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What is a COR?

A Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) is a Government official appointed in writing by the contracting officer who provides technical direction, clarification and guidance with respect to the contract specifications and statement of work. The COR is the technical liaison between the contractor and the contracting officer and is responsible for ensuring satisfactory performance and timely delivery as set forth in the contract. The COR is appointed by a COR Appointment letter which sets out roles, responsibilities, limitations and duties from the Contracting Officer. To obtain further information about the COR's responsibilities, CLICK HERE.


Appointed CORs are required by USAMRMC Acquisition Instruction 1.602-2(2)(100) Training and Experience Requirements for Contracting Officer's Representatives (CORs) to complete a general COR course within six months of being assigned as a COR. Current CORs are also required to attend a one to two day refresher course every three to five years. The COR courses provide a comprehensive overview of the acquisition process, the COR's role and authority in the process and guidance on contract administration and contract monitoring. Attendees are also provided updates on current legislation and the current environment of the acquisition world.

Location Course Duration
Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) University COR Mentor online (free)
US Department of Agriculture Graduate School Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) 3 days
Army Logistics Management College (ALMC) Contracting Officer's Representative Course 5 days
Management Concepts COR Contracting Officer's Representative Course 5 day
ESI International Procurement for CORS and COTRS 5 day
Houseman & Associates COR/COTR 5 days

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Courses

Basic Project Officer

  • Standard
  • Research and Development
  • Architect/Engineer
  • ADP
4 days

Advanced Project Officer

  • Standard
  • ADP
3 days

Writing Statement of Work

  • Construction/architect and engineering services
  • Non-research and development
  • Research and development
  • Supplies and services
  • Supplies/services and construction
5 days
Performance-Based Services Contracting  
CD-Rom Basic Project Officer course  

Disclaimer: This listing of courses has been compiled for reference only and does not reflect an official position or recommendation of the United States Army or the United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA).