PMT 401

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(Last Modified:28-Jan-2019)


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This course is designed to improve DoD acquisition outcomes by strengthening the analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills of potential leaders of major defense acquisition programs and program support organizations. Applying the proven doctrine of “train as you fight” participants analyze acquisition case studies representing contemporary acquisition program challenges and dilemmas; apply a broad cross section of knowledge of the acquisition environment and experience; and deepen their understanding of acquisition principles and practices through peer and instructor mentoring and coaching. Speakers, team projects, media training, and leadership simulations round out and enrich the course.
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Target Attendees
Board–selected ACAT I or II program managers, Level III Program Management (PM) career field members who have demonstrated the potential to become major program or project managers. In addition, up to 20% of each offering may be reserved for other high-potential acquisition professionals certified at Level III in career fields other than PM.
  • PMT 360, Program Management Office Course, Part B*
  • Predecessor Course(s) (Acceptable as a substitute for this course until the acceptance date specified below.)
    Predecessor Predecessor Course Title PDS Code Accepted Until
    None None None None
    Course Length
    8 weeks
    Additional Course Information
    Delivery Mode Resident
    Equivalent Courses YES
    ACE Recommended Credits YES
    PDS Code PGN
    DAU Public (material/prework) YES
    Continuing Education Units   41
    Continuous Learning Points  410
    Reservist Retirement Points  0
    Historical Allocations Mouse Over for Past CEU/CLPs
  • Level III certification in program management is REQUIRED for all attendees.
  • Minimum Grade Level for Students: GS-14 or equivalent (Civilian); O-5 or selected for promotion to O-5 (Military)
  • PMT 401 is a pre-requisite for PMT 402. This course in combination with PMT 402 satisfies the statutory training required for program executive officers, deputy program executive officers, and program managers (PM)/deputy program managers (DPM) of ACAT I, IA, and II programs. PMs and DPMs should attend this course prior to beginning their assignment.
  • Pre-work required / Walk-ins NOT authorized
  • High potential Level III acquisition professionals in career fields other than PM, who have not completed PMT 360, are encouraged to apply through their DACM if they have 4 years of experience in or directly supporting a program office.