Q. Are the DoD Certification Exams open or closed book?
A. All exams are completely closed book. Examinees will not be able to use or reference any subject material during the exam.
Q. How do I choose whether to take the exam virtually (onVUE), or at a physical test center?
A. The choice is up to the exam candidate. However, this decision should be coordinated with the examinees supervisor prior to enrollment.
Q. If I choose to take the exam virtually. What can I expect? Are there any technical limitations?
A. If the virtual OnVUE delivery is chosen, it is highly unlikely the candidate’s government issued computer will allow the software add-on that is required to access the OnVUE test environment. If that’s the case, the candidate would have to use their personal computer. To learn more about the minimum technical requirements and other On VUE FAQ’s, visit: https://home.pearsonvue.com/dau/onvue
Q. Where can I take the Exam in person?
A. By default, when you choose to schedule “at a test center”, the search function will default to Pearson Professional Centers (PPC)’s based on the zip code in your DAU profile address. If you are located near a DoD installation, you can also search to see if there is a test center on a base/post near you by choosing the “Military Community” link below the search bar in the “Find a Test Center” page.
Q. What if there are no Pearson Professional Centers (PPC), or On-Base Test Centers within commuting distance from my home of record or near my duty location?
A. If your test center search yielded no PPC’s or on-base location test centers within commuting distance to your home or near your duty location, you should first contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to submitting for travel authorization. DAU and/or Pearson VUE will try to accommodate your exam delivery without the need for official travel.
Q. Once I’ve received authorization to test, how long do I have to schedule and take the exam?
A. You will have 90 days to take the exam once you receive authorization from Pearson Vue.
Q. What happens if I am unable to test on the date that has been scheduled?
A. You must cancel or reschedule at least 48 hours prior to your appointment date and time. You can reschedule as many times as needed within the 90-day authorization window. However, if you fail to schedule and complete the exam in this timeframe, your authorization will expire and you will have to wait 30 days before you are eligible to re-apply through your agency TAS.
Q. Are there any study materials available for the CON Cert Exam?
A. Candidates are highly encouraged to take the instructor-led CON 3900V CON Cert Exam Prep Course. However, if schedule, availability, or other factors preclude a candidate from taking CON 3900V, the PDF versions of the course content may be used to help prepare for the exam. The materials are available in the DAU Contracting Community of Practice (CoP) website at the following address: https://www.dau.edu/cop/contracting/Pages/Topics/CON-3900V.aspx
Q. Are there any study Materials available for the PM Cert Exams?
A. Preparatory courses for both Program Management Certification exams are currently under development.
Q. Will I have to pay any fees to take the exam?
A. No, all exam fees are paid by the Department of Defense. Also, in the event you are a “no-show”, the Government will still be charged for a full exam fee.
Q. Where can I submit any questions, concerns, or feedback about the exam that hasn’t been addressed in any of the policy, FAQ’s, or other guiding documents or websites?
A. You can either submit an inquiry to: email@example.com, or through the Pearson VUE customer service link on the right side of this page. Candidates should practice discretion in determining where to send inquiries dependent upon the nature of the question.
Q. Where can I find additional FAQ’s and other resources & information regarding DoD, Agency, and/or DAU specific policies or guidance for the CON 3990V exam?
A. Please visit the OUSD/DPC Defense Pricing & Contracting (DPC), Contract Policy & Workforce Development website at: https://www.acq.osd.mil/asda/dpc/cp/policy/workforce-development.html