The Security Professional Education Development (SPēD) Certification Program is part of the Department of Defense's (DoD) initiative to professionalize the security workforce. This initiative ensures there exists a common set of competencies among security practitioners that promotes interoperability, facilitates professional development and training, and develops a workforce of certified security professionals.

You are eligible to pursue a SPēD certification if you are DoD personnel or a federal employee or contractor assigned to a security position.

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Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC)

The SFPC provides a recognized and reliable indication of a security practitioner's understanding of foundational concepts, principles, and practices needed to successfully protect DoD assets. The SFPC was accredited by NCCA in December 2012.

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Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC)

The SAPPC provides a recognized and reliable indication of a security practitioner's ability to apply foundational concepts, principles, and practices needed to successfully perform functions, implement programs, and pursue missions to protect DoD assets. You must be a certificant of the SFPC to participate. The SAPPC was accredited by NCCA in January 2014.

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Security Program Integration Professional Certification (SPIPC)

The SPIPC provides a recognized and reliable indication of a security practitioner's understanding and ability to apply risk management and security program management concepts, principles, and practices. You must be a certificant of the SFPC to participate. The SPIPC was accredited by NCCA in February 2015.

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Special Program Security Certification (SPSC)

The SPSC is ideal for personnel who will be or are already performing Security Officer functions for and/or on behalf of the Department of Defense Special Access Programs. You must be a certificant of the SFPC to participate.

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Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC)

The ISOC is ideal for DoD, Industry, and federal members under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). You must be a certificant of the SFPC to participate.

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Physical Security Certification (PSC)

The PSC is ideal for DoD, Industry, and federal members performing physical security functions.

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Adjudicator Professional Certification (APC)

The APC is required for all Personnel Security Adjudicators in the DoD Consolidated Adjudication and DoD Intelligence Community Central Adjudication Facilities, and personnel security adjudicators employed by an agency accepted to participate in the program.

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Due Process Adjudicator Professional Credential (DPAPC)

The DPAPC provides the recognition and official record of an individual's demonstrated understanding and application of occupational and technical knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to proficiently perform essential due process adjudicator tasks (i.e., writing SORs, evaluating responses to SORs, recommending eligibility determinations or other functions following evaluation of responses to SORs).