IT CORE PLUS Specialization Course Descriptions - Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)
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IT CORE PLUS Specialization Course Descriptions

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The purpose of the FAC-P/PM Core-Plus specialization is to establish the additional training, experience, and continuous learning requirements for FAC-P/PM certified personnel who manage specific investments requiring specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. FAC-P/PM IT core-plus specialization requires current Mid- or Senior-level FAC-P/PM certification plus mastery of the additional core-plus specialty training, experience, and continuous learning requirements. There are no levels for core-plus specialty certifications. Once mastery of the core and core-plus competencies has been demonstrated through training, education, other relevant certification programs, or documentation through fulfillment (experience), the FAC-P/PM core-plus specialty certification is awarded and maintained through continuous learning. The Opens in a new window FAC-P/PM-IT Core-Plus competency model and the Opens in a new window IT Program Manager Career Path Guide provide more information on the FAC-P/PM-IT core-plus specialty certification.

Managing IT Projects (FPM 511)

This four-day class will prepare you to manage IT projects and programs using processes based on modular procurement. You will learn to craft a contract strategy that accommodates rapid changes in technology, multiple contractors, interoperability, and integration risk. This course will begin with strategy development, and then progress through business re-engineering, Agile development, integration, and measurement of technical performance. Compliance with IT- related Federal laws, regulations, and guidance will be highlighted throughout the course.

Course Type: Virtual Instructor-led training and In-person
Course Length: 32 hours; 4 days

IT Management, Security, and Performance (FPM 512)

This four-day course will prepare you to manage 21st century IT projects and programs to meet needs in the most cost-effective way possible, while maintaining privacy and security. You will learn about IT modernization programs and initiatives that are improving the customers' experience. Given cybersecurity threats, you will come to understand how risks can be mitigated to ensure mission success. This course will teach you how to enable various cloud architectures and incorporate service- level agreements and analytics into an acquisition strategy.

Course Type: Virtual Instructor-led training and In-person
Course Length: 32 hours; 4 days

IT Infrastructure and Architectural Design (FPM 513)

This four-day course will address the latest understanding of Federal IT regulation and guidance. You will learn to incorporate agile principles and best practices into the program business case and use tools to manage backlogs and forecast resource needs. You will learn infrastructure design, data life cycle management, building digital services, and cloud computing, as well as how to assess the readiness of legacy applications for cloud migration. This course will teach you how to incorporate security in accordance with the Federal Information and Security Management Act (FISMA), the new Cloud Smart Initiative, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.

Course Type: Virtual Instructor-led training and In-person
Course Length: 32 hours; 4 days

Certification

The Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy does not provide certification. Certification is not automatic after training. Students seeking any FAC-P/PM certification must initiate their request in Corner Stone on Demand to complete their certification request through the Acquisition Human Capital Management Service. This FAC-PPM Program Virtual Guide (https://vaww.va.gov/oal/docs/aps/facppmCertificationVirtualGuide.pdf) provides a quick reference for those individuals interested in, or pursuing certification.