Certificate in Federal Acquisition

When Attendance at live synchronous sessions is strongly encouraged, but each session will be recorded for students’ future listing (at no penalty) if they are not able to attend the live session.
Average Time to Complete On average, students take two courses a term, including the summer, to complete the certificate in 12 months.

About the Program

UVA | Certificate | Online – The UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ undergraduate Certificate in Federal Acquisition prepares individuals for positions in government contracting. It provides students with the necessary skills and abilities to successfully use the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Acquisition Regulation (DFAR) to develop acquisition strategies, substantiate contracting decisions, evaluate proposals and awards, and manage and close out contracts.

The certificate is ideal for individuals changing careers, veterans, or recent college graduates interested in seeking a rewarding and highly sought-after government position, and it is a key component to attaining Level I Contracting Certification. The certificate positions students to work for either a civilian or Department of Defense (DOD) agency.

Career Paths

  • Contracting Officer
  • Procurement Agent

Courses & Requirements

18 Undergraduate Credits | Course Checklist

The undergraduate Certificate in Federal Acquisition requires completion of 6 courses. The curriculum covers the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFAR), the contracting environment, available resources, the acquisition planning process, contract management, and cost and price analysis. For those without contracting experience, the School will offer assistance to obtain an internship in a civilian or defense agency, or with a government contractor. During the internship, students will enroll in three, one-credit courses covering federal government fundamentals.

The Annual Course Schedule and course descriptions are available to help with planning your course progression.

Cost & Financial Aid

Estimated cost of certificate:*

In State: $6,840

Out of State: $15,876

*Additional fees may apply, including course materials. Tuition rates are adjusted annually.

Eligible for Active Duty Military Rate of $250 per credit hour (in state and out of state).

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

Students can easily access the resources available to them through the Student Portal, where they will find academic resources and policies, information about UVA and Charlottesville, how to pay for a class, or set up their email accounts. Answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found on the Student Portal.

How to Apply

Individuals must apply to and be offered admission to earn a certificate. A maximum of two courses that will count toward satisfying the requirements for the certificate may be taken prior to admission. Formal application and admission instructions, contact information, application deadlines, and transcript information, are available online.

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