Center for Acquisition Professional Excellence (CAPE)
The Center for Acquisition Professional Excellence (CAPE) is an employee-driven development program for GSA’s acquisition workforce. CAPE sets the bar for federal acquisition professional excellence and strives to be the federal government's premier employer of acquisition professionals by recruiting, developing, and retaining a community of strategic business partners with exceptional acquisition competencies. Leveraging innovative technologies and agile methodologies, CAPE’s primary initiative -- The Acquisition College -- addresses the biggest challenges facing the acquisition workforce.
The Acquisition College is a virtual learning tool focused on the unique needs of GSA. The courses complement standard certification training by offering content designed specifically to meet the needs of GSA’s acquisition professionals. Acquisition College courses are unique for their inclusion of agency-specific examples and scenarios, allowing the workforce to apply what they learn directly to their real-world jobs. Additionally, the College is designed to accommodate different learning styles, ranging from pre-recorded videos to interactive learning activities.
Currently, the College houses over 100 eLearning modules, all pre-approved for Continuous Learning Points (CLPs), with more content being added all the time. The acquisition workforce must earn 80 continuous learning points (CLPs) every two years to maintain their FAC-C, FAC-PPM, and FAC-COR credentials. The Acquisition College provides our workforce with meaningful, easily accessible opportunities to earn these points.
The Acquisition College also offers a Course Development Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) that is available for use by all GSA offices and business lines, and provides quick, easy access to high-quality, cost-effective, custom online training solutions. This BPA facilitates the development of acquisition training content that is specific to the services and supplies that GSA provides to the Federal government.