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DITAP Guide

Your Pathway to a FAC-C-DS Core-Plus Specialization

Successful completion of Management Concepts’ Digital IT Acquisition Professional (DITAP) Program provides motivated, trailblazing acquisition professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to design innovative and flexible procurements for digital services and to understand how to serve as change ambassadors within their organizations.

Contracting personnel assigned to digital services acquisitions over $7.5 million (or $15 million for acquisitions described in FAR Part 13.500(c)) are required to obtain their Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Core-Plus Specialization in Digital Services (FAC-C-DS) prior to assignment. Candidates who are FAC-C Level II or III certified can earn their FAC-C-DS specialization through successful completion of our Digital IT Acquisition Professional (DITAP) Program, a professional development journey comprised of self-directed, guided and applied learning, classroom instruction, case studies, shadowing, guest speakers, and hands-on skills building through a live digital assignment group project.

Additionally, CORs and Program/Project Managers who wish to apply for the DITAP Program may do so, providing they have knowledge of the Federal contracting process.  Non-FAC-C Level II or III applicants who successfully complete the DITAP Program can earn a “Completion Certificate” and 80 CLPs; however, only FAC-C Level II or III certified candidates will be eligible to earn a “FAC-C-DS Certificate” and 80 CLPs.

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The Management Concepts DITAP Program Difference

With nearly 50 years of experience in educating acquisition and contracting professionals, we have a deep understanding of how to design and deliver a high-quality solution. Our DITAP Program is built to develop Contracting Officers and Contract Specialists to their highest ability and aligns with the FAC-C-DS Core-Plus Competency Model.

We blend curated content with expert instruction, self-study, and innovative shadowing opportunities that help students see digital procurement through the eyes of their customers. Our engagement activities help students connect and network with other contracting professionals, while a Live Digital Assignment (LDA) group project and periodic assessments along the way support knowledge retention. Our DITAP Program delivers to contracting professionals the most up-to-date knowledge, enhanced soft skills, a FAC-C-DS certificate, and 80 CLPs upon completion of the entire Program.

The DITAP Learning Journey Map

Program Goal/Vision: Develop digital services acquisition experts who achieve all performance objectives in the FAC-C-DS Core-Plus Competency Model.

DITAP Learning Journey

Next DITAP Cohort Forming 

Management Concepts is accepting applications for a DITAP Cohort that runs from October 31, 2022 through June 2, 2023. Following is a sample DITAP Program Schedule:

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START Monday, October 31, 2022 FINISH Friday, June 2, 2023
Program Launch Monday, October 31, 2022 Friday, November 4, 2022
Participants get access to student portal via email and complete the Technology Orientation & Scavenger Hunt – self-study Monday, October 31, 2022 Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Participants complete the pre-program work in student portal (Readings, Pre-Program Assessment, DiSC Assessment, Pre-Program Survey) – self-study Monday, October 31, 2022 Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Classroom Session 1: Orientation – live virtual event Monday, November 7, 2022 Thursday, November 10, 2022
Release 1: Digital Services in the 21st Century Government Monday, November 28, 2022 Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Iteration 1.A Guided Learning Webinar – live virtual event Thursday, December 8, 2022 Thursday, December 8, 2022
Iteration 1.B Guided Learning Webinar – live virtual event Tuesday, December 20, 2022 Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Release 2: What Are You Buying? Tuesday, January 3, 2023 Friday, January 27, 2023
Iteration 2.A Guided Learning Webinar – live virtual event Wednesday, January 11, 2023 Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Iteration 2.B Facilitator Office Hours – live virtual event Tuesday, January 24, 2023 Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Classroom Session #2 – live virtual event Monday, January 30, 2023 Friday, February 3, 2023
Release 3: How Do You Buy? Monday, February 6, 2023 Friday, March 3, 2023
Iteration 3.A Guided Learning Webinar – live virtual event Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Iteration 3.B Guided Learning Webinar – live virtual event Wednesday, March 1, 2023 Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Release 4: Awarding & Administering Digital Service Contracts Monday, March 6, 2023 Friday, March 31, 2023
Iteration 4.A Guided Learning Webinar – live virtual event Thursday, March 16, 2023 Thursday, March 16, 2023
Iteration 4.B Facilitator Office Hours – live virtual event Wednesday, March 29, 2023 Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Classroom Session #3 – live virtual event Monday, April 10, 2023 Friday, April 14, 2023
Release 5: Leading Change Monday, April 17, 2023 Friday, May 12, 2023
Iteration 5.A Guided Learning Webinar – live virtual event Thursday, April 27, 2023 Thursday, April 27, 2023
Iteration 5.B Guided Learning Webinar – live virtual event Thursday, May 11, 2023 Thursday, May 11, 2023
Complete Post-Program Assessment – in student portal Monday, May 15, 2023 Friday, May 19, 2023
Receive Final Grade/Completion Monday, May 22, 2023 Friday, May 26, 2023
Graduation – live virtual event Friday, June 2, 2023 Friday, June 2, 2023
Note – there are also self-direct learning activities, including Assessments, Surveys, and Assignments that will be due throughout the Program.  Students should expect to spend an average of 12 hours per week on DITAP Program activities. After the Cohort launches, DITAP students can find the due dates for these items listed on the Calendar (DITAP Main page in the student portal).  Webinars and office hours are one hour long.  5-day classroom sessions are 4 hours long.  4-day classroom sessions are 5 hours long.  

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