Description: This course is administered in two phases: Phase I eLearning courses (DoD Security Specialist Curriculum, GS020.CU) and Phase II, the instructor-led course. Major areas covered in the course include General Security, Industrial Security, Personnel Security, Information Security, and Physical Security.

Learning Outcomes:
This course is designed to enable students to:

  • Describe the type of criminal threats
  • Describe the types of terrorists and their command and organizational structures, indicators, and tactics
  • Identify potential indicators of insider threats
  • Define Risk Management and identify the five-step risk management process
  • Identify the relationship between industrial security and risk management
  • List the steps in the contracting process and identify security considerations for each
  • Identify the purpose of DD Form 254 and key sections containing security guidelines
  • Identify the relationship between personnel security and risk management
  • Recognize the purpose of the National Personnel Security Program
  • Identify the stages of the personnel security clearance process
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of personnel involved in the clearance process
  • Identify the 13 adjudicative guidelines
  • Identify the nine adjudicative factors
  • Using adjudicative guidelines and adjudicative factors, make an appropriate interim security clearance eligibility determination for a scenario employee
  • Define information security and its purpose
  • Identify the relationship between information security and risk management
  • Correctly mark a derivatively classified document
  • Properly safeguard and prepare for transportation a piece of classified information
  • Identify the requirements and regulations that guide technology transfer
  • Identify unclassified controlled information and its protective measures
  • Identify the purpose and techniques for disposal and destruction of classified material
  • Identify responsibilities for personnel who handle and process classified information
  • Define and list requirements for classified meetings, including security manager responsibilities
  • Differentiate between oversight and inspection and identify the steps in the inspection process
  • Differentiate between security violations and infractions and identify the process for handling security incidents
  • Recognize the fundamentals of Communications Security
  • Recognize the fundamentals of Technical Surveillance Countermeasures and TEMPEST
  • Identify the relationship between physical security and risk management
  • Apply the five steps in the risk management model towards physical security planning, using a fictional installation
  • Deliver a Security Education, Training, and Awareness briefing

Delivery Method: Instructor-led

Length: 7 Days

Target Audience: Entry-level DoD and Federal agency civilian, military, and contractor security professionals

Number of Students per Course: 42


  • Clearance Requirement: Secret
  • Attendance Requirement: Full-time attendance
  • Exam Requirements: Students must earn a 75 percent cumulative grade average of all practical exercises, quizzes and exams.

Prerequisites: Successfully complete the DoD Security Specialist Curriculum GS020.CU

  • Developing a Security Education & Training Program GS104.06
  • Special Access Programs (SAP) Overview SA001.06
  • OPSEC Fundamentals IO-OP101.06
  • Risk Management for DoD Security Programs GS102.06
  • Introduction to Industrial Security IS011.06
  • Introduction to Personnel Security PS113.06
  • Introduction to DoD Personnel Security Adjudication PS001.08
  • Introduction to Information Security IF011.06
  • Original Classification IF102.06
  • Derivative Classification IF103.06
  • Marking Classified Information IF105.06
  • Transmission and Transportation for DoD IF107.06
  • Introduction to Physical Security PY011.16
  • Storage Containers and Facilities PY105.06
  • Physical Security Planning and Implementation PY106.06
  • Physical Security Measures PY103.06
  • Lock and Key Systems PY104.06
  • Security Specialist Course Phase 1 Final Exam GS020.06

Registration Requirements: Students will first register for the Phase II Instructor-led course in order to reserve a tentative spot in the course on their desired date. Students will be placed in a "Pending Approval" status upon registration of Phase II. Registrations are approved on a first come, first serve basis, with students approved in the order they complete Phase I. Students will be placed on a waiting list once maximum capacity is reached. If additional space becomes available or cancellations are received, students from the waiting list will be contacted. Course reservations are not allowed.

Credits Recommended/Earned

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?) 3 semester hours, lower division associate degree category
  • Continuing Education Units (CEU) per IACET: 9
  • Professional Development Units (PDU) per SPeD: 45

Additional System Requirements: Check if your system is configured appropriately to use STEPP.


CDSE courses are intended for use by Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel and contractors within the National Industrial Security Program.

Course Schedule

Aug 16-24, 2016 Linthicum, MD

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