Derivative Classification IF103.16

Description: This course describes the responsibilities of the Derivative Classifier.  It also explains how to derivatively classify national security information from a classification management perspective. The final lesson provides an opportunity for the student to practice what they have learned in the course.

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

  • Identify responsibilities associated with derivatively classifying information
  • Identify processes and methods for derivatively classifying information
  • Identify authorized sources to use when derivatively classifying information
  • Apply authorized sources to derivatively classify information based on the concepts of “contained in,” “revealed by,” and compilation
  • Explain limitations and prohibitions of classifying information and ways to promote information sharing
  • Identify processes for managing classification challenges, security incidents, and sanctions

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 1.5 hours

Target Audience: Department of Defense (DOD) military, civilian, and contractor personnel responsible for derivatively classifying national security information


  • General Requirements: N/A
  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirement: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: A passing score of 75 percent or higher 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.CU, IS030.CU, GS101.01, and GS101.10
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: PDUs are determined by length of course and IAW with current Certification Maintenance Guidelines

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.