The AAP provides Acquisition Professionals and those associated with the DoD acquisition process an education resource for achieving DAWIA Level III Certification in Program Management with no student travel. This program is funded by the student’s parent command, and is designed to accommodate professionals who are unable to travel away from the office for weeks of education. Schedules are coordinated with sponsoring commands, avoiding conflicts with major projects and deadlines.
The Advanced Acquisition Program must be sponsored in full by a federal organization. Courses are offered to both military and federal civilians. Undergraduate degree is preferred.
Delivery mode: non-resident
Entry dates can be at the beginning of any quarter throughout an academic year (January, April, July, or October).
Organizations interested in sponsoring courses must have a standards-based H.320- compatible system with a dial-up network capability at 384Kbps (3 ISDN lines).
This program is funded by the student’s parent command (any federal organization), and is designed to accommodate professionals who are unable to travel away from the office for weeks of education. Schedules are coordinated with sponsoring commands, avoiding conflicts with major projects and deadlines. While the three phases of the program must be completed in sequence, there is no requirement to complete them in a one-year time frame.
About the course:
The AAP is conducted on-site in three phases: Students attend a VTC class originating from NPS during their first quarter, followed by a series of five one-week classes taught on-site over the following two quarters, then a final capstone class taught via VTC from NPS in the fourth quarter. These three phases as depicted on the right. The small blocks represent one year of 52 weeks.
Phase I: Concentrates on the Acquisition and Program Management breadth, addressing teaming through the Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD), the project cycle through the DoD 5000 series phases and milestones, and integrated systems development through the Systems Engineering Process (SEP). Students who have completed ACQ101, 201, and PMT250 can skip this phase.
Phase II: Provides in-depth study of Test & Evaluation, Software Acquisition Management,Contracting & Business Financial Management, Manufacturing and Quality, and Acquisition Logistics.
Phase III: Concentrates on Program Leadership through examination of case studies from actual Defense systems, IPT exercises, and application & written analysis of program management concepts.
Past sponsors have included:
- US Army Tank Automotive Command, Warren, MI
- US Army Soldier Support Center, Natick, MA
- US Navy Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI
- US Navy Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VA
If your organization is sponsoring the course, you will need to complete an NPS application via the online NPS Application Management System. Select Program 211. You should have received information regarding the correct start Academic Year and Quarter. If you are your organization’s representative and are interested in having your organization sponsor the AAP program, please contact;
Contact the Program Manager:
John T. Dillard, firstname.lastname@example.org