What he is referring to is a DAWIA certification (Level I, II, or III). It is not a requirement for DCO, and you can only get it if you work in Gov contracting. I wouldn't worry about contracting certifications, myself and several people I went to DCOIC and BQC with did not have a background in contracting and were still selected.I am unfamiliar with this. Does anyone here have any clarification?
Work experience is 120% necessary. Not just years experience, but it has to be directly relevant to the designator (or what they're looking for with regards to the designator). Motivational statement/interviews also make a big difference. Go volunteer in some org, whether it's an employee network or volunteer community service, etc. I like to spend a couple hours a week with my local Surfrider Foundation chapter when I'm free Saturday mornings, and they don't limit slots like Habitat for Humanity or the Food Bank do so it's great. It's really easy so if you have something like that in your city, take advantage of it.Could be a plethora of different reasons...I have an MBA and wasn't selected. From what I've gathered here, I'm thinking it's my civilian experience.