Description: This course covers the fundamentals of the personnel security program, such as history, laws, and regulations; personnel security investigations; security clearances; and sensitive positions. Students discuss the role of adjudicators along with investigative, counterintelligence, and law enforcement personnel in the personnel security program. Students also review the process for making personnel security determinations through consistent application of policy guidelines. This course contains extensive exercises in identifying and resolving personnel security issues.

Learning Objectives: Students will learn how to identify security concerns using the Adjudicative Guidelines to make a personnel security determination. In addition, they will be introduced to the whole person concept, different types of background investigations, designated sensitive positions, and personnel security policies and regulations. Students will also learn how to evaluate a portion of a person’s life to reasonably determine if their future behavior would be consistent with national security.

Delivery Method: Instructor-led

Length: 6 and 1/2 days

Target Audience: Department of Defense (DoD) and federal civilians (GS/GG 5-7 level) who adjudicate eligibility for assignment to sensitive positions and/or access to collateral and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) program information or DoD/DoD IC Government Civilian/Military personnel (non-adjudicators) who perform duties in support of national security adjudications. Nominations for attendance must be made through, and approved by, the head or designee of your organization.

Requirements:

  • Clearance Requirements: Clearance eligibility is not required.
  • Attendance Requirement: Full-time attendance and participation in all sessions.
  • Exam Requirements: Students must earn a 75 percent grade average on course exams and performance exercises.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Introduction to DoD Personnel Security Adjudications Course and exam.

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: Three (3) semester hours, lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category.
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: 45

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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.

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Course Schedule

Aug 20 - 28, 2019 (Linthicum, MD)

Oct 29 - Nov 06, 2019 (Linthicum, MD)

Feb 04 - 12, 2020 (Linthicum, MD)

Jun 09 - 17, 2020 (Linthicum, MD)

Aug 11 - 19, 2020 (Linthicum, MD)

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