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 31,000 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 goods and services at the speed of relevance to the Warfighter.

Back-to-Basics Acquisition Workforce Transformation

Restructuring of the Certification Program for the Contracting Functional Area
dated February 17, 2021

Back-to-Basics Implementation
(PD/ASD(A), PTDO of USD(A&S)), dated February 4, 2021

Defense Acquisition Workforce Leadership Team (December 10, 2020) Meeting Minutes - Back-to-Basics Implementation
dated December 21, 2020

Back-to-Basics for the Defense Acquisition Workforce
(USD(A&S), dated September 2, 2020)

Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce - Functional Area Reassessment
(USD(A&S), dated January 29, 2019)

Contracting Competency Model

The new DoD Contracting Competency Model 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.

DoD Contracting Competency Model Narrative 2020

The DoD Contracting Competency Model is posted on the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) i-Catalog Certification Guide at:

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
(PD, DPC, signed September 3, 2020)

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