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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 March 3, 2022 through September 15, 2022. Following is our sample schedule:





Thursday March 3, 2022


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Program Launch Thursday, March 3, 2022 Friday, March 18, 2022
Participants get access to Student Central portal via email and complete the Technology Orientation – self study Thursday, March 3, 2022 Thursday, March 3, 2022
Participants complete pre-work in Student Central portal (Readings, Pre-Program Assessment, DiSC Assessment, Pre-Program Survey) – self-study Thursday, March 3, 2022 Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Classroom Session 1: Orientation – virtual event Monday, March 21, 2022 Friday, March 25, 2022
Release 1: Digital Services in the 21st Century Government Monday, March 28, 2022 Friday, April 22, 2022
Iteration 1.A Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, April 7, 2022 Thursday, April 7, 2022
Iteration 1.B Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, April 21, 2022 Thursday, April 21, 2022
Release 2: What Are You Buying? Monday, April 25, 2022 Friday, May 20, 2022
Iteration 2.A Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, May 5, 2022 Thursday, May 5, 2022
Iteration 2.B Facilitator Office Hours – virtual event Thursday, May 19, 2022 Thursday, May 19, 2022
Classroom Session #2 – virtual event Monday, May 23, 2022 Friday, May 27, 2022
Release 3: How Do You Buy? Tuesday May 31, 2022 Friday, June 24, 2022
Iteration 3.A Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, June 9, 2022 Thursday, June 9, 2022
Iteration 3.B Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, June 23, 2022 Thursday, June 23, 2022
Release 4: Awarding & Administering Digital Service Contracts Monday, June 27, 2022 Friday, July 22, 2022
Iteration 4.A Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, July 7, 2022 Thursday, July 7, 2022
Iteration 4.B Facilitator Office Hours – virtual event Thursday, July 21, 2022 Thursday, July 21, 2022
Classroom Session #3 – virtual event Tuesday, July 25, 2022 Friday, July 29, 2022
Release 5: Leading Change Monday, August 1, 2022 Friday, August 26, 2022
Iteration 5.A Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, August 11, 2022 Thursday, August 11, 2022
Iteration 5.B Guided Learning Webinar – virtual event Thursday, August 25, 2022 Thursday, August 25, 2022
Complete Post-Program Assessment – in Student Central Portal Tuesday, August 29, 2022 Friday, September 2, 2022
Receive Final Grade/Completion Tuesday September 6, 2022 Friday, September 9, 2022
Graduation – virtual event Thursday, September 15, 2022 Thursday, September 15, 2022
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).


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