Education and Training Opportunities

• The “Competitive Development Group – Army Acquisition Fellows” announcement will be open through Nov. 15 to all eligible personnel in GS-12 through GS-13 or broadband/pay equivalent positions who are level III certified in any career field. The Program provides expanded training, leadership, experiential and other career development opportunities. For more information, visit 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 to the Acquisition Education and Training Portfolio for the Army. Based upon the huge success our sister Service the Air Force has had with ALCP, we piloted multiple offerings of the 21/2 day course in FY12. For FY13, we are bringing the course to you. For more information on how to apply, please visit our website: 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 (DAU) Training

Students should continue to apply for FY13 courses available on the schedule. Planning and applying early will afford students better opportunity in obtaining a class in the timeframe requested. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Students should view the DAU I-catalog at http://icatalog.dau.mil to ensure they meet the prerequisite(s), prior to applying to a DAU course. A weekly low fill listing is posted at http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/tabnav.aspx to allow students opportunity to attend classes coming up in the next 60 days. Low fill classes within 60 days from the start date of the class are available on a first come, first served basis.

Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar office until the training has approved by the supervisor. Please apply through the Army Training Requirements and Resources Internet Training Application System at https://www.atrrs.army.mil/channels/aitas. For more information on DAU training to include, systematic instructions, training priority definition or FAQs, please see link at http://asc.army.mil/career/programs/dau/default.cfm. Once you receive a confirmed reservation in the requested class, ensure you attend the class as scheduled. Cancellation request for a confirmed reservation must submitted at least 30 calendar days before the class starts or by the reservation cutoff date, whichever is earlier, to avoid a ‘no show’.

Any workforce related inquires (DAU training, DAU Course Travel Orders, Certification, IDP, ACRB issues) should be submitted through the Workforce Management Inquiry system within Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP): https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/. If you logged in CAMP, click on the “Help Request” button for assistance. Otherwise, you may open a ticket without logging in CAMP at: https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/index.cfm?fuseaction=support.helpRequest.

DAU provides a listing of equivalencies (http://icatalog.dau.mil/appg.aspx) for all courses delivered by DAU and/or predecessors courses, which are considered acceptable towards 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 your ACRB be updated to reflect DAU equivalent course(s) completion. In September, DAU approved the very first DAU equivalent vendor, Trio Consulting, to teach BCF 211 – Acquisition Business Management. Students interested in taking BCF211 DAU equivalent course, should apply and contact the vendor directly. Trio Instructors can bring the course to your Organization to teach the course locally onsite. Please contact Trio directly at www.trio-consulting.com.

BCF 211 will split into two courses: BCF 220 (web) and BCF 225 (classroom). BCF 211-Acquisition Business Management transition to BCF 220 & BCF 225 will start for classes starting 7 January 2013. Students with reservations in classes starting 7 January and thereafter have been notified directly by DAU of the change and the requirement to complete the prerequisite course, BCF 220 before attending the resident portion, BCF 225. Students must successfully complete BCF 220 prior to applying to BCF 225. Students completing BCF 220 far in advance, must review the course material at a minimum two weeks prior to start of date of the resident, BCF 225 course to ensure successful completion.

DAU course management has a new process to allow higher priority, specifically priority 1 student’s first preference in the DAU resident courses. As result, students in priority 2 through 5 will be waitlisted for classes showing available seats. When a student is placed in a wait status, they will roll into a reservation 65 days prior to class start date if a priority 1 does not encumber a seat. They could still be bumped up to five business days prior to class start date if a higher priority student applied within the 65 days. The new process minimizes bumping and allows priority 1s to see which courses actually have seats available.