A Defense Acquisition Credential documents your knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform a DoD acquisition-related function, skill or set of tasks.
DAU issues the credentials on behalf of the Functional Area Leaders (FALs). DAU develops and deploys DoD Acquisition Credentials at the direction of the various FALs.
A credential builds your skills for a new job or add skills as your career evolves. Credentials provide acquisition-related skills. They complement acquisition courses and supplement functional area certification requirements.
At the DoD level, credentials are optional. This does not prevent a supervisor, organization, component or Functional Area Leader from directing that a particular credential become mandatory training for you or a select group of individuals.
Who can earn a credential?
Anyone who has access to the DAU Virtual Campus. Some credentials however, are restricted to only defense acquisition workforce members because the credential includes paid licenses, such as a Coursera which is a third party course. Additionally, some credentials require the completion of a DAU instructor-led course. Priority for attending instructor-led courses still remain with acquisition workforce members.
No. There are no prerequisite requirements to enroll in a credential. However, if the credential requires the completion of a DAU instructor-led course, that particular course requirement may have a prerequisite requirement that must be completed or waived prior to enrollment in the course.
Yes. The DAU course fulfillment and equivalency programs apply to completing DAU course requirements outlined in a credential just as they do for acquisition workforce certifications.
No. DoD wants to ensure you have the most up-to-date information regarding the skill-set a credential supports. If you have completed a predecessor course and feel fluent in the course material, it is recommended that you consider exercising the DAU Course Fulfillment Program through your component.
If you previously completed a third party course that is required for a credential elsewhere, you can be given credit for the completion. You must send a copy of the certificate of completion or other approved documentation from the third party to the DAU Help Desk for review. The course must have been completed within the past twelve months of your request. Upon approval, you will be given credit for the completion in the DAU Virtual Campus..
One year. If after one year, you have not completed the requirements you will be dis-enrolled. You can re-enroll in the credential at any time and will get credit for work previously completed.
How do I demonstrate that I have earned a DoD Acquisition Credential?
DoD Acquisition Credentials earned will appear on your official DAU Transcript, usually within two to three business days after completion.
Yes. All the requirements of a credential will have CLPs associated with the individual requirements as well as the credential itself. You can review the CLPs associated with any particular credential and how points are awarded in the DAU iCatalog or by clicking here.
Yes. The renewal requirements for a credential are separate and distinct from those you completed when you originally earned the credential. All of the renewal requirements must be completed before credit is awarded for the credential.
Yes. Most credentials include a capstone assessment as the final requirement. These assessments are performance based.
No. You must complete all the requirements to earn the credential.
Grading criteria for credential capstone assessments follows the same standards set forth in Part VII of the DAU Student Academic and Administrative Policies and Procedures Handbook. You must achieve at least an 80% or better to pass. Should you fail the capstone assessment more than once or are having difficulty with a capstone assessment, it is recommended that you contact the DAU Help Desk for a referral to a faculty member.
Grading criteria for credential capstone assessments follows the same standards set forth in Part VII of the DAU Student Academic and Administrative Policies and Procedures Handbook.
Do credentials expire?
Yes. All credentials will have an expiration date and will require renewal to ensure currency. Most credentials will expire between three to five years after it has been earned. The expiration date will be listed in the iCatalog. You will also be notified by your email on file 30 and 60 days before your credential expires. You will have six months to meet the renewal requirement. If the renewal requirement is not met, you will no longer have credit for being current with the credential.
No. Credentials supplement your DAWIA certification.
No, DoD is not recognizing any other credentials as equivalent to a Defense Acquisition Credential.
Yes. Based upon requirements established by the Functional Area Leaders, DAU will continue to develop and deploy new DoD Acquisition Credentials to support the needs of the Defense Acquisition Workforce.
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