MOS 3044 Operational Contract Support Specialist

MOS 3044 Operational Contract Support Specialist

MOS Description

MOS 3044 is a lateral move MOS that integrates highly qualified enlisted Marines into the acquisition field whose mission is to deploy in support of contingency operations and other operations of the Department of Defense. Marines are selected to serve in this MOS from a Contingency Contracting Specialist Screening Board (CCSSB). Marines will submit a package for a recommendation to lateral move into MOS. Marines selected to serve in this MOS are part of the Defense Acquisition Workforce governed by reference (co). Every 3044 billet in the Marine Corps is a part of the Contingency Contracting Force (CCF), within the Acquisition Workforce for the Department of Defense in accordance with reference (cp). These policies mandate required fundamental training standards for the CCF across the Department of Defense. A Contingency Contracting Specialist is equipped with the contracting fundamentals required to procure necessary supplies and services for operations, exercises, contingencies, natural disasters, foreign training events, garrison environments, and advise senior leaders in business solutions and concepts. The supplies and services are sought in accordance with governing regulations, orders and directives, from a variety of venues; i.e. commercial markets, host nation markets, or other government agencies. Marines in this MOS must have the ability to communicate effectively to interact with other branches of the DoD, civilian and military workforces, the commercial sector, host nations and their workforces. Overall, Marines are expected to be able to operate independently, self-manage work-loads and maintaining Marine Corps training requirements and commitments.

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Renewal Period: 5 years

The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC), Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential is for non-managers who work as public buyers within a public/governmental agency. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge in the areas of procurement administration, sourcing, negotiation, contract administration, supply management, and procurement planning. Applicants must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) certification is for contracting professionals in both the public and private sectors who deal extensively with federal contracts and have a minimum of one year of experience. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, one year of experience, and 80 hours of continuing professional education to be eligible for the CFCM certification. Candidates lacking the degree requirement who have 10 years of verifiable contract management experience may apply for a degree waiver.  To earn the CFCM certification, a candidate must pay the applicable fees and pass an exam.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification is aimed towards professionals involved in career fields such as Production and Inventory Management, Operations, Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Materials Management, and Purchasing. The CPIM certification does not have eligibility requirements at this time. Candidates must pass two exams (Part 1 and Part 2) within a three-year period to earn the CPIM certification.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) is for individuals who possess the knowledge to understand and manage the integration and coordination of end-to-end supply chain activities. The CSCP takes a broad view of operations, extending beyond internal operations to encompass the entire supply chain, from supplier, through the company, to the end consumer. CSCP candidates must meet an experience, degree or credential eligibility requirement and pass a written exam.

Click here to go to SCPro Level One - Cornerstones of Supply Chain Management COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), SCPro Level One - Cornerstones of Supply Chain Management certification is an entry-level credential for supply chain professionals who can demonstrate a solid foundation of knowledge in all eight elements of supply chain management. Candidates must meet either an academic or experience requirement to be eligible for the SCPro Level One - Cornerstones of Supply Chain Management exam. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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