Engineering Duty Qualification Program (EDQP)
The Engineering Duty Qualification Program (EDQP). The EDQP is the ED "apprentice" program. Completing a technical Master's degree is normally the first step of the program, followed by a qualification tour during which officers first apply the basic tools they will need to be successful, while being observed and instructed by senior EDs.
(1) The EDQP has five purposes
(a) To ensure that each ED completes appropriate professional education.
(b) To ensure that each ED learns the plans, programs, policies and procedures used by the Community.
(c) To encourage each ED to complete the necessary requirements for Career Field Certification in the Department of the Navy (DoN) Acquisition Workforce, and selection as a member of the Acquisition Professional Community.
(d) To provide an opportunity for senior EDs to observe and instruct each officer in an ED billet prior to assigning the 144X designator.
(e) To promote pride and professionalism in the Community by providing a common professional experience.
(2) The EDQP has five phases
(a) The entry phase in which qualified officers are selected for entry into the Community.
(b) The postgraduate education phase wherein officers obtain an appropriate subspecialty code as a result of receiving a technical Master's degree in an approved discipline.
(c) The Basic Course phase, during which officers complete the Basic Course at the EDO School. The Basic Course is also certified as equivalent to ACQ 101 and ACQ 201, which are fundamental requirements for Acquisition Workforce certification under the congressionally mandated Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA).
(d) The experience phase during which officers achieve basic qualifications, complete on-the-job training, are observed and instructed by senior EDs, complete designated correspondence courses, continue to acquire the education, training and professional experience required for career field certification within the DoN Acquisition Workforce, author a professional paper, and perform successfully for at least one year in an ED billet.
(e) Each officer must successfully complete an oral examination and present the results of his or her Process Improvement Paper before being designated 144X. This phase must be completed within two years. The two-year clock starts when a candidate arrives at his ultimate command after graduating from the Basic Course or, for unusual circumstances, at a date negotiated between the Commanding Officer, EDO School and the prospective Certifying Officer.