Introduction to DOD HSPD-12 CAC Credentialing PS112.16

Description: The course provides an overview of the DOD HSPD-12 Common Access Card (CAC) credentialing process, to include the purpose, basic steps, investigative requirements, basic and supplemental standards, and determination decisions.

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

  • Identify the purpose of HSPD-12 Adjudications
  • Identify the basic steps in the HSPD-12 adjudication process
  • Identify the purpose of and requirements for interim CAC review pending completion of background investigation
  • Identify the HSPD-12 investigative requirements and process
  • Apply the HSPD-12 basic and supplemental standards to scenarios that present potentially disqualifying information
  • Identify the process for handling unfavorable determinations
  • Identify the requirements for recording the final adjudicative determination

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 4 hours

Target Audience: DOD security and human resource professionals, and other DOD affiliated individuals responsible for performing HSPD-12 CAC credentialing.


  • General Requirements: N/A
  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirements: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: A passing score of 75% on the final exam

Prerequisites: Identifying and Safeguarding Personally Identifiable Information (PII) DS-IF101.06

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?): N/A
  • 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.