Introduction to Personnel Security PS113.16

Description: This course introduces the management practices and procedures required to administer the Department of Defense (DOD) Personnel Security Program (PSP) at the military base/installation level. The course provides an overview of the elements of the PSP to include: designation of sensitive duties, investigative and adjudicative practices, security officer responsibilities under the PSP one-time access requirements, special security program requirements, and due process procedures. The course identifies the types of personnel security investigations (PSIs), the position sensitivity or duties associated, and the agency authorized to conduct PSIs.

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Learning Objectives: This course is designed to enable students to: Demonstrate comprehension of the PSP, to include designation of sensitive duties, investigative and adjudicative practices, and security officer responsibilities under the PSP.

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 2 hours

Target Audience: This course is intended for DOD civilian, military and contractor personnel who support the DOD PSP. Non-DOD personnel with similar responsibilities are encouraged to register because elements and concepts contained in the course apply to other Federal personnel security programs. This course is specifically designed to address the needs of individuals requiring an overview of the PSP not directly responsible for managing the program.


  • 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: None

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?): In association with 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.