The Personnel Security Program establishes the standards, criteria, and guidelines upon which personnel security eligibility determinations are based. If you are a new to the personnel security (PS) discipline we suggest you review the following PS training products in the order listed to develop a foundation in personnel security concepts and principles. Once you have reviewed these PS training products, there are many other training products on this webpage to expand your PS knowledge and skills.

  1. Introduction to Personnel Security PS113.16
  2. Receive and Maintain Your Security Clearance Eligibility (Job Aid)
  3. Need to Know Principle Video Lesson
  4. The Revised Federal Investigative Standards Short

Instructor-led Courses

Instructed by subject matter experts and guest speakers at various locations

eLearning Courses

Internet-based, self-paced training courses

Virtual Instructor-led

Instructor-led, self-paced training facilitated by training instructors

Job Aids

Provide guidance and information to perform various security tasks and responsibilities

Security Training Videos

View important principles and tasks; about 5 -10 minutes

Security Shorts

Twenty minutes or less self-paced eLearning course focused on critical topics, tasks, or processes with no assessments

  • Adverse Information Reporting [description] [GO »]
  • The 13 Adjudicative Guidelines [description]
    1. Adjudicative Guideline A: Allegiance to the United States GO »
    2. Adjudicative Guideline B: Foreign Influence GO »
    3. Adjudicative Guideline C: Foreign Preference GO »
    4. Adjudicative Guideline D: Sexual Behavior GO »
    5. Adjudicative Guideline E: Personal Conduct GO »
    6. Adjudicative Guideline F: Financial Considerations GO »
    7. Adjudicative Guideline G: Alcohol Consumption GO »
    8. Adjudicative Guideline H: Drug Involvement and Substance Misuse GO »
    9. Adjudicative Guideline I: Psychological Conditions GO »
    10. Adjudicative Guideline J: Criminal Conduct GO »
    11. Adjudicative Guideline K: Handling Protected Information GO »
    12. Adjudicative Guideline L: Outside Activities GO »
    13. Adjudicative Guideline M: Use of Information Technology GO »
  • The Revised Federal Investigative Standards [description] [GO »]


Live, interactive presentations presented by instructors


Central repository of resources by security role or content

CDSE courses are intended for use by Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel and contractors within the National Industrial Security Program.