Contract Policy - Workforce Development

As the Functional Leader for the DoD Contracting community, the Principal Director, DPC, is responsible for leading the development of the workforce certification standards for the 33,000 contracting professionals in acquisition-coded positions, in compliance with the DoDI 5000.66, “Defense Acquisition Workforce, Education, Training, Experience, and Career Development Program.” Training and professional development for a highly skilled contracting workforce is essential for achieving the National Defense Strategy’s first line of effort - To Build a More Lethal Force - capable of delivering products and services at the speed of relevance for the defense mission.

Back-to-Basics Acquisition Workforce Transformation

On 31 August 2021, the A&S Human Capital Initiatives office posted the following announcement: The planned implementation of Back-to-Basics (BtB), which modernizes the defense acquisition workforce certification framework, was originally targeted to start on October 1, 2021. The targeted implementation date of October 1, 2021 is revised to February 1, 2022. This change provides additional time to fully implement BtB improvements for the defense acquisition workforce.

DAU Back-to-Basics website (includes Contracting Functional Area webpage)

Transition Plan for the DoD Contracting Professional Certification Program

Defense Acquisition Credential Program


January 2022

Back-to-Basics Fact Sheet for the Contracting Functional Area

October 7, 2021

DAU FY21-22 Training Crosswalk for the Contracting Functional Area

October 13, 2021

Restructuring of the Certification Program for the Contracting Functional Area


February 17, 2021

Back-to-Basics Implementation


February 4, 2021

Back-to-Basics for the Defense Acquisition Workforce


September 2, 2020

Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce - Functional Area Reassessment


January 29, 2019

Contracting Competency Model

The DoD Contracting Competency Model, published in June 2020, is based on the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Contract Management Standard™ (reference ANSI/NCMA ASD 1-2019), and satisfies section 861 of the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act requirement to use standards developed by a third party accredited program.

The DoD Contracting Competency Model is posted on the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Website

The DoD Contracting Competency Model Narrative was developed by the Contracting Certification Taskforce and is based on the NCMA Publication (reference ANSI/NCMA ASD 1-2019).

Policy Memos

Elimination of the 24-Semester Credit Business Hour Qualification Requirement for Contracting Positions


September 3, 2020