Here is a post that I hope is helpful to others out there who can be paralyzed from taking action to getting professional acquisition certifications. What is the official name and background of this program? The official name is the Acquisition Professional Development Program. The Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) promotes the development and sustainment of a professional acquisition workforce in the Air Force. It is DoD wide. You need it because certain jobs will require you to have it. Good acquisition organizations take this seriously, because it is an easy way to weed folks out from future jobs.
Where are the best places for information? Here are the links I found useful:
- AF acquisition careers You can find an overview of the program and the useful sites here.
- What are the requirements for each level?Follow the guidelines for your discipline here: dap.dau.mil.
- How do I know what level I am? Go to Acquisition Career Management System but you might need to go to (afpc secure ) first. The purpose is to go to My Civilian APDP Record and
- Where do I sign up for courses?here
- What is the continuous learning requirement? 80 points over two years.
What is the road ahead for me? I have a level 3 certification due date of 2014-06-03. My acquistion position is “ACQUISITION POSITION NOTCRITICAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL” and my position title is that I am a “GENERAL ENGINEER”.
What classes have I completed? 2013-11-05 SYS 101 GRADUATED 2012-08-24 CON 115 GRADUATED 2012-07-25 PMT 251 GRADUATED 2012-06-28 SAM 101 GRADUATED 2003-08-01 TST 101 GRADUATED 2003-04-18 ACQ 201B GRADUATED 2003-02-21 ACQ 201A GRADUATED 2001-12-28 ACQ 101 GRADUATED Latest continuous learning points are from: 2012-08-24 34.0 CON 115. How can I get more continous learning points? (It looks like there is a whole web site on this. I’m going to focus on getting the courses done for L2 SPRDE-SYSTEMS ENGINEER, and hope that gets me more than enough CL points.)
Continuous Learning Status My status is “CURRENT”. My last suspense was 2012-07-25 (for what?) POINTS TO DATE: 34 (what does this mean?) SUSPENSE: 2014-07-25 (this requires attention — what does that mean)
Current plan? I need to take the following: * Log 103 * Sys 101 (just as a pre-req) * Sys 202 * Sys 203 * CLE 003
Welcome TIMOTHY - here is a summary of your progress toward earning 80 Continuous Learning points (CLPs) every 24 months: The Personnel System shows that you are in an Acquisition Coded position, and you are required to earn 80 CL points within 24 months. Currently, your CL suspense date is: 7/25/2014 ACQNow CL points earned this period: 34 Points needed: 46 If you do not have any upcoming CL events scheduled, you might consider the following methods of earning points to help you meet the goal: - a DAU Web based course (click here) - a DAU Continuous Learning Module (click here) - an AFIT Module (click here)
What/where is a list of different types of certification levels you can get?
- Systems Engineering
- Financial Management
- Program Management
- Information Technology
- Scientific Research and Development
- Test and Evaluation
- Production, Manufacturing & Quality Assurance
So I need to get certified in Systems Engineering
Level 1 (Done)
- Acq 101 (done)
- Sys 101 (done)
- CLE 001
- CLM 017
- ACQ 201 A/B (done)
- LOG 103 (20 CLP) (working now)
- SYS 202 (9 CLP) (done)
- SYS 203 (36 CLP)
2 Year Experience, BS
- SYS 302
- CLE 012
- CLE 068
4 year experience