The Applying Physical Security Concepts (APSC) course is administered in two phases. Phase 1 is the prerequisite eLearning courses/exams and Phase II is the instructor-led course. You are required to register and successfully complete Phase I before receiving approval to attend Phase II. See Registration Requirements below.

Description: This course introduces students to the five-step risk management process. Students will use this process to update a fictional installation’s physical security plan, which will manage and reduce risk to asset. In addition, students will develop courses of action to address installation vulnerabilities, justifying countermeasure options based on cost-based market and budgetary analysis. Students will then present their courses of action to the installation’s commander for a risk management decision.

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

  • Recognize the types of physical security measures
  • Review the concept of security-in-depth
  • Define the purpose of a physical security plan
  • Explain the components of a physical security plan
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the risk management process for DoD Security Programs with Applying Physical Security Concepts in physical security planning
  • Identify the relevant stakeholders needed to create an effective physical security plan
  • Define roles and responsibilities of relevant stakeholders
  • Use the risk management process to identify and analyze Assets, Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Risks, and determine and implement Countermeasures
  • Apply the steps of the risk management process in physical security planning
  • Select appropriate physical security measures to protect assets
  • Justify physical security measures through analysis
  • Write a statement of work/statement of requirements/statement of objectives (SOW/SOR/SOO) for security equipment, products and/or services
  • Track status of deficiencies when updating physical security plans based on changing variables
  • Formulate recommendations to the physical security plan based on changing variables

Delivery: Instructor-led

Length: 5 Days

Target Audience: The target audience for this training is DoD civilian and military personnel, as well as contractors involved in the planning and management of physical security programs.

Number of Student per Course: 24


  • 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 Phase I activities identified in the Applying Physical Security Concepts Curriculum Navigation PY201.NAV document.

Registration Requirements: Students must be enrolled in Phase I as a prerequisite for Phase II registration.  To enroll in Phase I, students first complete the Applying Physical Security Concepts Curriculum Navigation PY201.NAV document which assigns the required Phase I eLearning activities.  This document also provides instructions to navigate the eLearning courses.  These courses are bundled into two apportioned 'Modules' and are assigned in order of recommended completion.

Once enrolled in Phase I, students may register and reserve a tentative spot in the Phase II Instructor-led course on their desired date.  Students are placed in a "Pending Approval" status while completing Phase I and are approved on a first come, first serve basis.  Students are approved in the order they successfully complete Phase I. Students are placed on a waiting list once maximum capacity is reached for Phase II. If additional space becomes available or cancellations are received for Phase II, students from the waiting list will be contacted. Course reservations for Phase II are prohibited.

Credits Recommended/Earned

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?) 3 semester hours, upper division baccalaureate degree category
  • Continuing Education Units per IACET: 6
  • Professional Development Units per SPeD: 45

Additional System Requirements: Internet Explorer 6+, Flash Player 10+, Cookies Enabled, Internet bandwidth connection (DSL or better), Display 1024 x 768, Audio (16-bit sound card), Adobe Acrobat Reader 7+, Java Version: 1.6.0_22 (or higher) from Sun Microsystems Inc., at least 2 GB RAM and a modern graphics card with latest drivers, 64 MB of RAM and Direct3D support 3D Unity Plugin.

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

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Course Schedule

Mar 6-10, 2017 Linthicum, MD

Jul 17-21, 2017 Linthicum, MD

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