APC

The Adjudicator Professional Certification (APC) is required for all Personnel Security Adjudicators in the DoD Consolidated Adjudication Facility, DoD Intelligence Community Central Adjudication Facilities, and personnel security adjudicators employed by an agency accepted to participate in the program.

The APC assesses foundational knowledge in the following competencies:

  • National Security and the Personnel Security Program
  • Type and Scope of Investigations
  • Types of Information Sources
  • Adjudication Process using the Whole Person Concept
  • Procedures for Due Process
  • Pertinent Statutes, Executive Orders, and Regulations Governing the Personnel Security Process
  • Adjudicative Guidelines (concerns, disqualifying conditions, mitigating conditions)
  • Levels of Eligibility to Occupy a Sensitive Position and/or Access to Classified Information
  • Critical Terminologies

APC Candidate Handbook PDF icon

APC Program Maintenance Procedures PDF icon


APC Competency Preparatory Tools (CPTs)

Experience Checkup

Through a series of probing questions, the Experience Checkup helps you evaluate your level of experience in topic areas covered in the APC and determine your base of understanding. Print or Download the PDF. Review each statement (activity) and decide "How often", "When", and "How confident are you that you possess the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully perform the activity." Note your experience levels on the printed or saved "Experience Checkup" file. If your confidence is low and you don’t often perform the activity then this is an area you should consider learning more about.

Knowledge Checkup

The Knowledge Checkup consists of a series of short-answer questions in each APC area of expertise. It also includes an associated answer key describing the complete answer to each question. Print or Download the PDF. Review each question and decide what you think the answer is to the questions posed. Since the answer is provided on the PDF try to hide it for each question until you supply your answer. You can then reveal the master answer and compare yours. After you compare your answers to the master answers you will potentially have a list of questions that are incorrect. Use the incorrect questions as the first phase in your study effort. Look for courses and other training resources at www.CDSE.edu as well as other places. Once you're confident about understanding the questions you missed, next look at the questions you got correct and decide if additional study is required for those.

Example Questions

The Example Questions presents examples of the type of questions found on the APC assessment and identifies the number of questions on each topic. Additionally, the layout is designed to simulate the look, feel, and function of the assessment. Print or Download the PDF. Review each question and select the correct answer from the "Distractors" column. Since the answer is provided on the PDF try to hide it for each question until you select your answer. You can then reveal the master answer and compare your selection. After you compare your answers to the master answers you will potentially have a list of questions that are incorrect. Use the incorrect questions as the first phase in your study effort. Look for courses and other training resources at www.CDSE.edu as well as other places. Once you're confident about understanding the questions you missed, next look at the questions you got correct and decide if additional study is required for those.

Areas of Expertise

The APC assessment is an official record of an individual's demonstrated understanding and application of the occupational and technical knowledge, skills, and expertise necessary to proficiently perform essential adjudicator tasks, with the exception of due process functions.

The Areas of Expertise (AOEs) were identified during the practice analysis as critical domains that should be addressed by the APC. The weights indicated were derived from importance ratings provided by subject matter experts (SMEs) during the development process.

Each AOE topic area can be found in the CDSE course catalog. The link will get you to the Personnel Security courses and other products. You can review course descriptions to determine if an AOE topic area is included in the course. An alternative and faster method for finding AOE topic areas is to download the Student Guide (PDF) for a course and perform a search for the topic. Student Guides can be located on STEPP.