FAC-P/PM

This entry-level course builds on and covers the basic concepts you learned in FPM-120A and 120B.  You will now apply the concepts in team-based practical exercises. This course provides the basic knowledge and skills needed by an entry level project manager to successfully manage a small project or be an effective member of an integrated project team (IPT). Upon successful completion of this course, you will clearly understand how to fulfill entry level program/project management obligations.

Key Topics:
Justifying the Solution
The Integrated Project Team
Developing Requirements
Planning the Acquisition
Systems Engineering
Measuring Performance

40 CLP Hours
5-Day Course
Tuition: $860

FPM 231: Applications in Project and Program Management, 4 days

 32 CLP Hours
 4-day course
 650 Tuition

This course provides the P/PM student with the comprehension and application skills to construct an overall acquisition strategy approach in a simulated integrated teaming environment. Emphasis is placed on crafting an integrated approach to systems management, including developing requirements, technology, and risk management; test and evaluation; and integrated logistics support. FPM 231 satisfies the training requirements contained in the Mid-Level Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM); and performance outcomes for Requirements Development and Management Processes, Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation, and Life Cycle Logistics.

Key Topics:

The Integrated Project Team (IPT)
The Federal Triad
Building Requirements and Solution Alternatives
Planning the Project
Technology Management
System Test and Evaluation
Design and Plan for Support

32 CLP Hours
4-Day Course
Tuition: $740

FPM 232: Applications in Contracting, 3 days

 24 CLP Hours
 3-day course
 650 Tuition

This course provides the P/PM student with the opportunity to practice acquisition planning in an integrated team setting through a series of lecture, discussion, case studies, and practical exercises. Topics covered relate to how the P/PM differentiates duties and responsibilities while working with the contracting officer and contracting officer’s representative to assemble a comprehensive acquisition plan; accounting for contract risks; conducting market research; building effective contract incentives; navigating the challenges inherent with non-developmental and commercial item acquisitions; and crafting performance work statements, statements of objectives, and statements of work. The course also guides the P/PM student through the fundamental differences between traditional and modular contracting approaches for the acquisition of information technology assets. FPM 232 satisfies the training requirements contained in the mid-level Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) performance outcomes for the Contracting competency.

Key Topics:

Contract and the PM Integrated Project Team (IPT)
Market Research
Incentivize Industry Through Effective Contract Methods
Acquisition Strategy and Acquisition Plan
Performance-Base Contracting and Source Selection
Negotiating Contract Performance
PM and COR 

24 CLP Hours
3-Day Course
Tuition: $650

This course provides mid-level project managers application and analysis skills in estimating cost and using cost-related information to formulate and manage project financials and assemble a viable business case. Students work through the steps of project budget formulation, execution, and financial reporting in compliance with OMB guidance and procedure. Earned value management skills are practiced and applied as a tool for tracking contractor performance, managing risk, and adjusting project strategy. The course is presented in a simulated integrated teaming environment, giving the student relevant skills managing the operational business dynamics inherent within the scope of federal projects. FPM 233 meets the mid-level certification training requirements for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM). 


Key Topics:

Cost Estimates and Analysis
Project Budget Planning, Assembly, and Execution
Managing Federal Appropriations 
Cost Benefit Analysis
Tracking Contractor Performance
Project Control with Earned Value Management
Working with Earned Value Metrics

24 CLP Hours
3-Day Course
Tuition: $650

This course provides mid-level project managers with application skills in forming and leading integrated teaming arrangements. Effective communication strategies are used to build alliances, focus decision making, and resolve interpersonal and organizational conflict. Students develop critical thinking skills to process and synthesize information in order to arrive at new levels of insight regarding project risks, stakeholder engagement, and the political backdrop that affects projects and programs. Students gain mentoring skills to lead their team to arrive at acceptable team solutions to issues posing risk to project performance, and to take responsibility and accountability for their performance. FPM 234 meets the mid-level certification training requirements for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) leadership competency area. 

Key Topics:

Leading Integrated Project Teams
Communication in Project Management 
Decisions Through Critical Thinking
Fostering Innovation in the Project Environment
Mentoring Individual and Team Performance
Managing Stakeholders and Resolving Conflict

16 CLP Hours
2-Day Course
Tuition: $599

FPM 331: Progressive Concepts in Program Management, 4 days

 32 CLP Hours
 4-day course
 650 Tuition

This course transitions the technical knowledge and abilities required in project management to those needed to orchestrate more complex projects collectively as programs. Students engage and solve problematic issues in synthesizing requirements into viable acquisition strategies and evaluating those strategies as programs evolve. Technology management processes are explored and evaluated with the goal of implementing a balanced system design, as well as tracking asset developer technical progress and reporting. Test and evaluation concepts are evaluated as a primary means to manage technical risk. Viable approaches to product support and supply chain management are addressed as a roadmap to increased system readiness, affordability, and reduced logistics footprint. Students are evaluated in a culminating simulation preparing for and executing a system gate review. FPM 331 satisfies the certification training requirements for the senior-level FAC-P/PM core certification.     

Key Topics:

Leading Programs and Integrated Teams
Requirements Management
Program Planning and Execution
Gate Reviews
Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act
Sustainability
Managing Technical Performance
Systems Engineering
Test and Evaluation
Design and Plan for Product Support

32 CLP Hours
4-Day Course
Tuition: $740

FPM 332: Progressive Contracting Strategies for Programs, 3 days

 24 CLP Hours
 3-day course
 650 Tuition

This course provides the senior program manager the knowledge and ability to integrate, evaluate, and lead the program strategy that merges the contracting-related components of the program acquisition strategy into a viable approach for program procurement. In a simulated case-study setting, students evaluate acquisition planning actions, adjust those plans according to policy and program risk, and then orchestrate source selection of a complex program. Exit criteria are developed and defended, as related to the program’s contracting approach that balance stakeholder expectations of successive phases in the program lifecycle. Special treatment is given to the acquisition of services that support agency technical and business management requirements, as well as facilitating a negotiated baseline of performance between the operational users, and corresponding commercial and organic support providers. FPM 332 satisfies the certification training requirements for the core FAC-P/PM certification at the senior level.     

Key Topics:

Program Acquisition Planning
Program Contracting Approach and the Acquisition Strategy 
Acquisition of Services 
Negotiating System Performance with Users and Providers
Source Selection
Defending the Program's Acquisition Approach

24 CLP Hours
3-Day Course
Tuition: $650

This course advances the experienced project manager into the business enterprise tasks of leading complex projects and larger, collective programs. Using case studies and simulations, students evaluate for merit and evoke risk management strategies resulting in program level adjustments to financial plans and cost benefit analysis, in preparation for presenting and defending a business case before program stakeholders. Earned value management (EVM) metrics are evaluated, followed by program adjustment decisions based on EVM data. Emphasis is placed on managing cost and financial risks within the broader context of a Total Life Cycle Systems Management approach to program management. FPM 333 meets the senior-level certification training requirements for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM).   

Key Topics:

Managing Federal Appropriations and Financial Policy
Financial Planning and Managing Risk 
Total Life Cycle Systems Mangement 
Using EVM for Program Execution
Cost Benefit and Business Case Analysis

24 CLP Hours
3-Day Course
Tuition: $650

FPM 334: Progressive Leadership in Program Management, 2 days

 16 CLP Hours
 2-day course
 599 Tuition

This course expands the senior program manager’s interpersonal and mentoring skills required in complex programs. Critical thinking is explored as a means for problem solving and decision making in potentially volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous operating environments. Students gain awareness of how modeling responsible and accountable behaviors relates to effective and efficient use of program resources. Stakeholder relationship skills are gained through role-playing exercises. Students gain global awareness of the linkage between organizational vision and objectives through plan execution. FPM 334 meets the senior-level certification training requirements for the Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM).

Key Topics:

Mentoring for Effective Program Performance
Critical Thinking in the VUCA Business Environment
Fostering Stakeholder Relations 
Linking Organizational Goals and Objectives to Operations

16 CLP Hours
2-Day Course
Tuition: $599

FPM 511: Managing IT Projects and Programs, 4 Days

 32 CLP Hours
 4-day course
 650 Tuition

This mid-level course prepares you to manage IT projects and programs using processes based on modular procurement.  You will learn to craft a contract strategy that accommodates rapid changes in technology, multiple contractors, interoperability and integration risk. This course begins with strategy development, and then progresses through business reengineering, agile development, integration, and measurement of technical performance. Compliance with IT-related federal laws, regulations, and guidance will be highlighted throughout the course. Managing multiple stakeholders in cross-agency initiatives will be discussed as well.

Key Topics:

Defining and Implementing Information Technology
Development of an Acquistion Strategy
IT Capital Investment Analysis and Business Case Analysis
Business Process Reengineering and Digitization of Government Processes
IT-Specific Laws, Regulation, and Guidance
Market Research
Managing Risk
Quality Checking
Translation of IT Initiatives
Testing and Evaluation

32 CLP Hours
4-Day Course
Tuition: $740

This mid-level course prepares you to manage twenty-first century IT projects and programs to meet citizens’ needs in the most cost-effective way possible, while maintaining privacy and security.  You will learn about IT modernization programs and initiatives that are improving the customer experience. Given cybersecurity threats, you will understand how risks can be mitigated to ensure mission success. The fundamentals of data management will be covered, including data security and information assurance.

Key Topics:

Management of Multiple IT Projects
Performance Assessment
Information Assurance
Continuous Monitoring Initiatives
Data Management and Protection of the Data Layer
Emerging Technologies


32 CLP Hours
4-Day Course
Tuition: $740

FPM 513: IT Infrastructure and Architectural Design, 4 Days

 32 CLP Hours
 4-day course
 650 Tuition

This mid-level course prepares you to plan, manage, and implement enterprise best practices for the delivery and management of enterprise products. You will learn to ensure that evolving products align with the agency vision, broader governmental considerations, and regulations and guidance. You will learn to position yourself to engage with engineers, administrators, and developers through regular check-ins to assess current patterns, share best practices, and adapt to emerging needs. The relationships between modern enterprise architecture, information assurance, and security management will be the focus of this course. You will also learn to examine trends with the potential to meet emerging agency and customer needs.

Key Topics:

Topology of Modern Enterprise Architecture
Documenting Deficiences and Taking Corrective Actions
Alignment of IT Strategy, Plans, System, and Mission
Development of IT Strategy
Using Governance Models
Verification and Validation Processes
Test ing and Evaluation Processes


32 CLP Hours
4-Day Course
Tuition: $740