Types of Contracts (APPEL-CONT)

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Correct selection of contract type is largely a result of perception of risks and is crucial to the success of an acquisition. This course provides an overview of the contract types used most frequently in federal contracting as well as the basic principles and limitations governing their use. Project managers will leave the class understanding the conditions in which to use different contract types. While the Contractor Officer makes the final determination of the appropriate contract type, project managers and technical personnel will leave the class understanding the conditions in which to use different contract types and will be able to discuss the appropriate type of contract for their acquisitions.

Project managers and technical personnel who require a more focused study of the contract types used most frequently in federal contracting, their basic principles and limitations, and when each should be employed.

Project Management Competencies
  • PM 2.0 - Stakeholder Management
  • PM 3.0 – Requirements Development & Management
  • PM 4.0 – Acquisition Management
  • PM 12.0 – Contract Management

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Related Resources

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Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training Opportunities (Public) Website

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the contract types authorized by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
  • Define conditions for the use of each contract type
  • Assist the contracting officer in selecting the appropriate type of contract for a particular acquisition


Interested in taking this course? Click the date(s) below to register through SATERN.
Jan 22-24, 2018

Registration Question? Contact the training specialist below for assistance.

Sabrina Paul
(321) 861-1526

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Mr. Cunningham has extensive experience in contracting from his roles as Chief of Contracting, Contract Administrator, and Contracting Officer. He also has extensive outsourcing experience, primarily in the areas for IT and communications. Harold has received numerous recognition throughout his 30 year career for excellence in contracting, which included receiving the Air Force Space Command Outstanding Contracting Unit for three consecutive years. The Squadron earned an “Outstanding” operational readiness rating, the first in over 25 years.
Mr. Glowacki served in various contracting positions from contract specialist to warranted contracting officer in operational, specialized, logistics and systems contracting. With over 28 years of Federal contracting experience in roles such as Director of Contracting, Dave brings his expertise to the courses he teaches for the acquisition workforce. Those courses include DAU-equivalent courses for FAC-C and DAWIA contracting certification, and FAC-COR and DoD COR mandatory and continuous learning training requirements for contracting officer’s representatives.
With over 30 years in the contracting field, Dr. Hutchens draws from his experience as an author, adjunct professor, Contracting Officer, and Chief of Contracting while teaching courses for the acquisition workforce. Most notably, he was a principal player in the development of a nationwide automated procurement system, and provided technical guidance to a field staff of over 100 employees. Dr. Hutchens wrote the contracting curriculum and personally taught 800+ field employees about acquisition management.


Curriculum Question? Contact the curriculum lead below for assistance.

Dan Daly

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