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Type of Assignment  Representative Activities
CIO Office  Interprets, evaluates, and develops policies and/or influences laws/regulations for: 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)  Interprets, evaluates, and/or develops: 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  Interprets, evaluates, and/or develops: 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 None Required
 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.
  ISA 301  Advanced Enterprise Information Systems Acquisition (R)
  ISA 320  Advanced Program Information Systems Acquisition (R)
 Education Formal education not required for certification
 Experience 4 years of information technology or software-intensive systems acquisition experience

Core Plus Development Guide (desired training, education, and experience) Type of Assignment
Training CIO Off CDA PO/Fld Act
  BFM 0020 Program Execution  
  BFM 0050 Planning, Programming, Budgeting & Execution    
  CLC 040 Predictive Analysis and Scheduling    
  CLC 047 Contract Negotiation Techniques    
  CLE 021 Technology Readiness Assessments    
  CLM 072 Data Management Strategy Development
  CLM 073 Data Management Planning System
  CLM 077 Data Management Protection and Storage
  CLR 151 Analysis of Alternatives
  ENG 202 Applied Systems Engineering in Defense Acquisition, Part II (R)  
  ENG 350 Advanced Technical Leadership (R)
  LOG 0080 Designing for Supportability in DoD Systems  
  LOG 104 Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability (RAM)  
  LOG 200 Product Support Strategy Development, Part A    
  PMT 0140 Team Management and Leadership
  PMT 0170 Risk Management
  PMT 257V Program Management Tools Course, Part II  
  PMT 3550 Program Management Office Course, Part A  
 Master’s degree, preferably with a major in computer science, information systems management, business administration, cybersecurity or a related field
 4 years of information technology acquisition experience (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: