A new directive from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy requires chief acquisition officers of federal agencies to meet all requirements of program and project management certification, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.
Jason Miller writes the new guidance states agencies are required to address all aspects of the Federal Acquisition Certification program starting March 31.
“The revised program is designed to strengthen civilian agency P/PMs to improve program outcomes, and reflects the need to improve the management of high-risk, high-impact programs,” Joe Jordan, administrator at OFFP, wrote in the memo.
CAOs may ask in writing to extend existing certifications until about a year before the project or program manager will need to meet the new certification requirements, according to the report.
Each certification level requires a minimum of 80 to 120 training hours and 80 continuous learning points must be gained by managers every two years to keep the certification level.