Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI)

Contracting Certification Exam Eligibility

Uncertified FAC-C individuals who have completed all of the required FAC-C (Professional) training: CON 1100V, CON 1200V, CON 1300V and CON 1400V. Workforce members will gain access and will need to register for the CON 3990V Contracting Certification Exam in FAI CSOD. Within 24 hours, you will receive a welcome email from pearsonvueconfirmation@pearson.com with all the necessary information on how to schedule your exam. If you do not receive the email , please check your junk mail, if you still cannot locate it, send an email to FAIregistrar@fai.gov. Remember, currently FAC-C certified workforce members SHOULD NOT request to take the exam.

Examination Options

IMPORTANT: You have the option to take CON 3990V Contracting Certification Exam exam using one of two delivery methods:

Option 1: In-person exam at a Pearson Vue Professional Test Center (commercial location) or a Military test center. Students should schedule their exam at a site within their local area. In the event there is not a Pearson Vue test site available within local commuting distance, and if testing virtually is not a viable option, the candidate must obtain agency-approved and funded travel authorization prior to scheduling their exam at a site outside of the local area, FAI will not pay for any travel costs incurred.

Option 2: Virtual exam, from your home or office, using OnVUE online proctoring. If you choose this option, there is a software add-on required which is not allowed on most government IT systems, so you may have to use your personal computer. To learn more about OnVUE proctoring and the minimum IT requirements, visit: https://home.pearsonvue.com/fai/onvue

Personal Identification Requirements

Proper identification (ID) is required at the time of admittance for your exam. Please refer to the ID policy here: Pearson VUE ID Policy: 1S »

The name on your ID MUST match your name in the testing system. If your Authorization to Test email contains a name different from the name on your government issued ID, please email fairegistrar@fai.gov prior to scheduling your exam. Please send official documentation showing your legal name and FAI will notify Pearson VUE of the name change.

Please visit FAI.GOV for Frequently Asked Questions about the Contracting Certification Exam.

Reasonable Accommodations

If you require reasonable accommodation(s) for the Contracting Certification Exam due to a disability, ensure that the disability setting is set to "Yes" on your Universal Profile in FAI CSOD (under “other demographics”). Send your agency-approved accommodation letter detailing your needs to to fairegistrar@gsa.gov. Once sent, await confirmation from FAI, who will work with Pearson VUE to update your profile accordingly and let you know when you can schedule your exam. Common accommodations that require approval include extra time, breaks, a lamp, a separate room, or a reader. If you have any further questions or need assistance, email fairegistrar@gsa.gov. Note that some comfort aids are pre-approved and do not require prior authorization. These aids will be allowed in the testing room upon visual inspection by test center staff.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Is the Contracting Certification Exam open or closed book?

A. The CON 3990V Contracting Certification Exam is completely closed book. You, as the exam candidate, will not be able to use or reference any subject material during the exam, to include but not limited to notes, books, computers, personal devices, etc.

Q. What is the passing score?

A. You must obtain a score of 70% or higher to pass the exam.

Q. How many questions are on the exam?

A. There are 150 questions, each randomly pulled from a robust database ensuring each exam delivered is slightly different from the next. FAI and DAU will use a common industry practice of periodically reviewing exam item performance to determine whether adjustments are needed to any exam questions, or to the passing score.

Q. When am I eligible to take the exam?

A. After you have completed all of the required training: CON 1100V, CON 1200V, CON 1300V and CON 1400V, you will be able to access the CON 3990V Contracting Certification Exam in FAI CSOD and will receive an email from Pearson VUE with information on how to schedule your exam.

Q. How is the exam delivered?

A. The proctored exam is delivered by Pearson VUE, a commercial test service provider under contract with the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI). You may choose one of two ways to take the exam: 1) In person at a Pearson VUE physical test center; or 2) Virtually on a personal computer using OnVUE, a Pearson VUE software client application. Pearson VUE’s website provides excellent information for both options. If you choose to take the exam virtually, it is highly unlikely that your government issued computer will allow the software add-on that is required. If that’s the case, you will need to use a personal computer. There are minimum technical requirements and system requirements that must be met.

Q. How do I choose whether to take the exam virtually (OnVUE), or at a physical test center?

A. The choice is up to you. However, this decision should be coordinated with your supervisor prior to enrollment.

Q. Are there any advantages to taking the exam in-person at a test center vs. virtually using OnVUE?

A. Although the exam is the same regardless of delivery method, historical data reflects an apparent advantage to taking the exam in-person vs. virtually. Statistically speaking, the passing rate is ~5% higher for tests taken at a test facility. There are several factors that may contribute to the delta in the rates, i.e., IT/connectivity issues, increased test anxiety in the virtual environment, early termination due to examinee test environment compromise, etc. As such, FAI recommends that you take the exam in-person, if at all possible.

Q. Where can I take the Contracting Certification Exam in person?

A. When you choose to schedule “at a test center”, the search function will default to Pearson Professional Centers (PPC)’s based on the zip code in your FAI CSOD profile address. If you are located near a DoD installation, you can also search to see if there is a test center on a base/post near you by choosing the “Military Community” link below the search bar in the “Find a Test Center” page.

Q. What if there are no Pearson Professional Centers (PPC), or on-base test centers within commuting distance from my home of record or near my duty location?

A. If your test center search yielded no PPC’s or on-base location test centers within commuting distance to your home or near your duty location, your best option would be to take the test virtually using OnVUE. If testing virtually is not a viable option, then you must secure a travel authorization working through your supervisor prior to scheduling an exam appointment.

Q. What happens if I am unable to test on the date that has been scheduled?

A. You must cancel or reschedule at least 48 hours prior to your appointment date and time.

Q. Are there any study materials available for the CON Cert Exam?

A. Candidates are highly encouraged to take CON 3910 Exam Prep Course. There is also a game called A FAR Better View, that can help you gain familiarity with the FAR parts and their titles.

Q. Will I have to pay any fees to take the exam?

A. No, all exam fees are paid by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI). Be aware, though, that in the event you are a “no-show”, the Government will still be charged for a full exam fee.

Q. Where can I submit any questions, concerns, or feedback about the exam that hasn’t been addressed in any of the policy, FAQ’s, or other guiding documents or websites?

A. You can either submit an inquiry to FAIregistrar@fai.gov or through the Pearson VUE customer service link. Candidates should practice discretion in determining where to send inquiries dependent upon the nature of the question.

Last updated 2024-05-10