Technical Career Field Training Program

VHA's Procurement Operations Office offers a very robust training plan for trainees through the Technical Career Field – Contracting Training program. This program is designed to fill a critical need in our organization through the development of highly skilled, very competent, and highly motivated Contract Specialists who are ready, willing and able to meet the needs of our Veteran customers in a way that truly affects their quality of life.

Program Summary

Trainee Contracting Specialists have very stringent course requirements to achieve their FAC-C Level 1 certification. To qualify for this program the applicant must meet the basic requirement of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field OR at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

Training Specifics

In this two year program Trainees will receive approximately 3, 965 hours of training: 3400 hours of on-the-job training (OJT), 477 hours in a mix of standard Classroom and Online instruction, and 88 hours in Workshop/Conference settings. Over the two year period Trainees are expected to travel at least 20 weeks away from their duty location to attend courses at the VA Acquisition Academy in Frederick, Maryland as well as travel to a minimum of four (2 per year) other VA locations in the Continental US for specialized training.

In addition to specialized training for the procurement of prosthetics, Trainees will learn about and assist with performing market research, reviewing specifications and statements of work, acquisition milestone plans, identifying the appropriate method of procurement i.e., simplified acquisition procedures, sealed-bidding, and negotiations, advertising all applicable requirements, preparing the solicitation documents using agency contract writing systems for issuance, and ensuring the contract represents the best value (price and other factors considered) while meeting all aspects of Federal and VA contracting regulatory requirements.