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Type of Assignment  Representative Activities
Cost Estimator  Performs analyses and estimates for a variety of programs and takes on management activities to ensure cost analysis is conducted properly
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.
  Acquisition Training identified at level II must have been completed
 Functional Training   Functional Training identified at Level II must have been completed
  BCF 331  Advanced Concepts in Cost Analysis (R)
 Education   Baccalaureate degree (any field of study)
  3 semester credit hours from a calculus course
  21 semester credit hours in any combination of the following fields of study: operations research, economics, mathematics, chemistry, physics or other sciences where the utilization of advanced mathematical skills in geometry, trigonometry, statistics, probability, and/or quantitative analysis
 Experience 6 years of acquisition experience with 5 of the 6 in cost estimating

Core Plus Development Guide (desired training, education, and experience) Type of Assignment
Training Cost Estimator
  ACQ 315 Understanding Industry (R)
  ACQ 3700 Acquisition Law (R)
  BCF 301 Business, Cost Estimating, and Financial Management Workshop (R)
  PMT 3550 Program Management Office Course, Part A
  PMT 3600 Program Management Office Course (R)
 Graduate degree in engineering, statistics, or other Math intensive field of study
 7 years of acquisition experience in Cost Estimating
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: