AACOE Courses

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Mode and Duration:

Resident: 3 Weeks
Onsite: 3 Weeks

Recommended Credit:
  • Lower-division baccalaureate degree
  • 3 semester hours in supply chain management

  • Upper-division baccalaureate degree
  • 3 semester hours in contract management

Functional Areas:

51A System Development
51C Contracting


This three week course is designed to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge pertaining to the acquisition process and contracting. It covers legal and regulatory policies and guidelines that shape the acquisition process and application of contracting principles. Course content and instructional techniques are designed to provide participants with a knowledge and understanding of basic materiel acquisition and contracting principles and processes and how to apply those across the acquisition lifecycle “from cradle to grave”. The foundation for all course material is based primarily on Department of Defense Instruction 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System (DODI 5000.02), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) (Parts 1-53) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). Classroom presentations will emphasize these principles, demonstrate techniques of analysis, and illustrate typical applications of the analytical techniques. The course will also prepare students on how to operate successfully within the acquisition environment through intensive FAR and DFAR research practical exercises. The students will also be given scenario based exercises using prior lecture and the internet to resolve each scenario. These exercises along with examinations and quizzes given each week are graded to determine the student’s comprehension and mastery of the material.

Special Information:

1. In order to complete the FA 51 basic qualification training requirements, officers must complete 8D-F48/551-51C30. If assigned to a 51A position, officers will additionally complete the Army Intermediate Program Managers Course (8D-F46/551-F34). If assigned as a 51C officer, they must complete the Army Basic Contracting Course (8D-F50/551-51C30).

2. In order to complete MOS 51C basic qualification training requirements, NCOs must complete the Army Acquisition Foundation Course (8D-F48/551-51C30) and the Army Basic Contracting Course (8D-F50/551-51C30).

3. This course can be found on ATRRS under School Code701H. It is a three-week course taught at the Army Acquisition Center of Excellence (AACoE) on the campus of the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH). For additional information visit Web site https://asc.army.mil/web/organization/aacoe/.

Course material is NOT releasable to students from foreign countries.


Commissioned officers must have completed their branch advanced course, must be a Captain (O3) or above, and must have been assessed into the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps with a Functional Area code of 51. Officers must have a baccalaureate degree or higher with 24 business hours.

Civilians must be in the grade range of GS-07 through GS-13 and a member of the acquisition work force in Career Program 14. Civilians must have a baccalaureate degree or higher with 24 business hours.

Non-Commissioned Officers must have been assessed into the 51C MOS and must be a Sergeant (E5) or above.

Secret Clearance: Secret.
NCOs needing a security clearance need to contact the US Army Acquisition Support Center, ATTN: NCO Proponent, CMF 51 and MOS 51C, 9900 Belvoir Road, Suite 201, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5567.

Registration Assistance:
Contact: AACoE
Phone: (256) 824-4548

Mailing Address:
Army Acquisition Center of Excellence
1410 Ben Graves Drive
Huntsville, AL 35816