COR-380A : FAC-COR+ Level III for HHS Professionals (Week 1)


COR-380A   |   5 Days (40 Hrs.)

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Course Overview

This course represents the first week of an 80-hour course that will prepare HHS students for their roles as senior-level Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs), by following HHS’ training requirements for FAC-COR Level III certification. Built from the ground up specifically for HHS professionals, this first week of the full 2-week course satisfies 40 of your 96 FAC-COR Level III certification training hours PLUS earns you credit toward 5 of 7 Mid-Level FAC-P/PM Competencies.

When combined with COR-380A's partner course (the additional 40-hour COR-380B: FAC-COR Level III for HHS Professionals (Week 2) class) this 80-hour, 2-week course will include best practices, exercises, cases, assessment tools, and other hands-on training in the following topic areas:

  • Basic COR competencies (COR-380A / COR-380B)
  • Acquisition (COR-380B)
  • Project / Program Management (COR-380A)
  • Risk Management (COR-380A)
  • Earned Value Management (EVM) (COR-380B)

Both full weeks of these courses equate to 80 of the HHS Senior-level FAC-COR student’s required 96 training hours, PLUS a full 7 of 12 days required to complete the FAC Academy’s entire Mid-level FAC-P/PM training program.

Who Should Attend

HHS CORs seeking FAC-COR Level III certification who:

  • Have not yet completed a 40-hour COR Refresher course (within 2-year CLP period)
  • Need 80 hours of required training per HHS policy

Competencies Addressed

FAC-COR Competencies

This 80-hour, 2 week course covers all Competencies in detail.

Professional Business CompetenciesIncludedTechnical CompetenciesIncluded
1. Attention to Detailchecked1. Acquisition Planningchecked
2. Decision-Makingchecked2. Market Research (Understanding the Marketplace)checked
3. Flexibilitychecked3. Defining Government Requirementschecked
4. Influencing / Negotiatingchecked4. Effective Pre-Award Communicationchecked
5. Integrity / Honestychecked5. Proposal Evaluationchecked
6. Interpersonal Skillschecked6. Contract Negotiationchecked
7. Oral communicationchecked7. Contract Administration Managementchecked
8. Planning and Evaluatingchecked8. Effective Inspection & Acceptancechecked
9. Problem Solvingchecked9. Contract Quality Assurance & Evaluationchecked
10. Project Managementchecked10. Contract Closeoutchecked
11. Reasoningchecked11. Contract Reportingchecked
12. Self-Management / Initiativechecked12. Business Acumen & Communicationchecked
13. Teamworkchecked  
14. Writingchecked  

FAC-P/PM Competencies

This combined 80-hour course covers all FAC-P/PM learning objectives for the following Mid-level FAC-P/PM Competencies:

  • Competency #1: Requirements Development and Management Process (COR-380A)
  • Competency #2: Systems Engineering (COR-380A)
  • Competency #3: Test and Evaluation (COR-380A)
  • Competency #4: Life Cycle Logistics (COR-380A)
  • Competency #5: Contracting (COR-380B)

Course Topics & Modules

COR-380A: Week 1

  • I. Why Are We Here?
    • Program background and introduction
    • Current OMB and Presidential initiatives
    • Individual introductions and expectations
  • II. Overview of Performance-Based Acquisition (PBA)
    • Understand objectives of PBA
    • Perform in accordance with the essential elements of PBA
    • Prepare Documents used in PBA
    • Perform the 7 steps to effective PBA
  • III. Requirements Development Process
    • Identify, assess, and prioritize needs
    • Analyze materiel and non-materiel solutions
    • Develop Key Performance Parameters, Thresholds, and Objectives
  • IV. Concept Selection Process
    • Conduct an Analysis of Alternatives (AoA)
    • Perform Net Present Value (NPV) using OMB A-94
    • Establish effective performance metrics
    • Develop a Technology Development Strategy (TDS)
  • V. Technology Development Process
    • Turn needs into requirements
    • Establish KPP’s, Thresholds, Objectives, and Trade-Space
    • Establish an Acquisition Program Baseline (APB)
    • Ensure effective Systems Engineering/T&E Program
    • Prepare an effective Acquisition Strategy
    • Analyze performance using the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART)
  • VI. Core Management Skills and Processes
    • Establish a Total Life Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM) approach
    • Ensure the development of an Integrated Master Plan
    • Develop effective Project Management Skills
      • Work Breakdown Structure
      • Project Scheduling
      • Resource Allocation
      • Earned Value Management System
  • VII. Total Ownership Cost
    • Optimize both Total Ownership Cost and Life Cycle Cost
  • VIII. Risk and Opportunity Management
    • Plan, assess, handle, and monitor risk
    • Use the appropriate tools for decision-making with uncertainty
    • Prioritize risks
    • Mitigate risk
    • Track and manage risk
    • Use the WBS to identify and manage risk
  • IX. Overview of Total Life Cycle Systems Management
    • Integrate Systems Engineering, Test & Evaluation, and Life Cycle Logistics
    • Use performance-based strategies
    • Maintain single point of accountability
    • Increase reliability and decrease logistics footprint
  • X. Communications Management
    • Demonstrate ability to share and communicate Lessons Learned
    • Demonstrate ability to use correct oral and written skills
    • Effectively disseminate information internally and externally
    • Demonstrate effective briefing skills
  • XI. Working Groups and Teams
    • Knowledge of the functions of membership in a working group / IPT
    • Demonstrate knowledge of team development functions
  • XII. Technical Management Processes
    • Use advanced decision analysis methods
    • Manage technical assessment and technical performance measurement
    • Manage life cycle processes using systems engineering discipline
    • Manage risk and opportunity
    • Manage interfaces and configurations
    • Manage technical data
  • XIII. Technical Processes
    • Manage the requirements development process
    • Answer the question, “Did you build the right thing?”
    • Develop logical solutions
    • Select the right design
    • Manage the integration of lower level elements into a higher level solution
  • XV. Test & Evaluation
    • Manage a comprehensive, integrated T&E process, including effective use of modeling and simulation
    • Review and assess a Test and Evaluation Strategy and a Test and
    • Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP)
    • Manage a realistic Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) process
    • Answer the question, “Did you build it right?”
  • XVI. Life Cycle Logistics
    • Manage of a Life Cycle Logistics process for effective product support and interoperability
    • Use effective supply chain management and the latest commercial practices
    • Manage a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) for system support
  • XVII. Student Action Plan Presentation
    • Students will deliver a written presentation indicating the effectiveness of organizational implementation of acquisition and program management techniques an Action Plan for improvements they intend to implement upon return to work

Training Hours/Credits Earned

Standard Class Hours
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Credits Earned (For Each Week)
40 CLPs
40 PDUs (Course approved by PMI® and is eligible for PDU credit)
4.0 CEUs

Total Credits Earned (For Both Weeks)
80 CLPs
80 PDUs (Course approved by PMI® and is eligible for PDU credit)
8.0 CEUs

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