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 all security disciplines, compliance inspections and their requirements, annual reviews, and audits. The course is administered through eLearning prerequisites, synchronous with asynchronous elements via Adobe connect and using the collaborative learning environment (CLE) SAKAI. CLE activities include pre-recorded webcasts, live and recorded webinars, individual practical exercises, quizzes, a team capstone and a final course exam. The prerequisite eLearning courses/exams that provide a comprehensive introduction to SAP are required to be successfully completed prior to requesting enrollment into the Instructor-led course.

Course Prerequisites:

  • You are required to successfully complete all prerequisites prior to requesting enrollment in the Virtual Instructor-led course.:
    • 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.

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: Virtual Instructor-led Training

Length: 7 days

Target Audience: Newly assigned DOD and Federal civilian, military, and contractor SAP security professionals, SAP non-security professionals, and security professionals needing refresher training on SAP policy.

Number of Students Per Course:54 (Unless determined otherwise by the course manager)


  • Clearance Requirement: Secret - Student clearance eligibility and access information must be submitted during the Action Required period of the registration process. The Action Required period begins 60 days prior to the start of the class. Instructions will be provided as necessary.
  • 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.
  • Registration Requirements:
    • Students may enroll for the Introduction to Special Access Programs (SAPs) Prerequisite Page (SA101.10PR) at any time and begin completing the list of prerequisites. 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.
    • Upon completion of the prerequisites students will be able to request registration for an offering they wish to attend.
    • Approximately 60 days prior to their course selection date students will receive access to the Phase I Comprehensive Examination. After completing the Phase I Comprehensive Examination and clearance verification submittal, the course administrator will review your registration request. 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.

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

April 12 - 20, 2021

June 07 - 15, 2021

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