COR L-III Boot Camp ™

Contracting Officers Representative (COR) Level III Certification Boot Camp
Active Learning Environment – Hands On – Action Focused
Three hands-on group exercises – Break-out sessions – Learn by doing


This course is available for On-Site Training only. We will bring this course to your agency or company.
Contact Don Dickson, On-Site Training Manager at (301) 455-5633 or


This course meets all COR training requirements for Level III COR Certification based on the COR Training Requirements identified in the 6 September 2011, OMB FAC-COR Memorandum effective 1 January 2012. 24 CLPs are awarded to each attendee and qualifies for Level III Certification. (Download OMB 6 September 2011 Memo here)

About this course

Strengthening the acquisition workforce is critical to ensuring that the government gets the best value for the more than $500 billion of goods and services it procures annually. Each member of the acquisition workforce plays a critical role, including Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs), who ensure that contractors meet the commitments of their contracts. CORs are often the first to recognize when a program or contract is under-performing, and are increasingly being asked to manage high-value, complex contracts that involve varying degrees of risk. To be sure they are trained and developed appropriately, the OMB memorandum referenced above, revises and replaces the Office of Federal Procurement Policy’s (OFPP) requirements for the Federal Acquisition Certification for CORs (FAC-COR), originally issued in November 2007, to establish a risk-based, three-tiered certification program for civilian agencies that better reflects the important role of the COR. The new FAC-COR requirements will be effective January 1, 2012, and agencies should begin developing guidance to ensure their CORs are appropriately certified. This course meets all requirements for COR Level III Certification.
(This text excerpted from 6 Sept 2011 OMB letter)

Course Syllabus

- Overview of COR Mission & Responsibilities
  • OFPP Memo and New Direction
  • Level III Certification Defined
- Managing High Risk Programs
  • Dealing with cost, schedule, performance risks
  • Risk assessment exercise
- Six step process leading to Program Excellence (Each step is followed by checklists for the student to assess progress on completing the step.)

  1. Market Research for Technical Personnel
  2. Improved Statement of Work
  3. Performance Based Contracting
  4. Source Selection Strategies
  5. Implementing Best Value Selection: Determination of Competitive Range
  6. Contract Management: Strategies for Mission Success
    • IPT Management and Leadership
    • Introduction to Earned Value Management
- Traps to avoid

- Lessons-learned

- Exercises:

  • Determination of competitive range
  • Post-award debriefing
  • Performance based parameters & statements of work
  • IPT composition and findings presentation

Course Schedule

  • Registration begins at 8:00 am
  • Class begins at 8:30am
  • Class ends at 4:30pm
  • There are several 10-15 minute breaks throughout the day.
  • Lunch generally begins at 12:00pm and lasts approximately 1 hour