FCN 190: FAR Fundamentals

In this FAC-C Level I capstone certification course, students will be immersed in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and emerge knowledgeable of the government contracting process, the FAR and FAR supplement structure, FAR parts 1–53, and will be able to locate and understand FAR regulations, guidance, provisions, and clauses. Students will navigate the online FAR as they wrestle with realistic scenario-based contracting situations.

Who Takes This Course

This training course is designed for contracting personnel who have completed the prerequisite courses and are seeking to complete their FAC-C Level I certification training.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the basic framework of the federal acquisition environment and locate, cite, and interpret information in the FAR
  • Identify the policies and procedures related to acquisition planning, preferred and required sources, competition requirements, types of contracts, special contracting methods, describing agency needs, publicizing contract actions, and socioeconomic programs
  • Identify polices and procedures for soliciting offers, evaluating bids and offers, conducting exchanges with offerors, awarding contracts, managing protests, and conducting simplified acquisitions
  • Identify the fundamental concepts of administration, the rights of parties when contract performance is unacceptable, applicable payment clauses, contract modifications, contract disputes, terminations, and closeout

Course Topics

FAR Details

  • Promulgation of the FAR
  • Relationship between the FAR and Other Authorities Governing Procurements
  • The FAR, Congress, and Judicial and Other Tribunals
  • The FAR and Federal Contracts
  • Other Topics

Using the FAR

  • Organization and Arrangement of the FAR
  • Interpreting the FAR
  • Determining the Applicability of the Rules
  • Putting It All Together

Acquisition Planning Process

  • Guiding Principles for the Federal Acquisition System


  • Determining Capable Sources
  • In-Class Exercise: Who Gets It?

Competition Requirements

  • Competition and the Open Market
  • In-Class Exercise: Competition Requirements

Methods of Contracting

  • Contracting Methods Permissible Under the FAR
  • In-Class Exercise: Methods of Contracting

Types of Contracts

  • Contracts Types Available for Acquisitions
  • In-Class Exercise: Name the Cost and Pricing Arrangement

Options and Indefinite Delivery Contracts

  • Policies and Procedures for Options and Indefinite Delivery Contract Use
  • In-Class Exercise: Identify the Special Contracting Method

Describing Agency Needs

  • Product or Service Descriptions
  • In-Class Exercise: Unduly Restrictive Specification?
  • In-Class Exercise: Bundled or Not?

Publicizing Contract Actions

  • Policies and Procedures for Contract Opportunities
  • In-Class Exercise: Publicizing Contract Actions

Socioeconomic Programs

  • Implementing Socioeconomic Policies
  • In-Class Exercise: Application of Labor Laws

Contract Formation Principles

  • Universal Principles of Contract Formation
  • In-Class Exercise: Contract Formation Principles
  • In-Class Exercise: Do We Have a Contract? (Part 1)
  • In-Class Exercise: Do We Have a Contract? (Part 2)

Solicitation of Offers

  • Contract Formation Process
  • In-Class Exercise: Provision/Clause Section
  • In-Class Exercise: Responding to Inquiries from Potential Offerors
  • In-Class Exercise: Submission of Offers

Bid Evaluation

  • Evaluating Bids
  • In-Class Exercise: Trouble at the Bid Opening

Proposal Evaluation and Exchanges with Offerors

  • Evaluating Proposals
  • In Class Exercise: Proposal Evaluation/Exchanges with Offerors

Contract Award

  • Rules around Contract Award
  • In-Class Exercise: Contract Award


  • Bid Protests and Size Status Protests
  • In-Class Exercise: Protests

Simplified Acquisition Procedures

  • Policies and Procedures Pertaining to SAP
  • In-Class Exercise: What's the Threshold?
  • In-Class Exercise: The Purchase Order Problem

Initiation of Work

  • Initiating Performance of Work
  • In-Class Exercise: Contract Administration Basics
  • In-Class Exercise: Contract Administration Planning
  • In-Class Exercise: Postaward Orientation

Contract Performance Measurement

  • Policies and Procedures for Monitoring
  • In-Class Exercise: Time, Money, Both, or Neither
  • In-Class Exercise: The Inspection and Acceptance Case
  • In-Class Exercise: A Day at the Races


  • Making Payment
  • In-Class Exercise: The Payment Case
  • In-Class Exercise: Should You Allow?

Contract Modifications

  • Adjusting the Contract
  • In-Class Exercise: Request From Your Agency Head
  • In-Class Exercise: The Case of the Sympathetic Contracting Officer
  • In-Class Exercise: Out of Scope?

Disputes and Appeals

  • Policies and Procedures for Processing Contract Disputes and Appeals
  • In-Class Exercise: A Valid Claim?
  • In-Class Exericse: A Valid Contracting Officer's Decision?

Contract Terminations

  • In-Class Exercise: The Termination Case
  • The Government's Rights in Terminating a Contract

Contract Closeout

  • Policies and Procedures for Closing out the Contract
  • In-Class Exericse: Contract Closeout

Pre-Class Assignments

Students must complete reading assignments before the first day of class. The assignments will be available online to students who have enrolled and made tuition payment arrangements.

Graded Activities

Students will be evaluated individually using objective quizzes and examinations. Except for the first class day and weekly exam days, each day will begin with a quiz based on the prior night’s reading assignment. Each week will culminate in an exam. In addition, students will be evaluated on their timeliness, attitude, and class participation. Students must earn at least 80% of all possible points to pass. A breakdown of the evaluation scheme is provided below:

Seven quizzes @ 10 points each70
Two exams @ 100 points each200
Timeliness/Attitude/Class Participation30
Minimum Required to Pass (80%)240

Online Course Details

Students are required to log in and participate via the course site each day for class. Prior to day one, students will need to confirm their hardware and software meets the minimum performance requirements and run the diagnostic tests available at:

Technology Requirements

This course uses the following technologies:

  • Student Central (Management Concepts Learning Management System)
  • Adobe® Connect™ virtual classroom

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The following legacy courses can satisfy the mandatory prerequisite for CON 127:

  • CON 112 or FCN 112

Suggested Follow-on Courses

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Course Number: 1191
Tuition: $2369
Duration: 10 days
Delivery Method: Instructor-led live classroom
Other Delivery Methods:
  • Instructor-led online (synchronous)
CEUs: 8
CLPs: 80
NASBA CPE Credits: 80
NASBA Level: Basic
NASBA Field of Study:
Course Format:

Pre-class assignment, lecture, independent readings and assignments, individual online research, and exercises

Professional Certification:

FAI has verified this course as meeting the requirements of the FAC-C Program.

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