CDSE's Derivative Classification Training
July 9, 2012
Derivative Classification IF103.16
This 2-hour online course explains how to derivatively classify national security information from a classification management perspective. The course discusses the responsibilities associated with derivatively classifying information; describes the process and methods for derivatively classifying information; identifies authorized sources to use when derivatively classifying information; and explains how to apply authorized sources through derivatively classifying information based on the concepts of "contained in," "revealed by," and compilation. The target audience for this course is DoD military, civilian, and contractor personnel who are responsible for derivatively classifying national security information. This course does not contain the final exam; students must register for the exam separately in STEPP and will receive credit for the course upon receiving a passing score. Register for this course.
Derivative Classification Training
This 26-page training document was developed by CDSE to meet the requirement stated in Executive Order 13526. The requirement states that derivative classifiers are required to have training once every 2 years on the proper application of the derivative classification principles of the order, with an emphasis on avoiding over-classification. It is designed for wide dissemination as a handout for use by security managers and derivative classifiers. This job aid also provides an overview of the approved security classification documents that assist in analyzing and evaluating information for identification of elements that require classification. Download this document.