The Federal Contractor Certification is a training program for Veteran business owners intended to help these owners understand Federal contracting, respond competently to solicitations and perform successfully once they have won the contract. This is a joint project of the VA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) with the assistance of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Most course modules are offered through DAU at no cost to the Veteran or VA. This program is aimed at established businesses who wish to participate in Federal contracting and have a basic knowledge of prerequisites such as Federal database registrations and other topics as determined by a procurement counselor.
To take part in this training, contact the nearest North Carolina Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) counselor. The counselor will interview the owner to determine eligibility for the program. Once registered with the PTAC counselor, the owners will take the course modules at their own pace and present the completion certificates to their counselor. When all topics in the level have been completed, the owner will be eligible to take the comprehensive level exam at the center. There will be a minimum number of questions from each topic that need to be passed in order to pass the exam.
This program does not guarantee any contracts. It gives small business owners another tool in preparing a winning proposal and performing well on a contract award.