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Type of Assignment  Representative Activities
Contract Auditor   Supervises, provides subject matter expertise, and/or acts as liaison for contracting entities in the conduct of contract audit services to ensure the government is paying fair prices for what it buys. Specifically, we concentrate on audits of contractor financial records and systems, management reports, and its controls, policies, procedures and practices.
Core Certification Standards (required for DAWIA certification)
 Acquisition Training   ACQ 1010  Fundamentals of Systems Acquisition Management
  See Note 28
 Functional Training   Depending on which Level II mandatory Functional Training course was completed, complete the other course below (see note 24):
  AUD 230  Cost Accounting Standards (R)
  AUD 260  Statistical Sampling (R)
  Complete an additional training elective from the training electives listed for DAWIA Level II Functional Training
 Education   Entry below GS-09: Same as Level 1
  Entry at GS-09: Same as Level 1 AND two full years of graduate education leading to a master’s degree in accounting, auditing, or related field such as business administration or finance; or 1 full year of professional accounting, auditing, or related experience
 Experience   The following two experience thresholds must be met:
  Four years of auditing experience with at least two years of contract auditing.
  Complete one year in a supervisory or developmental position within an acquisition career field.

Unique Position Training Standards
FAO Assistant for Quality   MGT 270 FAQ Cornerstone (R)
Financial Liaison Auditor   ACQ 1010 Fundamentals of Systems Acquisition Management
Supervisory Auditor (GS 13) (see note 25)   MGT 200E Supervisor Cornerstone Course
    MGT 200 Supervisor Cornerstone (R)
Supervisory Auditor (GS 13) (see note 26)   LDR 300 Leading People and Organizations (R)
    MGT 205E Leading Change
    MGT 350 DMIS/CaseWare Administration for Supervisors (R)
Supervisory Auditor (GS 13) (see note 27)   MGT 399E Supervisor Refresher Course
Supervisory Auditor (GS 14/15)   MGT 300 Manager Supervisory Course (R)
Technical Specialists   AUD 110 Data Analytics Applications & Modeling (R)
    AUD 230 Cost Accounting Standards (R)
    AUD 235 Cost Accounting Standards II (R)
    AUD 250 Forward Pricing Proposals (R)
    AUD 260 Statistical Sampling (R)
    AUD 270 Regression Analysis (R)
    AUD 275 Improvement Curves (R)
    AUD 335 Cost Impact Proposals (R)
    AUD 351 Truth in Negotiation Audits (R)
    AUD 395 Accounting Systems Audits (R)
    AUD 396 Estimating Systems Audits (R)
    AUD 397 Materials Management Accounting Systems (MMAS) Audits (R)
Technical Specialists - Equitable Adjustment Audits (both courses count as one elective)   AUD 391E Equitable Adjustments and the Audit Approach
    AUD 392E Equitable Adjustments and the Eichleay Formula
Technical Specialists - Termination Audits (AUD321E plus one of the other three count as one elective)   AUD 321E Termination General Information
    AUD 322E Termination Fixed Price – Inventory Basis
    AUD 323E Termination Fixed Price – Total Cost Basis
    AUD 324E Termination Cost Reimbursement

Core Plus Development Guide (desired training, education, and experience) Type of Assignment
Training None Specified
 None specified
 None specified
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.
4 For information on Defense Contract Audit Institute (DCAI) courses, please email the DCAI Registrar at
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.
24 A "(V)" following a course title indicates the course is also available as virtual instructor-led training (VILT). The course number in the DCAA course catalog will include a “V” (e.g., AUD351V) indicating a VILT class.
25 Workforce members assigned to supervisory positions must complete this class within 90 days of assignment
26 Workforce members assigned to supervisory positions must complete this class within one year of assignment.
27 Workforce members assigned to supervisory positions must complete this training every three years.