How to Earn PDUs

The CDSE Training and Education divisions have a number of resources to help you earn PDUs. For PDU resources specific to your organization or agency, or if you have questions about what constitutes professional development, please contact your DoD SPēD Component POC.

To maintain an active and up-to-date SPēD certification, earn 100 Professional Development Units (PDUs) within your two-year maintenance cycle, at least 50 of which must be related to security. Follow these steps to record the PDUs you earn:

  1. Log in to My SPēD Certification (MSC) account .
  2. Navigate to the correct Certification Renewal Forms (CRFs).
  3. Determine which professional development category to use.
  4. Enter PDUs.
  5. Ensure your PDUs are in the right category.
  6. Submit your CRF once you reach 100 PDUs.

"Sample timeline of two-year maintenance cycle:"

  • 2019

    01 October 2019 (exp. 30 September 2021)

    You are conferred your first SPēD Certification. A Certification Renewal Form (CRF) will now appear in your MSC account and you have two calendar years—until 30 September 2021—to earn and record 100 PDUs and submit the CRF.

  • 2021

    01 October 2021 (exp. 30 September 2023)

    The certification maintenance cycle repeats. You have another two calendar years—until 30 September 2023—to earn and record 100 PDUs and submit the CRF.

  • 2023

    01 October 2023 (exp. 30 September 2025)

    The certification maintenance cycle repeats. You have another two calendar years—until 30 September 2025—to earn and record 100 PDUs and submit the CRF.

  • 2025

    01 October 2025 (exp. 30 September 2027)

    The certification maintenance cycle repeats. You have another two calendar years—until 30 September 2027—to earn and record 100 PDUs and submit the CRF.

  • 2027

    01 October 2027 (exp. 30 September 2029)

    The two-year certification maintenance cycles continue for as long as you want to maintain your certification...

The SPēD Certification Maintenance Railway is a series of six short modules designed to familiarize certificants with the certification maintenance requirements and the renewal form. Select one of the six categories below to access the audio/visual tutorial for each one.

  1. Certification Programs YouTube
  2. Security-related Training Education, or Certificate Program and Higher Education YouTube
  3. Non-security-related Training, Education or Certificate Program and Higher Education YouTube
  4. Conferences and Workshops YouTube
  5. SPēD Certification Projects YouTube
  6. Experience and Achievements YouTube

Refer to the SPēD Certification Maintenance and Renewal Procedures PDF and our Certification Maintenance FAQs.