DAU Credentialing


The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) recently rolled out a specialized credential program that provides a way to build skills within the Defense Acquisition Workforce to improve job performance. In addition to professional learning experiences and course work, the program provides an opportunity to verify one’s ability to apply the learning to a specific role or function. Acquisition professionals interested in investing in their careers have an opportunity to self-select credentials relevant to their current position, even if those credentials are outside the recommended career field path.

The initial pilot program, which started in October 2019, includes credentials in three subject areas: agile methodology, digital engineering, and acquisition of services. Acquisition workforce members who work in these areas are able to ensure they have the most up-to-date knowledge through the highly rigorous, specialized approach that helps them obtain a more focused education that continues to serve their needs, even as their job responsibilities change. A total of eight credentials are planned for FY20, including cybersecurity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why you should earn a DAU Credential?
Earning DAU credentials can provide you knowledge and skills to perform roles or functions in the DoD acquisition environment. They’re intended to help you meet emerging needs for specific skills and performance in your workplace. Whether you manage capability requirements, acquire services or systems, or sustain capabilities, earning pertinent credentials can build your competence and confidence.

Why is DAU offering credentials now?
Customer feedback — you seek learning that is closer to the moment of need, and that offers more than knowledge. You want skills to enhance your job performance. DAU’s credentialing program provides responsive and timely learning experiences you can self-select, to grow and deepen skills.

What’s different about a DAU Credential?
DAU’s credentials will complement, not duplicate other credentialing programs. DAU’s credentials help you acquire skills specific to the DoD acquisition workplace. Some DAU credentials integrate external commercial content providing a well-balanced set of knowledge and skills to the DoD acquisition workforce.

Should I earn credentials?
Specialized credentials build skills when you start a job or as a job evolves. They influence your performance throughout your career. Credentials, coupled with other learning resources, expand your professional skills and open new career paths. In the future, some acquisition jobs may even require selected credentials.