Description: This course provides an in-depth study of the basis and application of due process in unfavorable DoD personnel security determinations. The course emphasizes evaluation and resolution of complex and multiple issue cases.

Course Outcomes: This course is designed to enable students to:

  • Apply and demonstrate the advanced skills required to make final security eligibility adjudicative determinations and administer applicable due process procedures.
  • Analyze, identify and adjudicate significant derogatory information during initial, post-adjudicative and reconsideration reviews.
  • Prepare Statement of Reasons (SOR), review replies to SOR(s) and document final determinations after drawing a conclusion based on the analysis of pertinent facts.

Delivery Method: Virtual Instructor-led

Length: 30 hours over two weeks

Target Audience: This course is intended for Department of Defense (DoD) civilian (GG-11 level and above) and military personnel assigned to the DoD Consolidated Adjudications Facility (CAF) who perform due process duties in conjunction with national security eligibility determinations for access. Also open to adjudicators at the GG-9 level subject to DoD CAF approval. Nominations for attendance must be approved and made through training coordinator or designee.

Number of Students Per Course: Maximum 16 but a minimum of 8 required


  • Clearance Requirement: None
  • Attendance Requirement: Students must complete all exercises and participate in forum discussions.
  • Exam Requirements: Students must earn 160 points out of 200 an 80 percent grade average on course exams and performance exercises. The mandatory final exam is administered on site at CDSE Linthicum, MD.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the DoD Personnel Security Adjudications PS101.01 course and currently performing in an adjudicative or related position for the past 12 months, or, at least 6 months of on-the-job experience after successful completion of the DoD Personnel Security Adjudications PS101.01 course.

Credits Recommended/Earned

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: Three (3) semester hours in the upper-division baccalaureate degree category
  • 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

Sep 17 - 28, 2018
(Exam in Linthicum 28 Sep 2018)

Dec 03 - 14, 2018
(Exam in Linthicum 14 Dec 2018)

Mar 11 - 22, 2019
(Exam in Linthicum 22 Mar 2019)

Jun 03 - 14, 2019
(Exam in Linthicum 14 Jun 2019)

Sep 16 - 27, 2019
(Exam in Linthicum 27 Sep 2019)

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