Policy/Guidance

What are the semester hour requirements for business credit hours to be admitted into the DAC?

The 12/24 rule pertains to the Defense Acquisition Corps Membership to document a specific number of semester credit hours in a business field. The read is that you do not have to "transcript" the 12 hours; you can just use the ACQ recommended equivalency credits as if they showed up on a transcript. The basis is discussed at the link above, but it all centers around the interpretation of the words "or equivalent training as prescribed by the Secretary of Defense to ensure proficiency in the disciplines listed above" from the law. Since this does not reference that the credits must come from an accredited institute of higher learning, the ACE recommendations can be used. By contrast, the rules for evaluating the 24 semester hours required for 1102s uses slightly different language that ends up requiring the credits to be transcripted.

The law uses different words for 1102s - "completed at least 24 semester credit hours or the equivalent of study from an accredited institution of higher education in any of the disciplines...". Because of the reference to the institute of higher learning, this statement does not leave the door open for using the ACE recommendations without getting them on a transcript. Check out this reference at: http://icatalog.dau.mil/learning/appi_req.aspx , then see 3rd bullet that reads "ACE (American Council on Education) does not grant or award college credit for courses. They do, however; recommend credit hours for many courses sponsored by DoD Service Schools and organizations to include the Defense Acquisition University, other government agencies, and business and industry. These credit recommendations cannot be used to meet education requirements. To be acceptable, the ACE recommended credits must be matriculated (accepted) by a regionally accredited academic institution and appear on a (college or university) transcript."

What is the DAU?

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU), a 4th Estate agency, was established by the Department of Defense (DoD). DAU serves as a strategic tool in providing a global learning environment to develop qualified acquisition, requirements, and contingency professionals who deliver and sustain effective and affordable warfighting capabilities.

How do I know my DAWIA Certification requirements?

The Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition positions are currently grouped into 14 acquisition career fields. Most career fields are divided into three (3) certification levels for purposes of establishing standards and qualifications: Level 1 - Basic or entry level; Level 2 - Intermediate or Journeymen level; Level 3 - Advanced or Senior level. Refer to the link below to review certification requirements for each career field & certification level.

How is a student's priority set for DAU training registration?

  • Provide tools that automate career management functions
  • Anticipate Acquisition Workforce (AWF) needs
  • Provide accurate/current data
  • Secure and optimize resources to mature and empower the civilian acquisition workforce members
  • Serve the acquisition CAEs across the 4th Estate community

If 4th Estate is CAP Met for a course, can a Quota Manager make a reservation if there are 4th Estate quotas still available?

No. Being CAP Met blocks any additional reservations from being made.

What was ACQTAS?

The Acquisition Training Application System, or ACQTAS, was the original 4th Estate training application system, which was sunset in August, 2018.

What is course capacity for DAU training (CAP)?

  • One definition refers to the maximum number of student reservations allowed by Quota Source. CAP is designed to prevent any one Quota Source, for example, the Army, Navy, Air Force, 4th Estate, from acquiring more than a determined share of seats. CAP is allocated to each service and the 4th Estate for specific DAU courses.
  • The second definition refers to an individual's coded position, that is, a subset of the Acquisition Workforce positions, designated by the Component Acquisition Executive (CAE), based on the criticality of that position to the acquisition program, effort, or function.

What is DAWIA?

The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) -- passed in 1990 -- requires the Secretary of Defense, acting through the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) to have established education and training standards, requirements, and courses for the civilian and military acquisition workforce.

What is the "4th Estate"?

The 4th Estate includes all agencies in the Department of Defense that are not a military branch or a combatant command. From defense health to logistical support, agencies within the 4th Estate provide acquisition functions for the entire DoD. Acquisition involves the purchase of weapons and other systems, supplies or servcies to satisfy DoD needs and support military missions. Personnel within the 4th Estate are vital enablers of mission success. For their part, the 4th Estate office invests in the career development of more than 28,000 civilian acquisition workforce members.

What policy governs the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce?

The DoD Directive, the Defense Acquisition Workforce Education, Training, Experience, and Career Development Program -- more commonly referred to as "DoDI 5000.66", last updated 27 July 2018, is the policy that governs the DoD Acquisition Workforce. Plus include Desk Guide.

Why is CAP important?

If the 4th Estate is allocated 20 quotas in a course and only used 15, all 20 allocated quotas will be counted towards the 4th Estate CAP. This means the 4th Estate will reach its CAP Met % quicker AND that not all 4th Estate students may be able to register for a needed course.

TIP: If you have a reservation in a CAP course and will not be able to attend, remember to cancel as early as possible. If you have questions, contact your Training Coordinator or Quota Manager as he/she may be able to substitute another 4th Estate student in place of your reservation. This will not negatively affect 4th Estate's CAP. However, if a reservation is cancelled within 65 days of a Class Report Date and there is a waitlist, 4th Estate will lose that quota and report negatively in subsequent reports.

DAU Training

What browser works best in DATMS?

IE11 & Chrome work best. Firefox is not supported. In some cases, for example, uploading Defense Acquisition Corps (DAC) documents, Edge works.

Once you have completed the DAWIA Certification requirements, including training, education, and experience criteria:

  • Login to DATMS (https://www.atrrs.army.mil/DATMS), with your CAC.
  • Navigate to Manage Career | My Certification Requests.
  • Click the "New Certification Request" link and follow the instructions.
  • Once completed, click the "Submit" button to forward the request through your agency's workflow.

What are CLPs?

Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) are points awarded for scucessful completion of Continuous Learning activities and are required for members of the Defense Acquisition Workfroce. Generally speaking, 10 CLPs translates to 1 CEU and 1 CLP translates to 1 "contact hour" (or "sit time"). Acquisition Workforce members are required to meet the mandatory requirement to earn 80 CLPs every two years. Make sure we link to the guide.

What is DATMS?

The Defense Acquisition Talent Management System (DATMS) is a module of the Army Training Requirements & Resources System (ATRRS). DATMS enables the 4th Estate agencies to facilitate and manage progress towards acquisition objectives. It provides the capabilities to manage Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Certification, Defense Acquisition Corps Membership, and Continuous Learning compliance. The system also manages the registration process for training, issuance of the associated travel funding, and provides processes to formalize the recognition of fulfilled and equivalent training. The DATMS reporting module provides a comprehensive set of reports enabling managers to retrieve both summary and detail data about their employees.

Where can I view a list of training courses?

The DAU interactive catalog (iCatalog) is an online resource that provides information about the various foundational learning products that are offered by DAU. The iCatalog includes detailed course descriptions andinformaton regarding course length/duration, course schedules, assigned course credit, e.g., CLPs, course objectives, and replacemets for predecessor courses and enrollment prerequisite requirements. It also lists infomraiton about DAWIA Certification requirements, to include infomration about educational and experiential standards and how to obtain credit on your DAU transcript for equivalent courses completed through different educational institutions.

How do I register for a DAU online course?

There are several options available:

Option 1. Via DATMS

  • Login to https://www.atrrs.army.mil/datms, with your CAC.
  • Select Manage Career | New Training Request.
  • Click the DAU Virtual Campus link.
  • Respond to the security messages and enter your username/password or CAC credentials to login to DAU.
  • Click the Apply for Online Training link.
  • Locate and select the course.
  • Click the Request button. Once registered, you will have immediate access to launch your course.

Option 2. Via 4th Estate Website

  • Navigate to http://www.doddacm.mil.
  • Click the DATMS link located in the top right.
  • Login with your CAC.
  • Navigate to Manage Career | New Training Request.
  • Click the DAU Virtual Campus link.
  • Respond to the security messages and enter your username/password or CAC credentials to login to DAU.
  • Click the Apply for Online Training link.
  • Locate and select the course.
  • Click the Request button. Once registered, you will have immediate access to launch your course.

Option 3. Via CSOD (Cornerstone on Demand)

  • Navigate to https://dau.csod.com.
  • Respond to the security messages and enter your username/password or CAC credentials to login.
  • Click the Apply for Online Training link.
  • Locate and select the course.
  • Click the Request button. Once registered, you will have immediate access to launch your course.

What are the major improvements to the DAU "New" Virtual Campus?

The September 2018 Virtual Campus release includes major improvements, including:

  • New Interface: The updated virtual campus makes it easier to find and register for online training.
  • Personal Profile: You can create and edit your personal profile to receive information on topics you're interested in. The system will start recommending training based on your preferences.
  • Fast Registration: Registering for online training through the virtual campus gives you immediate access to your course.
  • Search: The improved search capability helps you find training in all career fields and topic areas to broaden your knowledge base.
  • Support Communities: Many courses will have an associated online community where you ask questions and receive expert answers.
  • No Completion Deadlines: You no longer have to complete your online courses within 60 days. Once you are registered, you can take as long as you need to complete the training.

How do I access an online course after enrolling?

To access your DAU online course,

  • Navigate to https://dau.csod.com
  • Click the "I Accept" button if you agree to the DoD Warning Banner content.
  • Login with your DAU username and password or your SmartCard/CAC
  • Use the "Quick Links" to view and open your courses or, in the "Your Training" section, click the "Open Curriculum" for the course you want to work in.

Can I use DATMS to register for DAU courses from home?

You must be in a .mil environment to access DATMS to register for DAU training. However, if you are VPNing from home, you should be able to access DATMS with your CAC.

How do I register for a DAU resident course?

  • Login to https://www.atrrs.army.mil/datms, with your CAC.
  • Select Manage Career | New Training Request.
  • In the Search field, enter the name of the course you wish to register for.
  • Follow the training request steps for a resident course.
  • Click the Submit button to start your Agency's approval process. In most cases, your supervisor will make a recommendation/disapproval and your agency's Quota Manager or Final Approval Authority will make the final decision.

What do I do if I get an error message or can't access DATMS?

If you encounter connectivity-related error messages when attempting ot access DATMS, you may need to update the security certificates associated with your computer. Refer to the link below for step-by-step instructions on how to install a PKI certificate.

When I try to login to DAU to register for online training, I get a "your password is expired" message

Periodically, all DAU accounts need to be updated -- regardless whether you login in with a username and password or your Common Access Card (CAC). If you receive an "expired" password message, please contact the DAU Help Desk for next steps. You will receive two emails from them -- one will contain a password and the second will contain an explanation.

Who do I contact for technical support?

  • For DATMS questions, for example, how do I apply for certification; how do I apply for training -- contact the DATMS Help Desk: 703-645-0161 or datmshelp@asmr.com from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Eastern) Monday-Friday.
  • For DAU online course questions, for example, how do I access my online course -- contact the DAU Help Desk at 703-805-3459 or 866-568-6924 or DAUHelp@dau.mil from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) Monday-Friday.

How do I login to DATMS?

There are several options available:

Option 1. Direct URL

  • Insert your Common Access Card (CAC) into the reader attached to your workstation/laptop.
  • Navigate to https://www.atrrs.army.mil/datms and click "Sign In".
  • Select a valid DoD ID CA certificate from the "Choose a digital certificate" pop-up and click the "OK" button.
  • Enter your Person Identification Number (PIN) in the "PIN" field and click "OK".
  • Click the "Sign in" button.
  • Select a valid DoD ID CA certificate from the "Select a certificate" pop-up and click the "OK" button.

Option 2: From the 4th Estate Website

  • Insert your Common Access Card (CAC) into the reader attached to your workstation/laptop.
  • Navigate to http://www.doddacm.mil/
  • Click the "DATMS" link located at the top right of the screen.
  • Enter your Personal Identification Number (PIN) in the "PIN" field and click the "OK" button.
  • Click the "Sign in" button.
  • Select a valid DoD ID CA certificate from the "Select a certificate" pop-up and click the "OK" button.

Talent Management

What is the 4th Estate Leadership & Talent Management Portfolio?

Managing employees' talent is critical to achieve success in an organization. The 4th Estate Leadership & Talent Management Portfolio provides opportunities for career development and management of the Defense Acquisition Workforce. These opportunities include a variety of programs/courses from leadership to communication to technical skill enhancements.

How do I sign-up for a leadership/talent management course in DATMS?

  • For courses managed by the 4th Estate, login to https://www.atrrs.army.mil/datms, with your CAC.
  • Select Manage Career | New Training Request.
  • In the Search field, enter the name of the leadership course (e.g., ALCP I) you wish to register for
  • Follow the training request steps for a resident course.
  • Click the Submit button.

NOTE: Applicants must be acquisition-coded workforce members and have met their primary acquisition career field certification and continuous learning requirements.

Where do I find my DAU transcript?

DAU provides access to unofficial and official DAU transcripts for all courses completed after 1993.

  • Login to https://dau.csod.com with your DAU username and password or your CAC.
  • From the CSOD welcome/home page, click the Request Official DAU Transcript link.
  • In the DAU Transcript Management system, click the Logon button.
  • Select the appropriate button, e.g., Request Unofficial Transcripts, Request Official Transcript, Manage My Transcript Requests, etc.
  • Click the Submit button.

NOTE: Official transcripts must be sent to an educational institution or agency. If you need a transcript for personal use, select the "unofficial" transcript, which can be printed from your local printer. Official transcripts take approximately two (2) business days to process.