DITAP Training

We support the Digital IT Acquisition Professional (DITAP) program to train federal contracting officers in the skills needed for successful modern digital service procurements.
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Certification

Earn the FAC-C-DS certification and up to 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLP) by mastering the skills needed for successful procurements in today’s digital world.

Confidence

Learn how to be an ambassador for procurement modernization within your agency, resulting in better partnership with vendors, fewer failed contracts, and faster delivery of value.

Community

Benefit from open collaboration and ongoing connection with peers in the acquisition community who are working to improve outcomes in digital service procurements.

Make procurement work for government

Traditional procurement practices make it hard for government to effectively buy and implement modern IT services. As the tech landscape continues to evolve and public expectation of digital services increases, federal agencies must change the way they engage with industry and acquire technology.

Our part-time DITAP training course helps you acquire the knowledge and skills needed for modern procurement in about 6 months.

What you'll learn

Digital services in 21st century government

The basics of modern digital services such as agile software delivery, human centered design, cloud computing, and X-as-a-service

Understand what you are buying

Skills to assess your customer’s needs, conduct market research, and figure out what digital solutions are the best fit

How to buy

Developing an acquisition strategy that accounts for customer needs, your agency’s digital maturity, and what services are available on the market

Awarding digital service contracts

Developing an acquisition strategy that accounts for customer needs, your agency’s digital maturity, and what services are available on the market

Leading change

Leadership and communication skills to help you be an ambassador for digital transformation and get stakeholder buy-in

How you'll learn

Blended learning experience

The DITAP curriculum includes a variety of learning mechanisms such as group discussions, interviewing and shadowing assignments, live virtual classes and case studies, and other dynamic elements to help you master concepts and practice techniques.

Community focus

Our approach to DITAP is founded on the ethos of open sharing and collaboration essential to the success of digital service delivery. Learn alongside colleagues (from your own agency or with a blended group) who will become your future support network through participation in the DITAP alumni open learning community.

Expert, invested coaches

Our instructors bring years of training and change management experience in government to help you become a champion for modern procurement practices.

"My attendance in this class has exposed me to new material and resources to assist me in my day to day job. Thank you for this opportunity!" DITAP alum, July 2020 cohort

Upcoming courses

The next available dates for DITAP training will be announced soon. Apply now to be informed about upcoming classes and tuition pricing.

FAQ

How is classroom training delivered during COVID-19?
All training will be virtual until public health considerations allow for in-person sessions.

What is the class size?
There is a minimum of 25 - 30 students per cohort. These could be all from one agency, or a blended group.

Is the training customizable?
Yes - we can help your agency achieve specific goals through DITAP as long as the training minimally meets the FAC-C-DS requirements from USDS. If you want a customized program that does not result in this certification, we are happy to discuss delivery of a specialized training that meets your needs.

How was DITAP created?
The U.S. Digital Service and Office of Federal Procurement Policy created the Digital Information Technology Acquisitions Professional (DITAP) program as a pilot community of informed IT procurement specialists to build expertise across federal agencies. Select digital service vendors are approved to deliver this training.

Is this training required?
Starting in 2022, all federal acquisition professionals managing contracts of $7M or greater will need the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Core-Plus Specialization in Digital Services (FAC-C-DS) certification provided by DITAP training.

When does the next DITAP training begin?
Two cohorts of DITAP students graduated in July 2020. New class opportunities will be announced in the coming months.

"This might be one of the most impactful things the USDS does over time." Eddie Hartwig, U.S. Digital Service Acting Deputy Director
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