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COR Training Course

Available Modalities:

  • e-Training
  • Public Classroom
  • On Site
  • Virtual Classroom
Delivery Method PDU Total Technical PMP/PgMp Leadership Strategy PMI RMP PMI SP PMI ACP PfMP PMI PBA
Instructor-Led Training 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Delivery Method Instructor-Led Training
PDU Total 40
Technical PMP/PgMp 40
Leadership 0
Strategy 0
PfMP 0
  • CEUs: 4.0

As a designated representative acting on behalf of the government during the contracting process, the contracting officer’s representative (COR) fills a critical role in the federal acquisition process, acting as technical expert and business partner to both internal and external stakeholders. CORs are responsible for keeping contracting officers fully informed on a project’s progress and must monitor, inspect and accept work performed under the contract.

This special program provides comprehensive training on managing contract planning, award and performance duties facing CORs. The course emphasizes the COR’s unique perspective on the contracting process, providing participants with guidance on the successful performance of the essential COR duties as well as the FAC-COR competencies identified by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. In addition, the course provides CORs with the skills necessary for anticipating, identifying and solving contract problems. The COR Training Program provides CORs with everything that they need to become business leaders, build mutually beneficial relationships with contractors and ensure that the contracts that they manage provide exactly those products and services the government needs.

Note: Students who complete this course (and whose agency has established a single-course COR Level II certification policy) can be certified under FAC-COR by their agency career manager (ACM).

  • Team with the contracting officer (CO) and other acquisition team members to jointly accomplish both the project and public goals of federal acquisition 
  • Prepare a requirements package for submittal to the contracting office that includes at minimum a statement of work (SOW), cost estimate and surveillance plan 
  • Provide technical assistance to the CO and other acquisition team members during the source selection and award phases 
  • Discover effective ways to communicate and influence stakeholders 
  • Perform contract administration duties as authorized by the CO 
  • Perform contract closeout and review lessons learned

This course uses digital materials.

  • What is a COR?
    • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and legal framework
    • FAI’s COR competencies
    • Key COR responsibilities
    • Working with the acquisition team
    • Effective communication
    • Negotiation
    • Allowable and prohibited activities
    • Ethical responsibilities
  • The COR Role in Acquisition Planning
    • Developing the statement of work
    • Performing market research
    • Developing the independent government estimate
    • Developing the quality assurance surveillance plan
    • Developing evaluation factors
    • Obtaining approvals
    • Recommending government property
    • The COR Role in Contract Award
    • Providing preaward/postaward technical assistance
    • Proposal evaluation
    • Preparing for contract administration
    • Participating in the postaward orientation
  • The COR Role in Contract Administration
    • Administering government property
    • Monitoring contract performance
    • Inspecting, accepting and rejecting contract deliverables and performance
    • Recommending modifications and options
    • Resolving delays
    • Administering stop-work orders
    • Resolving contract disputes and claims
    • Identifying and resolving performance problems
    • Providing termination assistance
  • Additional Contract Administration Issues
    • Modifications and options
    • Delays
    • Claims
    • Alternative Disputes Resolution
    • Remedies
    • Termination
  • Closeout and Lessons Learned
    • Documenting past performance
    • Calculating and recommending contractor payment
    • Key tasks required for contract closeout
    • Preparing and communicating lessons learned