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Building skills you can use today.

DAU's new Credentials program can provide responsive and timely learning experiences that you can self-select, to grow and deepen your skills. By offering learning in smaller, more job-specific credentials, we aim to help DoD evolve beyond today’s 3-level certification framework and more effectively meet the intent with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA).

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DAU Credentials

What's currently available?

DAU has launched credentials focused on performance in the following areas. Browse the available catalogue to learn more or enroll in a credential below to get started on your journey.

Agile for Acquisition Badge Agile: DoD Team Member

The Agile: DoD Team Member credential is a cross-functional, general purpose credential on the tenets and principles of agile that will provide the owner the knowledge and skills necessary to perform on an Agile Program in the DoD. The credential will explore what it takes to perform a successful agile transformation across an organization...READ MORE

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Digital Engineering Badge Digital Engineering: DoD Consumer

The Digital Engineering: DoD Consumer credential promotes the learning of key Digital Engineering information and perspectives. It establishes how Models, Simulations, and Digital Engineering can be a benefit over the entire system life cycle and how Models, Simulations and Digital Engineering can support Systems Engineering processes...READ MORE

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Services Acquisition badge Services Acquisition Team Member: Non-Acquisition Professional

The purpose of the Services Acquisition Team Member: Non-Acquisition Professional credential is to improve the tradecraft of Services Acquisition by: Developing, on a long-term basis, a highly qualified diverse workforce capable of performing current and future DoD SA functions...READ MORE

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Services Acquisition badge Services Acquisition Team Member: Acquisition Professional

The purpose of the Services Acquisition Team Member: Acquisition Professional credential is to improve the tradecraft of Services Acquisition by: Developing, on a long-term basis, a highly qualified diverse workforce capable of performing current and future DoD SA functions...READ MORE

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Cybersecurity badge Program Protection

The Program Protection credential enhances the acquisition professional’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to program protection challenges through: Providing an understanding of security threats, vulnerabilities, risks, cost-benefit risk trade-offs, and required mitigations for DoD systems...READ MORE

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Data Analytics for DoD Acquisition Managers Badge Data Analytics for DoD Acquisition Managers

This credential trains DoD acquisition professionals to manage data analytics projects. The credential combines commercial online training provided by Johns Hopkins University and IBM with DAU authored DoD specific training...READ MORE

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Risk Management Badge Introduction to Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management

This credential provides an overview of the Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management processes as defined in the “Department of Defense Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management Guide for Defense Acquisition Programs January 2017” and will require students...READ MORE

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Learn More View the Getting Started Guide (PDF)

We want to hear from you!

We're actively engaging with our customers to collect input on which credentials DAU should offer. Whether you've already enrolled in one of our learning pathways, earned a DAU credential, or want to recommend a credential that DAU should offer, we want to hear from you!

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About the Credentials Program

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Why you should earn a DAU Credential.

Earning DAU credentials can provide you knowledge and skills to perform roles or functions in the DoD acquisition environment. They're intended to help you meet emerging needs for specific skills and performance in your workplace. Whether you manage capability requirements, acquire services or systems, or sustain capabilities, earning pertinent credentials can build your competence and confidence.

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Why is DAU offering credentials now?

Customer feedback -- you seek learning that is closer to the moment of need, and that offers more than knowledge. You want skills to enhance your job performance. DAU's credentialing program provides responsive and timely learning experiences you can self-select, to grow and deepen skills.

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What's different about a DAU Credential?

DAU's credentials will complement, not duplicate other credentialing programs. DAU's credentials will help you acquire skills specific to the DoD acquisition workplace. Some DAU credentials will integrate external commercial content providing a well-balanced set of knowledge and skills to the DoD acquisition workforce.

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Should I earn credentials?

Specialized credentials build skills when you start a job or as a job evolves. They influence your performance throughout your career. Credentials, coupled with other learning resources, will expand your professional skills and open new career paths. In the future, some acquisition jobs may even require selected credentials.

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How will I view my credentials?

Your DAU transcript will include your credentials. Credentials are also viewed in unofficial transcripts in the DAU Virtual Campus/Cornerstone on Demand. DAU is evaluating using the Open Badge Standard, to enable future credential portability.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Still curious about what the DAU Credentials Program has to offer?
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page in our Help Center to find out more!

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The Credentials program is expanding.
Check back frequently for new credentials and additional information on our program!