Acquisition Education and Training Corner

By August 1, 2013October 20th, 2015Career Development
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Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training

  • The FY14 schedule was released on May 16, 2013 and is available for student registration. Planning and applying early affords students a better opportunity in obtaining a class in the requested timeframe. Students may continue to apply for the remaining FY13 courses available on the schedule. Encourage your supervisor to approve your training request as soon as you apply. Applications cannot be processed until the supervisor approves the training request in Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) and Internet Training Application System (AITAS). Students should view the DAU I-catalog to ensure prerequisite(s) are met before applying to a DAU course. Low-fill classes within 60 days from the start date of the class are available on a first come, first served basis for priority 2 students, and 40 days for priority 3-5 students. Students are encouraged to check the weekly low-fill list to identify available classes in the 60-day window.
  • Applications cannot be processed by the Army registrar’s office until the supervisor has approved the training requested by the employee. It is also imperative that the student and supervisor’s email addresses are listed correctly on the AITAS student profile. To apply, go to ATRRS AITAS. For more information on DAU training to include instructions, training priority definition, or FAQs, visit the USAASC webpage for current information. Once you receive a confirmed reservation in the requested class, attend the class as scheduled. Cancellation requests for confirmed reservations 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’.
  • For FY13: DAU central funds are entirely separate from budgetary actions within a service or agency to mitigate budget execution issues in FY13. DAU travel for required Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification courses is centrally funded by DAU through USAASC so long as the traveler selects a cost effective location. For details, go to “Status of Travel Funding for the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training in FY13, Jan. 29, 2013.
  • A 30 percent reduction in DAU travel funds is expected for FY14. At this time, USAASC will only fund priority 1 (required training) travel to cost-effective locations. Depending on funding received, we may also elect to centrally fund priority 2 applying to cost-effective locations.
  • DAU has implemented the revised FY13 furlough schedule for classes held July 8 to Sept. 20, 2013. Detailed information is provided in the DAU Furlough Memo on Training Impacts in FY13 memorandum. In addition, DAU provides current furlough information on their website.
  • The USAASC Budget and Course Manager support is also subject to furlough and may delay travel worksheet processing. All requests, including travel worksheet submission (for students approved for DAU funding), should be completed no later than 15 days prior to the start date of the course. Students may start their travel order as early as 60 days prior to the start date of the course.
  • Requirements for DAWIA certification still exists and are not extended due to the furlough. Workforce members and their supervisors should plan their training and ensure adequate time is available to complete prerequisite training prior to attending the follow-on course. Reservations in follow-on training will be cancelled if prerequisite requirements are not met 30 days prior to the start date of the following on course.
  • FY14 Certification Changes: DOD Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) career field certification standards are implemented on Oct. 1 of each FY. FY14 changes are outlined in the table below and the eleven changes will be effective for the noted certification career fields on October 1. For career fields not listed in the table, there are no approved changes to date. For certification considerations under the FY13 standards, workforce members must submit their certification application by midnight on September 30. View the current career field certification standards required for your current acquisition position.
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Education and Training Opportunities

Civilian Education System

The Army DACM office is now required to enforce completion of the applicable Civilian Education System (CES) course (basic, intermediate, or advanced) as a prerequisite to apply to Army, Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office-sponsored programs such as the Defense Civilian Emerging Leaders Program (DCELP), and the Defense Acquisition University – Senior Service College Fellowship (DAU-SSCF) Program. This year, there have been quota availability issues and the Army DACM office was able to successfully lobby the Army G-3/5/7 office to suspend the CES prerequisite for DCELP this year; however, it will be strictly enforced next year.

Why do you need to know about CES? Individual acquisition workforce members need to work with their supervisors and CES Quota Managers to try to get into the appropriate level course if they, their supervisor, or their command desire them to seek advanced leadership opportunities that require CES as a prerequisite.

Per Army Regulation 350-1, many civilians are required to complete the appropriate CES course(s) depending on their grade level and supervisory responsibility. This becomes especially important as individuals desire to apply to more senior level programs sponsored by the Army’s Director for Acquisition Career Management (DACM) Office, the Army, and/or the Department of Defense.

There are three ways to complete the CES requirement:
1. Take the course through the Army Management Staff College
2. Submit for equivalency: You have already completed an Army approved equivalent course
3. Submit for Constructive Credit: You feel you have already met the course learning objectives through your past training, education, and experience.

To find out which level of CES you are required to complete, go to the Army Career Tracker (ACT).

To enroll in a CES course, visit the Civilian Human Resources Training Application System (CHRTAS). If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact your local training coordinator or CES quota manger.

View the Acquisition Civilian Leadership Development Plan (ACLDP) to see how the CES training opportunities are integrated into your career development.

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  • If you have questions on any Acquisition Education, Training, and Experience (AETE) programs or DAU Training, please contact the the AETE Branch Chief Scott Greene @