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

Starting in FY 2022, contracting personnel assigned to digital services acquisitions over $7 million (or $13 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.

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.

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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 September 28, 2022 through May 4, 2023. Following is a sample DITAP Program Schedule:



START Wednesday, Sept 28, 2022 FINISH Thursday, May 4, 2023
Program Launch Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Friday, October 14, 2022
Participants get access to student portal via email and complete the Technology Orientation – self study Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Participants complete pre-work in student portal (Readings, Pre-Program Assessment, DiSC Assessment, Pre-Program Survey) – self-study Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Classroom Session 1: Orientation – live virtual event Monday, October 17, 2022 Friday, October 21, 2022
Release 1: Digital Services in the 21st Century Government Monday, October 24, 2022 Friday, November 18, 2022
Iteration 1.A Guided Learning Webinar – live virtual event Thursday, November 3, 2022 Thursday, November 3, 2022
Iteration 1.B Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, November 17, 2022 Thursday, November 17, 2022
Release 2: What Are You Buying? Monday, November 21, 2022 Friday, December 16, 2022
Iteration 2.A Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, December 1, 2022 Thursday, December 1, 2022
Iteration 2.B Facilitator Office Hours – virtual event Thursday, December 15, 2022 Thursday, December 15, 2022
Classroom Session #2 – live virtual event Monday, January 9, 2023 Friday, January 13, 2023
Release 3: How Do You Buy? Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Friday, February 10, 2023
Iteration 3.A Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, January 26, 2023 Thursday, January 26, 2023
Iteration 3.B Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, February 9, 2023 Thursday, February 9, 2023
Release 4: Awarding & Administering Digital Service Contracts Monday, February 13, 2023 Friday, March 10, 2023
Iteration 4.A Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, February 23, 2023 Thursday, February 23, 2023
Iteration 4.B Facilitator Office Hours – virtual event Thursday, March 9, 2023 Thursday, March 9, 2023
Classroom Session #3 – live virtual event Monday, March 13, 2023 Friday, March 17, 2023
Release 5: Leading Change Monday, March 20, 2023 Friday, April 14, 2023
Iteration 5.A Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, March 30, 2023 Thursday, March 30, 2023
Iteration 5.B Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, April 13, 2023 Thursday, April 13, 2023
Complete Post-Program Assessment – in student portal Monday, April 17, 2023 Friday, April 21, 2023
Receive Final Grade/Completion Monday, April 24, 2023 Friday, April 28, 2023
Graduation – virtual event Thursday, May 4, 2023 Thursday, May 4, 2023
Note – there are Assessments, Surveys, and Assignments that will be due throughout the Program.You can find the due dates for these items in two places: (1) listed on the Calendar (see the link in Resource table, DITAP Main Page on Student Central portal) and (2) on the Learning Tab (accessed from DITAP Main Page on Student Central portal).  

Digital IT Acquisition Professional (DITAP) Program FAQs