FSO Orientation for Non-Possessing Facilities IS020.CU

Description: The curriculum provides students with the information needed to prepare them for the duties and responsibilities of an FSO in a contractor facility participating in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP).

Learning Objectives: See individual courses for learning outcomes.

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 26.5 hours (includes courses and exams)

Target Audience: The target audience is Facility Security Officers at cleared DOD contractors participating in the NISP. Secondary audiences include other contractor security personnel, DCSA Industrial Security Representatives, and DOD Industrial Security Specialists.


All courses and any associated exams must be completed in the STEPP learning management system to receive credit under this curriculum.

Note: Students may only receive ACE Credit for completion of either the FSO Orientation for Non-Possessing Facilities IS020.CU or FSO Program Management for Possessing Facilities IS030.CU. They cannot receive ACE Credit for both curricula.

  • General Requirements:
    • List of Courses and Exams
      • Introduction to Industrial Security IS011.16
      • Introduction to Information Security IF011.16
      • Facility Clearances in the NISP IS140.16
      • Understanding Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI) IS065.16
      • NISP Reporting Requirements IS150.16
      • Personnel Clearances in the NISP IS142.16
      • Visits and Meetings in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) IS105.16
      • Developing a Security Education Training Program GS104.16
      • Protecting Assets in the NISP CI117.16
      • NISP Self-Inspection IS130.16
  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirements: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: Passing score of 75% on exams and performance exercises at the end of the course in order to print a certificate of successful completion.

Prerequisites: N/A

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?): 3 semester hours, lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category
  • Professional Development Units (PDUs) per SPēD: PDUs are determined by length of course and IAW with current Certification Maintenance Guidelines
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Contact CompTIA to find out about CEUs for this course.

System Requirements: Check if your system is configured appropriately to use STEPP.

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

IS020 Digital Badge

Students earn a CDSE Digital Badge upon course completion which can be shared on your social media page like LinkedIn or Facebook. The digital badge confers the ACE Learning Evaluation credit recommendation for the course.