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The Department of Defense (DoD) has a professionalization goal of establishing a holistic approach to foster the security community's learning and professional growth. The Certification Maintenance and Renewal Program is the long-term strategy for meeting this goal, allowing DoD, the DoD Security Training Council (DSTC), and the Defense Security Service (DSS) to meet both National Intelligence Strategy (NIS) Enterprise Objective (EO) 6 and USD(I) Human Capital Goals and Objectives for the security workforce.

The purpose of SPēD Certification Maintenance and Renewal is to:

  • Enhance continuing subject matter competence
  • Recognize and encourage learning opportunities
  • Offer a standardized and objective measure for obtaining and recording professional development activities
  • Sustain the global recognition and value of SPēD Certifications

Refer to the SPēD Certification Maintenance and Renewal Procedures for additional information about the Certification Maintenance and Renewal Program.

Obtaining a SPēD Certification is a significant achievement in your career. A SPēD Certification indicates you possess the knowledge and skills associated with the competencies necessary to successfully carry out DoD-defined security functional tasks. However, this is not the end of your professional development.

To maintain an active SPēD certification, you must maintain an active and up-to-date Security Training, Education, and Professionalization Portal (STEPP) account. You must also do one of the following:

  • Obtain 100 Professional Development Units (PDUs) within your two-year maintenance cycle, at least 50 of which must be related to security
  • Successfully retest on your most recently conferred SPēD certification.

Failure to meet either condition within your two-year certification maintenance cycle will cause your certification(s) to expire. If you fail to maintain your certification(s) and wish to attain it again, you must retest and pass each certification's assessment.

For additional information about the Certification Maintenance and Renewal Program, refer to the SPēD Certification Program Candidate Handbook PDF and/or SPēD Certification Maintenance and Renewal Procedures PDF. Additional information can also be found in the FAQs listed below.

Recertification may be required if:

  • Conditions or events trigger the need for certification holders to recertify in one or more assessment topic areas; or
  • An individual fails to meet the certification renewal requirements.

Please note: You must be conferred before you can participate in the Certification Maintenance and Renewal Program. "Conferred" means the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) has approved, signed, and dated your certificate. Once you have a conferral date, you can attain PDUs and enter them into your My SPēD Certification (MSC) account .

Please contact your DoD SPēD Component POC with questions regarding certification maintenance.