Signing a Contract

CON 121: Contract Planning

Course ID

CON 121

Continuous Learning Points (CLPs)


Course Length

2 Days






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This two-day course is the first of three online Level I contracting courses. This course
introduces personnel new to the contracting field to their role as a business advisor in the
acquisition process. It focuses on the participants’ role in understanding their customers’ mission and their ability to plan successful mission support strategies based upon their knowledge of the contracting environment and their customer needs. Participants learn how to use the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), conduct effective market research, develop alternative acquisition strategies, and understand how socioeconomic programs support the acquisition planning process.

Learning Objectives

• Reinforce areas of mutual interest within an acquisition environment (requiring activity, contractor, contracting office,
• Perform strategic or tactical methods of market research
• Develop the applicable requirements documents for an acquisition
• Determine the laws applicable (labor, environment, socioeconomic, and foreign acquisition requirements) to that requirement
• Determine the appropriate contract type for a given customer requirement
• Know the competition requirements of Simplified Acquisition Procedure (SAP) and the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT)
• Provide advice on acquisition strategy including when to use best value, writing an acquisition plan, and the elements of
source selection planning
• Explain the mission, characteristics and responsibilities of the contracting professional in the role of a business advisor
• Select training and development opportunities for career progression
• Describe the importance of the oversight roles of the Government Accountability Office and the Office of the Inspector General


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