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Type of Assignment  Representative Activities
Headquarters and Staff (OSD, JS, COCOMs, JITC, SYSCOMS, etc.)   Interprets research and development of T&E strategy, policy, practices, metrics, and procedures and implements direction and guidance.
  Proposes development of evaluation methodology and framework.
  Proposes identification of T&E direction and guidance applicable to the Service/agency.
  Serves as or supports the program’s T&E office representative at T&E meetings and other forums.
  Manages tracking/auditing of the T&E aspects of products/systems in the acquisition process and identifies T&E issues.
  Develops and coordinates T&E strategies, test and evaluation master plans (TEMPs), test concepts, and test plans.
  Proposes approaches for development of the T&E career management plan for recruiting, training, and retaining a professional T&E workforce.
  Proposes development and execution of T&E processes, standards, methods, and techniques.
Program Management and Matrix Support   Member of the program’s T&E Working-level IPT.
  Drafts and coordinates an evaluation methodology and framework for product/system under test.
  Member of the Chief Developmental Tester’s team drafting and coordinating the TEMP.
  Supports coordination of cybersecurity T&E IAW DoDI 5000.02 and the DoD Risk Management Framework.
  Directs development of program’s T&E approach, process, schedule, and resource requirements.
  Develops and coordinates T&E materials/data for technical and progress reviews, to include risk assessment.
  Identifies and coordinates T&E personnel and financial resources requirements.
  Develops guidance on test concepts and test plans.
Range/Lab/Field Supporting Activities   Identifies and schedules T&E resources to include workforce, infrastructure, and budgets to support testing at the respective facility.
  Recommends facility T&E tools (IT, video, targets, simulators, stimulators, instrumentation, etc.) that are capable of supporting T&E.
  Leads facility test plan development and coordination.
  Ensures technical adequacy of T&E plans and mitigation of safety risks for test plans and during test execution.
  Leads test execution, data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  Proposes needed maintenance of the physical facility and environment, and coordination of renovations and repairs as necessary.
  Manages implementation of Service/agency or DoD cybersecurity and system assurance (SA) policies.
  Leads evaluation, analysis, and reporting of test results.
  Identifies new T&E techniques, lessons learned, and T&E best practices.
Core Certification Standards (required for DAWIA certification)
 Acquisition Training   The virtual or "V" version of a course noted by the "V" after the course number in the course ID is acceptable in lieu of the (R) version of a course.
  ACQ 202  Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part A
  ACQ 203  Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part B (R)
 Functional Training   CLE 003  Technical Reviews
  CLE 030  Integrated Testing
  CLE 035  Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  CLE 085  Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques in T&E
  CLE 301  Reliability and Maintainability
  CLR 101  Introduction to the Joint Capabilities Integration & Development System
  ENG 201  Applied Systems Engineering in Defense Acquisition, Part I
  TST 204  Intermediate Test and Evaluation (R)
 Education   Baccalaureate degree or higher (any field of study)
  A total of 24 semester hours or equivalent in technical or scientific courses such as mathematics (e.g., calculus, probability, statistics), physical sciences (e.g., chemistry, biology, physics), psychology, operations research/systems analysis, engineering, computer science, and information technology.
 Experience 2 years of T&E experience

Core Plus Development Guide (desired training, education, and experience) Type of Assignment
Training HQ and Staff PM/Matrix Spt Rg/Lab/Fld Spt Act
  CLB 007 Cost Analysis
  CLE 015 Continuous Process Improvement Familiarization
  CLE 017 Technical Planning
  CLE 021 Technology Readiness Assessments
  CLE 029 Testing In a Joint Environment    
  CLE 038 Time Space-Position Information    
  CLE 039 Environmental Issues in Testing and Evaluation
  CLE 060 Practical Software and Systems Measurement  
  CLE 076 Introduction to Agile Software Acquisition
  CLE 077 Defense Business Systems (DBS) Acquisition
  CLV 016 Introduction to Earned Value Management  
  ISA 201 Intermediate Information Systems Acquisition (R)
  LOG 100 Life Cycle Logistics Fundamentals
  LOG 104 Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM)
  PMT 0130 Work-Breakdown Structure
  PMT 0170 Risk Management
  PQM 101 Production, Quality, and Manufacturing Fundamentals  
  SPS 106 Database Maintenance  
 None specified
 At least 1 year of field hands-on T&E activities
1 The Core Certification Standards section lists the training and/or education and experience REQUIRED for certification at this level for this career field within 24 months of assignment.
2 An "(R)" following a course title indicates the course is delivered as resident-based instruction.
5 When preparing your IDP, you and your supervisor should consider the training, education, and experience listed in the Core Plus Development Guide at this and the lower level(s) if not already completed.
21 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 203V is acceptable in lieu of ACQ 203. A separate concept card is available at: