New FAC-P/PM Curriculum Kicks Off
The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) 2013 memo outlined the major revisions to the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) Program, which became effective on March 31, 2014.
OFPP’s move to update the program – particularly to incorporate issues surrounding the frequently troubled Federal IT project – shows the government’s dedication to strive for innovation and improvement. Training the Federal workforce should always be a priority, and the moves to update Federal Acquisition Certifications, along with the recently enacted FITARA, mean that we could begin to see some strong improvements to Federal acquisition.
So What Does This Mean for You?
If you had a certification before the March date, you are grandfathered into the new program at your current level of certification, as long as your continuous learning requirements are up-to-date. However, if you start working on a higher-level certification, you will need to meet the new requirements. Anyone working on a new certification will also have to comply with the new requirements.
Key Changes from Old to New:
- Applicability: All acquisition P/PMs must be certified at their appropriate level as determined by their agency, not just at the senior-level for major acquisitions.
- Waivers: Waivers of requirements, either in part or in whole, by the Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO) are no longer allowed. However, the CAO may grant extensions of current certification levels.
- Competencies: Competencies and performance outcomes for each competency level have been better defined to describe the required knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for successful performance. They include: Requirements Development and Management Processes, Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation, Life Cycle Logistics, Contracting; Business, Cost and Financial Management; and Leadership.
- Training Length Requirements: The fixed minimum hours of training have been replaced with a flexible range from approximately 80-120 hours for each of the three levels, depending upon agency requirements and the type of training to be received. This flexibility allows for the training to be better tailored, addressing each individual’s competency gaps.
- Senior Level Experience: Senior-level P/PMs are still required to have four total years of program and project management experience, but experience on Federal programs and/or projects has been reduced to a minimum of one year of within the last ten years. Experience has also been broadened to include experience as a contractor.
- Core-Plus Specialized Certification: General Core-Plus requirements have been added to the core FAC-P/PM certification along with specific requirements for an IT Core-Plus certification. The revised FAC-P/PM certification policy provides for a new Core-Plus specialty certification for those P/PMs involved in managing IT projects and programs.
- Management Information System: The Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System (FAITAS) is now the official system of records for the FAC-P/PM program.
How Can We Help?
Our revised FAC-P/PM curriculum is now FAI-verified and available for group onsite delivery – we’ll provide the training at your location for your group, team, or division. Keeping with OFPP’s modernization of the FAC-P/PM Program, our courses are all offered live or online, and we’ve developed pre-class assessments and eLearning modules to best prepare you for the training – making the most of your time away from the office. Management Concepts Mid Level FAC-P/PM courses also meet IT Core-Plus competencies.
Teidi Tucker also contributed to this post.
Teidi Tucker is a Product Manager and Senior Business Development professional at Management Concepts. She has more than 25 years of experience developing client solutions in the areas of program/project management, business analysis and IT. Teidi lives in San Diego, California with her husband and menagerie of animals.