• 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.


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  • Acquisition Education and Training Corner

    Education and Training Opportunities

    The Army’s Training with Industry (TWI) Program is a one-year work-experience training program designed to take selected officers out of the military environment and expose them to the latest commercial business practices, organizational structures and cultures, technology development processes, and the latest corporate management techniques. The companies that partner with the Army in this training program are developers of innovative, cutting-edge technologies and/or established business leaders in their respective fields. Each TWI has been established for officers to gain program management experience.

    This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as only ten officers a year are selected to participate. For more information on how to apply, visit https://www.hrc.army.mil/Officer/Advanced%20Education%20Programs%20AEP. For information on the Army Acquisition Corps’ policy as well as specific information on each company involved, visit http://asc.army.mil/web/career-development/programs/aac-training-with-industry/.

    By reviewing the companies involved, you can see if you may be a fit based on your background and experience. The application deadline for this program is Nov. 9. The convening date is Nov. 12-16 and the program start date will be between June and September 2013.

    If you have questions on how to apply or to discuss if this is a good fit for you, please contact your Assignment Officer. For other inquiries, please contact Marti Giella at 703-805-2700, DSN 655-2700, Marti.Giella@us.army.mil or Scott Greene at 703-805-1229, DSN 655-1229, Scott.Greene4@us.army.mil.

    The Competitive Development Group–Army Acquisition Fellows announcement is 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 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/.

    Defense Acquisition University Training

    Oct. 1, 2012 marked the beginning of FY13, and new FY13 classes are underway at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Acquisition workforce members who have not met their current Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act position requirements should view FY13 certification requirements at http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/CareerLvl.aspx. After completing the requirements, apply for certification through the Certification Management System at https://rda.altess.army.mil/camp/. Certification requirements can change each fiscal year, effective Oct. 1.

    Students should continue to apply for available FY13 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/web/career-development/programs/defense-acquisition-university-senior-service-college/. 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.”

    Career Management Questions

    Any workforce-related inquires, such as on DAU training, DAU Travel Orders, certification, Individual Development Plans, and Acquisition Career Record Briefs, should be submitted through the Workforce Management Inquiry system within Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP)/Career Acquisition Personnel and Position Management Information System, 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 BCF 211 DAU-equivalent course should apply and contact the vendor directly. Trio instructors can bring the course to your organization to teach the course locally on-site. Contact Trio through its website at http://www.trio-consulting.com.


    The transition of BCF 211 to BCF 220 and BCF 225 has begun for classes beginning in early January 2013. BCF 211 will be split into two courses: BCF 220 (Web) and BCF 225 (Classroom). Students with reservations in classes starting Jan. 7, 2013 and thereafter will receive notification of the change directly from DAU, along with information on the requirement to complete the prerequisite course, BCF 220, before attending the resident portion, BCF 225. As of Oct. 11, students are no longer able to register for BCF 211; the course will be replaced with BCF 220 and BCF 225. Again, students who need BCF 211 must complete BCF 220 before applying to BCF 225.


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  • 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.


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