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FAC Academy

 

The ACT-IAC Academy is currently offering courses needed for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM).  We bring you the knowledge and skills you need to more effectively manage your Federal programs and acquisitions.  Whether you work for Government or Industry, come see how the FAC Academy can help you to learn, grow, and excel.  Our FAI-verified, FAC-P/PM Programs were built from the ground up specifically to address the requirements of the FAC-P/PM program.  Four courses cover the requirements - FPM 331, FPM 332, FPM, 333 and FPM 334.   These offerings are described below.

FPM 331: PROGRESSIVE CONCEPTS IN PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

FAI-verified FAC-P/PM Certification Program | Senior Level | Fulfills the following FAC-P/PM Competencies:  Requirements Development/Management Processes; Systems Engineering; Test & Evaluation; Life Cycle Logistics

Method of Training:  Classroom -- Length of Training:  4 Days (32 hours)  |  32 CLPs  |  32 PMI® PDUs

This comprehensive course addresses the FAC-P/PM Senior Level competencies of “Requirements Development and Management Processes,” “Systems Engineering,” “Test and Evaluation,” and “Life Cycle Logistics” and all of FAI’s performance outcomes for those competencies.  Due to the broad scale of this competency area as defined by FAI, this course serves as an overview to the entire Senior Level curriculum and Senior Level certification process.  As a Senior Level course it reviews, but goes considerably beyond, the basic concepts presented in earlier levels of the same course to ensure all participants are knowledgeable of the fundamentals and are able to manage/supervise the overall process.  Additional emphasis on the fundamentals will be provided as needed. 

Specific topics addressed include managing/supervising the following processes: Requirements development; Concept selection; Technology development; Core management skills of project management; Total ownership cost;  Market research; Risk and Opportunity management; Communications management; and Working groups/teams.  Additional topics addressed by this course include: the technical processes and technical management processes of systems engineering; creation of an integrated T&E strategy, including operational test and evaluation; and life cycle logistics management, product support, and interoperability.

Exercises are included to allow the students to practice the skills that they are developing throughout the course.  This course will also provide the participants with an assessment tool which they will use to evaluate their organization’s overall acquisition system performance in accordance with OMB A-123.  An additional assessment tool is being provided to assist the students in tracking and determining their achievement of attaining the new performance outcomes defined by FAI for Senior-level certification. Finally, students will make a presentation describing the actions they intend to take when they return to work to implement the lessons they learned during the class. Along with other course deliverables, this Action Plan will be evaluated to determine course credit.

Complete your Senior-level FAC-P/PM training requirements by taking this course in combination with these other FAI-verified courses:

  • FPM 332:  PROGRESSIVE CONTRACTING STRATEGIES FOR PROGRAMS
  • FPM 333:  PROGRESSIVE BUSINESS, COST & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
  • FPM 334:  PROGRESSIVE LEADERSHIP IN PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

FPM 332: PROGRESSIVE CONTRACTING STRATEGIES FOR PROGRAMS

FAI-verified FAC-P/PM Certification Program  |  Senior Level  |  Fulfills the following FAC-P/PM Competency:  Contracting

Method of Training:  Classroom -- Length of Training:  3 Days (24 hours)  |  24 CLPs  |  24 PMI® PDUs

This comprehensive course addresses the FAC-P/PM Senior Level Contracting Competency, and all of the OFPP/FAI-mandated Performance Outcomes for that competency.  It addresses the supervision, leadership, and management of the acquisition of supplies and services, construction and research and development of systems/products, including the following concepts: acquisition planning (including performance-based considerations); cost and price analysis; solicitation and selection of sources; preparation, negotiation, and award of contracts; all phases of contract administration, including termination options, if necessary.  Special emphasis in this class is on the “when” “why” and “how” of establishing collaborative relationships between a buyer and a seller.  The course also introduces and explains, in depth, the nine things that must be done “right” to have a successful contracting process.

Since this course is presented at the Senior Level, participants use it as an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of their own contracting process and to diagnose problems and develop solutions.  Exercises and an integrated case study are included to allow the students to practice the skills that they are developing throughout the course.  In addition, the course provides an extensive self-assessment tool the students can use to determine personal as well as organizational strengths and weaknesses that should be improved.  Students will demonstrate their knowledge by answering review questions at various times during the class and by presenting an oral end-of-class Action Plan.

FPM 333: PROGRESSIVE BUSINESS, COST & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

FAI-verified FAC-P/PM Certification Program  |  Senior Level  |  Fulfills the following FAC-P/PM Competency:  Business, Cost Estimating, and Financial Management

Method of Training:  Classroom -- Length of Training:  3 Days (24 hours)  |  24 CLPs  |  24 PMI® PDUs

This comprehensive course addresses the FAC-P/PM Senior Level “Business, Cost Estimating, and Financial Management” Competency, and all of its OFPP/FAI-mandated Performance Outcomes.  It addresses the supervision, leadership, and management of the performance challenges that the participant will encounter in his or her day-to-day job.  The cost estimating and performance management functions of the Federal acquisition life cycle are detailed, specifically as they relate to the following activities: cost estimating and cost analysis; formulating financial programs and budgets; benefit/cost analysis and other decision-making tools; total ownership cost, overseeing and interpreting data from an Earned Value Management System (EVMS) and other methods of performance measurement; and knowledge of the rules of budget execution. 

Exercises are included to allow the students to practice the skills that they are developing throughout the course.  In addition, the course provides an extensive self-assessment tool the students can use to determine personal as well as organizational strengths and weaknesses that should be improved.  Students will demonstrate their knowledge by preparing and presenting Action Plans for personal and organizational improvements they intend to implement upon return to their jobs.

FPM 334: PROGRESSIVE LEADERSHIP IN PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

FAI-verified FAC-P/PM Certification Program  |  Senior Level  |  Fulfills the following FAC-P/PM Competency:  Leadership

Method of Training:  Classroom -- ​​​​​​​Length of Training:  2 Days (16 hours)  |  16 CLPs  |  16 PMI® PDUs

This comprehensive course addresses the FAC-P/PM Senior Level Leadership Competency, and all of its OFPP/FAI-mandated Performance Outcomes.  This Senior Level course provides a framework for the participants to respond to the challenges facing them and their organizations in new, more innovative, and more productive ways. The specific topics of strategic thinking, external awareness, entrepreneurship, and vision will be addressed.

Exercises will be used to emphasize the importance of other essential leadership skills including: teamwork, collaboration, and communication; personality types and preferences; negotiation skills; and organizational and team structures for optimum performance.  In addition, using a proprietary Leadership Assessment Tool developed specifically for this program, participants will have the opportunity to assess their needs for these and other leadership traits in their current job settings and to evaluate their current skill levels in these and other leadership competencies. Strengths in certain areas will be confirmed and methods to remedy weaknesses will be identified and discussed.

 

Conferences

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 7:30am to 5:00pm

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 7:30am to 5:00pm

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 4:00am to Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 4:00am

Events and Forums

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

COI Meetings

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm