Facility Clearances in the NISP IS140.16

Description: This course introduces the student to the purpose and the requirements for a contractor’s favorable entity eligibility determination, also referred to as a Facility Security Clearance (FCL). The course covers the process of how an FCL is requested and granted, FCL maintenance activities, FCL status types, as well as the effects of different business structures in the FCL process. Additionally, the course discusses changed conditions that may affect the status of the contractor’s FCL in accordance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).

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Learning Objectives: Students shall demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to use FCL eligibility requirements and Department of Defense (DOD) procedures for requesting, granting, and administering FCLs in accordance with the NISPOM.

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 2 hours

Target Audience: The target audience is Facility Security Officers (FSO) at cleared Department of Defense (DOD) contractor sites participating in the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). Secondary audiences include other contractor security personnel, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) Industrial Security Representatives, and DOD Industrial Security Specialists.


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

Prerequisites: N/A

Credits Recommended/Earned:

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.