Available courses

Developing the Independent Government Cost Estimate

The Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE) is the Government’s in-house estimate for forecasting the projected cost of acquiring supplies or services. Under competitive market conditions, competing offers ensure the receipt of quality supplies and services at fair prices. The IGCE assists in determining the Government’s acquisition strategy and avoiding under-estimating costs that may result in inadequate funding, delayed contract performance, and ineffective negotiations with Contractors.

·         Identify the process for developing an independent Government cost estimate

·         Justify acquisition planning budget requests

·         Use reliable and current data sources

·         Demonstrate cost realism

·         Reinforce evaluations and award decisions



GMIG’s Contract Closeout Training course uses lectures, discussions, class exercises, and case studies to examine the contract closeout process based on different contract types and varying contract complexity. Students are brought up to date on the rules and regulations governing the contract closeout process. The importance of employing team efforts and best practices is emphasized throughout the training. Participants discuss terminations for cause and terminations for convenience, identify the steps needed for closing out different types of contracts, learn to work with the different parties involved in the closeout process, and examine government property and record retention requirements for contract closeouts

This construction-centric virtual instructor-led training (VILT) course is designed to improve a student’s ability to review and analyze contractor proposals, conduct technical and cost/price analysis, and adequately document modifications in a contract file. Content focuses on proposal analysis in a sole source environment (Contract Modifications, 8(a), etc.) utilizing examples, exercises, and case studies to expose students to reliable analysis tools and techniques. Issues encountered are based on actual findings of deficiencies in contract files. Students will analyze these issues and practice their writing skills daily. The content is presented in three Modules. Module One focuses on formal Technical Analysis and the foundation of the Independent Government Estimate. Module Two teaches students how to calculate and negotiate overhead rates by focusing on the cost principles of Allowability, Allocability, and Reasonableness. Module Three is a large case study that allows students to apply to learn gained in Modules One & Two while analyzing multiple elements of a contractor’s proposal. Participants are expected to perform appropriate levels of technical, cost, and price analyses, develop negotiation positions, and document their results in formal Technical Analysis and Pre-Negotiation Memorandum formats

This GMIG training course primarily focuses on Federal AcquisitionRegulations (FAR) Part 15, source selection procedures, and contract types. Using case studies students cover an entire Performance Based Acquisition from planning to closeout. The course uses a source selection guide to take students through source selection procedures and the solicitation process. GMIG instructors use lectures, class discussions, and class exercises to walk students through planning the solicitation process, the development of source selection documents, scoring proposals and making recommendations for the competitive range and for contract awards.

GMIG’s COR Recertification class comprehensively covers critical elements of the federal acquisition and procurement process. The training covers contract administration from the perspective of the COR. Students learn their duties through a targeted review of essential COR functions, such as Contract Management, Federal Appropriations Law, Risk Management, CPARS, Green Procurement, and other topics. The training provides well-structured coverage of acquisition topics for both new and seasoned Contracting Officer’s Representatives but is valuable to anyone involved in federal contracting.


This Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) course addresses those skills and competencies most basic and fundamental to the Contracting Functional Area/Career Field. These include general principles, such as an overview of the acquisition process and how to research the regulations, as well as an introduction to fundamental soft skills and professional skills that will serve these acquisition professionals at almost any point in their career. 

This course addresses those skills and competencies most basic and fundamental to the contracting professional. These include general principles, such as conducting price or cost analysis, planning negotiations, selecting a source, and understanding protests.

This construction-centric virtual instructor-led training (VILT) course is designed to improve a student’s ability to review and analyze contractor proposals, conduct technical and cost/price analysis, and adequately document modifications in a contract file. Content focuses on proposal analysis in a sole source environment (Contract Modifications, 8(a), etc.) utilizing examples, exercises, and case studies to expose students to reliable analysis tools and techniques. Issues encountered are based on actual findings of deficiencies in contract files. Students will analyze these issues and practice their writing skills daily. The content is presented in three Modules. Module One focuses on formal Technical Analysis and the foundation of the Independent Government Estimate. Module Two teaches students how to calculate and negotiate overhead rates by focusing on the cost principles of Allowability, Allocability, and Reasonableness. Module Three is a large case study that allows students to apply to learn gained in Modules One & Two while analyzing multiple elements of a contractor’s proposal. Participants are expected to perform appropriate levels of technical, cost, and price analyses, develop negotiation positions, and document their results in formal Technical Analysis and Pre-Negotiation Memorandum formats

Contracting Officers Representative/Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COR) is a comprehensive course of the acquisition process and contract administration from the perspective of the technical manager/COTR. Students have opportunities to learn and practice the duties of the COR/COTR and Contracting Officer. This comprehensive course is valuable to anyone involved in the acquisition process.

GMIG’s CON 360 Contracting for Decision Makers course is a DAU certified equivalency course recommended for Level II contracting personnel requiring Level III certification. Utilizing realistic classroom exercises, students work as teams to develop sound business decisions and innovative solutions for the resolution of complex acquisition scenarios in the roles of expert business advisers.

Course Description:

Contracting Officer Representative Refresher/Contracting Officer Representatives Refresher (COR Refresher) is a comprehensive course of the acquisition process and contract administration from the perspective of the technical manager/COR. This course covers all 28 areas of requirement for FAI/FAC/DAU certification. Students have opportunities to learn and practice the duties of the COR and Contracting Officer. This comprehensive course is valuable to anyone involved in the acquisition process.

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GMIG's CON170 provides those in the Contracting Career Field with an in-depth review of the Market Research Process and the ability to understand and analyze contractor pricing strategies. CON 170 teaches students how to accomplish effective price analysis through Cost-Volume-Profit analysis, calculating contribution margin estimates, and developing cost estimating relationships. CON 170 provides an overview of the regulations and processes regarding the use of cost analysis, and for requiring certified cost and pricing data. GMIG’s instructors walk students through the process of building and defending pre-negotiation objectives, including a minimum and maximum pricing objective, and conducting role-play face-to-face negotiations.

Writing the Requirement  SOW/PWS

In this case-based course, students apply Contracting concepts and techniques learned in prerequisite courses to meet customer supply requirements and resolve complex Contracting issues. Special emphasis is placed on applying legal concepts from CON 216, pricing concepts introduced in CON 170, and negotiation techniques from HBS 428. Students experience the full spectrum of Contracting processes and issues by following a supply requirement through all phases of the acquisition life cycle, from acquisition planning through contract close-out. Research, analysis, and communication skills are honed through the development and presentation of a critical thinking project requiring in-depth focus on one area of Contracting. Negotiation skills are sharpened through active student participation in two simulated contract negotiations. 

GMIG’s CON

280, Source Selection and Administration of Service Contracts, is a DAU certified equivalency course recommended for Level I contracting personnel seeking Level II certification. The course primarily focuses on acquisition services under FAR Part 15 procedures as well as performance-based acquisitions for services, source selection and contract types, incentives, and administration. GMIG’s instructors provide students with case studies covering an entire performance based acquisition from planning to contract closeout. GMIG’s course instructors use the DOD Source Selection Guide to go through source selection procedures and the solicitation process. Students are taught how to develop contractual documents as well as high-level source selection briefings and deliver them with recommendations for contract award. CON 280 is a required prerequisite course for CON 360, replacing CON 215.