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About the course

This course is the second of four modules in the overall Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Fundamentals course series. Students experience a limited lecture, exercised-based curriculum that comprehensively covers acquisition plans, market research, describing agency needs, contract types, the Simplified Acquisition Procedures, and the preference for the acquisition of commercial and non-developmental items. You should be prepared to dedicate time each evening for homework. If you are interested in taking all four courses (CON 090-1, CON 090-2, CON 090-3, and CON 090-4) as one bundled course offering, please contact the course administrator.

What You Will Learn

  • Acquisition planning and market research requirements
  • Contracting methods
  • Contract types
  • Special procurement techniques
  • Socioeconomic programs

How You Will Benefit

  • Identify the policies and procedures for acquisition planning.
  • Discuss the policies pertaining to required and preferred sources of supplies and services.
  • Determine the appropriate type of competition given a contracting scenario.
  • Learn the policies and procedures pertaining to the types of contracts that may be used in acquisitions, special contracting techniques, socioeconomic programs, use of special contract terms and conditions, and contractor qualifications.
  • Apply the policies and procedures for publicizing opportunities, given particular circumstances.

Course Content


  • Policies and procedures for developing acquisition plans
  • Source selection criteria
  • Appropriate type of competition


  • Sealed bidding
  • Contracting by negotiation
  • Simplified acquisition procedures
  • Other contracting methods


  • Policies for selecting contract types
  • Properties of various contract types


  • Policies for describing agency needs
  • Order of precedence for requirements documents
  • Policies and procedures for the use of performance-based acquisition methods


  • Policies for dissemination of information and response time
  • Synopses of proposed contract actions


  • Applicability of small business preferences
  • Applicability of labor laws
  • Applicability of domestic preference policies

Who should attend

This course is designed for new hires and career professionals in the federal acquisition field, including contracting officers, contract specialists, contracting officer representatives, program and project managers, small business specialists, and industry contracting personnel. This course is Defense Acquisition University equivalent, and satisfies both the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) requirements.

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Alexis Kirksey is the Program Manager for The Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech, operating within the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. Her expertise includes providing consultation to government and industry in all aspects of government contracting, i...


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