COR Essentials (ACQI7029)

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COR Essentials


This course is intended for two audiences: beginners seeking to qualify for a Level I Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) Certification; and those needing a refresher course. Participants will earn 8 Continuous Learning Points to either earn their Level I certification or maintain their current certification. Regardless of your situation, this course will familiarize you with the key concepts and processes to enable you to perform the tasks required of a COR. (See below for an explanation of COR training requirements.)

Government contracting is extremely broad and complex. In this introductory-level course, we will concentrate on the “big picture,” not the details. In government contracting, as in all specialized bodies of knowledge, there are exceptions to every rule. For the purposes of this course, we will focus on the rules, not the exceptions. Thus, you will see “typically,” “usually,” and “in general” used throughout this Participant Guide.

This course will familiarize you with the most important laws concerning government contracting. For better comprehension, it explains the laws in context, rather than simply listing them. This Participant Guide is designed to facilitate your critical thinking, understanding, and problem-solving. It poses discussion questions for you to answer. It also contains a Contract Monitoring exercise and a post-test. Those seeking their Level I COR Certification must complete the test to successfully complete this course. Those taking this course as a refresher may opt out of taking the test.

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for personnel who need to obtain a FAC-COR Level I Certification, or current COR Certification holders of any level in need of refresher training.






8 CPEs

Class Type:

This course is currently being offered in the following training modalities:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explain the roles, responsibilities and authorities of a COR in each phase of the acquisition process
  • Understand the key laws and regulations that govern the acquisition process
  • Use appropriate methods to monitor contractor performance
  • Understand the steps involved in contract closeout
  • Describe the standards of conduct and personal conflicts of interest

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Course Outline:

Welcome, Introductions, and Course Overview

Module 1:

  • Overview of the Federal Acquisition Process

Module 2:

  • Roles and Responsibilities – Who Does What

Module 3:

  • Postaward Phase: Engagement, Monitoring Performance and Compliance

Module 4:

  • Postaward Phase: Modifications, Remedies, and Closeout


Course summary, evaluations, and instructions to obtain certificates.

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