Acquisition Career Development FAQs


Q: Where can I find the current listing of acquisition career field certification standards and the overall certification process for Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (AL&T) Workforce members?
A: The defense acquisition certification standards are posted and maintained in the online edition of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Catalog posted on DAU’s Web site at Each of the Acquisition Career Fields (ACFs) has a unique combination of education, training, and experience standards which must be met to achieve Level I, II, or III acquisition certification in the respective specific ACF. These standards are reviewed by the functional communities, DAU and the service Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM) offices on an annual basis. Changes to the standards are generally inserted at the beginning of the new fiscal year, although there are exceptions to this schedule. The Army certification policy and procedures can be found at the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center’s (USAASC) Web site:

Q: If I am denied certification by a certifying official, do I have any recourse?
A:Certifications are submitted through the Certification Management System (CMS) in CAPPMIS. If a certifying official denies an application, the AL&T Workforce member who is denied can appeal the decision within CMS. The appeal must be submitted within 30 days of the denial. The appeal will be routed to the next higher level reviewer.

Q: I am a contractor providing support to an Army organization. Can I apply for and complete DAU training?
A: Defense industry employees of companies supporting DOD may attend DAU courses at no cost to the government (to include no contract labor charges to the government) on a space available basis.  Apply for a course at

Q: If I am a Competitive Development Group (CDG)/Army Acquisition Fellow or officer and have a U.S. Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATTRS) reservation to attend the FA51 Intermediate Qualification Course, how do I arrange for lodging?
A: The Course Director at University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) automatically makes lodging reservations at a local hotel for you based on the ATRRS roster. This is why we do not permit cancellations within 30 days of course start except for bona fide emergencies. DO NOT make your own reservations because you will not receive reimbursement for lodging on your travel settlement, as we pay UT Austin for contract lodging as part of the course to receive a discounted rate. If you have questions, please contact Course Director Zimmery Williams at or (512) 232-4556, or the USAASC proponent, MAJ Matthew Schramm, at, (703) 805-1248. For further info, please refer to the FA51 Leader Development Plan page on the USAASC Web site at

Q: I am a newly accessed acquisition officer. How do I get a fund cite for the FA51 Basic Qualification Course (FA51 BQC), Intermediate Level Education (ILE), or the FA51 Intermediate Qualification Course on Acquisition Leadership (IQC)?

  • For TDY enroute: The losing command (MACOM) pays for the TDY out of its Military Training Specific Allotment (MTSA) account. If the losing command falls under the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) as a Direct Reporting Unit (DRU), then the USAASC funds the TDY through their MTSA account.
  • For TDYand return status: the sending command pays from its MTSA account.
  • ILE attendance policy: refer to the policy on our Web site at. ILE is normally funded from a MACOM’s MTSA account. For officers within the USAASC who are attending ILE, whether in a TDY-enroute or TDY-and-return status, we schedule ILE at the least expensive locations (currently Fort Gordon, GA, Fort Lee, VA, and Redstone Arsenal, which utilize Military Training Service Support (MTSS) to reduce costs). The intent is that only officers stationed in the Military District of Washington should attend ILE at Fort Belvoir, VA, to avoid TDY costs. USAASC policy for ILE attendance at Fort Belvoir is that USAASC will not pay for officers to attend ILE at Fort Belvoir in a TDY status. -For more specific guidance on funding responsibilities and policies, refer to the policy on our Web site at:
  • If you have further questions, contact the USAASC 51A proponent, MAJ Matthew Schramm at or 51C proponent, LTC Kenny Johnson at