Contracting Officer’s Representative (4 days)


DAU COR - 222 Equivalent


Course Perspective: This course is specifically designed for Department of Defense (DoD) Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) who are responsible for assuring that contractors perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract. It will provide CORs the breadth of knowledge required to perform their role, including knowledge related to COR roles and responsibilities, as well as fundamentals of contracting regulations, types, phases, and other elements; awareness of ethical and legal factors that impact COR responsibilities; and information necessary to effectively evaluate situations, apply knowledge gained, and make correct decisions to carry out COR responsibilities.


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:


  • Identify CORs’ responsibilities, their delegated authority, and limitations on their authority.

  • Recognize and avoid conflicts of interest and other potential procurement ethics violations.

  • Conduct acquisition planning including market research, requirements development, obtaining funding commitments, selecting contract type, and addressing other planning actions.

  • Define source selection criteria and related instructions and understand their input to the solicitation, evaluation, and award process.

  • Take effective steps to prepare for contract management, including review of the contract and other key documents, developing a sound business relationship with stakeholders, and avoiding potential problems.

  • Recognize when and how to modify a contract and how to review requests for equitable adjustments.

  • Issue timely technical directions, recognize the limits on the COR’s technical direction authority, and avoid constructive changes as well as personal services arrangements.

  • Determine how to structure a performance-based acquisition for services and establish a quality assurance surveillance plan.

  • Identify the Government’s rights and obligations under the standard inspection clauses, implement an inspection program, and address nonconforming work.

  • Conduct schedule assurance through progress monitoring techniques and address schedule delinquency.

  • Understand the Government’s termination rights and the COR’s role and responsibilities in providing support.

  • Understand the Government’s special rights and obligations under labor law.

  • Review and approve technical submittals.

  • Process payment requests under fixed-price and cost reimbursement contracts, and conduct an adequate review to ensure proper technical certification of contractor requests for payments.


Hours:  32 hours/CLPs are credited for completion of this course. Classroom hours are 8:30 – 4:30. There are after-class assignments and a final exam.