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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)


Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM)

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VAAA FAC-P/PM Training

To improve service to America’s Veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs needs to gain efficiencies, reduce redundancies, and foster innovation in all areas of care, benefits, and services.  Program and project managers are vital to identify and implement the strategic objectives to improve service to Veterans by writing appropriate requirements, establishing performance standards, and prudently acquiring goods and services.  The VAAA Program Management (PM) School provides a professional development program for project and program managers to foster skills to effectively lead Integrated Product Teams (IPTs), oversee budgeting and governance processes, satisfy agency missions, and achieve expected outcomes.

The VAAA FAC-P/PM training meets the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) certification standards and the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) FAC-P/PM Competencies for federal civilian agencies.

For each certification level (Entry, Mid, and Senior), participants must take courses in the order listed.  Choosing the right level »

Entry Level FAC-P/PM Training Courses

The FAC-P/PM Entry-Level training is appropriate for any federal government employee who deals with acquisitions (or procurements) of goods and services, and for those who seek to learn an established project management methodology and implement best practices to gain process efficiencies.  In addition, this training can assist first-line supervisors fulfill the Executive Core Qualification of Financial Management (i.e. oversees procurement and contracting).  This training fulfills the training requirement for Entry-Level certification, and with 1 year of experience overseeing projects, participants can apply for FAC-P/PM Entry-Level certification.  The curriculum consists of a self-paced, distance-learning course (approximately 42-hours) and a 5-day face-to-face course.


1 — FPM 120A - Project Management Basics

2 — FPM 120B - Project Management and Project Lifecycle

FPM 120A and FPM 120B are (self-paced, distance-learning) prerequisite courses for FPM 121.

3—Entry-Level FAC-P/PM Resident Course:  FPM 121 (5-day, face-to-face training class)

Entry-Level Course Descriptions »

Mid-Level FAC-P/PM Training Courses

The FAC-P/PM Mid-Level training is appropriate for federal government employees with a minimum of 2 years of experience managing complex projects and small programs (a collection of integrated projects).  The training consists of three courses (a total of 14-days).  Mid-Level FAC-P/PM participants will expand their skills and knowledge using an established project management methodology, and will begin to integrate program management skills (managing a collection of related projects) into their activities.


1—Concept Definition:  FPM 260 (4-day, face-to-face training class)

2—Concept Planning:  FPM 261 (5-day, face-to-face training class)

3—Development Through Closeout:  FPM 262 (5-day, face-to-face training class)

Mid-Level Course Descriptions »

Senior-Level FAC-P/PM Training Courses

The FAC-P/PM Senior-Level course is designed specifically for federal government employees earning their Senior-Level certifications.  This course is explicitly for program and project team leaders with at least four (4) years of experience managing large, complex programs and multiple, simultaneous projects.  A minimum of one (1) year of the experience must be with federal programs.  The Senior-Level course participant must have a mastery of the Mid-Level competencies, experience in the application of multiple PM frameworks, and a very good command of project and program management activities.  The course will enhance the participant’s implementation of best practices and integrate the leadership and collaboration skills to lead the program and acquisition team and interact with other stakeholders.


1—FAC-P/PM Introduction:  FPM 370/560 (90 minute webinar followed by an on-line self-assessment)

2—FAC-P/PM Pre-Course:  FPM 371/561 (90 minute webinar followed by virtual coursework with due times/dates)

3—FAC-P/PM Senior-Level Course:  FPM 372/562 (10 day, face-to-face)

Senior-Level Course Descriptions »