The Not So Frequent Questions:
Q - I met the training standards for my career field certification last year but I forgot to apply. The training standards changed, can I still apply without meeting the new requirements?
A - NO. You must meet the current standards at the time of application.
Q – How can I complete the training standards associated with my position?
A – There are only three (3) ways to meet training standards: complete a DAU course; complete a DAU approved equivalent course; complete the training standard by exercising the DAU Fulfillment Program.
Q - My certification standard requires a Continuous Learning module. I looked at it and it looks a lot like the training course I took last year. Can I substitute the training course?
A – Some continuous learning modules are extracts of current DAU training courses. If your required module is an extract it will be noted in the notes section of the course concept card here in the iCatalog and YES in these cases, you can substitute the course for the module.
Q - I am a support contractor working in a program office doing Life Cycle Logistics functions. How do I get certified?
A - At the present time, acquisition career field certifications within DoD are available only to DoD employees (military and civilian) that are assigned to a position that has been coded as acquisition.
Q - I have 30 years of experience in Systems Engineering while working on government program in Industry plus a Masters in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Engineering Systems. How do I get equivalency for these towards certification?
A – Equivalency is not the term you want to reference as the DAU Equivalency Program applies only to courses or programs that have been previously reviewed and approved by DAU at the request of the provider. In this case, you are most likely interested in the DAU Fulfillment Program where your past education, training and experience can be assessed by your organization against the competencies associated with specific DAU courses.
Q - My DAU transcript does not reflect my equivalent training and/or fulfillments. How do I go about getting these posted in my training history so I can apply for certification?
A – It is your responsibility to follow your components instructions for having the information entered into ATRRS, the system that stores your DAU training completions. See your components instructions at: Army Navy/Marine Corps Air Force 4th Estate
Q – Why doesn’t my record show that I am certified when I have met all DAU training standards for my career field/path and level?
A – Certification is not automatic once you have completed the training standards. Training is only one standard that must be met. All career fields/paths have an experience requirement and some have a formal education requirement.
Q – I’m required to be certified at Level III for my position. Do I first have to be certified at Level I and II?
A – NO. You only need to meet the requirements of the Level assigned to your position. Keep in mind however, that many course prerequisite requirements are built into the lower level certification standards. Unless you have extensive experience outside of DoD acquisition positions, it makes sense to progress through the lower levels.
Q - I was certified in Contracting when I was with the Coast Guard. Is my certification still good?
A – YES for the Coast Guard NOT for DoD. The United States Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security, not the Department of Defense.