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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)

 

Supply Chain Management Professional Level I Courses

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The Supply Chain Management School Course Categories
Professional Level I Professional Level II Professional Level III Electives
Penn State Supply Chain Certificates
Operations Management Leadership
 
FLG 100 | Principles of Inventory Management (PIM)

Course Description:  This course is an Instructor-led course taught by certified American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) instructors and is designed to educate the logistics workforce on the basics of effective inventory management.  This is not a systems course and will only use examples of GIP/PIP as potential screen shots to illustrate a particular inventory topic.

**All students are required to complete the administered exam(s) during the course**

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 24 [3 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 24
Delivery Method: Face to Face (FTF)
FLG 102 | Introduction to Integrated Funds Distribution, Control Point Activity, Accounting and Procurement (IFCAP) and Generic Inventory Package (GIP) Systems

Course Description:  This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the IFCAP and GIP systems and how Level I Supply Chain Professionals utilize the systems in their assigned duties.  Participants learn about the item requisition process within IFCAP.  Students are taught the roles and responsibilities of IFCAP users and the relevance of each of these roles to their job.  Students learn about management reporting mechanisms within IFCAP to assist with management of commodities and suppliers.  Students also learn the different types of GIP inventory and GIP stock levels.  Students have the opportunity to experience setting inventory points, removing items from inventory, and creating a picking ticket in the GIP system through interactive exercises and simulations.  Students are also provided an overview of GIP reporting to illustrate how daily tasks integrate into the overarching inventory process.

**All students are required to complete the administered exam(s) during the course**

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 40 [5 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 40
Delivery Method: FTF
FLG 103 | Introduction to IFCAP and Automated Engineering Management Systems/Medical Equipment Reporting System (AEMS/MERS)

Course Description:  This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the IFCAP and AEMS/ MERS systems and how Level I Supply Chain Professionals utilize the systems in their assigned duties.  Participants learn about the item requisition process within IFCAP.  Students are taught the roles and responsibilities of IFCAP users and the relevance of each of these roles to their job.  Students learn about management reporting mechanisms within IFCAP to assist with management of commodities and suppliers.  Supply Chain Professionals learn how the AEMS/MERS system is used to manage non-expendable property and equipment.  Students learn the roles, responsibilities, and skills required to perform daily property and equipment management tasks.  Students also learn the concepts of complete and accurate data entry and AEMS/MERS record keeping through class education and exercises.

**All students are required to complete the administered exam(s) during the course**

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 24 [3 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 24
Delivery Method: FTF
FLG 105 |Introduction to Materials Management and Operations

Course Description:  This course builds on the supply chain fundamentals learned in course FLG 107 Introduction to Supply Chain Fundamentals; students explore the relationships between inventory planning, receiving and internal distribution operations.  This course introduces industry and VA practices related to requirements and demand planning, inventory planning, receiving and distribution processes.

**All students are required to complete the administered exam(s) during the course**

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades

Prerequisite[s]: FLG 107 | Introduction to Supply Chain Fundamentals
Instruction Hours: 32 [4 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 32
Delivery Method: FTF
FLG 106 |Introduction to VA Strategic Programs

Course Description:  This is an 8 hour virtual self-paced course.  This course provides an understanding of these strategic programs as they relate to supply chain management and the assigned duties of the VA logistician.  The VA is striving towards transforming into a 21st century organization, and its’ strategic plan outlines how the organization will work together to accomplish this over the next five years.  Students become familiar with VA standardization, the Federal Green Purchasing Program, prime vendor programs, and emergency/disaster planning.  Students are also introduced to the basic concepts of developing and submitting a budget.

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 8
Continuous Learning Points: 8
Delivery Method: Virtual Self-Paced (WBT)
FLG 107 |Introduction to Supply Chain Fundamentals

Course Description:  This is a 10 hour virtual self-paced course.  This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the general principles and fundamentals of Supply Chain Management.  This course explores key roles and responsibilities, regulations and polices that govern stewardship, and guides students in the interpretation of metrics to evaluate performance.

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 10
Continuous Learning Points: 10
Delivery Method: Virtual Self-Paced (WBT)
CLC 108 | Introduction to Strategic Sourcing

Course Description:  This course is available online through the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).  The U.S. Department of Defense, like the rest of the Federal Government, is discovering how Strategic Sourcing can be a key enabler for achieving improved quality and cost related to the purchase of goods and services.  This course provides an overview of Strategic Sourcing concepts and techniques for helping organizations make the shift from tactical to strategic purchasing.

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 5
Continuous Learning Points: 5
Delivery Method: Virtual
FLG 109 | Introduction to Business Skills

Course Description:  This is a blended course with 4 hours of self-paced training and 24 hours of virtual instructor led training.  In this course students will learn the importance of expressing information effectively verbally and in writing, to individuals and groups, while taking into account the audience, usefulness of the information to the audience, and nature of the information.  Students learn how to prepare written documents with clarity and accuracy as well as developing clear and convincing presentations.  Students are introduced to different communication styles, understand how to differentiate between communication styles, listen to others, and identify nonverbal cues.

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 28
Continuous Learning Points: 28
Delivery Method: Virtual Instructor Led (DBILT) and Self-Paced (WBT)
FLG 112 | Introduction to Lifecycle Logistics

Course Description:  This is a 10 hour virtual self-paced course.  This course introduces technical and management activities associated with total lifecycle logistics support focused on the costs associated with total lifecycle logistics support focused on the costs associated with maintenance operations, production and support, and deployment planning.  Topics include strategies for achieving required performance capabilities while minimizing support costs, understanding the logistics footprint and providing the user with the resources to sustain the system.

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 10
Continuous Learning Points: 10
Delivery Method: Virtual Self-Paced (WBT)
VAAA-001 | The Customers’ Role on the Acquisition Team

Course Description:  This course is an introduction to the government acquisition process is to serve as an overview for non-procurement personnel.  The intent is to familiarize and better prepare these individuals for work in government procurements, and to acknowledge the importance of their role as members of the procurement team.

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 7
Continuous Learning Points: 7
Delivery Method: Virtual – TMS ID:  VAAA 001
FLG 010 | Accountable Officer

Course Description:  This course is an online self-paced course designed to address topics for Accountable Officers and their responsibilities.  The intent is to provide an overview of the responsibilities for the facility level Accountable Officer.  The responsibilities of every Accountable Officer are vast, and this training covers major areas such as classification of property, the Supply Fund, Equipment Management Program, and Report of Survey program.

This course is available online through the VA Talent Management System (TMS); visit tms.va.gov for information on this course.

Target Audience:  Any person assigned the duties of Accountable Officer within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 2
Continuous Learning Points: 2
Delivery Method: WBT
FLG 015 | Equipment Training for Custodial Officer

Course Description:  This course is an online self-paced course designed to address topics for Custodial Officers and their responsibilities for nonexpendable property.  The intent is to provide an overview of the accountability and responsibilities of the Custodial Official related to the Nonexpendable equipment, and the inventory process.

This course is available online through the VA Talent Management System (TMS); visit tms.va.gov for information on this course.

Target Audience:  Any person assigned the duties of Custodial Officer within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Prerequisite[s]: None
Instruction Hours: 2
Continuous Learning Points: 2
Delivery Method: WBT
 
Penn State Supply Chain Operations Certificate
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FLG 116 | Fulfillment Operations Management

Course Description:  This program offers a primary understanding of end-to-end fulfillment operations within firms, from forecast development thru successful delivery to customers.  Basic terminology and underlying processes will be identified and explained, and best practices will be integrated to highlight effective fulfillment management.  Quantitative techniques will be introduced to identify the financial or cost implications of fulfillment decisions.

Please note:  Other Government Agency students are exempt from prerequisites courses

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades.

Prerequisite[s]: 3 of the 4 following SCMS courses must be completed: FLG 100, FLG 102, FLG 103, FLG 105
Instruction Hours: 15 [2 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 15
Delivery Method: FTF
FLG 117 | Introduction to Supply Chain Analytics

Course Description:  This program in the Supply Chain Operations Certificate sequence will provide you with an understanding of key areas of logistics and supply chain management where relevant analysis of data may be needed.  The approach will focus on several key supply chain functions and provide hands-on learning for how to best understand and analyze data that may be available for the supply chain.  This will be facilitated through the use of Excel-based approaches for managing, understanding, and deriving value from actual supply chain databases.  Additionally, the course will provide an understanding of the functional analytics to better understand the extent to which logistics and supply chain objectives are being achieved.

Please note:  Other Government Agency students are exempt from prerequisites courses

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades.

Prerequisite[s]: 3 of the 4 following SCMS courses must be taken: FLG 100, FLG 102, FLG 103, FLG 105
Instruction Hours: 15 [2 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 15
Delivery Method: FTF
FLG 118 | Forecasting & Inventory Management

Course Description:  This course will provide participants with practical techniques to generate more accurate forecasts and desired inventory levels, as well as to monitor and improve forecasting and inventory management performance over time.  Discuss what sources of information can be used to improve forecast and inventory management performance.  In addition, we will investigate the critical financial impacts that overinflated inventory levels may cause.

Please note:  Other Government Agency students are exempt from prerequisites courses

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades.

Prerequisite[s]: 3 of the 4 following SCMS courses must be taken: FLG 100, FLG 102, FLG 103, FLG 105
Instruction Hours: 15 [2 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 15
Delivery Method: FTF
FLG 119 | Transportation Operations & Sourcing

Course Description:  This program provides the foundational understanding to manage and optimize transportation operations.  Participants learn common terminology as well as methods to effectively manage transportation operations, source carriers, and third party providers to reduce transportation cost and maintain or increase service levels.

Please note:  Other Government Agency students are exempt from prerequisites courses

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades.

Prerequisite[s]: 3 of the 4 following SCMS courses must be taken: FLG 100, FLG 102, FLG 103, FLG 105
Instruction Hours: 15 [2 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 15
Delivery Method: FTF
FLG 120 | Strategic Procurement & Purchasing

Course Description:  Provides the foundational understanding to manage and optimize procurement and purchasing.  Participants learn common terminology and will develop a working knowledge of basic principles in purchasing as well as an understanding of how the purchasing function contributes to competitiveness.  At the end of this course, you will be able to: Discuss the Importance of purchasing in the supply chain—often the largest expense for a company (cost of goods sold), and more!

Please note:  Other Government Agency students are exempt from prerequisites courses

Target Audience:  GS 1-6; WG 6 and below.  However, this course is open to all grades.

Prerequisite[s]: 3 of the 4 following SCMS courses must be taken: FLG 100, FLG 102, FLG 103, FLG 105
Instruction Hours: 15 [2 Class Days]
Continuous Learning Points: 15
Delivery Method: FTF