What happens if they exhaust all their options? Is there a potential an employee could be removed from the AWF or federal government if they fail the exam and have exceeded their certification grace period?

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Yes. All acquisition-coded positions have a primary certification requirement, which is identified by an acquisition position category and certification level assigned to the position. The Functional Area and certification level assigned to an acquisition position is based on duties, responsibilities, complexities, and authorities. Upon assignment to acquisition-coded positions, AAW professionals, except those filling Key Leadership Positions (KLPs), must meet their respective Functional Area’s certification level requirements within the prescribed grace period. Individuals assigned to KLPs must meet their position certification requirements at the time of assignment or have an approved waiver signed by the Army Acquisition Executive. Certification is a Condition of Employment for AAW positions. Individuals unable to meet their Conditions of Employment may be subject to adverse employment actions in accordance with Agency procedures including, but not limited to: • performance improvement plan • withholding of funds for further career development
• removal or reassignment