About SPēD Certification
The Security Professional Education Development (SPēD) Certification Program is part of the Department of Defense's (DoD) initiative to professionalize the security workforce. This initiative ensures there exists a common set of competencies among security practitioners that promotes interoperability, facilitates professional development and training, and develops a workforce of certified security professionals.
Who is eligible for certification?
You are eligible to pursue a SPēD certification if you are DoD personnel or a federal employee or contractor assigned to a security position.
The SFPC provides a recognized and reliable indication of a security practitioner's understanding of foundational concepts, principles, and practices needed to successfully protect DoD assets. The SFPC was accredited by NCCA in December 2012.
The SAPPC provides a recognized and reliable indication of a security practitioner's ability to apply foundational concepts, principles, and practices needed to successfully perform functions, implement programs, and pursue missions to protect DoD assets. You must be a certificant of the SFPC to participate. The SAPPC was accredited by NCCA in January 2014.
The SPIPC provides a recognized and reliable indication of a security practitioner's understanding and ability to apply risk management and security program management concepts, principles, and practices. You must be a certificant of the SFPC to participate. The SPIPC was accredited by NCCA in February 2015.
The SPSC is ideal for personnel who will be or are already performing Security Officer functions for and/or on behalf of the Department of Defense Special Access Programs. You must be a certificant of the SFPC to participate.
The ISOC is ideal for DoD, Industry, and federal members under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). You must be a certificant of the SFPC to participate.
The APC is required for all Personnel Security Adjudicators in the DoD Consolidated Adjudications and DoD Intelligence Community Central Adjudication Facilities, and personnel security adjudicators employed by an agency accepted to participate in the program.
The DPAPC provides the recognition and official record of an individual's demonstrated understanding and application of occupational and technical knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to proficiently perform essential due process adjudicator tasks (i.e., writing SORs, evaluating responses to SORs, recommending eligibility determinations or other functions following evaluation of responses to SORs).
Cyber Standards for Security Practitioners
In 2016, the DoD Security Training Council approved cyber standards for inclusion in the DoD Security Skill Standards (DS3), which documents and codifies the DoD's expectations of what a security practitioner needs to know and be able to do protect its assets. They concurrently approved changes to the learning objectives for the Security Fundamentals Professional Certification and the Security Asset Protection Professional Certification assessments, which will be integrated on October 2, 2017. For more information, please review this Fact Sheet .