Acquisition Education and Training Corner

Introducing DACM News

We are proud to present the new Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) News, an online newsletter providing pertinent and timely career development information to the Army Acquisition Workforce on new offerings, changes, and opportunities in one document. The first DACM newsletter is at http://asc.army.mil/web/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DACM_Newsletter_Sept12.pdf.

Education and Training Opportunities

The Competitive Development Group – Army Acquisition Fellows (CDG/AAF) announcement will be open through Nov. 15 to all eligible personnel in grades GS-12 through GS-13 or broadband/pay equivalent positions who are level III certified in any career field. The (CDG/AAF) program provides expanded training, leadership, experiential, and other career development opportunities. More information is at http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/competitive-development-group-army-acquisition-fellowship/announcements/.

The Acquisition Leadership Challenge Program (ALCP) is the newest program in the Army’s Acquisition Education and Training Portfolio. Based upon the huge success our sister service the U.S. Air Force has had with ALCP, we piloted multiple offerings of the 2½-day course in FY12. For FY13, we are bringing the course to you. For more information on how to apply, go to http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/acquisition-leadership-challenge-program/. Below is the FY13 ALCP training dates by location:

FY13 ALCP Plan

DATE Offering TYPE
(ALCPI or II)
LOCATION
Jan. 14-18 Level I & Level II Atlanta, GA
Feb. 25-March 1 Back-to-back Level I offerings Huntsville, AL
March 11-15 Level I & Level II Huntsville, AL
April 29-May 3 Level I & Level II Aberdeen, MD
May 20-24 Level I & Level II Atlanta, GA
June 10-14 Back-to-back Level I offerings Warren, MI
July 29-Aug. 2 Level I & Level II Huntsville, AL
Aug. 19-23 Back-to-back Level I offerings Aberdeen, MD

 
Defense Acquisition University Training
Students should continue to apply for available FY13 Defense Acquisition University (DAU) courses. Planning and applying early will give students a better chance of obtaining a class in the timeframe requested. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. To view the DAU I-catalog, go to http://icatalog.dau.mil and ensure that you meet the prerequisite(s) before applying to a DAU course. A weekly low-fill listing is posted at http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/tabnav.aspx, affording students the opportunity to attend classes coming up in the next 60 days. Low-fill classes are available on a first-come, first-served basis within that 60-day period.

Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar’s office until your supervisor has approved the training. Apply through the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) Internet Training Application System (AITAS) at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas. For more information on DAU training, including systematic instructions, training priorities, and frequently asked questions, go to http://asc.army.mil/career/programs/dau/default.cfm. After receiving a confirmed reservation in the requested class, ensure that you attend the class as scheduled. Cancellation requests for a confirmed reservation must be submitted at least 30 calendar days before the class starts or by the reservation cutoff date, whichever is earlier, to avoid a “no show.”


Through Sept. 30, students will be prohibited from applying to the DAU Rolling Admission Web Courses and Continuous Learning Modules in ATRRS AITAS. DAU is taking the system down to load the new FY13 online courses. Resident course registration will not be affected during this time. Students will again be able to apply for FY13 rolling admission and Web classes Oct. 1.


Any workforce-related inquires, such as on DAU training, Individual Development Plans, and Acquisition Career Record Briefs (ACRBs), should be submitted through the Workforce Management Inquiry system within Career Acquisition Management Portal/Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System (CAMP/CAPPMIS), at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/. Once logged into CAMP, click on “Help Request” for assistance. Otherwise, you may open a ticket without logging into CAMP, at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/index.cfm?fuseaction=support.helpRequest.


DAU provides a listing of equivalencies, at http://icatalog.dau.mil/appg.aspx, for all courses delivered by DAU and/or predecessor courses that are considered acceptable toward meeting current acquisition career field certification requirements. To document equivalencies accepted by DAU that are obtained from non-Army schools, open a help desk ticket at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/index.cfm?fuseaction=support.helpRequest and request that your ACRB be updated to reflect completion of DAU equivalent course(s). On Sept. 4, the university approved the very first DAU equivalent vendor, Trio Consulting LLC, accredited to teach BCF 211, Acquisition Business Management. Students interested in taking the BCF211 DAU-equivalent course should contact the vendor directly. For more information, go to http://www.trio-consulting.com/services/certified-dau-training/bcf-211-acquisition-business-management/.


The end of the fiscal year is fast approaching; Acquisition workforce members who have not meet their Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) position requirements should apply for certification through the Certification Management System at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/. Certification requirements can change each fiscal year; changes normally are effective Oct. 1. For certification requirements, facts, and frequently asked questions, go to http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/CareerLvl.aspx.


DAU is developing a new Student Information System to replace the current distinct DAU registration systems for DOD. PORTICO, the official name of this acquisition workforce initiative, is a commercial-off-the-shelf, Web-based system that integrates critical capabilities including career training management, schedule development, course registration, and DAWIA transcripts and reporting.

PORTICO will interface with DAU and sister DOD systems, ATRRS, and CAMP/CAPPMIS. PORTICO will standardize functionality and capability for all services. For Army students, the system will completely replace the current AITAS student registration system at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas. It will allow a better user experience and more transparency and up-to-date status information for students applying for DAU courses. Army workforce members will be able to authenticate using a DOD common access card.

PORTICO’s release is scheduled for the fourth quarter of FY13. For more information on PORTICO and the latest PORTICO newsletter, go to www.dau.mil/sis.