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DITAP GuideYour 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.

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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 29, 2021 through May 5, 2022. Following is our sample schedule:

FY 2022 Cohort Start Finish
  Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Thursday, May 5, 2022
Program Launch Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Friday, October 15, 2021
Participants get access to portal via email Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Participants complete pre-work in portal Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Tech orientation Thursday, October 14, 2021 Friday, October 15, 2021
Classroom Session 1: Orientation Monday, October 18, 2021 Friday, October 22, 2021
Release 1: Digital Services in the 21st Century Government Monday, October 25, 2021 Friday, November 19, 2021
Guided Learning Webinar Thursday, November 4, 2021 Thursday, November 4, 2021
Guided Learning Webinar Thursday, November 18, 2021 Thursday, November 18, 2021
Release 2: What Are You Buying? Monday, November 22, 2021 Friday, January 7, 2022
Guided Learning Webinar Thursday, December 2, 2021 Thursday, December 2, 2021
Facilitator Office Hours Thursday, December 16, 2021 Thursday, December 16, 2021
Classroom Session #2 Monday, January 10, 2022 Friday, January 14, 2022
Release 3: How Do You Buy? Monday, January 17, 2022 Friday, February 11, 2022
Guided Learning Webinar Thursday, January 27, 2022 Thursday, January 27, 2022
Guided Learning Webinar Thursday, February 10, 2022 Thursday, February 10, 2022
Release 4: Awarding & Administering Digital Service Contracts Monday, February 14, 2022 Friday, March 11, 2022
Guided Learning Webinar Thursday, February 24, 2022 Thursday, February 24, 2022
Facilitator Office Hours Thursday, March 10, 2022 Thursday, March 10, 2022
Classroom Session #3 Monday, March 14, 2022 Friday, March 18, 2022
Release 5: Leading Change Monday, March 21, 2022 Friday, April 15, 2022
Guided Learning Webinar Thursday, March 31, 2022 Thursday, March 31, 2022
Guided Learning Webinar Thursday, April 14, 2022 Thursday, April 14, 2022
Complete Post-Program Assessment Monday, April 18, 2022 Friday, April 22, 2022
Receive Final Grade/Completion Monday, April 25, 2022 Friday, April 29, 2022
Graduation Thursday, May 5, 2022 Thursday, May 5, 2022

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