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Federal Contractor Certification

contractor certification

The Federal Contractor Certification is a training program for veteran business owners intended to help them understand federal contracting, respond intelligently to solicitations, and perform successfully once they have won the contract. This is a joint project of the Center for Veterans Enterprise and the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) with the assistance of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).

The program, when fully implemented, will consist of four levels of certification, each with a different color logo to represent successful completion of that level. Each successive level is built upon completion of all previous levels, so a company displaying the gold logo will have completed all four levels of the certification.

To take part in this training, go to and register with a counselor near you. The counselor will interview the owner to determine eligibility for the program. 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 the counselor.

Once registered with a PTAC counselor, 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. Owners passing the exam will be presented with a lapel pin, logo, and certificate to advertise this capability.






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