Special Access Programs (SAP) Overview SA001.16

Description: This course will provide students with an overview of the Department of Defense (DOD) Special Access Program (SAP) environment, including its history, purpose, life cycle, approval process, and roles and responsibilities.

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

  • Identify the definition, purpose, and history of SAPs
  • Identify key SAP policy documents
  • Identify the categories and types of SAPs
  • Identify roles and responsibilities in the SAP approval process
  • Identify the steps in the SAP life cycle
  • Identify operations, oversight, and support roles and responsibilities

Delivery Method: eLearning

Length: 1.5 hours

Target Audience: This course is open to civilian, military, and industry personnel assigned to a position providing support to or oversight of a Department of Defense (DOD) SAP, as well as personnel with little or no experience working with classified information. It is designed for the non-security professional as well as newly assigned security personnel.


  • General Requirements: N/A
  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirements: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: A passing score of 80% 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 IF201.01, 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.