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Meeting Educational Standards

Meeting Education Requirements for:

 

  • Individuals with authority to award or administer contracts above the Simplified Acquisition Threshold
  • Contracting Series GS-1102 and military equivalents
  • Certification in Business, Contracting, SPRDE, and Test & Evaluation Career Fields

Guidelines:

  • Both the completed credit hours and the degree requirement must be supported by (reflected on) a transcript from a US Department of Education recognized Regional or National accredited academic institution.
  • College credit hours will always refer to “semester” credit hours. If the individual completed coursework at an accredited academic institution of higher education that does not use a semester credit hour system, those hours must be converted to semester credit hours.
  • ACE (American Council on Education) does not grant or award college credit for courses. They do, however; recommend credit hours for many courses sponsored by DoD Service Schools and organizations to include the Defense Acquisition University, other government agencies, and business and industry. These credit recommendations cannot be used to meet education requirements.  To be acceptable, the ACE recommended credits must be matriculated (accepted) by a regionally accredited academic institution and appear on a (college or university) transcript.
  • Wherever both a degree and credit hours are required, they should be viewed as being mutually exclusive requirements.  In other words, the credit hour requirement could be resident in the degree, could be completely outside of the degree program, or be a combination of the two. The applicant meets the requirement if the answer to both of the below, mutually exclusive, questions is YES:

Does the applicant meet the stated degree requirement?”
Does the applicant meet the stated semester credit hour requirement?”
 

  • Business credit hours cover a wide variety of courses and no single list can be completely inclusive. The DAU Business Course Guide provides a listing of areas that should be favorably considered when evaluating business credit hours.
  • Assessing mathematics-related courses can pose challenges similar to those for assessing business-related courses. The DAU guide for Assessing Mathematics – Business or Scientific provides a listing of types of math courses and how credit should be awarded.
  • 24 Semester Credit Hour Requirement:
    • For individuals with authority to award or administer contracts above the Simplified Acquisition Threshold, Contracting Series GS1102 positions and military equivalents, and Certification in the Contracting Career Field
      •  The 24 hours IS NOT to be interpreted as 24 hours of concentrated study in any one particular field within business.  The 24 hours may be met through any combination of the business-related fields identified below:

Accounting

Economics

Business Finance

Industrial Management

Law

Marketing

Contracts

Quantitative Methods

Purchasing

Organization and Management

      • Credit recommended from successful completion of examinations administered by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) may be substituted for ALLsemester credit hour requirements.  DANTES sponsors the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) through the college board and the Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Nine tests are available and a passing score on an examination qualifies for three (3) semester credit hours which may be used toward meeting the semester hour requirement.  The passing scores do not have to be listed on a college transcript to be acceptable.

 

Subject Area

DSST or CLEP Examination

SEM Credit Hours

Accounting

DSST 525 - Principles of Financial Accounting

3

Business Finance

DSST 524 - Principles of Finance

3

Economics

CLEP 036 - Principles of Macroeconomics

3

 

CLEP 037 - Principles of Microeconomics

3

Marketing

CLEP 023 - Principles of Marketing

3

Organization and Management

DSST 530 - Personnel/Human Resources Management

3

 

DSST 231 - Organizational Behavior

3

Quantitative Methods

DSST 450 - Principles of Statistics

3

    • For Certification in Test & Evaluation.  The 24 semester hours or equivalent in technical or scientific IS NOT to be interpreted as 24 hours of concentrated study in any one particular field within science and technology.  The semester-hour requirement may be met through any combination of the scientific or technical fields identified in the certification requirements.
  • Exceptions to the Education Requirements.  The above education requirements do not apply to an employee of the Department of Defense or member of the armed forces who:
    • served as a contracting officer with authority to award or administer contracts in excess of the Simplified Acquisition Threshold on or before September 30, 2000;
    • served, on or before September 30, 2000, in a position either as an employee in the GS-1102 series or as a member of the armed forces in a similar occupational specialty;
    • is in the contingency contracting force; or
    • is assigned to a developmental program as described in the USC 10 Sec 1724.
Additional Resource.  Under Secretary of Defense Memorandum of March 21, 2001 addressing USC 10 Sec 1724.