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 Outcomes: Students 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) civilian (GS/GG 5-7 level) and military personnel assigned to the DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DoD CAF) who adjudicate for eligibility for assignment to sensitive positions and/or access to collateral and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) program information. Nominations for attendance must be made through and approved by the head or designee of the DoD CAF.

Number of Students Per Course: 25


  • Clearance Requirement: 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 (PS001.18) and Exam (PS001.08).

Credits Recommended/Earned

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: Four (4) semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category.
  • Continuing Education Units per IACET:
  • Professional Development Units per SPeD: 45.00

Additional 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.

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Course Schedule

Dec 05-13, 2017 Linthicum, MD
Mar 06-14, 2018 Linthicum, MD
May 15-23, 2018 Linthicum, MD
Aug 21-29, 2018 Linthicum, MD

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