FAM Certification Program

FAM Certification Program

PIERPONT AND SBA TEAM FOR FEDERAL ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

 
Fairmont, WV - The U.S. Small Business Administration and Pierpont Community & Technical College will be offering their federal contracting program once again beginning this summer. The Federal Acquisition Management Certification Program will start July 16 at Pierpont’s Center for Workforce Education, located at 320 Adams St. in downtown Fairmont.
 
Barbara Weaver, who is the primary instructor, covers all of West Virginia and western Pennsylvania as a procurement center representative and commercial market representative for the SBA’s Office of Government Contracting. She has spent 12 years with the SBA, and has been working in the government contracting arena since 1976.
 
The FAM Certification Program runs for six months, with two-day sessions every month until the students graduate in December. There are 96 classroom hours, and students also commit time outside of the classroom to research and testing. The program consists of six separate parts, starting with an overview of federal acquisition regulations and moving into planning for strategic growth. The student’s next focus on marketing and winning federal contracts and then learn about financial requirements.
 
Another component is negotiated procurement, which includes a mock negotiation, and the last piece is contract management, which deals with all the things related to managing a federal contract, Weaver said.
 
The sessions feature about 25 case studies. Because the case studies are based on real-life situations, it’s always interesting to see how participants solve those problems, Weaver said. Business owners, government employees and other experts serve as guest instructors during the program. Anyone who already has a business or wants to start a business and is interested in getting into the federal market is encouraged to enroll in the program, which is limited to 30 students. Certain professions such as managers, attorneys and accountants can use this program for continuing education credits. Participants have two years to finish the program, which means if they have to miss a class, they can make it up the following year and receive their certification at that time.
 
The total cost of the program is $1,295, or $250 per class, and people can register online at pierpont.edu/ce. To find out more information about the Federal Acquisition Management Certification Program, call Pierpont Community & Technical College at 304-367-4920 or e-mail ceinfo@pierpont.edu.
 

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