Entry Level Course Descriptions - Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)
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Entry Level Course Descriptions

FAC-P/PM Training Entry-Level Project Management Basics | Web-based Training (20 Hours) Arrow pointing left to Project Management & Project Lifecycle Project Management & Project Lifecycle | Web-based Training (22 Hours) Arrow pointing left to Acquisition Fundamentals of Program & Project Management II Acquisition Fundamentals of Program & Project Management II | Five Day Resident Course (40 Hours) Arrow pointing left to Entry-Level Training Arrow pointing left to Entry-Level Experience FAC-P/PM Certification Entry-Level Training and Certification Header Entry-Level Training - Recognized by all Civilian Federal Agencies Entry-Level Experience - Administered in FAITAS Entry-Level Experience - Administered in FAITAS Entry-Level Continuous Learning | 80 CLPs Every 2 Years | Administered in FAITAS
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The Entry-Level FAC-P/PM training curriculum consists of a three course series.  The first two self-paced online courses offered through FAI (FPM 120A & 120B) are the pre-requisites for the FPM 121 course.

FPM 120A - Project Management Basics

The purpose of this web-based course is to provide the basic knowledge and comprehension skills that entry-level program and project managers (PMs) in the Federal sector need to manage a small project or participate as an effective member of an integrated project team (IPT).  The target audience for this training is entry-level project managers within the Federal civilian agencies desiring to complete the training requirements for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM).  Using a scenario-based approach, FPM 120A covers project management roles, responsibilities, decision points, and key deliverables required for effective project management.  Learners will comprehend acquisition basics for program and project management.

Course Type:  Virtual
Course Length:  20 hours

FPM 120B - Project Management and Project Lifecycle

The purpose of this web-based course is to prepare entry-level project managers with the fundamental knowledge, skills, and understanding required to fulfill their responsibilities as project managers.  It focuses on the identification of project management roles, responsibilities, decision points, and key deliverables required for effective systems acquisition management throughout all phases of a project's lifecycle.  The target audience for this training is entry-level project managers within the Federal civilian agencies desiring to complete the training requirements for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM).  Using a scenario-based approach, FPM 120B covers project management roles, responsibilities, decision points, and key deliverables required for effective project management.  Learners will comprehend acquisition basics for program and project management.

Course Type:  Virtual
Course Length:  22 hours

FPM 120 (FED) - Acquisition Fundamentals of Project and Program Management

This five (5) day instructor-led course provides basic knowledge and comprehension skills which entry-level project managers (PM) in the Federal sector need to manage a small project or participate as an effective member of an integrated project team (IPT).  FPM 120 (FED) focuses on the identification of project management roles, responsibilities, decision points, and key deliverables required for effective systems-acquisition management throughout all phases of a project’s lifecycle.  FPM 120 (FED) satisfies the prerequisite for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) Entry-Level FPM 121 Resident Course.

Course Type:  Face-to-face
Course Length:  40 hours
Upcoming Courses:  View Schedule and Register via FAITAS

  • October 21-25, 2019 - Frederick, MD
  • November 4-8, 2019 - Iowa City, IA (local participants only)
  • June 8-12, 2020 - Orlando (preference for VISN 8 employees)
FPM 121 - Entry-Level FAC-P/PM Resident Course

The Entry-Level FAC-P/PM Resident course is the second component of a 2-course series designed to provide project/program management skills.  This course is a pass or fail, 5-day, instructor led, face-to-face, resident course.  Following a best practices model, it aligns FAC-P/PM competencies to the actual project/program life cycle.

Participants will briefly review each module of the first course, FPM120, and then practice what they learned from FPM120 in a threaded case study as a member of a project team.  At the completion, participants will have a clear understanding and the skills to manage entry-level projects in real world situations to successfully accomplish business needs.

Course Type:  Face-to-face
Course Length:  5-days
Upcoming Courses:  View Schedule and Register via FAITAS

  • October 21-25, 2019 - Fort Harrison, MT (local participants only)
  • November 18-22, 2019 - Frederick, MD
  • December 9-13, 2019 - Frederick, MD
  • July 20-24, 2020 - Orlando, FL
 
FPM 121 V71 - Entry-level FAC-P/PM Virtual Course

This newly designed course offers a virtual FPM 121 option for those who have successfully completed the two pre-requisite entry-level fundamentals courses (FPM 120A & 120B).  It is a 2-week (half-day) virtual instructor-led course.

FPM 121 places the project management learner in an integrated product team setting.  Students participate as team members in simulating the following activities:  identifying capability gaps; developing a work breakdown structure; developing high-level and system-level requirements; crafting an analysis of alternatives; developing a business case; selecting a solution; risk management; acquisition planning; systems engineering; measuring performance; and leadership.

Course Type:  Virtual
Course Length:  10 half-days
Upcoming Courses:  View Schedule and Register via FAITAS

  • October 21-November 01, 2019 - Virtual Offering