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White graduation cap icon BCE 2160  Application of Operating and Support Cost

Application of Operating and Support Cost

This Online Training (OLT) course covers the basic concepts and methodologies needed to develop operating and support (O&S) cost estimates. Emphasis is on the cost estimating techniques that are more commonly used in an O&S estimate, while leveraging those that are widely used across DoD system life cycle cost (LCC) estimates. Students will focus on understanding how system technical characteristics, operating concepts, and support concepts may influence cost estimates across the O&S Cost Estimating Structure (CES). The course includes addressing a range of DoD systems as focused scenarios so that students can create, justify, and document CES specific O&S estimates. Emphasis is placed on the data, analyses, formulas, and calculations as applicable to DoD systems across primarily the O&S phase, but also those considerations for the Demilitarization & Disposal (D&D) phase.


See this course's concept card notes for recommended prerequisite.



Early and mid-career Cost Estimating professionals and mid- to late-career Logisticians. Also, anyone who is involved either directly or indirectly with the cost (and funding) challenges associated with the usage, maintenance and serviceability of DoD military systems.


Recommended Prerequisite:
  • BCE 0020 Operations & Support Cost Data Science. This course provides insights into some key O&S cost data sources and data analysis techniques that can be utilized.
Additional Information:
  • Any exams in this course must be passed with a minimum score of 80%.
  • There is no time limit for completing this course.
  • After completing the course, please be sure to complete the survey at the end.
  • The CLPs assigned to this learning activity may be used to meet professional certification and/or licensure requirements (PDUs/CPE credits).