eLearning Courses

Internet-based, self-paced training courses

  • Derivative Classification IF103.16
    This course explains how to derivatively classify national security information from a classification management perspective. The course describes the process and methods for derivatively classifying information; identifies authorized sources to use when derivatively classifying information and explains how to apply authorized sources, through derivatively classifying information based on the concepts of "contained in," "revealed by," and compilation. The course also discusses the responsibilities associated with derivatively classifying information, to include avoidance of over-classification, classification prohibitions and limitations, information sharing, classification challenges, and security incidents and sanctions.
  • Security Classification Guidance IF101.16 CompTia
    This course helps provide Original Classification Authorities (OCAs) and derivative classifiers with the requisite knowledge for developing and employing security classification and declassification guidance. This course identifies U.S. Government and Department of Defense (DoD) policies applicable for developing classification guidance, explains the classification determination process, outlines the process for security classification guides and other types of classification guidance, and describes the process for developing declassification guides.

Job Aids

Security products designed to provide guidance and information to perform specific tasks

  • Derivative Classification Training PDF icon
    The CDSE has provided this training document that derivative classifiers are required to have training once every two years on the proper application of the derivative classification principles of the order with an emphasis on avoiding over-classification. It is designed for wide dissemination as a hand-out for use by security managers and derivative classifiers. This job aid also provides an overview of the approved security classification documents that assist in analyzing and evaluating information for identification of elements that require classification.