FPM 331 Training: Progressive Concepts in Program Management

Course 1331

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Language: English
  • 32 PMI PDUs
  • Level: Advanced

An Integrated Master Plan is key to successfully managing large-scale government projects. Through a complex case study in this FAC-P/PM FPM 331 certification training course, you gain the skills to coordinate the development of, oversee, evaluate and critique a systems engineering approach, Integrated Master Plan, and Integrated Master Schedule.

Learning Tree’s FAC-P/PM training has been fully verified by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI).

Progressive Concepts in Program Management Delivery Methods

  • In-Person

  • Online

Progressive Concepts in Program Management Course Information

In this FPM 331 course, you will:

  • Conduct total life cycle management for government projects using an Integrated Master Plan (IMP) and an Integrated Master Schedule (IMS).
  • Manage and evaluate decision analysis methods, systems engineering processes, and a complex requirements development process.
  • Direct and estimate Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
  • Establish a risk, threats, and opportunities management process.


Four years of program or project management experience, which shall include a minimum of one year of experience on Federal programs and projects within the last ten years.

Certification Information

FAC-P/PM certification is awarded at the agency level, and requirements vary by agency.

Progressive Concepts in Program Management Course Outline

The Integrated Master Plan (IMP) and Integrated Master Schedule (IMS)

  • Overseeing the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Creating cost-estimation metrics
  • The role of earned value management
  • Cost, schedule, and performance trade-offs
  • Performing technical reviews

Tools for evaluating the IMP and IMS

  • Applying work-loading methods
  • Benefiting from project management software

Estimating techniques

  • Recognizing the “Cone of Uncertainty”
  • Making decisions using the Life Cycle Cost Estimate

Cost-benefit trade-offs

  • The Government Accounting Office (GAO) 12-step best practice model
  • Documenting the relationship between interrelated budgets and cost terms

Identifying risks

  • Recognizing potential risks and threats
  • Evaluating responses

Analyzing risks and opportunities

  • Strategies for mitigating risk
  • Maximizing opportunities

Integrating risks into the management plan

  • Assessing risk in the real world
  • Employing the risk management process

Qualitative and quantitative risk assessment

  • Ranking the probability and impact of risk
  • Questioning acceptable and unacceptable risk

Working with risk management software

  • Demystifying simulation tools
  • Generating risk analysis results

Reviewing systems engineering approaches

  • Implementing systems engineering methodology
  • Evaluating processes and approaches
  • Establishing configuration management
  • Managing technical data and interface issues

Developing requirements

  • Transferring a functional diagram into a physical architecture
  • Analyzing trade studies
  • Balancing independent variable costs
  • Building traceability matrices

Requirements analysis

  • Clarifying requirements by focus
  • Classifying requirements by type
  • Prioritizing requirements

Defining traceability and design

  • Writing the traceability matrix
  • Documenting change requests
  • Selecting a design

Managing a test and evaluation program

  • Charting the potential cost of inadequate testing
  • Incorporating verification and validation
  • Selecting the integrated product team

Critiquing a realistic or operational test

  • Categorizing the test/verification tools
  • Testing documents vs. testing process
  • Reviewing contract types to determine the risks/rewards
  • Aligning negotiation stages for procurement
  • Handling contract management issues
  • Recognizing staffing issues on sizable contract awards
  • Evaluating government-furnished equipment

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Progressive Concepts in Program Management Course FAQs

This course provides the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to master the concepts covered in and provides some of the necessary prerequisites for earning FAC-P/PM mid-level certification.

All Federal employees (non-DoD) who work in a Program/Project Management role are required to be FAC-P/PM certified. Private industry/contractors are eligible to attend FAC-P/PM training but are not eligible to become certified.

Yes! We know your busy work schedule may prevent you from getting to one of our classrooms which is why we offer convenient online training to meet your needs wherever you want. This course is available online, in person, or as Private Team Training.

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