Acquisitions, COR, and Purchasing Professionals

At NIH, acquisitions functions are important. You may be a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) managing a contract. Or you could be the purchasing agent in your group. These classes help to increase your knowledge and understanding of acquisitions. Please review our Acquisition Management Training Resource Center (AMTRAC) page with more detailed information.

Below are classes the NIH Training Center recommends for the role of Acquisitions, COR and Purchasing Professionals.

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Acquisitions Management

Advanced COR Refresher

Course ID: NIHTC9551

The target audience for this course will be CORs with extensive experience desiring a higher-level refresher approach and/or CORs planning to achieve their FAC-COR Level 3 certification or re-certification.

Annual FAR Update

Course ID: NIHTC9558

This one-day session summarizes recent changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Course material is continually updated and covers FAR changes finalized in the 12-month period preceding each class.

Basic COR I Essentials

Course ID: NIHTC9552

This one-day course highlights the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) role, responsibilities, conduct, authority and ethics as well as the acquisition phases including planning, solicitation, evaluation and award and contract administration.

Basic COR II Essentials

Course ID: NIHTC9546

Please note that the Basic COR Essentials I class is NOT a pre-requisite.

Basic Simplified Acquisition

Course ID: NIHTC9530

This course provides an overview of simplified acquisition procedures utilizing Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Parts 10, 12, and 13.

CON 124: Contract Execution

Course ID: NIHTC9575

This course focuses on executing the acquisition plan through the solicitation phase to include making the source selection decision and awarding a contract.

CON 127: Contract Administration

Course ID: NIHTC9573

This two day course is open to CORs, Contract Specialists, Purchasing Agents or other program officials and can be used for elective credit or be applied towards earning a FAC-C Level I certification.

Contract Closeouts

Course ID: NIHTC9563

This one day training addresses the proper close out and disposal procedures specific to Research & Development (R&D) contracts, Cost Reimbursement contracts, Fixed Price, Time & Materials and GSA Schedule contracts.

COR Management of IT Service Contracts

Course ID: NIHTC9549

This course looks to improving contractor performance by enhancing COR knowledge and practical application of IT contract management principles, policies and procedures from contract award through contract completion.

COR Refresher

Course ID: NIHTC9547

This course meets one of the requirements to maintain a FAC-COR certification at NIH.

COR Refresher Plus

Course ID: NIHTC9553

This course provides students with a full review of COR duties and responsibilities and is intended for students who have already obtained a COR certification.

External Requisitioner (NBS)

Course ID: NIHTC9518

Participants in this course will be introduced to creating NBS requisitions for goods & services from vendors. Students will complete instructor-led and independent computer based simulation exercises to create external NBS requisitions.

Federal Appropriations Law Refresher

Course ID: NIHTC5524

This one-day course provides a general overview of the most important principles of federal appropriations law supplemented by the most recent developments, GAO decisions and HHS policies.

ID/IQ Contracting Techniques

Course ID: NIHTC9562

This two-day course teaches students everything they need to know to effectively set-up and use Indefinite Delivery contracts.

Intellectual Property

Course ID: NIHTC9522

This one-day course identifies and explores statutes and regulations that govern the creation, allocation and preservation of intellectual property rights under government contracts.

Introduction to Purchase Card

Course ID: NIHTC9512

This course is mandatory for prospective Purchase Cardholders or Purchase Card Approving Officials (CAO).

Professional Services

Course ID: NIHTC5512

This one-day course introduces purchasing procedures for procuring Professional Services and identifies policy and procedure to request and procure Professional Services.

Purchase Card - Logs & Reconciliation

Course ID: NIHTC2635

This one day non-mandatory course is for current Purchase Cardholders and Card Approving Officials (CAOs) that have already completed the initial 3-day NIH Purchase card training (Course# NIHTC 9512) and have been provisioned as P-card Users (Card

Source Selection for CORS

Course ID: NIHTC9542

This course focuses on source selection methods, typical organization (and variants), and source selection procedures.

Writing Statements of Work

Course ID: NIHTC8801

This course focuses upon developing the key document in acquisition process, a statement of work (SOW), and stresses legal dos and don'ts as well as procedures and steps for developing clear, complete, and concise SOWs for new acquisitions and tas

Professional Development

Emotional Intelligence

Course ID: NIHTC4004

Emotional Intelligence research shows that knowing how to manage oneself and how to interact successfully with other people is a key component for success at every level in an organization.

Managing Conflict and Challenging Conversations

Course ID: NIHTC4203

This session will provide you with science-based and experientially-tested techniques to deescalate destructive confrontational situations and other misunderstandings at work.

Writing Skills for NIH Employees

Course ID: NIHTC2114

In this one-day workshop, you'll learn the three dimensions of professional writing: organization, format, and style.

Retirement Preparedness

Pre-Retirement Workshop (CSRS)

Course ID: NIHTC5812

Are you prepared for retirement? This three-day Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) workshop is designed to provide you with an overview of your federal retirement benefits.

Pre-Retirement Workshop (FERS) - Daily

Course ID: NIHTC5810

Are you within ten years of retirement eligibility and beginning to consider life after NIH? This three-day Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) workshop is designed to provide you with an overview of your federal retirement benefits.

Pre-Retirement Workshop (FERS) - Weekly

Course ID: NIHTC5811

Are you within ten years of retirement eligibility and beginning to consider life after NIH? This three-day Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) workshop is designed to provide you with an overview of your federal retirement benefits.

Retirement Refresher Workshop

Course ID: NIHTC5815

This course is designed for the Federal Employee within 1 year of retirement, who has already completed the 3-Day Planning for Retirement Seminar, and who is reviewing options for retirement and fine-tuning decisions on when to leave service.

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