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The Department of Defense (DoD) modernized the implementation of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) to a 21st Century talent management framework. The initiative significantly streamlines the certification framework and re-focuses training resources for the Defense Acquisition Workforce.


The DoD’s response to DAWIA, a three-tiered certification program, proved to be a powerful tool in the overall professionalization of the workforce. For more than thirty years, training was a one-size-fits-all approach and delivered early in an individual’s career. DoD reevaluated training to foster a culture of lifelong learning for current and future acquisition professionals. Changes to DAWIA certification standards took effect February 1, 2022. Use the below checklists to ensure you are informed and up-to-date.

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Back-to-Basics Resources

View Functional Area memos, briefings, certification crosswalks (including training), and fact sheets related to Back-to-Basics. 

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Functional Area Opportunities

Learn more about certification training and continuous learning opportunities for each functional area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to the most common questions about the Back-to-Basics initiative.

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Certification Eligibility Tool

Check your eligibility for certification by answering a few questions about your experience and training.

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