Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM)
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 (PPMs) are vital to identify and implement the strategic objectives to improve Veteran’s services by writing appropriate requirements, establishing performance standards, and prudently acquiring goods and services. The VAAA Program Management (PM) School provides professional development courses for project and program managers that foster the skills to effectively lead Integrated Product Teams (IPTs), oversee budgeting and governance processes, satisfy agency missions, and achieve expected outcomes.
For each certification level (Entry, Mid, and Senior), participants must attend courses in the order listed. Choosing the right level »
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 FAITAS 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.
The FAC-P/PM Entry-Level training is appropriate for any Federal employee who deals with acquisitions (or procurements) of goods and services, and those seeking 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., overseeing procurement and contracting). This course series fulfills the training requirement for Entry-Level certification, and with one (1) year of experience overseeing projects, participants can apply for FAC-P/PM Entry-Level certification. The curriculum consists of 1) either a pair of self-paced, distance-learning course (approximately 42-hours) OR a 40-hour instructor-led training prerequisite course; AND 2) a 40-hour instructor-led training course.
- FPM 120A - Project Management Basics; 20 hours
- FPM 120B - Project Management and Project Lifecycle; (22 hours)
FPM 120A and FPM 120B are (self-paced, distance-learning) prerequisite courses.
- FPM 120 (FED) - Acquisition Fundamentals Project and Program Management; 40 hours
FPM 120 (FED) in the instructor-led prerequisite option; completion of both FPM 120A and FPM 120B OR FPM 120 (FED) is required to attend FPM 121.
- FPM 121 - Acquisition Fundamentals Project and Program Management; 40 hours
The FAC-P/PM Mid-Level training is appropriate for Federal employees with a minimum two (2) years of experience managing complex projects and small programs (a collection of integrated projects). The training consists of three courses (14-days total). Mid-Level participants will expand their skills and knowledge using an established project management methodology, and begin integrating program management skills (managing a collection of related projects) into their activities.
- FPM 260 Concept Definition: (32 hours, instructor-led)
- FPM 261 Concept Planning: (40 hours, instructor-led)
- FPM 262 Development Through Closeout: (40 hours, instructor-led)
The FAC-P/PM Senior-Level course is designed specifically for Federal 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 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 courses 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.
- FPM 370 - Senior-Level Introduction: 90-minute webinar + on-line self-assessment
- FPM 371 - Senior-Level Pre-Course: 90-minute webinar + assessed virtual coursework
- FPM 372 FAC-P/PM Senior-Level Course: (10 day, instructor-led training)