Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA)

The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (1990) requires the Department of Defense to establish education and training standards, requirements, and courses for the civilian and military workforce. Statutory language covering the Defense Acquisition Workforce is contained in United States Code (USC), Title 10, Chapter 87.

T&E Certification Standards

The links below connect to the DAU Certification Standards (the acquisition training, functional training, education requirements, and experience required for DAWIA certification)  and Core Plus Development (desired training, education, and experience) pages.

T&E Competency Model

T&E Courses

Defense Acquisition Career Management

Key Leadership Positions (KLPs)

Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAP) and Major Automated Information System (MAIS) (Acquisition Category (ACAT) I and lA) programs are required to fill selected positions (KLPs) with properly qualified members of the Armed Forces or full-time employees of the Department of Defense (DoD).  KLPs have tenure obligations, require Defense Acquisition Corps membership, and Level III Certification.  KLPs are filled by O-5/O-6 military personnel or GS-14/15 (or higher) civilian personnel.  The Chief Developmental Tester (CDT) is the program T&E position designated as a KLP.

The T&E KLP Qualification Board is chaired by the DASD(DT&E).  Test and Evaluation Executives from the Services and Defense Agencies will evaluate each KLP Qualification Board applicant and determine whether the candidate is deemed qualified to serve in a KLP as a CDT.  Applicants must meet the minimum education, training, and experience requirements set forth by the OUSD(AT&L) memo, Key Leadership Positions and Qualification Criteria, November 8. 2013.  Additionally, applicants must meet CDT Specific Functional Requirements.  Although, candidates may be deemed qualified by the board, it does not approve personnel for particular positions nor guarantee job placement; rather it creates a pool of qualified personnel for Acquisition leadership to consider in talent management and succession planning.

The call for applications is typically made in August and the board convenes in December.  Contact your Defense Acquisition Career Management (DACM) office if you are interested in applying.

Additional KLP information can be found on the DoD Human Capital Initiatives website -

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