Recently I've seen CMQ classes appearing in DAU. Are the new classes meant to bridge the gap between the Contracting community and Mx community requirements? Also will there be a COR or CMQ certification in the future?
Ok, great question! Let me tackle the CMQ courses aspect first and then I’ll address your concerns about a proper QASP perspective.
All of our DAU classroom or distance learning courses that start with “CM” (CMQ, CMA, CMM and CMS) are from our College of Contract Management (CCM) which was established in October 2011. On line learning modules associated with CCM are “CLX” modules.
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Their charter is to enhance the skills of the workforce within the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). Course and online learning asset design, development and fielding started in Fiscal Year 2014 and will continue. This curriculum focuses on contract management functional areas such as: contract administration, pricing, quality assurance, industrial manufacturing, earned value management, software engineering, engineering technical support to pricing and aircraft operations.
CCM training is predominantly designed for Defense Acquisition Workforce personnel in DCMA such as GS 1910 Quality Assurance Representatives who actually go into contractor facilities and conduct surveillance; it is not designed for our typical CORs. It would be very rare that a DoD COR would ever require this type of training in order to properly monitor a service contract. Another reason is that we rarely if ever have our CORs do any in process surveillance or inspection at a contractor’s facility because that is DCMA’s job.
That said, if the COR truly was assigned because of their subject matter expertise and the contract(s) they are monitoring are for complex maintenance or manufacturing being done on a government installation (i.e. base, camp or post) then there’s a chance these individuals would benefit from the CCM curriculum. In your situation, if you are an AF QAS for aircraft maintenance there’s a chance some of this training could be beneficial to, or augment, the formal USAF training and OJT your receive.
Our iCatalog (http://icatalog.dau.mil/) will tell you the target audience for each of these CCM courses and learning modules.
Regarding your question on COR Certification: Unlike our civilian agency counterparts, DoD does not have (nor planning to implement) a COR certification program per se. In other words, you will not get a certificate that says “I am a COR Level I, II, or III” etc. In DoD a COR is certified at the contract or order level through a letter of designation (LOD) from the Contracting Officer. In order to get that LOD, the nominated COR must meet certain training and experience requirements. The training and experience requirements depend on whether or not the item or service being contracted for is a Type A, B or C requirement.
See Appendix C in the DoD COR HDBK, located at https://acc.dau.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=526586
In reviewing AFI 21-101, it is hard to determine where, why and how this could make defending a QASP problematic?? It appears it would be just the opposite as this clearly defines roles, responsibilities and other requirements. We will talk to you offline about this.