Original Classification IF102.16

Description: This course provides the policy guidance for and purpose of original classification. The course defines original classification, identifies Original Classification Authority requirements and qualifications, reviews the six steps of the original classification decision process, discusses original classification limitations and prohibitions, explains the basis for determining classification levels and duration, and lists the authorized means for providing classification guidance.

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Learning Objectives: This course is designed to enable students to:

  • Define original classification
  • Identify OCA requirements and qualifications
  • Identify the six steps in the original classification decision process
  • Identify limitations and prohibitions on original classification
  • Identify the basis for determining classification levels
  • Identify the process for determining duration of classification
  • Identify authorized sources of classification guidance

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 1.5 hours

Target Audience: DOD military and civilian personnel who propose, prepare, develop or facilitate original classification decisions


  • General Requirements: N/A
  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirement: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: A passing score of 75 percent on the final exam allows students to print a certificate of successful completion.

Prerequisites: N/A

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?): In association with IF201.01, GS101.01, and GS101.10
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: PDUs are determined by length of course and IAW with current Certification Maintenance Guidelines

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