Mid Level II Course Descriptions - Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)
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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)

 

Mid Level II Course Descriptions

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The Mid-Level FAC-P/PM training curriculum consists of a four-course training series.

Application in Project and Program Management (FPM 231)

This four-day course will provide the foundation for effective requirements development and systems management. You will develop the necessary skills to construct an overall acquisition strategy approach in a simulated integrated project team (IPT) environment. This course will emphasize crafting an integrated approach to systems management, including developing requirements, technology and risk management, test and evaluation, and integrated logistics support.

Prerequisites: Students should have a foundational knowledge of project management or completed Entry-Level training
Course Type: Virtual Instructor-led training and In-person
Courses Length: 32 hours; 4 days

Applications in Contracting (FPM 232)

This three-day course will provide you with discussion of the mission, purpose, vision, and goals of Federal contracting, discusses the Federal Acquisition Regulation System (FAR) and acquisition lifecycle, and reviews the various roles and responsibilities of the acquisition team. You will explore leadership and management processes associated with successful acquisition planning. This course will also cover elements of planning for source selection, and the key aspects of evaluating proposals, bids, and offers. You will come away from this course with a thorough understanding of planning contract administration and monitoring contractor performance.

Prerequisites: Students should have a foundational knowledge of project management or completed Entry-Level training
Course Type: Virtual Instructor-led training and In-person
Courses Length: 24 hours; 3 days

Applications in Business, Cost, and Financial Management (FPM 233)

This three-day course is designed to explore key competencies for project managers relating to business and financial management. You will develop application and analysis skills for estimating cost by using cost-related information to manage project financials and assemble a viable business case. This course will teach earned value management (EVM) skills as a tool for tracking contractor performance, managing risk, and adjusting project strategy. You will be able to apply your skills managing the operational business dynamics within the scope of Federal projects.

Prerequisites: Students should have a foundational knowledge of project management or completed Entry-Level training
Course Type: Virtual Instructor-led training and In-person
Courses Length: 24 hours; 3 days

Applied Leadership in Projects and Programs (FPM 234)

This two-day course will provide you with skills in forming and leading integrated teaming arrangements. You will learn effective communication strategies to build alliances, focus decision making, and resolve interpersonal and organizational conflict. This course will teach you the critical thinking skills needed to process and synthesize information to arrive at new levels of insight regarding project risks, stakeholder engagement, and the political backdrop that affects projects and programs. Additionally, you will gain skills to lead a team, find solutions for issues that pose risk to project performance, and take responsibility and accountability.

Prerequisites: Students should have a foundational knowledge of project management or completed Entry-Level training
Course Type: Virtual Instructor-led training and In-person
Courses Length: 16 hours; 2 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.