Certification Maintenance

How do I maintain my SPēD certification?

To maintain an active and up-to-date SPēD certification, earn 100 Professional Development Units (PDUs) within your two-year maintenance cycle, at least 50 of which must be related to security. Follow these steps to record the PDUs you earn:

  1. Log in to your DAU account.
  2. Hover over the Learning Tab and Select View Your Transcript.
  3. Select Manage next to your Certification to view all details and requirements.
  4. Select Request next to the SPēD and APC Certification Renewal Package Curriculum.
  5. Select Request again at the bottom of the window and wait for the page to reload.
  6. Select Open Curriculum.
  7. Open the first section titled Certification Maintenance Renewal Process by selecting View Details.
  8. Select Launch next to the Professional Development Unit Category Fact Sheet.
  9. Select Mark Complete to move to the next section.
  10. Open the PDU Uploads section by clicking on the title.
  11. Select Launch to access the form.
  12. Once you have uploaded proof of either 100 or 75 required PDUs, complete this requirement by selecting Mark Complete from the dropdown menu.
Upon submission of your CRP please email the SPēD PMO office at dcsa.quantico.cdse.mbx.spedcert@mail.mil in order to ensure a timely processing of your renewal.

If you need additional assistance, refer to our Certification Maintenance FAQs.

How do I earn PDUs?

There are several ways PDUs can be earned. Viable options include completing training courses, earning education program certificates, participating in conferences and workshops, and through professional experiences and achievements. The SPēD Program Management Office (PMO) has created a video to help familiarize certificants with the certification maintenance requirements, Certification Renewal Package (CRP), and the various options available to obtain PDUs. For questions about what constitutes as a PDU, contact your DOD SPēD Component Service Representative (CSR).

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