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New Online Course: Overview of the Federal Acquisition Regulation

Course Emphasizes on How to Effectively Manage Government Contracts

IRVINE, Calif. – November 19, 2010 – The University of California, Irvine Extension announces the availability of a new online course titled, “Overview of the Federal Acquisition Regulation: Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM™) Exam Preparatory.” The eleven-week intensive course provides an in-depth look at how to manage government contracts, which will help students taking the National Contract Management Association Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM™) exam. Participants will learn how to navigate through the policies and procedures prescribed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) system. The course starts on Jan. 3, 2011 – with registration open now.

“For business professionals interested in securing a contract with the government, acquiring the most current information is essential to success,” said Melanie Mitchell, assistant director of UC Irvine Extension’s business, management, and legal programs. “UC Irvine Extension is committed to developing relevant content aimed at arming course participants with the ability to accomplish goals.”

Participants will gain the most up-to-date knowledge to ensure successful administration of federal government contracts. Topics covered will include: the application of core contracting competencies in the acquisition process within a federal government business environment, recognizing and resolving contract management issues, and the contract life, including acquisition planning, pre-award, contract award and post-award. At the end of the course and coupled with work experience, students will be proficient in the application of the FAR and will be knowledgeable practitioners of contract management in a federal government business environment.

Course instructor, Javier E. Porras, J.D., is a CFCM industry expert with over 25 years of experience working with government and commercial contracts and subcontracts. Currently, Porras is a procedures analyst and a former instructor in the contracts and pricing organization at The Boeing Company. Porras received a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University and a Juris Doctor degree from American College of Law.

“This course is designed to provide professionals with the necessary tools to successfully garner working relationships with the government,” says Porras. “The applications and valuable content students receive will help in the preparation of the CFCM exam.”

As an elective course in the Management of Business Contracts certificate program, the course and program benefits those working in small or large organizations, government and commercial entities, entrepreneurs, and others who wish to enter the field or advance their career.

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