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Project Management Career Development Program

What is the Project Management Career Development Program (PMCDP)?

In 1998, DOE defined its acquisition workforce to include contract specialists/contacting officers, purchasing agents, financial assistance specialists, property managers, and project managers under DOE’s umbrella directive Program and Project Management for the Acquisition of Capital Assets, DOE O 413.3B, establishing training and certification requirements for the acquisition workforce.  In 2001, the Deputy Secretary of Energy directed the DOE Office of Engineering and Construction Management (OECM), now the Office of Acquisition and Project Management (APM), to establish the DOE Project Management Career Development Program (PMCDP). The PMCDP’s requirements are included in DOE O 361.1B, Acquisition Career Development Program, as a component of the DOE acquisition workforce career development program.  The PMCDP Module establishes a well-defined career path that includes certification, minimum training and continuous learning point (CLP) requirements, and project responsibilities commensurate with clearly defined qualifications.

Importance of the PMCDP

The DOE recognizes the criticality of projects to success, and project management has become a focal point of improvement efforts. Project management centers of excellence (e.g., project management offices), training programs, and organization change programs to improve project management practices are increasingly common parts of Departmental strategic plans to improve organizational effectiveness.  All federal personnel formally assigned to manage and direct DOE capital asset construction projects must be certified under the PMCDP.  Additional information about the PMCDP’s application and certification processes and requirements (internal DOE link) is available via Powepedia.

The FY14 APM Training Schedule (internal DOE link) is available via Powerpedia and includes all training courses for the DOE’s acquisition certification programs.