While I'm fully, painfully aware of the government's reputation for inefficiency (this is my current project), one could make the argument that we might have too many training and certification requirements. But done smartly, one class can be applied for multiple certificates, which in itself is an exercise in proper planning.
The Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) program is for acquisition professionals in the Federal Government performing program and project management activities and functions. It's the federal government equivalent of the private sector's Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate.
courses required to get and maintain FAC-P/PM certification. What's nice is that because this certificate is so comprehensive (80-120 training hours in two years), it can be used to meet the requirements of the FAC-COR certification.
The Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting Officer's Representatives (FAC-COR) Program plays a critical role in ensuring that contractors meet the commitment of their contracts. They ensure proper development of requirements and assist Contracting Officers in managing their contracts. Level III Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs) are the most experienced CORs within an agency and should be assigned to the most complex and mission critical contracts within the agency. These CORs are often called upon to perform significant program management activities and should be trained accordingly. For instance, our current contract is over $100M.
To be a Professional Engineer (or Architect) you usually have to take one or two tests for professional licensure, and then continuing education for annual renewals.
There are also other certificates and training that other are commonly found in the industry, and some people like to collect them like baseball cards:
- AIA: American Institute of Architects
- CCM: Certified Construction Manager
- CEM: Certified Energy Manager
- CFM: Certified Facility Manager
- LEED AP: Several different specialties
- PE: Professional Engineer
- PMP: Project Management Professional
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