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Description: This course focuses on the Department of Defense (DOD) Special Access Program (SAP) fundamentals and is designed to prepare students to become SAP Security Professionals. The lessons address security enhancements across security disciplines, compliance inspections and their requirements, annual reviews, and audits.

The course is administered through eLearning prerequisites and Instructor-led training.

The prerequisite eLearning courses/exams provide a comprehensive introduction to the Special Access Programs. You are required to successfully complete all the prerequisites prior to requesting enrollment in the Instructor-led course.

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

  • Apply SAP policy documents
  • Understand the rationale for enhanced personnel security requirements
  • Apply the requirements of the National Industrial Security Program and the DD Form 254
  • Identify SAP Cybersecurity procedures
  • Identify the requirements for security awareness and training
  • Identify proper visit request procedures
  • Understand requirements and documentation involved in establishing a SAP facility
  • Identify characteristics of the five SAP accredited areas
  • Recognize items that are prohibited in SAP facilities
  • Identify authorized methods of transmission and transportation of SAP material
  • Categorize security incidents and causes
  • Apply fundamental investigative practices to security incidents
  • Recommend corrective actions for security incidents
  • Apply SAP marking procedures to classified documents
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of oversight agencies
  • Identify the five-step OPSEC process
  • Develop an annual refresher training session and present to the entire class

Delivery Method: Instructor-led

Length: 3.5 days

Target Audience: Newly assigned SAP security professionals, SAP non-security professionals, and security professionals needing refresher training on SAP policy.


  • Clearance Requirement: Secret - Student clearance eligibility and access information must be documented in the Joint Clearance Access Verification System (JCAVS).
  • Attendance Requirement: Full-time attendance at all sessions and participation in practical exercises.
  • Exam Requirements: Students must earn an 80 percent cumulative grade average of all practical exercises, quizzes and exams.

Prerequisites: The eLearning requirements are listed below in the recommended order of completion. You must complete all identified prerequisites in order to request enrollment to the course.

  • The following eLearning courses are required:
    • Introduction to Information Security Course and Exam IF011.16 and IF011.06
    • Marking Special Categories of Classified Information Course and Exam IF105.16 and IF105.06
    • Special Access Programs (SAP) Overview Course and Exam SA001.16 and SA001.06
    • Developing a Security Education and Training Program Course and Exam GS104.16 and GS104.06
    • Transmission and Transportation for DOD Course and Exam IF107.16 and IF107.06
    • Introduction to Physical Security Course and Exam PY011.16 and PY011.06
    • Introduction to Personnel Security Course and Exam PS113.16 and PS113.06
    • Preparing the DD Form 254 I28.16
  • The following video is required: Download the student guide or transcript as appropriate for reference.
  • *NOTE: You are required to successfully complete all eLearning courses/exams before requesting enrollment to the course. 60 days prior to your selected offering, a prerequisite exam will be assigned to your dashboard and must be passed before course attendance can be approved.

  • Phase I Pre-test Comprehensive Examination: ¬†Assigned 60 days prior to the course start date and will appear in the "TO DO" list in the student's STEPP account. ¬†For example, if a course is scheduled to begin on May 1, the examination will be assigned March 1.
      • The passing score is 80 percent.
      • The examination has a one hour time limit and is open book.

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation (What's this?): Two (2) semester hours, lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: 45

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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