Army Acquisition Professionals Course (AAPC)

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Mode and Duration:
  • Resident: 9 Weeks
  • Onsite: 9 Weeks
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Functional Areas:
  • 51A System Development
  • 51C Contracting
Active, Reserve and Guard Officers: 

Commissioned officers must have completed their branch advanced course, must be a Captain (O3) or above, and must have been assessed into the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps with a Functional Area code of 51. Officers must have a baccalaureate degree or higher with 24 business hours.

Active, Reserve, and Guard Non- Commissioned Officers: 

Non-Commissioned Officers must have been assessed into the 51C MOS and must be a Sergeant (E5) or above.

Security Clearance Requirement:

NCOs requiring a security clearance must contact the US Army Acquisition Support Center, ATTN: NCO Proponent, CMF 51 and MOS 51C, 9900 Belvoir Road, Suite 201, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5567.

Registration Assistance:

(256) 824-4548

Mailing Address:

Army Acquisition Center of Excellence
1410 Ben Graves Drive
Huntsville, AL 35816


This nine week course is designed to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge pertaining to the acquisition process, program management and contracting. It covers legal and regulatory policies and guidelines that shape the acquisition process and application of contracting principles, program management, systems engineering and information technology, cost and pricing fundamentals, contingency contracting practices and procedures and Procurement Desktop – Defense (PD2) to include software and practical application. Course content and instructional techniques are designed to provide participants with a knowledge and understanding of basic materiel acquisition and contracting principles and processes and how to apply those across the acquisition lifecycle “from cradle to grave”.

The foundation for all course material is based primarily on Department of Defense Instruction 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System (DODI 5000.02), the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) (Parts 1-53) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). Classroom presentations will emphasize these principles, demonstrate techniques of analysis, and illustrate typical applications of the analytical techniques. The course will also prepare students on how to operate successfully within the acquisition environment through intensive FAR and DFAR research practical exercises. The students will also be given scenario based exercises using prior lecture and the internet to resolve each scenario. These exercises along with examinations and quizzes given each week are graded to determine the student’s comprehension and mastery of the material.

The course content and instructional techniques provide each participant with a knowledge and ability in the military environment to perform the following critical tasks: (1) formulate solutions to complex problems, (2) apply technical analytic skills to acquisition issues; (3) conduct analysis, and (4) communicate complex ideas in terms relevant to the audience. Unique functions performed by the Army acquisition workforce are based in statute and cannot be performed by non-acquisition personnel. This course will prepare students for entry-level contingency contracting positions. Further, this course emphasizes Army-unique system acquisition procedures, organizations, and Army doctrine throughout its curriculum.

Special Information:

1. In order to complete the FA 51 basic qualification training requirements, officers must complete AAPC (FA51AAPC). This course meets the individual DAWIA education requirements for the newly assessed Acquisition Soldier in both program management and contracting carrier fields.

2. In order to complete MOS 51C basic qualification training requirements, NCO’s must complete AAPC (FA51AAPC). This course meets the individual DAWIA education requirements for the newly assessed Acquisition Soldier in both program management and contracting carrier fields.

3. This course can be found on ATRRS under School Code 701H. It is taught at the Army Acquisition Center of Excellence (AACoE) on the campus of the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH). For additional information visit Web site //

Course material is NOT releasable to students from foreign countries.