Description: The CDSE Certificate in Security, (Generalist) is designed to provide Department of Defense employees with the skills they need to succeed in a Security Generalist career path.  This certificate is made up of four courses that facilitate an understanding of the bureaucratic politics and organizational approaches used to perform cross-disciplinary security functions within DoD, as well as security program evaluation and assessment procedures, and the legal requirements that define and limit the DoD security mission.

To participate in the Security Certificate program, prospective students must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Must currently be either a U.S. Government civilian employee or a U.S. military service member. U.S. Government contractors are not eligible to participate.
  • Must have successfully passed at least one CDSE education course with a final score of 80% or higher.
  • Must have an updated STEPP account.

Required Courses

ACE CREDIT All of the CDSE Education courses have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) for credit recommendations. CDSE course credit recommendations are listed in the ACE National Guide.

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