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.