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.

Learning Outcomes:
This course helps 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

Number of Students per Course: 50 (unless determined otherwise by the course manager)


  • Clearance Requirements: Secret - Student clearance eligibility and access information must be documented in the Joint Clearance Access Verification System (JCAVS).
  • Attendance Requirements: Full-time attendance at all sessions and participation in practice exercises.


  • 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.
  • Phase I 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.
  • Registration Requirements:
    • Students may register for the Introduction to Special Access Programs (SAPs) (SA101.01) at any time and select a date for the Phase II course they wish to attend. After registering the student will receive a notification from STEPP stating they are in a PENDING APPROVAL status. It takes one business day to update STEPP, so if you register late in the day or on a weekend, you must wait until the next business day so the system can cycle.
    • During the PENDING APPROVAL stage, if not already completed, students should be working to complete all prerequisite requirements. Once completed, the student will receive access to Phase I Comprehensive Examination approximately 60 days prior to their course selection date. NOTE: Students do not need to retake courses that have already been completed, but are encouraged to review courses if more than one year has lapse.
    • After completing the Phase I Comprehensive Examination, the course manager will be notified from STEPP that the student successfully completed the examination and will APPROVE the student for a seat. If the course is full, the student will be placed on the WAIT LIST pending a cancellation. Should a student not receive a seat for their registered iteration, the student will receive an email stating their registration has been cancelled. The student will have a one year grace period to register for another iteration. If the year expires, the student must retake the Phase I Comprehensive Examination.
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Credits Recommended:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation (What's this?): 2 semester hours, lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: 45.00

List of Courses and Exams: N/A

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

Jan 29 - Feb 01, 2019 (Linthicum, MD)
Mar 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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