National Credential
Credential: Associate Computing Professional (ACP)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP)

The Associate Computing Professional (ACP) is an entry-level certification for those new to the computing industry or for recent college graduates seeking to gain professional credentials substantiating their level of computing knowledge. To earn the ACP, candidates must pass the Information Systems Core exam and one specialty or programming language examination of their choice. There are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam. Applicants and those certified are expected to adhere to and uphold the ICCP Code of Ethics, Conduct and Good Practice.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Associate Computing Professional (ACP)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 13B Cannon Crewmember MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 13J Fire Control Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 13M Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)/High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HiMARS) Crewmember MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 14G Air Defense (AD) Battle Management System Operator MOS other          
Enlisted 14H Air Defense (AD) Enhanced Early Warning System Operator MOS some          
Enlisted 1C Satellite Systems/Network Coordinator ASI most          
Enlisted 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25E Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager MOS some          
Enlisted 25S Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. IV      
Enlisted 35F Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35Q Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector - Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 37F Psychological Operations Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI other          
Enlisted Z8 Technical ELINT Collection and Analysis ASI other          
Warrant Officer 140A Command And Control Systems Integrator WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 170B Electronic Warfare Technician WOMOS some        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Associate Computing Professional (ACP)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP)
2400 East Devon Avenue
Suite 281
Des Plaines, IL  60018
Phone: (800) 843-8227
Fax: (847) 299-4280
Email: office2@iccp.org

Associate Computing Professional (ACP)

The Associate Computing Professional (ACP) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must agree to adhere to the ICCP Code of Ethics and Good Conduct Standards.

Associate Computing Professional (ACP)

  • Information Systems – Organizational Role, Business Drivers, Strategy, Structure, Acquisition & Management (20%)
    • The Role of IS in the Organization
    • Business Drivers and Information Systems Valuation
    • Structuring the IS Organization
    • Acquiring Information Technology Resources and Capabilities (In-house Development, External Acquisition, or Outsourcing)
    • Information Systems Technology Components and System Types
  • Data and Information Management (15%)
    • Data Management
    • Data Governance
    • Data Modeling
    • Meta-data Management
    • Data Quality Management
    • Data Security Management
    • Database Approach
  • Enterprise Architecture (10%)
    • Enterprise Architecture Types and Structures
    • Enterprise Architecture Frameworks, Methodologies, and Measurements
  • IT Infrastructure (15%)
    • Systems Concepts
    • Operating Systems
    • Networking
    • IT Control and Service Management Frameworks (COBIT, ITIL, etc.)
    • Managing IT Infrastructure and Business continuity
  • IS Project Management (15%)
    • Introduction to Project Management
    • The Project Management Lifecycle
    • Managing Project Teams
    • Project Initiation and Planning
    • Managing Project Scheduling
    • Managing Project Resources
    • Managing Project Quality and Risk
    • Systems Procurement
    • Project Execution, Control and Closure
  • Systems Analysis and Design (15%)
    • Business Process Management
    • Structuring of IT-based Opportunities into Projects
    • Analysis and Specification of System Requirements
    • Implementation Strategies
  • In addition to the core exam, candidates must also pass one specialty exam or programming exam. Examples of specialty exams include Business Information Systems, Data Communications and Internetworking, Data Management, Systems Development, and Systems Security.  Programming exams are offered in C, C++, COBOL, and Java. For a complete list of specialty and programming exams and their content outlines, please see the ICCP website

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Associate Computing Professional (ACP) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP) testing process, visit the agency website.

Associate Computing Professional (ACP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Associate Computing Professional (ACP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The initial certification is valid for four years; after the initial period, the certification must be renewed every three years. The anniversary date will be the month in which the certification was issued.
  • Certification holders are required to complete recertification credits, earned through various professional development activities, ICCP provides a recertification page for additional information.

Associate Computing Professional (ACP)

Additional considerations for the Associate Computing Professional (ACP) include:

  • For an additional fee and with additional examination, applicants can elect to take additional specialty exams.
  • All certification holders are required to pay an annual non-refundable fee.