15 May

Are You Ready to “Refresh” Your Contracting Career Training?

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), along with other stakeholders such as the Federal Acquisition Institute and the Chief Acquisition Officers Council, has developed a new, refreshed version of the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Program. This new FAC-C Program was effective 1 October 2014.

Major Changes

The new FAC-C (Refresh) program curriculum aligns closely with the DAWIA (Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act) curriculum and includes almost 100 hours of additional training. The FAC-C (Refresh) Program is designed to strengthen the training and employee development needs of the acquisition workforce.

What? I have to complete more training?  Maybe, maybe not; it all depends on your current FAC-C level and what training you may have already completed.

All contracting professionals are required to be registered in the FAITAS (Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System), and agencies are required to use FAITAS to manage their acquisition workforce. The new FAC-C (Refresh) Program will also offer specialization in areas such as Construction and IT. The FAC-C (Refresh) Program no longer requires electives for Level I or Level II. The experience and education requirements for FAC-C certification have not changed.

I’m not going to bore you by listing the many course numbers and titles; that information is available on the FAI (Federal Acquisition Institute) website at http://www.fai.gov/drupal/certification/contracting-fac-c

FAC-C Level I

Level I classes now include FAR basics and cost/price analysis.

FAC-C Level II

Level II classes include more focus on intermediate cost/price analysis and supply and service contracting.

If you are FAC-C Level I certified and have not completed the FAC-C Legacy Level II training needs, you must complete a few of the new FAC-C Refresh Level I courses before starting your FAC-C Refresh Level II training. This is required because the Level I courses are prerequisites for some of the FAC-C Refresh Level II courses. See FAI’s website for more information.

If you are FAC-C Level I certified and can complete the Level II training needs of the FAC-C Legacy Program by 30 September 2015 you do not have to restart your current FAC-C level. This may differ based on the agency you are currently working for, as each agency establishes their FAC-C (Refresh) transition policy. Contact your agency ACM (Acquisition Career Manager) for more details.

FAC-C Level III

Level III classes include a choice of electives such as Acquisition Law, Advanced Contract Pricing, Understanding Industry, and Construction Contracting. You can also meet your Level III elective requirement by completing a minimum of 4 training courses that equal 32 CLPs. Level III also has a new HBS (Harvard Business School) course requirement.

FAC-C Refresh Program is here to stay. It’s all designed to develop a world-class contracting workforce, which in turn saves taxpayers and provides value and investment for the government buyer. Get ahead of the pack and start discussing your training plan with your supervisor.  Have any questions? Contact your agency ACM.

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Jim Adams has over 16 years as an Acquisition Workforce Training Program Manager. He has worked for the U.S. Coast Guard, the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, and the Department of Homeland Security. He is currently employed by SRE Inc. supporting the Transportation Security Administration’s acquisition workforce certification needs.

2 thoughts on “Are You Ready to “Refresh” Your Contracting Career Training?

  1. Thank you for sharing, James! I am new to this field of work and I love when I am exposed to something new. After reading your post, I was inspired to research more about this certification such as who needs it and why one should have it. It was very interesting for me to learn that all contracting officers in civilian agencies must be FAC-C certified.

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