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

Using the FAR

  • The Federal Acquisition Regulation: Questions and Answers
  • Organization and Arrangement of the FAR
  • Interpreting the FAR
  • Determining the Applicability of the Rules
  • Putting It All Together

Acquisition Planning

  • Acquisition Planning Process
  • Sources
  • Competition Requirements
  • Methods of Contracting
  • Types of Contracts
  • Interagency Agreements, Options, and Indefinite Delivery Contracts
  • Describing Agency Needs

Contract Formation

  • Publicizing Contract Actions
  • Socioeconomic Programs
  • Contract Formation Principles
  • Solicitation of Offers
  • Bid Evaluation
  • Proposal Evaluation and Exchanges with Offerors
  • Contract Award
  • Protests
  • Simplified Acquisition Procedures

Contract Administration

  • Contract Administration Basics
  • Contract Performance Measurement
  • Quality Assurance
  • Payment
  • Contract Modifications
  • Disputes and Appeals
  • Contract Terminations
  • Contract Closeout

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

Technology Requirements

This course uses the following technologies:

  • eCampus Learning Management System

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

  • CON 112 or FCN 112

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Course Number: 1191
Tuition: $2299
Duration: 10 days
Delivery Method: Instructor-led live classroom
CEUs: 8
CLPs: 80
NASBA CPE Credits: 80
NASBA Level: Basic
NASBA Field of Study:
Course Format:

Lecture, independent readings, 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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