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Accession Number ADA564350
Title How Acquisition Training Has Changed Since We Were Certified.
Publication Date Aug 2011
Media Count 5p
Personal Author S. Minnich W. Gleason
Abstract When the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) was enacted in the early 1990s, we both had many years of acquisition experience as federal employees. In the early days of DAWIA, many people, especially those with at least 5-10 years of experience, were 'grandfathered' into their career field through the fulfillment process. Basically, we provided justification as to why we already had the requisite knowledge for our respective career field, got our justification approved, and received our Level III certifications. Many others got their DAWIA certifications by taking just a few courses. These courses were typically 'death by viewgraph' and involved minimal student participation. The only requirement for graduation was to attend class. Over the years, not only have the certification requirements become more rigorous, the classes also have evolved. This article is a follow-up to 'Acquisition Training: A Lifelong Process' (Defense AT&L, May-June 2010). We intend to focus primarily on explaining today's level of material coverage, level of participation, and level of testable knowledge in Defense Acquisition University acquisition and program management courses. We will describe how the courses have changed over time and discuss the need to view these courses as an essential part of career development. Courses have transitioned from lecture- based learning to more interactive, exercise-based learning where students must demonstrate critical thinking skills to solve acquisition problems. These changes drive an increased need for students to come to class fully prepared and ready to engage. Other changes include the expansion of available formats. Students can now download podcasts or take continuous learning modules anytime, anywhere there is an Internet connection. Rapid deployment training and targeted training opportunities also are available to keep organizations current with the latest process changes and to meet organization-specific training needs.
Keywords Career development
Certification requirements
Computer aided instruction
Continuous learning courses
Critical thinking skills
Decision making
Defense acquisition training
Defense acquisition university
Defense acquisition workforce improvement act
Department of defense
Military procurement
Online courses
Personnel development
Problem solving
Project management
Rapid deployment training
Student participation
Targeted training

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
70D - Personnel Management, Labor Relations & Manpower Studies
88D - Personnel
92A - Job Training & Career Development
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Defense Acquisition Univ., Fort Belvoir, VA.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note Journal article.
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number N/A

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