Acquisitions and Contracting Basics in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) IS123.16

Description: This course provides students with a high-level overview of acquisitions and contracting basics, including the acquisition life cycle, security requirements and guidance, contract administration, security-related contractual documents, and the fundamental NISP roles and responsibilities.

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

  • Identify the phases in the acquisition life cycle
  • Identify the roles of security professionals in the DOD contracting process
  • Identify the importance of planning for security across the acquisition life cycle and during the contracting process
  • Identify the phases of contract administration and the impact of security requirements in the contracting process
  • Identify the purpose of the security-related contractual documents: DD Form 254, DD Form 441,SF 328
  • Identify the relationship of the Statement of Work (SOW) or Performance Work Statement (PWS) to DD Form 254

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 1.5 hours

Target Audience: DSS Industrial Security Representatives (IS Reps), DSS Industrial Security Systems Professionals (ISSPs), DSS Counterintelligence (CI) Personnel, DSS Industrial Security Headquarters Personnel and other DOD Security Specialists with Industrial Security responsibilities.


  • General Requirements: N/A
  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirement: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: A passing score of 75% on 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 IS050.CU
  • 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.