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Type of Assignment  Representative Activities
1 - Operational Contracting  Contracting functions in support of post, camp or stations
2 - Res & Dev  Contracting functions in support of research and development
3 - Sys Acq  Contracting functions in support of systems acquisition, to include all ACAT programs
4 - Logistics and Sustainment  Contracting functions performed by the Defense Logistics Agency or by other offices to sustain weapon systems
5 - Construction/ A&E  Contracting functions in support of construction and/or architect and engineering services
6 - Contingency/ Combat Ops  Contracting functions performed in a contingency or combat environment
7 - Contract Admin Office  Contracting function is primarily focused on contract administration
8 - Contract Cost/Price Analyst  Contracting function is primarily focused on advanced cost/price analysis
9 - Small Bus Specialist  Contracting function is primarily focused on advising small businesses or on strategies for maximizing use of small businesses
10 - Other  Contracting functions that perform a variety of assignments or are at a headquarters, secretariat, or OSD
Core Certification Standards (required for DAWIA certification)
 Acquisition Training  ACQ 2020  Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part A
 Functional 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.
  Functional Training identified in Level II must have been completed.
  CON 360  Contracting for Decision Makers (R)
  1 additional course from the Harvard Business Management Modules (see Footnote 29)
  Elective Requirement. Select one of the below courses:
  ACQ 265  Mission-Focused Services Acquisition (R)
  ACQ 315  Understanding Industry (R)
  ACQ 3700  Acquisition Law (R)
  CON 2440V  Construction Contracting
  CON 252  Fundamentals of Cost Accounting Standards (R)
  CON 320  Advanced Indirect Cost Analysis (R)
  CON 370  Advanced Cost and Price Analysis (R)
  CON 334  Advanced Contingency Contracting Officer's Course (R)
 Education Baccalaureate degree (Any Field of Study)
 Experience 4 years of contracting experience

Unique Position Training Standards
Contracting personnel assigned to or devoting at least 50 percent of their time in support of an MDAP/MAIS program   ACQ 203 Intermediate Systems Acquisition, Part B (R)

Core Plus Development Guide (desired training, education, and experience) Type of Assignment
Training 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  BFM 0040 Budget Policy                  
  CLB 007 Cost Analysis  
  CLV 016 Introduction to Earned Value Management              
  EVM 101 Fundamentals of Earned Value Management                
  HBS 309 Coaching For Results
  HBS 406 Coaching
  LOG 0010 Life Cycle Product Support Management              
 Masters degree in business administration or procurement
 Four (4) additional years of contracting 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.
12 See 10 U.S.C. 1724 exempts DoD GS-1102 series employees and military equivalents serving in the DoD on or before 30 Sep 2000; contracting officers with authority to award in excess of the SAT serving on or before 30 Sep 2000; as well as members of the Contingency Contracting Force from the requirement for a Baccalaureate degree.
14 Workforce members assigned to the position(s) identified in the Unique Position Training Standards section should meet the training standard(s) identified within 6 months of assignment.
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:
29 A listing of Harvard Business School (HBS) Modules can be found at