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Functional Area Certification Standards

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Core Certification Standards (required for DAWIA certification)
 Education Operations Research degree required or 24 semester hours in combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competency in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.
 Training   BCE 2500  Cost Assessment Data Enterprise (CADE) 201
  BCE 3000  Advanced Cost Estimating (R)
 Experience At least 6 years of acquisition experience in cost estimating and serving a program office, PEO, Service/Defense agency level, or supporting a program that reports to a Service Acquisition Executive (SAE)
 Assessment None required
 Certification Currency 80 hours Continuous Learning (CL) every 2 years – with an acquisition and/or leadership focus. CL guidelines: >50 hours of course work pertaining to Acquisition, >20 hours of leadership training

Functional/Interdisciplinary Developmental Recommendations
Assignment Type  Opportunities
Cost Estimator Functional Area
   CBCE 001 Software Cost Estimation Credential
   BFM 0370 Essentials of Defense Working Capital Funds
   BCE 2300V Applied Software Cost Estimating
   BCE 2160 Application of Operating and Support Cost
  BCE 2060V - Applied Risk and Uncertainty Analysis (in development)

   ACQ 0150 Middle Tier of Acquisition
   ACQ 1650 Defense Acquisition of Services
   ACQ 2020 Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part A
   ACQ 2030 Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part B (R)
   ALD 0040 Five Dimensions of Leadership
   ALD 0050 VUCA Leadership
   ALD 0060 Leading-Managing-Contributing
   ALD 0070 Growing as an Acquisition Leader
   CLC 104 Analyzing Profit or Fee
   CLE 078 Software Acquisition for the Program Office Workforce (SAPOW)
   CLM 058 Critical Thinking
   EVM 202 Intermediate Earned Value Management (R)
   EVM 263V Principles of Schedule Management
   EXE 4000V Problem Solving for Tomorrow's Defense Leaders
   PMT 0130 Work-Breakdown Structure
   PMT 0140 Team Management and Leadership

2 An "(R)" following a course title indicates the course is delivered as instructor-led/resident-based instruction.
21 If a virtual instructor-led version of a course is available, the course number is noted by the “V” after the course ID. The “V” course is acceptable in lieu of the (R) version of the course. For example, ACQ 2030V is acceptable in lieu of ACQ 2030. A separate concept card is available at: