Federal Acquisition Certificate in Contracting (FAC-C) Re-Certification

Federal Acquisition Certificate in Contracting (FAC-C) Re-Certification

Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting (FAC-C) Re-Certification is required every two years.  ALL FAC-C levels require 80 CLPs every two years to maintain certification.  Starting May 1, 2022, all FAC re-certifications across the entire Federal government were standardized to a common Continuous Learning (CL) period from May 1, 2022, through April 30, 2024. These common CL periods will continue every two years with the same expiration date moving forward.

On May 1, 2022, FAI launched the Continuous Learning Individual Progress (CLIP) Dashboard that provides the new re-certification period and tracks all continuous learning completions. The CLIP Dashboard also provides the documentation for re-certification that will be used to verify meeting the re-certification standards going forward.

Training activities for re-certification earn Continuous Learning Points (CLPs). More information on what training activities are eligible for CLPs, the thresholds for the various training activities, and resources to find training activities can be found on the FAI Continuous Learning Website . Below are two ways to earn CLPs:

Internal Training for CLP credit: All trainings completed internally within CSOD through DAU or FAI offerings, both online and instructor-led, will automatically apply the CLPs earned from those courses to the CLIP Dashboard.

External Training for CLP credit: All training activities eligible for CLPs completed outside of CSOD, can be added to CSOD through an External Continuous Learning Activity Request

These requests are reviewed by bureau/agency reviewers before being added to your CLIP Dashboard.  NOTE: External reviews for all of NIH certified employees are now routed to the ACP office for review and determinations. The expected volume may result in these reviews taking several weeks to complete.

Employees that are currently certified can only re-certify at their current level. You cannot re-certify to a higher level. To get certified at a higher level, you must comply with the initial certification requirements for the higher level.

Initial FAC-C Certification Requirements

FAC-C Digital Services (FAC-C-DS) Re-Certification

Those with the FAC-C-DS designation are required to include 20 CLPs of Digital Service training in the total 80 CLPs. More info on FAC-C-DS training found here.

NIH Appropriations Law Refresher Training

All GS-1102s, GS-1105s, and individuals in other GS series holding a Contracting Officer warrant must complete the NIH Appropriations Law Refresher training requirement as mandated by the NIH Mandatory Training Committee. The NIH Training Center (NIHTC) Appropriations Law Refresher offering is the only acceptable training class to meet this mandatory requirement. This mandatory training requirement must be tracked by OALM through the FAITAS system and is therefore a mandatory requirement for FAC-C re-certification and must be completed during the 2-year re-certification cycle.

NIH Training Center offering for the NIH Appropriations Law Refresher: https://hr.nih.gov/training-center/course-catalog/federal-appropriations-law-refresher

These courses may be used as electives for the purpose of satisfying FAC-C requirements or as continuous learning for maintenance of FAC-C certifications.

What Happens Next

Once the requisite CLPs have been completed, logged, approved, and the CLIP Dashboard indicates 100% for all of the certifications, you will be re-certified for the next two years from the date of the current expiration (4/30/202X).  You will not be able to start earning CLPs for your next re-certification until May 1st of the new period (Example May 1st, 2024). 

Training Options

There are currently three free online vendors that provide numerous training options to complete the certification and re-certification requirements.


The Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) offers free online and classroom/virtual training offerings. These can be found and registered for through the FAI CSOD System.


The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) offers several online courses related to acquisition, management, budget, etc. These courses can be registered for through DAU at http://www.dau.edu

Instructions and Resources


The links below provides the FAI CSOD User Guides for both Employee and Supervisor actions in FAI CSOD. These are step-by-step instructions to all the actions employees or supervisors will do in the FAI CSOD System.

Director of OALM: Diane J. Frasier