Description: This course introduces students to Department of Defense (DoD) Special Access Programs (SAPs) by describing the SAP environment and discussing the interaction among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of Government to establish SAP policy. The roles and responsibilities of oversight and support offices and agencies, and mandatory SAP requirements are reviewed. Lessons address security enhancements across security disciplines, compliance inspection and their requirements, annual reviews, and audits.

The course is administered in two phases:

Phase I is the prerequisite eLearning courses/exams which provide a comprehensive introduction to common DoD security practices.

Phase II is the instructor-led course. You are required to successfully complete Phase I before requesting registration for Phase II.

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 Phase I eLearning requirements are listed below in the recommended order of completion. You must complete all identified prerequisites in order to request registration in Phase II.

  • The following eLearning courses are required:
    • Introduction to Information Security Course and Exam IF011.16 and IF011.06
    • Marking 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
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  • The following video is required: Download the student guide or transcript as appropriate for reference.

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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Course Schedule

Jan 29 - Feb 01, 2019 (Linthicum, MD)
March 19-22, 2019 (Iwakuni, Japan)
Mar 26 - 29, 2019 (St. Louis, MO)
Jun 11 - 14, 2019 (Linthicum, MD)
Aug 13 - 16, 2019 (Hanscom AFB, MA)

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