The Defense Security Service (DSS) is committed to supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) and its Components in promoting the SPēD Certification Program. Below are resources to inform you and your organization about the SPēD Certification Program and its benefits.

If you have any questions or require additional resources not listed here, please reach out to


Policy Guidance

Videos and Shorts

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SPēD Certification Mapping Workshop
(22 July 2015)
YouTube iconIntroductions 00:05:30 Provides an overview of the SPēD Certification Program mapping process, lessons learned, and resources available to assist Components.
YouTube iconThe LEAD Process 01:27:34
YouTube iconLessons Learned 00:55:11
YouTube iconClosing Comments 00:08:31
YouTube iconDepartment of Defense Security Skill Standards (DS3) 00:19:43 Provides an overview of the current version of the Defense Security Skill Standards (DS3). Examples are provided on how to use the document.

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