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Type of Assignment  Representative Activities
CIO Office  Applies the following: policies, laws, and regulations; emerging IT acquisition strategies; best practices; IT-related performance measures and quality management; capital planning and investment control; acquisition planning, solicitation, and administration; and information assurance/cybersecurity.
Central Design Activity (CDA)  Applies the following: basic concepts of software engineering and development activities; enterprise architecture; best practices; IT systems engineering; information assurance/cybersecurity; IT-related technologies; test and evaluation processes; and verification and validation processes.
Project Office/Field Activities  Applies the following: IT program management approaches; emerging IT acquisition strategies; best practices; IT-related performance measures and quality management; acquisition planning, solicitation, and administration; information assurance/cybersecurity; test and evaluation processes; verification and validation processes; and fielding and sustaining IT systems.
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 2020  Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part A
  ACQ 2030  Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part B (R)
 Functional Training  ISA 201  Intermediate Information Systems Acquisition (R)
 Education Formal education not required for certification
 Experience 2 years of acquisition experience with information technology (AIS, BCAT, or software intensive systems) in the following career fields: IT, T&E, PM, LCL, ENG

Core Plus Development Guide (desired training, education, and experience) Type of Assignment
Training CIO Off CDA PO/Fld Act
  ACQ 160 Program Protection Planning Awareness
  BCF 130 Fundamentals of Cost Analysis
  CLB 025 Total Ownership Cost
  CLB 030 Data Collection and Sources
  CLE 001 Value Engineering  
  CLE 003 Technical Reviews    
  CLE 007 Lean Six Sigma for Manufacturing
  CLE 017 Technical Planning    
  CLE 019 Modular Open Systems Approach
  CLE 060 Practical Software and Systems Measurement
  CLE 068 Intellectual Property and Data Rights
  CLE 074 Cybersecurity Throughout DoD Acquisition
  CLE 075 Introduction to DoD Cloud Computing
  CLE 076 Introduction to Agile Software Acquisition
  CLE 077 Defense Business Systems (DBS) Acquisition
  CLE 078 Software Acquisition for the Program Office Workforce (SAPOW)
  CLE 080 SCRM for Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  CLE 081 Software Assurance (SwA) Awareness  
  CLE 083 Information Technology Service Management (ITSM)
  CLE 301 Reliability and Maintainability  
  CLL 027 Introduction to DoD Software Lifecycle Management
  CLM 055 Program Leadership
  CLR 101 Intro to the Joint Capabilities Integration & Development System
  CLR 250 Capabilities-Based Assessment
  CLV 017 Performance Measurement Baseline
  ENG 201 Applied Systems Engineering in Defense Acquisition, Part I  
  ENG 260 Program Protection for Practitioners    
  EVM 101 Fundamentals of Earned Value Management
  ISA 220 Risk Management Framework (RMF) for the Practitioner    
  LOG 0120 Supportability Analysis Fundamentals
  LOG 0150 Product Support Business Case Analysis (BCA)  
  PMT 2520 Program Management Tools Course, Part I
 Master’s degree, preferably with a major in computer science, management information systems, business administration, cybersecurity or a related field
 2 years of information technology acquisition experience, preferably in a program office or similar organization (in addition to core certification experience)
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 2030V is acceptable in lieu of ACQ 2030. A separate concept card is available at: