtual

 
FCL-VA-0021 | Building Successful Acquisition Packages

This self-paced 3 hours Continuous Learning Point (CLP) training course provides a baseline on how to build successful acquisition packages.  It provides learners with the basic foundation of acquisition planning that result in the creation of more concise requirements, better estimates, and comprehensive acquisition packages.  The training specifically focuses on the Work Breakdown Structure, the Performance Work Statement, the Independent Government Cost Estimate, and the evaluation criteria that guide the Technical Evaluation.

CLPs:  4
Prerequisite(s):  None
Course Length:  3 Hours
Delivery Method:  Virtual
Upcoming Courses:  View Schedule and Register via FAITAS

 
FCL-VA-0022 | Continuous Process Improvement

The Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) training course is a 1-hour; asynchronous web based training (WBT).  This course provides program/project managers the skillset to review their processes for improvement opportunities.  It consists of three training modules covering an overview of CPI, how it applies to P/PM through the Enterprise Program/Project Management Training Model (EP/PMM) phases, and a scenario to apply what has been learned.

CLPs:  1
Prerequisite(s):  None
Course Length:  1 Hour
Delivery Method:  Virtual
Upcoming Courses:  View Schedule and Register via FAITAS

 
FPM 170 — Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

This blended course focuses on Lean Six Sigma methodology and tools and is intended to lead to Green Belt certification.  It supports the DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control) roadmap for achieving more efficient and effective processes and services.  The course centers around a one week face-to face class utilizing many examples, simulations and hands-on exercises to provide a practical-working knowledge that will be used in conducting a Green Belt Project.  It is expected that students will collaborate with their supervisor and/or management to identify a suitable project.  Prior to the class students participate in virtual instruction sessions, complete eLearning modules, and develop a project plan.  After the class students will have access to coaching from the classroom instructors as they complete their projects.  A certificate of completion will be provided to students meeting minimum requirements of 90% attendance and an 80% or greater score on the course test.  Full credit and certification is provided once project is completed and confirmed that the work meets both certification criteria and expectations of the project sponsor.

CLPs:  60 hours
Prerequisite:  None
Contact:  vaaaprogrammanagementschool@va.gov

FPM 253 — Critical Thinking for Individual Contributor

Critical Thinking for the Acquisition Individual Contributor is an interactive, outcome-focused facilitated course that blends individual development with rational and creative critical thinking processes to create a comprehensive approach to problem solving, decision making, and planning.  Over sixty percent of this program involves acquisition participants in learner-driven activities and on-the-job application.  The course offers a dynamic blend of instructor presentation, on-the-job application, and skill practice in each of the processes using acquisition work-related concerns brought by participants.  Principles of teamwork and effective meeting management are practiced by participants throughout the facilitated course.

The adaptability of this program makes it applicable fora wide range of organizational levels from acquisition senior managers wanting to enhance their critical thinking skills to acquisition front-line staff who have had little experience with problem solving training.  Organizations wanting to create a positive culture where complex problems are solved and difficult decisions are made will find this program provides a relevant, readily useable solution.

CLPs:  16 hours
Prerequisite:  None
Contact:  vaaaprogrammanagementschool@va.gov

FPM 254 — Critical Thinking for Acquisition Leaders

Critical Thinking for Acquisition Leaders is the latest release of a unique blend of training and coaching which produces results.  This facilitated course is designed to improve personal and organizational effectiveness by teaching time-tested, practical critical thinking tools that have been developed and refined over the past 30 years.  Critical Thinking was defined as creative thinking, strategic thinking, problem solving and decision making.

Critical Thinking Tools for Acquisition Leadership training and coaching includes Pearson’s Watson-Glaser II Critical Thinking Appraisal(R), the industry standard for evaluating critical thinking strengths and challenges and an assessment currently used by over 50% of Fortune 500 companies for selection.

One of the reasons this training is so effective is its 3 phase structure.  Prior to beginning, the students and their Manager identify a current problem they are facing.  Then the “Action Learning” techniques taught in the facilitated course are used to address and resolve this particular issue for an immediate Return-On-Investment.  An action plan is also developed to implement what was learned going forward.  After the facilitated course, there is follow-up with the facilitator and accountability with the student’s Manager to enforce the techniques and make the learning more effective and longer lasting.

CLPs:  24 hours
Prerequisite:  None
Contact:  vaaaprogrammanagementschool@va.gov

FPM 255 — IGCE for Performance-Based Acquisition

The IIGCE for PBA course is designed to enhance skills pertaining to the development of an accurate and verifiable IGCE.  Within the course, students will learn and apply estimating techniques and methodologies as well as develop an IGCE based on a simulated project.  This course, as a part of the Acquisition Package Series, will provide a skill set that will elicit improvement in acquisition package development.

IGCE for PBA is a 16-hour blended course designed to enhance skills pertaining to development the IGCE.  Through hands-on, real-world applications, acquisition professionals will improve their skills in determining cost estimating methodology, conducting and documenting market research that justifies the estimate and the acquisition strategy, and creating the IGCE.  The Government must provide training in this area to address observed deficiencies and improve the quality of acquisition packages submitted for approval.  Students will complete a variety of synchronous and asynchronous activities to prepare them to create accurate and verifiable IGCEs.

CLPs:  16 hours
Prerequisite:  FPM 258 — PWS for Performance-Based Acquisition OR Mid Level FAC-P/PM Certification OR Senior Level FAC-P/PM Certification
Contact:  vaaaprogrammanagementschool@va.gov

FPM 256 — Tech Eval for Performance Based-Acquisition

The Technical Evaluation for Performance-Based Acquisition (PBA) course is designed to enhance skills pertaining to the development of accurate evaluation criteria that are directly traceable to the Performance Requirements Summary (PRS).  Throughout the course, students will be engaged in developing measurable evaluation criteria, building elements of a source selection plan, and applying criteria to proposals as part of a successful source selection process.  They will complete activities that underscore the importance of the evaluation criteria (included in the acquisition package) as an external communication effort that can directly impact the quality of the source selection process.

The Technical Evaluation for Performance-Based Acquisition (PBA) course is a 24-hour blended course designed to enhance the skills that pertain to the development of accurate evaluation criteria and the formation of the Technical Evaluation Team, both integral to a successful performance-based acquisition.  Through hands-on, real-world applications, students will improve their skills in building elements of a source selection plan, establishing evaluation criteria, and applying and weighting those criteria to proposals as part of a successful source selection process.  Through the application of standards and best practices, students will complete a variety of synchronous, asynchronous, group and individual activities and assessments to ensure that they are proficient in creating evaluation criteria based on previously established performance requirements.  Training must be provided in this area to address observed deficiencies and improve the quality of acquisition packages submitted for approval.

CLPs:  24 hours
Prerequisite:  FPM 255 — IGCE for Performance-Based Acquisition OR Mid Level FAC-P/PM Certification OR Senior Level FAC-P/PM Certification
Contact:  vaaaprogrammanagementschool@va.gov

FPM 257 — WBS for Performance-Based Acquisition

The purpose of the WBS for Performance-Based Acquisition course is to address shortfalls in the requirements gathering and project planning aspects of PBA.  By applying industry standards to the creation of a service or product-oriented WBS and development of requirements in the WBS dictionary, course students create a live blueprint for scheduling, resource accountability, and most importantly, performance expectations.  As these elements define success for a project, the mastery of related skills should improve project outcomes.

WBS for Performance-Based Acquisition is a 16-hour blended course designed to enhance skills pertaining to the development of an accurate performance-based WBS.  Within the course, students develop requirements fully through the creation of the WBS dictionary, beginning with identification of business requirements and initial stakeholder communication.  They develop a high-level service or product-oriented WBS and the performance requirements traceable to each element.  Through the application of standards and best practices, students complete a variety of synchronous, asynchronous, group, and individual activities and assessments.  These help ensure that students are proficient in the industry-supported methods of WBS creation, gathering and tracking of requirements for a performance-based WBS dictionary, and stakeholder management, in order to create a strong foundation for the rest of the performance-based acquisition package.

CLPs:  16 hours
Prerequisite:  None
Contact:  vaaaprogrammanagementschool@va.gov

FPM 258 — PWS for Performance-Based Acquisition

The Performance Work Statement (PWS) for Performance-Based Acquisition course is designed to enhance program/project management skills pertaining to the development of an accurate PWS, the cornerstone of performance-based acquisition.  Throughout the course, students will be engaged in the process of applying PWS industry standards in defining requirements as measureable outcomes, establishing measureable performance standards, and detailing performance assessment plans.

The Performance Work Statement (PWS) for Performance-Based Acquisition course is a 24-hour blended course designed to address a vital element of the performance-based acquisition package, the PWS.  Throughout the course, students will develop the PWS and performance outcomes in alignment with established business need and requirements.  Students will complete a variety of synchronous, asynchronous, group and individual activities and assessments.  These activities will help to ensure that they are proficient in the proper methods of defining requirements as outcomes as well as establish performance standards, incentives and assessment plans.

CLPs:  24 hours
Prerequisite:  FPM 257 — WBS for Performance-Based Acquisition OR Mid Level FAC-P/PM Certification OR Senior Level FAC-P/PM Certification
Contact:  vaaaprogrammanagementschool@va.gov

FPM 458 — Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Dictionary

The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) Dictionary course is a one-hour, self-paced, interactive e-learning training.  It is designed to enhance program/project management skills pertaining to the development of accurate criteria that are directly traceable to the requirements.  Throughout the course, participants engage in developing an appreciation of the value of the WBS Dictionary in defining the scope of a project or program.  They complete activities that underscore the importance of the WBS Dictionary (which is a part of the acquisition package).  Through the course, participants learn how the WBS Dictionary is the key that enables the project scope, cost, schedule, quality measures, and performance metrics to be defined.  Participants also learn that the WBS Dictionary must demonstrate traceability to the program/project’s business needs and strategic requirements.  Finally, participants learn that the WBS Dictionary is a key tool in monitoring and controlling a project to ensure that it meets projects goals and performs at or above target levels in designated performance metrics.

CLPs:  1
Prerequisite(s):  None
Instructional Hours:  1
Delivery Method:  Virtual
Upcoming Courses:  View Schedule and Register via FAITAS

FQN 420 | Market Intelligence

Market Intelligence is a holistic approach to developing an ongoing understanding of the marketplace and the forces and trends likely to impact it in the future.  Application of this approach leads to better meeting customer requirements and expectations, and can be a key contributor to the development of acquisitions strategies and plans.  This blended learning course, utilizing both virtual and face-to-face sessions, brings together all participants in the acquisitions process – Contracting Professionals, Program Management Professionals, and Industry Representatives – to explore how such a proactive approach can best be implemented.  It is designed to increase collaboration between government and industry and has a strong focus on dispelling the many myths related to government-industry engagement.  Participants will learn a systematic process for engaging in the creation of market intelligence and will develop an annual Market Intelligence Plan for their particular market segment.

CLPs:  24
Prerequisite(s):  None
Course Length:  3 Days
Delivery Method:  Blended (Face-to-Face & Virtual)

FQN 474 | Market Research and Veterans First Contracting

This 3-hour, virtual instructor-led course explores the role of Market Research for VA Acquisitions and outlines best practices for conducting and documenting Market Research for a variety of VA Acquisitions.  Course participants discern the implications of Public Law 109-461 (38 U.S.C. 8127) by considering the Rule Two, set asides, and Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) resources during the Market Research activities.  Participants examine emerging requirements for documenting the determination and use of Veteran-owned small business in VA acquisitions.  Topics include:

  • Learn how to identify Veteran-owned
  • Discover best practices to reduce the potential of protests related to market research
  • Determine methods to document market research to gain efficiencies with acquisition packages
  • Gain knowledge to establish better collaboration with contracting offices to avoid acquisition delays.

CLPs:  3
Prerequisite(s):  None
Instructional Hours:  3 Hours
Delivery Method:  Virtual

New Continuous Learning (CLP) Course(s)

The Instructor Lead courses are a repeating series of course based on the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) Program and Project Management competencies. The competencies are split into 12 monthly topics. The deliveries are one hour facilitations delivered on the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm (Eastern). Each year the repeating topic is delivered with respect to the current Acquisition Workforce challenges and successes.

The course numbers, months of delivery and topic titles are:

FAITAS Course #Delivery MonthTopic
FCL-VA-0101 January #1 Requirements Development and Management Process
FCL-VA-0102 February #2 Systems Engineering
FCL-VA-0103 March #3 Test and Evaluation
FCL-VA-0104 April #4 Life Cycle Logistics
FCL-VA-0105 May #5 Acquisition Contracting
FCL-VA-0106 June #6 Business Financial Mgt.
FCL-VA-0107 July #7 Leadership Professional
FCL-VA-0108 August #8 Program and Project Tools
FCL-VA-0109 September #9 PM and COR Career Development
FCL-VA-0110 October #10 Government PM Community Updates and their Impacts
FCL-VA-0111 November #11 Lessons Learned
FCL-VA-0112 December #12 Innovations in Program or Project Management