On October 27, 2010, The Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech was recognized by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) as an official equivalency provider of DAU course work.
This is especially significant for at least two reasons. Since Defense Department acquisition personnel must successfully complete DAU classes, they may now attend The Academy’s classes to satisfy these annual requirements. In addition, The Academy’s DAU-equivalent classes satisfy both the FAC-C and DAWIA certification programs which means contracting officials from any federal agency will receive credit toward their training requirements.
- The Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Program (FAC-C) establishes education, experience, and training standards for contracting professionals in all civilian agencies. FAC-C certifications are mutually accepted among all civilian agencies as documentation of accomplishment of these standards.
- The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) establishes a very similar, but not identical, program for the Department of Defense (DoD). Civilian agencies may accept DAWIA certification as equivalent to FAC-C certification.
In addition to DAU, FAC-C and DAWIA certifications, continuing education units (CEUs) are granted with each successfully attended class presented by The Academy.
The Academy and EI² are co-located in the heart of Georgia Tech’s Technology Square, directly across the street from the world-class Global Learning Center, home to Georgia Tech’s Distance Learning & Professional Education, three-time award winner in 2010 from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association.