DoD Workforce Development

Small business professionals (SBPs) are responsible for leading the acquisition workforce to maximize small business opportunities and achieving success in the Department’s Small Business Programs.

To ensure that the Department of Defense (DoD) can attract, recruit, and retain SBPs of the highest caliber, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) established the Small Business Career Field (SBCF) effective October 1, 2014. The SBCF allows for the development of acquisition-certified SBPs and provides the opportunity for individuals to rotate from other career fields to specialize as necessary.

The DoD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) Director is designated as the Small Business Functional Lead (FL). The role of the Small Business FL is to serve as the senior DoD subject-matter expert for small business matters relating to the oversight and management of the SBCF. The Small Business FL has a responsibility to establish, oversee and maintain SBCF qualifications, certification and training platforms to meet present and future needs of DoD.

Small Business Workforce Policy

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013

Section 1612 – Role of the Directors of Small Business Programs in Acquisition Processes of the DoD (Page 291)

Section 1622 – Small Business Act Contracting Requirements Training (Page 292)

Section 1633 – Senior Executives (Page 294)

Section 1691 – Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (Page 297)

House Report 112-479 – Small Business Specialists in the Acquisition Workforce (Page 288)


Assignment of the FL for DoD Small Business Professionals Memorandum

Establishment of the SBCF Memorandum

SBCF Information Guide Memorandum

Implementation Directive for Better Buying Power (BBP) 2.0 – Achieving Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending Memorandum (Page 18)

Implementation Directive for BBP 3.0 – Achieving Dominant Capabilities through Technical Excellence and Innovation (Page 15)

Report to Congress

DoD Small Business Professionals in the Acquisition Workforce, pursuant of House Report 112-479


Small Business Workforce Initiatives Timeline

SBP Certification Requirements

Level 1

SBP 101, Introduction to Small Business Programs, Part A (Distance Learning (DL))

SBP 102, Introduction to Small Business Programs, Part B (Instructor-Led Training (ILT))

SBP 110, Fundamentals of the FAR for SBPs (DL)

SBP 120, Contract Lifecycle for SBPs (DL)

Level 2

SBP 201, Intermediate Small Business Programs, Part A (DL)

SBP 202, Intermediate Small Business Programs, Part B (ILT)

SBP 210, Subcontracting (ILT)

SBP 220, Business Decisions for Small Business (DL)

Level 3

SBP 301, Small Business for Senior Leaders (ILT)