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Choosing the Right Level

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FAC-P/PM has three levels of certification: 1) Entry-Level, 2) Mid-Level, and 3) Senior-Level. Determining the correct level is very important and choosing the right place to start can be a challenging decision.

The Program Management School recommends starting with Entry-Level courses (and certification) and then progressing to Mid- and Senior-Level courses/certification. This is important since terminology and project/program management procedures and process build upon concepts from previous courses.

There are cases when, based upon an individual’s experience and job requirements, seeking a higher level of training or certification may be appropriate. In these cases, the PM School recommends an individual discuss this with his/her supervisor. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) provides some general guidance for knowledge and experience required for the FAC-P/PM Entry-, Mid-, and Senior-Levels.

For any additional questions about training requirements for the correct FAC-P/PM level, email the Acquisition Academy Program Management School at