We offer world-class training and solutions – in the field of public sector contracting – to both the government sector and the business community.
Whether you are looking for professional education in the field of government acquisition or specialized consulting to support a government contract requirement, The Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech is your source for expert instruction and advice.
Backed by the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²) of the Georgia Institute of Technology, The Academy was launched in 2010 as an outgrowth of a range of EI² services offered to the government and business sectors for many decades. EI² offers the largest and most comprehensive university-based program of business and economic development assistance in the United States. EI²’s overall goal is to help all types of enterprises find ways to use science, technology, and innovation to improve their competitiveness.
In turn, The Academy leverages the extensive expertise of Georgia Tech’s people, its programs, and its resources to focus exclusively on helping both the governmental and business sectors reach greater success in the public contracting arena. It’s the goal of The Academy to become widely recognized among both government agencies and businesses as the premier source for both government acquisition training and solutions.
First and foremost, The Academy provides continuing education training to government contracting officials as well as to business professionals working for government contractors or pursuing opportunities in the government contracting arena. This objective is a natural outgrowth of the considerable success of Industry Services’ programs at EI², including the 25-year-old, recently #1-ranked Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center.
Within the first six months of operation, The Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech was recognized by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) as an official equivalency provider of DAU course work. This is especially significant for at least two reasons. Since Defense Department acquisition personnel must successfully complete DAU classes, they may now attend The Academy’s classes to satisfy these annual requirements. In addition, The Academy’s DAU-equivalent classes satisfy both the FAC-C and DAWIA certification programs which means contracting officials from any federal agency will receive credit toward their training requirements.
- The Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Program (FAC-C) establishes education, experience, and training standards for contracting professionals in all civilian agencies. FAC-C certifications are mutually accepted among all civilian agencies as documentation of accomplishment of these standards.
- The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) establishes a very similar, but not identical, program for the Department of Defense (DoD). Civilian agencies may accept DAWIA certification as equivalent to FAC-C certification.
In addition to DAU, FAC-C and DAWIA certifications, continuing education units (CEUs) are granted with each successfully attended class presented by The Academy.
The Academy and EI² are co-located in the heart of Georgia Tech’s Technology Square, directly across the street from the world-class Global Learning Center, home to Georgia Tech’s Distance Learning & Professional Education, three-time award winner in 2010 from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association.
To see The Academy’s current training offerings, please click here.
To learn about The Academy’s other services – including how we can help your government unit modernize and streamline your procurement practices or assist your businesses more successfully compete within the government sector – please click here.