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PMT 401 Program Manager's Course

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(Last Modified:01-Oct-2020)


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This course is designed to improve DoD acquisition outcomes by strengthening the analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills of acquisition leaders. Applying the proven doctrine of “train as you fight,” learners analyze acquisition case studies representing contemporary acquisition program challenges and dilemmas; they learn by doing through engagement in experiential based exercises and simulations; they apply a broad cross section of knowledge of the acquisition environment and experience; and they deepen their understanding of acquisition principles and practices through peer and instructor mentoring and coaching. The themes of this course include learning and exercising four frameworks, six program leadership skills and four self and team tools to support improve acquisition outcomes.
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Target Attendees
Level III Program Management career field members who have demonstrated the potential to become major program or project managers. In addition, up to 20% of each offering may be reserved for other high-potential acquisition professionals certified at Level III in career fields other than PM.
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Predecessor Course(s)
Predecessor Predecessor Course Title PDS Code Expires On
None None None None
Course Length
8 weeks
Additional Course Information
Delivery Mode Classroom
Equivalent Courses YES
Availability All
Walk-ins Authorized N/A
Pre-work required N/A
First Offering N/A
ACE Recommended Credits YES
Continuing Education Units   29.1
Continuous Learning Points  291
Reservist Retirement Points  0
Historical Allocations Mouse Over for Past CEU/CLPs
Fulfillment Eligible N/A
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  • All attendees must have a Level III certification.
  • High potential Level III acquisition professionals in career fields other than PM are encouraged to apply through their DACM if they have 4 years of experience in or directly supporting a program office.
  • Minimum Grade Level for Students: GS-14 or equivalent (Civilian); O-5 or selected for promotion to O-5 (Military).
  • ACAT I or II program managers should attend the course prior to beginning their assignment.
  • Industry participants with equivalent PM experience are also sought.
  • PMT 401 is a pre-requisite for PMT 402. This course in combination with PMT 402 satisfies the statutory training required for program executive officers, deputy program executive officers, and program managers (PM)/deputy program managers (DPM) of ACAT I, IA, and II programs. PMs and DPMs should attend this course prior to beginning their assignment.

  • The executive continuum of learning construct was built as EXE-4000, EXE-4050 and then PMT-401; it is recommended senior level learners attend the courses in that order to garner maximum learning benefits.
  • In FY22, both EXE-4000 and EXE-4050 will be pre-requisites for attending PMT-401.
  • Pre-work required / Walk-ins NOT authorized