The Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) is committed to supporting you in your journey in the SPēD Certification Program. Below are resources to guide you in this endeavor.

If you have any questions or require additional resources not listed here, please contact your DoD SPēD Component POC.


Policy Guidance

Videos and Shorts

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Request to Become SPēD Certified
YouTube icon So you want to become SPēD certified. How do you start?
00:01:22 Provides an overview of how to request to become SPēD certified, including the 11 steps to SPēD testing.
SPēD Certification
YouTube icon"Building skills and knowledge are the keys to success. The SPēD Program supports DoD security professionals in meeting this challenge."
00:04:29 Provides a brief overview of the SPēD Certification Program, including the importance of a certification program among DoD security professionals.

Certification Maintenance Railway

The SPēD Certification Maintenance Railway is a series of six short modules that are 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.

one Certification Programs

two Security-related Training Education, or Certificate Program and Higher Education

three Non-security-related Training, Education or Certificate Program and Higher Education

four Conferences and Workshops

five SPēD Certification Projects

six Experience and Achievements