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Advanced Acquisition Program (AAP)

(Curriculum 211)

Providing a flexible, on-customer-site alternative for education and training qualifications in Defense Acquisition.

The Advanced Acquisition Program (AAP) is a graduate-level certificate program providing an in-depth acquisition and program management education. Successful students will earn 19.5 graduate credit hours towards a master’s degree. Many students are selected to move on to the master of science and program management (MSPM) degree.

The Advanced Acquisition Program (AAP) at a Glance:

Phase I: Acquisition and Program Management (a broad view).
Phase II: In-depth study of Test & Evaluation, Software Acquisition Management, Contracting & Business Financial Management, Manufacturing and Quality, and Acquisition Logistics.
Phase III: Program Leadership and Control through examination of case studies from actual Defense systems, IPT exercises, and analysis of program management concepts.

Certificate:

  • 12-month, distance learning graduate certificate program
  • Part-time, non-resident
  • Applicable credits towards NPS master’s degree programs and other continuing education requirements

While the three phases must be completed in sequence, there is no requirement to complete them in the normal one-year time frame (four academic quarters).

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Certification

The AAP provides Acquisition Professionals and those associated with the DoD acquisition process an education resource for achieving almost all Acquisition and Functional Training for the core competency certification standards of DAWIA Level III in Program Management—with no quotas or student travel. This program is funded by the student’s parent command by cohorts of up to 30 students at a time, 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.

Eligibility:

The Advanced Acquisition Program must be sponsored in full by a federal organization with a cost of around $250,000 per cohort of up to 30 participants. Courses are offered to both military and federal civilians. Undergraduate degree is preferred.

Delivery Mode

Non-resident, via VTE or WebCam and on customer site as well

Entry Dates

Entry dates can be at the beginning of any quarter throughout an academic year (January, April, July, or October).

Technology

For any VTE courses, which is strictly optional as a mode of delivery, organizations 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.

The AAP is conducted on-site in three phases: Students attend a VTE or WebCam class originating from NPS during their first quarter, followed by a series of five one-week classes taught on-customer-site over the following two quarters, then a final capstone class taught via VTE or WebCam from NPS in the fourth quarter. 

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, PMT251/257, EVM101 and BCF103 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 and Control through examination of case studies from actual Defense systems, IPT exercises, and application & written analysis of program management concepts.

DoD students may earn:

  • Up to 195 hours of Continuous Learning under the USD (AT&L) Continuous Learning Program (CLP)
  • 31.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU)
  • 6.33 Business Credits toward the requirement for 24 for the GS-1102 series

The combined courses are currently equivalent to Defense Acquisition University’s ACQ101, ACQ202/203, PMT251/257, EVM101, BCF103, CON121, 124, 127, TST204, EVM263, IRM101, LOG103 and PMT352A/B.

Past sponsors have included:

  • US Navy Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI
  • US Army Tank Automotive Command, Warren, MI
  • US Army Soldier Support Center, Natick, MA
  • 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.

Academic associate: John T. Dillard, jtdillar@nps.edu