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Continuous Learning Policy

In September 2002, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) signed the "Continuous Learning Policy for the Department of Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Workforce (DoD AT&LWF)" to facilitate continual professional growth and development. The DoD AT&L Workforce is required to participate in meaningful continuous learning activities in order to stay current and proficient in their functional discipline, AT&L initiatives areas, and leadership and management skills. The policy requires DoD AT&L Workforce personnel to accumulate 80 hours of continuous learning points every 2 years. Complete information on the continuous learning policy and guidance can be found at the Defense Acquisition University Continuous Learning Center site.

Although there are many ways to accumulate continuous learning points, one way is to complete continuous learning modules (CLMs) through the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) website. CLMs are accessible through DAU’s Continuous Learning Module site. The site provides information on the specific modules for all career fields, including the ENG and PQM career fields.

New or additional CLM requirements are identified by each Functional Leader, with assistance from their Functional Integrated Product Team (FIPT), and the modules are then developed in partnership with DAU. The CLMs provide current technical and policy-related information to supplement the content provided in certification courses.

Specialty Engineering Training

DASD(SE) supports the development of specialty engineering training specific to the acquisition workforce members in conjunction with DAU and the other acquisition career fields in a wide range of specialty areas. These areas include, but are not limited to, Reliability and Maintainability (R&M); Systems Security Engineering, including Program Protection Planning (PPP); Software, Modeling and Simulation (M&S); Production, Manufacturing, and Quality(PQM); Human Systems Integration (HSI); and Value Engineering. By actively engaging with DAU, DASD(SE) ensures that appropriate and up-to-date training material is available for the ENG and PQM workforces. As these courses become available, they will be added to the Certification Standards or Core Plus Development Guide for the appropriate career field.