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DAU’s faculty and staff work hard to provide world-class learning assets to the Defense Acquisition Workforce. The quality and effectiveness of our products has been validated by a rigorous accreditation process, and our educational processes are evaluated according to recognized industry standards, sector leadership awards, and daily through our student and faculty course evaluation processes.

Defense Acquisition University is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

“Accreditation is a status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds the stated criteria of educational quality. The purposes of accreditation are to assess and enhance the educational quality of an institution, to assure consistency in institutional operations, to promote institutional improvement, and to provide for public accountability.”

                                        - excerpt from the Accrediting Council for Continuing 
Education & Training (ACCET) standards handbook

DAU selected the Council on Occupational Education (COE) as its accrediting body because the standards and criteria correspond with the university’s training certification mission and the broader view of learning and development. DAU was first awarded accreditation in 2003 and was most recently reaffirmed in 2014.


DAU is also an International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) Authorized Provider

IACET is known as the premier standard-setting organization for continuing education and training. Since 2006, IACET has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developer. In order to award IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs), an organization must become an IACET Authorized Provider (AP). During the AP application process, the organization provides evidence that it meets the ANSI/IACET Standard for Continuing Education and Training. The organization’s policies, procedures, processes, and supporting documentation are reviewed for compliance with the ANSI/IACET Standard, and the applicant agrees to a site visit to verify the contents of the written application.

DAU chose to become an AP because IACETs commitment to promoting quality education aligns with the university’s mission to impact acquisition excellence. By being an IACET AP and adhering to the ANSI/IACET Standard, DAU is authorized to award IACET CEUs and does so for all its regularly scheduled training courses.

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