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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)


Senior-Level III Course Descriptions


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

Program Managers are Senior-Level practitioners who advance the organization’s strategic goals. They manage programs, major investments, and multiple, related projects in a coordinated way, achieving benefits that could not occur if the projects were handled separately.

Progressive Concepts in Program Management (FPM 331)

This four-day course will provide you with the technical knowledge and abilities required to orchestrate more complex projects collectively as programs. You will synthesize requirements into viable acquisition strategies and evaluate those strategies as programs evolve. This course will cover technology management processes with the goal of implementing a balanced system design, as well as how to track asset developer technical progress and reporting. At the end of this course, you will have gained viable approaches to product support and supply chain management that increase system readiness, maintain affordability, and reduce the logistics footprint.

Course Type: Virtual Instructor-led training and In-person
Course Length: 32 hours; 4 days
Progressive Contracting Strategies for Programs (FPM 332)

This three-day course will provide you with the knowledge and ability to integrate, evaluate, and lead program strategy into a viable approach for program procurement. You will evaluate acquisition planning actions, adjust those plans according to policy and program risk, and orchestrate source selection of a complex program. This course will teach you how exit criteria is developed and defended and how to balance stakeholder expectations. This course will emphasize the acquisition of services that support agency technical and business management requirements. After this course, you will understand how to facilitate a negotiated baseline of performance between the operational users and corresponding commercial and organic support providers.

Course Type: Virtual Instructor-led training and In-person
Course Length: 24 hours; 3 days
Progressive Business, Cost, and Financial Management (FPM 333)

This three-day course advances the experienced project manager into the business enterprise tasks of leading complex projects and larger, collective programs. You will evaluate for merit and evoke risk management strategies resulting in program-level adjustments to financial plans and cost benefit analyses. Earned value management (EVM) metrics are evaluated, followed by program adjustment decisions based on EVM data. This course will emphasize managing cost and financial risks within the broader context of a Total Life-Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM) approach to program management. You will understand how to present and defend a business case before program stakeholders, manage funds, and other key competencies for project managers.

Course Type: Virtual Instructor-led training and In-person
Course Length: 24 hours; 3 days
Progressive Leadership in Program Management (FPM 334)

This two-day course will expand your interpersonal and mentoring skills required in complex programs. You will gain awareness of how modeling responsible and accountable behaviors relates to effective and efficient use of program resources. This course will teach you how to develop stakeholder relationships through critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. You will gain global awareness of the linkage between organizational vision and objectives through plan execution.

Course Type: Virtual Instructor-led training and In-person
Course Length: 16 hours; 2 days

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 ( provides a quick reference for those individuals interested in, or pursuing certification. All FAC-PPM senior level certification applicants must be FAC-PPM Mid-Level certified before applying for Senior Level certification.