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Contract Specialist  
#1 Posted : Thursday, June 10, 2010 8:14:52 AM(UTC)
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Over the past month I have had several interviews for Contract Specialist. I am very thankful for that. I was not offered any of the positions that I interviewed for. I will wait my turn until the Universe decided the time is right.   

 

 However, I followed-up with the hiring officials and was told that I have the kind of education (MBA) and experience (7 years contract experience in the private and public sector) they were looking for.  Also, I was told that preference was given to those who have DAWIA Certification which I can’t receive because I am not a Federal Employee.  

 

Can someone share some insight as to become more competitive in the hiring process without DAWIA certification?

 

martyb  
#2 Posted : Friday, June 11, 2010 8:46:43 AM(UTC)
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I took all of my DAU courses (the source for DAWIA training) except the last two, while I was in the reserves, before I was hired by DCMA.  I was a federal employee at the time as well, but that's not a requirement.  Contact Defense Acquisition University and ask them what you can do to take some of thier online courses.  I'm not sure if you'd have to pay for it out of pocket, but you'll never know until you ask.  Not everybody who gets hired in DOD comes with pre-certified.  I mean, at some point, they have to hire from outside.  Have you looked into one of the intern programs offered by DCMA or another agency?  I just finished my final course today, so now I have everything I need for my DAWIA Level II certification, but I've worked for DCMA for almost 2 years now.  Plenty of folks don't earn the certification until after they're hired.
 
All of the courses besides the final 2 are done online.  The last 2, ACQ 201B & PQM 201B must be attended in residence.  That's what I did this past week, the PQM 201B class.  I bet there's a way for you to at least get a few of the online courses done, if you really want to.  Good luck.
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jkids210  
#3 Posted : Monday, June 14, 2010 5:19:55 AM(UTC)
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In order to apply for the DAU courses, you have to be in the military or a contractor because you need to have approval to take the course from the course administrator. The reason being is because there are a large number of students and a limited amount of courses, even though it is online. There are some civilian online universities that provide certificate training that mirrors the DAWIA requirement. I was looking into that prior to being accepted into the Acquisition Workforce.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~ <br />Thomas A. Edison
Angel1955  
#4 Posted : Sunday, September 19, 2010 7:54:28 AM(UTC)
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I am a CSRS employee with age and time to retire - I recently was off for a few months on sick leave and recuping - when I came back I was informed by personnel that all purchase card holders had to take the DAU classes - Cert II - and a certain time limit.  When I inquired about taking these when it was necessary to move ahead, we were told we couldn't.  I left  Acquisition Management/Contracting about 20 years ago - I am more of an audit person - and went on to something I really liked.  With the new rules, or as our personnel told us - we had to take the DAU classes - I have taken all the tests - missed one question and have to start all over with that specific class - I have been with the bankcard program since it started - one POC at Rocky Mountain Bank - one way or another.  
but no longer buy - Everyone taking the classes where I work are either military/authorizing officials and buyers.  All government employees.  
ContractSpecialist  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:06:52 PM(UTC)
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Hello, I'm  currently a Contract Specialist and you can take those certification courses with DAU "partners".  DAU has agreements with colleges/training agencies to grant credit for equivalent courses.  I know one of the colleges is American Graduate University (online).  Here's the link to the DAU site where you can check this:  http://icatalog.dau.mil/learning/appgb.aspx     You can take the courses for Level I and apply to everything out there.  You won't get Level I certification until you have 1 year of work experience in contracting.  But having the courses might help you.  Good luck.
Angel1955  
#6 Posted : Saturday, October 02, 2010 8:43:49 AM(UTC)
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I forgot the specific government terminology - but certain jobs can only be held by federal employees -re: financial - contracting - anything to do with government money -  I know a long time ago I asked my supervisor when I had a choice of two jobs - when jobs could go either contractor or stay federal - he recommended I stay in the financial field - glad I did. They do not even allow contractors to be government  bankcard holders for purchasing.  
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#7 Posted : Monday, October 04, 2010 3:23:50 AM(UTC)
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Angel, the phrase is "inherently governmental".
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