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Table of Contents 2 Message from the Director, Defense Security Service 3 SPēD Certification Program Overview 3 Introduction 3 What is the SPēD Certification Program? 4 Certification Program Accreditation 4 Eligibility 5 Scheduling a SPēD Certification Assessment 5 Your STEPP and MSC Accounts 6 Requesting Authorization to Test and Scheduling Your Assessment 6 Canceling or Rescheduling a SPēD Certification Assessment 6 Retaking a SPēD Certification Assessment 7 Accommodations for Disabilities 8 Preparing for a SPēD Certification Assessment 8 Competency Preparatory Tools 9 Taking a SPēD Certification Assessment 9 Testing Day

12 Certification-Specific Information: Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC) 12 Security Fundamentals Professional Certification Policy Matrix 13 Areas of Expertise 14 Preparing for the SFPC Assessment 16 Certification-Specific Information: Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC) 16 Security Asset Protection Professional Certification Policy Matrix 17 Areas of Expertise 20 Certification-Specific Information: Security Program Integration Professional Certification (SPIPC) 20 Security Program Integration Professional Certification Policy Matrix 21 Areas of Expertise 22 Preparing for the SPIPC Assessment

10 Feedback

24 Areas of Expertise

10 Assessment Security and Confidentiality

25 Preparing for the ISOC Assessment

11 SPēD Certificates 11 Updating Personnel Records 11 Using Certification Acronyms

33 The Certification Maintenance and Renewal Program 34 Professional Development Units (PDUs) 34 Recertification/Retest Requirements 35 Appeals Process and Procedures 35 Grounds for Appeal 35 Decisions Not Eligible for Appeal 36 Appeal Review 36 Appeal Decision and Notification 36 Appeal Withdrawal 37 Appeals Process Flow 38 Circumstances for Waiver

23 Industrial Security Oversight Certification Policy Matrix

11 Certification Conferral and Revocation

33 Certification Maintenance and Renewal Procedures

38 Waiver Process and Procedures

10 Scoring SPēD Certification Assessments

11 After Your SPēD Certification Assessment

32 Preparing for the SPSC Assessment

36 Appeal Submission

18 Preparing for the SAPPC Assessment

23 Certification-Specific Information: Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC)

9 Test Taking Tips

30 Areas of Expertise

38 Waiver Request Submission 38 Waiver Decision and Notification 39 Disciplinary Process and Procedures 41 Disciplinary Process Flow

26 Certification-Specific Information: Physical Security Certification (PSC) 26 Physical Security Certification Policy Matrix



42 SPēD Certification Program Background 42 Governance 42 Assessment Development 43 Determining Passing Scores

27 Areas of Expertise

44 Non-Discrimination Policy

28 Preparing for the PSC Assessment 29 Certification-Specific Information: Special Program Security Certification (SPSC)

45 Glossary 48 Acronyms

29 Special Program Security Certification Policy Matrix

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Message from the Director, Defense Security Service As the world continues to advance in technology and globalization, it is important to demonstrate our security professionals have the knowledge and skills to tackle associated challenges. The Security Professional Education Development (SPēD) Certification Program serves as a vital part of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) initiative to professionalize the security workforce and ensure it evolves with the ever-changing security landscape. As the functional manager for DoD security education, training, and certification, I want to thank you for your interest and participation in the SPēD Certification Program. This Candidate Handbook is designed to provide you with material specific to the Program and the information necessary to help you achieve and maintain your SPēD certification.

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The Program is the unquestionable leader for professionalizing the security workforce, and by attaining a SPēD certification, you join an elite group of security professionals who have proven they understand the concepts and principles, including those in constant flux, deemed critical to protect our nation’s assets. I wish you the best as you pursue SPēD certification, and commend you for your journey towards excellence in your security career. Together, we can take DoD to the next level.

Daniel E. Payne Director, Defense Security Service

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SPēD Certification Program Overview Introduction This Candidate Handbook is a tool to help you navigate the SPēD Certification Program. This handbook provides information on how to take a certification assessment, the certifications available to you, and how to maintain your certification, as well as some background into the SPēD Certification Program. You will also find test-taking tips, links, and guidance for every step of the way. Welcome to the SPēD Certification Program, and good luck!

What is the SPēD Certification Program?

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The SPēD Certification Program is part of a holistic effort to professionalize the security workforce and ensures security practitioners demonstrate proficiency in a common set of competencies. The goal of the Program is to promote interoperability among the various security disciplines, facilitate professional development and training, and develop a workforce of certified security professionals. The SPēD Certification Program is composed of certifications that assess knowledge and skill sets for distinct security disciplines and responsibilities. The SPēD Certification Program serves as a valid and reliable indicator of your mastery of facts, concepts, and principles the DoD community deems critical to successfully perform functions, implement programs, and pursue missions necessary to manage risks and protect DoD assets. Certification

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Security Fundamentals Professional Certification

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You understand foundational security concepts, principles, and practices.

Security Asset Protection Professional Certification

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You apply foundational security concepts, principles, and practices.

Security Program Integration Professional Certification

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You understand and apply risk assessment and security program management based on security concepts, principles, and practices.

Industrial Security Oversight Certification

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You understand and apply industrial security oversight concepts, principles, and practices under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP).

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You understand and apply physical security concepts, principles, and practices.

Special Program Security Certification

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You understand and apply knowledge of special access program policies, principles, procedures, and requirements.

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The SPēD Certification Program also offers a certification and specialized credential for Adjudicators. For more information, please reference the Adjudicator Professional Certification (APC) Program Candidate Handbook (http://www.cdse.edu/documents/sped/APC_Candidate_Handbook.pdf ).

Certification Program Accreditation The SPēD Certification Program is an essential element of the Department of Defense’s initiative to professionalize the workforce. Per Department of Defense Manual (DODM) 3305.13-M, “DoD Security Accreditation and Certification,” all certifications must be accredited and maintain accreditation by meeting the published standards of the national recognized certification accreditation body, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Accreditation is the process by which certifications are evaluated against defined standards and, when in compliance with these standards, are awarded recognition by the NCCA. Accreditation is proof the program has been reviewed by a panel of impartial experts and has met the stringent standards set by the NCCA. The NCCA uses established standards to assure programs meet threshold expectations of quality and assure they improve over time. To date, Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC), Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC), Security Program Integration Professional Certification (SPIPC), Physical Security Certification (PSC), and Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC) have achieved national accreditation from the NCCA. Achieving SPēD certification publicly confirms you and the program, meet comprehensive quality standards and you are prepared for success in the security profession.

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You are eligible to pursue a SPēD certification if you are DoD personnel or a federal employee or contractor assigned to a security position. Contact your SPēD Certification Program Component Service Representative (your organization’s point of contact) if you have questions about your eligibility (http://www.cdse.edu/certification/sped_contact.html).

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Scheduling a SPēD Certification Assessment Your STEPP and MSC Accounts The Security Training, Education, and Professionalization Portal (STEPP) is the system of record for the SPēD Certification Program. Before scheduling your SPēD certification assessment, you must establish an active and up-to-date STEPP account. Once you establish your STEPP account, you will also receive a My SPēD Certification (MSC) account, where you will manage your SPēD certification activity. To create, and update your STEPP account and register for a MSC account: 1. Create or update your STEPP account (http://stepp.dss.mil/SelfRegistration/Login.aspx).

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a. Select the checkbox on the User Profile screen indicating you are interested in participating in the SPēD Certification Program.



b. Enter or update your information.



c. Review and, if needed, modify the following fields to conform to the listed requirements:

1. Organization: If you are performing your security duties as a federal or contract employee, select the appropriate organization name or entity. 2. Mailing address, phone number, and email address (must be official DoD/Company information).

d. Select the “Submit” button to save.

2. On the User Profile Certification screen, select the “User Attestation” checkbox.

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3. You will receive an email within 48 hours to confirm your interest and provide a link to your MSC account. Select that link and follow the instructions to activate your MSC account.

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Requesting Authorization to Test and Scheduling Your Assessment After your STEPP and MSC accounts are active and updated, and before scheduling a SPēD certification assessment, you must obtain authorization from your employing Component or agency to take a SPēD certification assessment. Complete the following to request authorization to test: 1. Log in to MSC (http://i7lp.integral7.com/dss). 2. Select the “Complete a Form” link from the left navigation list. 3. Select the appropriate form for the certification assessment you wish to take. 4. Complete the form, and then select “Submit Form.”

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Next, you will receive a series of messages and emails providing you with the status of your request. You will be advised when you have been authorized to take the assessment and provided a link guiding you through the scheduling process. Upon receiving authorization to test, the assessment must be scheduled and completed within 90 calendar days.

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Canceling or Rescheduling a SPēD Certification Assessment You may cancel or reschedule your assessment without penalty at least 24 hours in advance. If you cancel less than 24 hours in advance, you will be placed on a 90-day hold and not allowed to reschedule until that 90-day period expires. If you believe extenuating circumstances warrant an exception, contact your Component SPēD Certification Program POC. You may reschedule existing appointments within the 90-calendar day authorization allotment.

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If you do not obtain a passing score or do not complete the assessment, you can retake it after a 90-day waiting period. This waiting period is applied after each sitting, regardless of whether you completed the assessment. “Sitting for the assessment” occurs when you log onto the testing workstation. Please refer to “Prepare for SPēD Certification” (http://www.cdse.edu/certification/prepare.html) for suggested preparatory tools and resources to aid in improving performance when retaking the assessment.

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Accommodations for Disabilities If requested, the SPēD Certification Program will provide reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, and DoD policy. In general, an accommodation is made when a disability is relieved by an auxiliary aid or a procedural change during assessment administration. Reasonable accommodations will be made for known physical or mental limitations if you are a qualified individual with a disability.

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A request for a reasonable accommodation is a verbal or written statement from you requesting an adjustment or change for a reason related to a disability. A request does not have to use any special words, such as “reasonable accommodation,” “disability,” or “Rehabilitation Act.” If you have a disability, you may request a reasonable accommodation, even if you have not previously disclosed the existence of a disability.

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It is your responsibility to seek accommodations in advance of your assessment date. This request is initiated by responding to the question included in the assessment request form available in MSC.

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We may request documentation from an appropriate health care or rehabilitation professional about your disability and functional limitations when the disability and need for accommodation is not obvious. Appropriate professionals include, but are not limited to, doctors (including psychiatrists), psychologists, nurses, physical therapists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and licensed mental health professionals. The need for and the ability to provide any specific accommodation is determined on an individual basis, depending on the unique circumstances involved and taking into consideration your specific disability and the existing limitations in completing the certification process.

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The DoD SPēD Certification PMO, along with the testing location, will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your request, including offering an alternative means to take the certification assessment. If it would impose an undue burden to provide the required testing environment, you will be notified with a written explanation of the denial and a statement of the reasons for the denial. Grievances regarding accommodations denied by the DoD SPēD Certification PMO may be brought to the Defense Security Service (DSS) Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at [email protected] or 571-305-6726.

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Preparing for a SPēD Certification Assessment Competency Preparatory Tools Competency Preparatory Tools (CPTs) are a suite of tools to help you prepare for your SPēD certification assessment. These tools deliver a means to gauge your experience in and knowledge of security competencies tested in each assessment. CPTs consist of three parts: 1. Experience Check-up: Through a series of probing questions, the Experience Check-up helps you evaluate your level of experience in topic areas covered in each assessment and determine your base of understanding.

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2. Knowledge Check-up: The Knowledge Check-up consists of a series of short-answer questions in each assessment’s Area of Expertise. It also includes an associated answer key describing the complete answer to each question.

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3. Example Questions: These questions present samples of the type of questions found on each assessment and gives you an opportunity to evaluate your level of understanding of topic areas covered in an assessment. Additionally, the layout of the Example Questions is designed to simulate the look, feel, and function of the assessment. To view available CPTs for each SPēD certification assessment, please visit http://www.cdse.edu/certification/ prepare.html. Mobile CPTs are also available for select SPēD certifications. In addition to the CPTs, consider the following when preparing for your SPēD certification assessment:

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• The body of material covered on the assessment cannot be memorized in its entirety. Use memory techniques only to help recall key points. • Focus on the application of accepted principles, practices, and theories, not memorizing facts, dates, and names.

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• Consider studying in pairs or forming a face-to-face or virtual study group.

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• The assessment is based on DoD policy only, and does not incorporate additional Component or agency requirements.

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Taking a SPēD Certification Assessment All SPēD certification program assessments are delivered online via computer-based testing through our partner network of test delivery centers. All SPēD certification assessments are approximately 100 items/questions.

Testing Day After scheduling your assessment, you will receive a confirmation email with information about the test center’s admission, rescheduling, and cancellation policies. Arrive at the test center 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. You may be refused admission if you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment.

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Provide two forms of identification as directed in your testing confirmation email.

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You will be provided with the following materials:

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• Blank paper or whiteboards and appropriate writing utensils • Computer to take the assessment

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The following personal items are not permitted in testing rooms: Cellular phones, hand-held computers/personal digital assistants (PDAs) or other electronic devices (including iWatches and FiTBITS), pagers, watches, wallets, purses, hats, bags, coats, books, and notes. These items must be left outside the test center or stored in a secure area designated by the test center administrator.

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• Check out the test center location in advance. • Arrive early. • Keep a positive attitude throughout the entire testing session. • Trust your first impression. • Read the entire question carefully. • Do not overanalyze the questions or answers.

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• Skip questions you are uncertain about and return to them later. • Do not look for answer patterns. • Do not select an answer just because of its length. • Pace yourself. • Use your time wisely. • Answer all questions; there is no penalty for guessing.

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Scoring SPēD Certification Assessments You must earn a score equal to or higher than the cut score to pass the assessment. Preliminary pass/fail results are provided on-screen once you complete your assessment and later in your MSC account history. The results are recorded in STEPP within 15 days of taking the assessment.

Feedback After completing and submitting the assessment you will receive a feedback report indicating your standing on the test. It will help you understand strengths and weaknesses and areas that you can improve to increase your competencies

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Assessment Security and Confidentiality

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The SPēD Certification Program assessments are made up of questions and answers not subject to public release.

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To take this assessment, you signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and therefore accepted the terms and conditions for participating in the SPēD Certification Program. You are not authorized to release any information about a SPēD assessment to peers, supervisors, study groups, or anyone else. Among other things, the NDA notice states: “By accessing and participating in the SPēD Certification Program, you accept the responsibility to protect the integrity of these assessments by not disclosing, disseminating, copying, publishing, or transmitting any parts of the assessment in any form to any person, without prior written consent of the DoD SPēD Certification PMO.” SPēD certification assessments are proctored and delivered in secure environments. These measures are in place to protect the integrity of your results and the SPēD Certification Program and to ensure consistent testing environments.

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Except as described in this handbook, the personal information you provide and your assessment results are confidential and will not be disclosed without your written consent, unless when necessary to comply with a compulsory, legally-authorized demand or order of a court of competent jurisdiction. To allow DSS to release your personal or assessment information to a third party other than as described in this handbook, you must authorize DSS to do so in writing. Any such written authorization must state the specific information that may be released and specifically identify the third party to receive the information. Data gathered and distributed as part of assessment studies or reports will be aggregated and personal identifying information redacted.

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After Your SPēD Certification Assessment Certification Conferral and Revocation DoD Manual 3305.13-M, “DoD Security Accreditation and Certification,” March 14, 2011, authorizes the USD(I) to accept and approve certification conferral recommendations made by the Director, DSS, if you meet the eligibility requirements and required assessment scores. As the conferral official, the USD(I), upon recommendation from the Director, DSS, is also the authority to revoke certification credentials.

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If you are conferred a SPēD certification, your SPēD Certification Program certificate and lapel pin will be mailed to you approximately 90 days of your assessment date.

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Certificates and lapel pins are packaged and distributed as follows:

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• Industry certificants: Shipped via express mail to the address listed in your STEPP account • All other certificants: Shipped to your employing Component or agency POC for distribution

Updating Personnel Records For employees serviced by the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System (DCPDS), the DoD SPēD Certification PMO transfers program achievements to DCPDS, which then updates personnel records.

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To release and upload your records from the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) to DCPDS, you must first authorize the release of these records. Once you have been conferred a certification by the USD(I), you will receive an automatic email request to release your certification records. This release must be completed and submitted to release your certification records from DMDC and updated in DCPDS.

Using Certification Acronyms If you are conferred a SPēD certification, you are authorized to use the appropriate acronym designation (e.g., SFPC, SAPPC, SPIPC) on business cards, resumes, and signature lines. For example, the designation “SPIPC” should appear in all capital letters after a comma following your name (e.g., John Doe, SPIPC). You may use the designation so long as you hold the credential.

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Certification-Specific Information: Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC) Security Fundamentals Professional Certification Policy Matrix This certification policy matrix summarizes the essential characteristics and design requirements for the Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC). Security Fundamentals Professional Certification The SFPC is ideal if you:

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• Will be or are already performing security functions as an additional or embedded duty

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You will have 2.5 hours to complete the SFPC assessment.

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• Are working toward or already occupy a full-time security position for which attainment of this certification has been deemed a requirement or professional development milestone

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To attain the SFPC, you must: Prerequisites

• Be in “good standing” by having your DoD employment status or affiliation confirmed by your Component’s SPēD Certification Program POC

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• Successfully meet the certification assessment’s qualifying score

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To maintain the SFPC, you must: Requirements

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• Successfully complete and record 100 Professional Development Units (PDUs) and submit your Certification Renewal Form (CRF) during your two-year certification maintenance cycle

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• The DoD Security Training Council (DSTC) concludes the content addressed by the certification’s assessment modules is significantly out of date, regardless of your current certification maintenance

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• You fail to meet the certification maintenance requirements within your two-year certification maintenance cycle

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Areas of Expertise The SFPC assessment measures your breadth of knowledge. Although your current work may primarily be in one of the core security disciplines (information, personnel, physical, industrial, or general security), the results of the practice analysis performed by DoD demonstrates the importance of having awareness and a fundamental body of knowledge across the core security disciplines and the ability to apply foundational security concepts, principles, and practices. The SFPC is not only valuable to you as your career advances; it also strengthens the DoD’s confidence in your general knowledge. The Areas of Expertise specified in the following charts were identified during the practice analysis as critical domains that should be addressed by the SFPC. The weights indicated were derived from importance ratings provided by subject matter experts (SMEs) during the development process.

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Exam Weight: 28%

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Information Protection Principles

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Policies and Procedures for Handling Special Types of Information

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Storage, Disposition, and Destruction

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Transmission and Transportation

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Security Incidents

Release of Classified Material to Foreign Persons

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Physical Security Concepts

Physical Security Concepts for Storage of Classified Information

Facility Access Control

Site Design Strategies

Protective Barriers

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Key, Combinations, and Lock Control

Security System Devices

Anti-Terrorism Concepts and Principles

Law Enforcement Concepts and Principles

Search and Seizure Industrial Security

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Contracts and Contract Administration

Industrial Security Concepts

Personnel and Facility Security Clearance Under NISP

Visits and Meetings

General Security

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Counterintelligence

Inspections and Assessments

Operations Security (OPSEC) Concepts

Protected Information Categories

Operations Security (OPSEC) Threat Analysis, Indicators, and Measures

Research and Technology Protection Concepts

Insider Threat Concepts and Principles

Special Access Program Concepts

Risk Management Framework

Basic Security Forms

IT/IS Security Functionality and Controls

Security Briefings

Preparing for the SFPC Assessment The SFPC assessment is training agnostic, meaning you do not have to take any prescribed training or courses prior to sitting for the certification assessment. However, preparing for the assessment by gaining additional training, education, or experience in the topic areas may prove beneficial. SFPC Competency Preparatory Tools (CPTs) (http://www.cdse.edu/certification/sfpc.html) provide a means to gauge your experience and knowledge of the security competencies tested in the SFPC assessment. The Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) also offers mobile versions of the SFPC Experience Checklist and Knowledge Test so you can prepare for your assessment from your smartphone or tablet. After completing the CPTs, you are linked to additional recommended resources to increase your proficiency.

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You are also invited to familiarize yourself with courses addressing the topics noted in the SFPC Areas of Expertise above. As a starting point, the following courses have proven helpful to many preparing for the SFPC assessment: • Introduction to Industrial Security Course, IS011.16 • Introduction to Information Security Course, IF011.16 • Introduction to Physical Security Course, PY011.16 • Introduction to Personnel Security Course, PS113.16 • Introduction to DoD Personnel Security Adjudication Course, PS001.18 • Special Access Program (SAP) Overview Course, SA001.16 • Introduction to the Risk Management Framework (RMF) Course, CS124.16

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Certification-Specific Information: Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC) Security Asset Protection Professional Certification Policy Matrix This certification policy matrix summarizes the essential characteristics and design requirements for the Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC). Security Asset Protection Professional Certification The SAPPC is ideal if you:

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Areas of Expertise The SAPPC assessment measures your ability to apply fundamental security knowledge. Although your current work may primarily be in one of the core security disciplines (information, personnel, physical, industrial, or general security), the results of the practice analysis performed by DoD demonstrates the importance of having awareness and a fundamental body of knowledge across the core security disciplines and the ability to apply foundational security concepts, principles, and practices. The SAPPC is not only valuable to you as your career advances; it also strengthens the DoD’s confidence in your general knowledge. The Areas of Expertise specified in the following charts were identified during practice analysis as critical domains that should be addressed by the SAPPC. The weights indicated were derived from importance ratings provided by subject matter experts (SMEs) during the development process.

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Exam Weight: 10% Physical Security Standards for Storage of Classified Information

Physical Security Concepts Industrial Security

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Contracts and Contract Administration

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You are also invited to familiarize yourself with courses addressing the topics noted in the SAPPC Areas of Expertise above. As a starting point, the following courses have proven helpful to many preparing for the SAPPC Assessment: • Introduction to Industrial Security Course, IS011.16 • Introduction to Information Security Course, IF011.16 • Introduction to Physical Security Course, PY011.16 • Introduction to Personnel Security Course, PS113.16 • Introduction to DoD Personnel Security Adjudication Course, PS001.18 • OPSEC Fundamentals, IO-OP101.16 (Note: You are required to have a “.mil” or “.gov” email address in your STEPP profile to be approved for this training.)

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• Special Access Program (SAP) Overview Course, SA001.16 • Introduction to the Risk Management Framework (RMF) Course, CS124.16

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• Cyber Security Awareness Course, CS130.16

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• Security Policies, Principles, and Programs, GS140.16 You may access these courses through your STEPP account (http://stepp.dss.mil/SelfRegistration/Login.aspx).

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Certification-Specific Information: Security Program Integration Professional Certification (SPIPC) Security Program Integration Professional Certification Policy Matrix The certification policy matrix summarizes the essential characteristics and design requirements for the Security Program Integration Professional Certification (SPIPC). Security Program Integration Professional Certification The SPIPC is ideal if you: • Will be or are already performing security functions as an additional or embedded duty

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• Successfully complete and record 100 Professional Development Units (PDUs) and submit your Certification Renewal Form (CRF) during your two-year certification maintenance cycle

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Areas of Expertise The SPIPC assessment measures your ability to understand and apply risk assessment and security program management based on security concepts, principles, and practices. Although your current work may primarily be in one of the core security disciplines (information, personnel, physical, industrial, or general security), the results of the practice analysis performed by DoD demonstrates the importance of having awareness and a fundamental body of knowledge across the core security disciplines, and the ability to understand and apply foundational security concepts, principles, and practices. The SPIPC is not only valuable to you as your career advances; it also strengthens the DoD’s confidence in your general knowledge. The Areas of Expertise specified in the following charts were identified during the practice analysis as critical domains that should be addressed by the SPIPC. The weights indicated were derived from importance ratings provided by subject matter experts (SMEs) during the development process.

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PPB&E Process, Concepts, and Principles Risk Assessment Risk Management Benefits and Costs

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Risk Assessment Concepts and Principles Risk Management

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Strategies for Controlling and/or Managing Risks

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Preparing for the SPIPC Assessment The SPIPC Assessment is training agnostic, meaning you do not have to take any prescribed training or courses prior to sitting for the certification assessment. However, preparing for the assessment by gaining additional training, education, or experience in the topic areas often is beneficial. SPIPC Competency Preparatory Tools (CPTs) (http://www.cdse.edu/certification/spipc.html) provide a means to gauge your experience and knowledge of the security competencies tested in the SPIPC Assessment. After completing the CPTs, you are linked to additional recommended resources to increase your proficiency.

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Certification-Specific Information: Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC) Industrial Security Oversight Certification Policy Matrix This certification policy matrix summarizes the essential characteristics and design requirements for the Industrial Security Oversight Certification (ISOC). Industrial Security Oversight Certification The ISOC is ideal if you: • Will be or are already performing Industrial Security Oversight functions as an additional or embedded duty

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• Be a certificant of the Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC)

• Successfully meet the certification assessment’s qualifying score To maintain the ISOC, you must:

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Areas of Expertise The ISOC assessment measures your understanding of industrial security skills in implementing the National Industrial Security Program (NISP), as well as your ability to perform other industrial security functions, including facility security and conducting facility surveys and inspections. Although your current work may primarily be in one of the core security disciplines (i.e., information, personnel, physical, industrial, or general security), the practice analysis performed by DoD demonstrates the importance of having awareness and a fundamental knowledge across the core disciplines and the ability to perform industrial security oversight functions. The ISOC is not only valuable to you as your career advances; it also strengthens the DoD’s confidence in your specialized knowledge in industrial security oversight. The Areas of Expertise specified in the following charts were identified during the practice analysis as critical domains that should be addressed by the ISOC. The weights indicated were derived from importance ratings provided by subject matter experts (SMEs) during the development process.

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Area of Expertise Industrial Security Basics

Exam Weight: 27%

Facility Clearance Requirements and Procedures

Personnel Security Concepts

Business Structures

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Contractor/Sub-Contractor Reporting Responsibilities Security Reviews and Inspection

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Preparing for the ISOC Assessment The ISOC assessment is training agnostic, meaning you do not have to take any prescribed training or courses prior to sitting for the certification assessment. However, preparing for the assessment by gaining additional training, education, or experience in the topic areas may prove beneficial. ISOC Competency Preparatory Tools (CPTs) (http://www.cdse.edu/certification/isoc.html) provide a means to gauge your experience and knowledge of the security competencies tested in the ISOC assessment. After completing the CPTs, you are linked to additional recommended resources to increase your proficiency. You are also invited to familiarize yourself with courses addressing the topics noted in the ISOC Areas of Expertise above. As a starting point, the following courses have proven helpful to many preparing for the ISOC Assessment:

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Certification-Specific Information: Physical Security Certification (PSC) Physical Security Certification Policy Matrix This certification policy matrix summarizes the essential characteristics and design requirements of Physical Security Certification (PSC). Physical Security Certification The PSC is ideal if you:

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Areas of Expertise The PSC assessment is a measurement of your understanding of physical security competencies. Although your current work may primarily be in one of the core security disciplines (information, personnel, industrial, or general security), the results of the practice analysis performed by DoD demonstrate the importance of having awareness and a fundamental knowledge across the core disciplines and the ability to perform physical security functions. The PSC is not only valuable to you as your career advances; it also strengthens the DoD’s confidence in your specialized knowledge in physical security principles. The Areas of Expertise specified in the following charts were identified during the practice analysis as critical domains that should be addressed by the PSC. The weights indicated were derived from importance ratings provided by subject matter experts (SMEs) during the development process.

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Physical Security Standards Physical Security Standards for Storage of Classified Information

Exam Weight: 24% Physical Security Standards for Sensitive Conventional Arms, Ammunition, and Explosives

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Preparing for the PSC Assessment The PSC assessment is training agnostic, meaning you do not have to take any prescribed training or courses prior to sitting for the certification assessment. However, preparing for the assessment by gaining additional training, education, or experience in the topic areas may prove beneficial. PSC Competency Preparatory Tools (CPTs) (http://www.cdse.edu/certification/psc.html) provide a means to gauge your experience and knowledge of the security competencies tested in the PSC assessment. After completing the CPTs, you are linked to additional recommended resources to increase your proficiency. You are also invited to familiarize yourself with courses addressing the topics noted in the PSC Areas of Expertise above. The following courses have proven helpful to many preparing for the PSC assessment:

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• Physical Security Measures, PY103.16

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Certification-Specific Information: Special Program Security Certification (SPSC) Special Program Security Certification Policy Matrix This certification policy matrix summarizes the essential characteristics and design requirements for the Special Program Security Certification (SPSC). Special Program Security Certification The SPSC is ideal if you:

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Areas of Expertise The SPSC assessment is a measurement of your understanding and application in creating and maintaining a secure environment to facilitate the successful development and execution of a Special Access Program. Although your current work may primarily be in one of the core security disciplines (information, personnel, physical, industrial, or general security), the results of the practice analysis performed by DoD demonstrates the importance of having awareness and a fundamental body of knowledge across the core security disciplines and the ability to apply foundational security concepts, principles, and practices. The SPSC is not only valuable to you as your career advances; it also strengthens DoD’s confidence in your specialized knowledge in special access programs. The Areas of Expertise specified in the following charts were identified during the practice analysis as critical domains that should be addressed by the SPSC. The weights indicated were derived from importance ratings provided by subject matter experts (SMEs) during the development process.

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Controlling Access to a SAP Facility (SAPF)

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SAPF Acoustical Control and Sound Masking Techniques

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The Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPB&E) Process

Defense Acquisition Process Program Decisions

Using and Managing Program Protection Plans

Security Requirements for Classified Contracts

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Managing Risks to DoD SAPs

DoD SAP Security and Briefing Requirements

Protecting Against Exposure

Managing Risks to Program Information

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Preparing for the SPSC Assessment The SPSC assessment is training agnostic, meaning you do not have to take any prescribed training or courses prior to sitting for the certification assessment. However, preparing for the assessment by gaining additional training, education, or experience in the topic areas often is beneficial. SPSC Competency Preparatory Tools (CPTs) are currently under development. Once completed, they will provide a means to gauge your experience and knowledge of the security competencies tested in the SPSC assessment. In the meantime, you are invited to familiarize yourself with courses addressing the topics noted in the SPSC Areas of Expertise noted above. As a starting point, the following courses have proven helpful to many preparing for the SPSC assessment:

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Certification Maintenance and Renewal Procedures 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 DoDdefined security functional tasks. DoD has a professionalization goal of establishing a systematic approach for fostering learning and professional growth of the security workforce. Certification Maintenance and Renewal is the long-term strategy for meeting this goal.

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This approach allows DoD, the DoD Security Training Council (DSTC), the Adjudicator Certification Governance Board (ACGB) for APC SPēD Certifications, and DSS to meet both National Intelligence Strategy (NIS) Enterprise Objective (EO) 6 and USD(I) Human Capital Goals and Objectives for the security workforce. NIS EO 6 focuses on developing the workforce and strives to “attract, develop, and retain a diverse, results focused, and highperforming workforce capable of providing the technical expertise and exceptional leadership necessary to address our Nation’s security challenges.” The Certification Maintenance and Renewal Program supports your ongoing educational and professional development. The professional development unit (PDU) requirement provides opportunity for you to enhance job-related skills and knowledge as well as become familiar with new regulations and technological advances in related security areas to meet security objectives. The purpose of the SPēD Certification Maintenance and Renewal Program is to:

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• Enhance continuing subject matter competence • Recognize and encourage learning opportunities • Maintain and grow mastery-level knowledge of critical security skills • Offer a standardized and objective mechanism for obtaining and recording professional development activities

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Professional Development Units (PDUs) To accrue PDUs you must successfully complete professional development activities that fall under approved professional development categories. These categories and their definitions may be found under the Certification Maintenance and Renewal Procedures (http://www.cdse.edu/documents/sped/cmr_procedures.pdf). There is only one static expiration date for all SPeD certifications. “Static expiration” means only one certification expiration date will exist for each certification holder. Certification expiration is based upon conferral date of their first certification (SFPC or PSC, whichever is conferred first).

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If you do not accrue 100 PDUs within your two-year certification maintenance cycle or fail to submit your CRF, your certification status will be deemed non-compliant and ALL SPēD certifications you hold will expire.

Recertification/Retest Requirements If you fail to complete the certification renewal requirements and your certification(s) expire you will need to retake and pass all certification assessments you choose to regain in order to be considered ‘certified’.

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Appeals Process and Procedures Grounds for Appeal The SPēD Certification Program appeals policy governs the process for reviewing decisions made about registration, eligibility, assessments, and other certification issues. Appeals may be filed challenging the following: 1. Examination results 2. Candidate registration 3. Test-taking protocols

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Decisions Not Eligible for Appeal Matters not described in “Grounds for Appeal” are not within the purview of the SPēD Certification Program and are not appealable, such as the following DoD Component decisions: • Employment policy

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Appeal Submission You have up to 90 calendar days from the date of receiving an appealable decision or after completing your assessment, whichever occurs first, to submit an appeal. All appeals must use the Appeal Request form (http:// www.cdse.edu/documents/sped/appeals_form.pdf ) and be sent to the DoD SPēD Certification PMO at [email protected]

Appeal Review The DoD SPēD Certification PMO conducts a preliminary review of all appeals within 15 duty days of receipt to ensure the appeal is timely, contains all required and pertinent information, and is based on allowable grounds. Allowable appeals are forwarded to the Certification Appeals Board for a decision on the appeal.

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Certification Appeals Board decisions are made by majority vote. The Certification Appeals Board provides its decision to you, the DoD SPēD Certification PMO, and your Component SPēD Certification Program POC. The Certification Appeals Board is the final decision authority, and there are no further appeals.

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Waiver Process and Procedures Circumstances for Waiver You may request a waiver for an extension due to reasons such as deployments, hospitalization/medical leave, and other extraordinary reasons prohibiting an individual from meeting the maintenance requirements for SPēD Certification. There will be no waivers submitted, accepted, or approved after expiration.

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All waiver requests must use the Waiver Request form (http://www.cdse.edu/documents/sped/waiver_form.pdf ) and be sent to your appropriate authority.

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• If you are an employee or contractor for DSS, Industry, or other participating agency without a SPēD Certification Program POC, submit the Waiver Request form to the DoD SPēD Certification PMO at [email protected]

Waiver Decision and Notification You will receive notification of your waiver decision within 10 duty days of receipt of your waiver request by the appropriate authority.

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APPROVED WAIVERS TIMEFRAME The amount of time given for approved waivers is determined by the specific circumstance. No waiver will exceed 180 days.

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Disciplinary Process and Procedures The DSTC is responsible for establishing and implementing standards of conduct, policies, and procedures governing disciplinary actions for the SPēD Certification Program. As a SPēD certification applicant or certificant, you understand unethical or unprofessional behavior may result in: 1. Denial of admission to the SPēD Certification Program 2. Suspension of involvement in the SPēD Certification Program 3. Invalidation of an assessment result

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1. Falsifying information on any document needed to acquire a SPēD certification 2. Actions compromising the integrity of a SPēD certification assessment instrument, including, but not limited to: a. Willfully consulting a notebook, a textbook, or any other source of information not specifically authorized by the proctor during the assessment

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Anyone who observes or discovers misconduct related to the SPēD Certification Program must report the details of the misconduct to the test proctor or SPēD Certification PMO within 15 business days of the incident. The complainant’s and witnesses’ names, along with other identifying information, and the content of the complaint will remain confidential unless law or regulation requires disclosure. The SPēD Certification PMO conducts a review and inquiry into the allegations. Relevant facts and related documentation is compiled into a fact-finding report and delivered to the person cited, the employing Component, and the SPēD Certification Program Disciplinary Board. The Disciplinary Board considers and responds to disciplinary matters objectively, without prejudgment, and in a manner consistent with the disciplinary processes, SPēD-related procedures, and any applicable DoD manuals, instructions, or policies.

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SPēD Certification Program Background Governance DoD Instruction 3305.13, “DoD Security Education, Training, and Certification,” February 13, 2014, establishes the DSTC as the advisory body for the SPēD Certification Program. The DSTC is comprised of security professionals and senior managers representing DoD entities with security responsibilities, and others as determined by the Chair of the DSTC. In addition to its advisory responsibility, the DSTC serves as the governance board for the SPēD Certification Program. The DSTC represents the shared interests of the Defense Security Enterprise and the respective workforce in certification design, management, and maintenance. Specifically regarding SPēD governance, the DSTC is responsible for:

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The process used to develop the assessment questions employed (but was not limited to) the following steps: 1. Developing draft questions assessing mastery of selected and codified objectives based on knowledge and skill requirements 2. Facilitating senior Subject Matter Expert (SME) review of draft assessment items for accuracy and relevance to each objective 3. Piloting the resulting assessment for effective and accurate measurement in order to generate the final version of the assessment DSS monitors “change factors” (e.g., policy changes, system changes) on a continuing basis to identify changes that could affect questions used within the certification assessment and that could result in adjustments as required. The questions themselves are also reviewed on a quarterly basis to ensure they continue to function as intended. The review involves generating and reviewing question- and assessment-level statistics to gauge continued effectiveness.

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Non-Discrimination Policy The SPēD Certification Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy or childbirth), gender; religion, age (40 or over), disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, or genetic information.

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Glossary Term

Definition

Applicant

An individual with established and updated STEPP and MSC accounts, and eligible to take a SPēD certification assessment.

Candidate

An individual scheduled to take a SPēD certification assessment.

Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE)

The nationally-accredited, award-winning directorate within the Defense Security Service (DSS) providing security education, training, and certification products and services to a broad audience supporting the protection of National Security and professionalization of the DoD security enterprise.

Certificant

An individual who fulfilled conditions outlined in the policy matrix for certification and conferred by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)).

Certification Renewal Form (CRF)

An online tool to record PDUs earned during a two-year certification maintenance and renewal cycle. Available through MSC (http://i7lp.integral7.com/dss/) under “Forms.”

Competency Preparatory Tools (CPTs)

A suite of tools to help prepare for a SPēD certification assessment by delivering a means to gauge experience in and knowledge of security competencies tested in each assessment. Select CPTs are available via mobile app.

Defense Civilian Personnel Data System (DCPDS)

A computer supported system designed to improve the accuracy, responsiveness, and usefulness of data required for civilian personnel management within the Army and the Department of Defense. Contains current, projected, and historical position and employee personnel management data. Requires written authorization to release and upload records from DMDC to DCPDS.

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Collects and maintains an archive of automated manpower, personnel, training, and other databases for the Department of Defense. SPēD certification information is automatically recorded in DMDC.

DoD Security Skill Standards States the DoD’s expectations of what security professionals must know (DS3) and successfully perform to support DoD security functions relative to each SPēD certification. Provides certification test outlines (blueprints) specifying objectives associated with the knowledge and skill topics and sub-topics measured by each assessment. DoD Security Training Council (DSTC)

A group of security professionals and senior managers representing DoD entities with security responsibilities, responsible for establishing and implementing standards of conduct, policies, and procedures governing disciplinary actions for the SPēD Certification Program. Serves as the advisory body and governance board for the SPēD Certification Program.

Eligible Applicant

An individual eligible to apply to take a SPēD certification assessment after gaining approval from their employing agency or the SPēD Certification PMO.

My SPēD Certification (MSC)

The gateway to SPēD Certification testing and managing your SPēD Certification(s) (except the Adjudicator Professional Certification and Due Process Adjudicator Professional Credential (APC/DPAPC)). Must be active and up to date to register for or maintain SPēD certification(s). (http://i7lp.integral7.com/dss/)

National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)

Ensures professional certification programs meet standards that ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public and validates a program meets recognized industry standards for development, implementation, and maintenance of certification programs. All SPēD certifications and their assessments are designed to align to NCCA standards, thereby making each eligible for NCCA accreditation.

Professional Development Units (PDUs)

Professional development activities falling under approved professional development categories. One PDU is typically one hour of a planned, structured, and measured learning activity.

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Security Training, Education, and Professionalization Portal (STEPP)

The system of record for the SPēD Certification Program. (http://stepp.dss.mil/SelfRegistration/Login.aspx)

SPēD Certification Program Management Office (PMO)

Manages the SPēD Certification Program. Establishes and implements policies and procedures to support the SPēD Certification Program, including the application process, certification assessments and testing protocols, candidate record retention, the DoD Security Skill Standards (DS3), and national accreditation through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Point of contact for employees or contractors for DSS, Industry, and other participating agencies without a SPēD Certification Program POC. ([email protected]).

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AAA

Access Approval Authority

FOCI

Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence

ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act

FS

File Series

APC

Adjudicator Professional Certification

FSO

Facility Security Officer

CDSE

Center for Development of Security Excellence

ISOC

Industrial Security Oversight Certification

CPI

Critical Program Information

MSC

My SPēD Certification

CPT

Competency Preparatory Tools

NISP

National Industrial Security Program

CRF

Certification Renewal Form

OPSEC

Operations Security

DAU

Defense Acquisition University

PDA

Personal Digital Assistant

DCPDS Defense Civilian Personnel Data System

PDU

Professional Development Unit

DMDC

Defense Manpower Data Center

PMO

Program Management Office

DoD

Department of Defense

POC

Point of Contact

DS3

DoD Security Skill Standards

PPB&E

Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution

DSS

Defense Security Service

PSC

Physical Security Certification

DSTC

DoD Security Training Council

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Special Access Program

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SAP Central Offices

SPIPC

Security Program Integration Professional Certification

SAPF

SAP Facility

SPSC

Special Programs Security Certification

SAPNP

SAP Nomination Processes

STEPP

Security Training, Education, and Professionalization Portal

SAPPC

Security Asset Protection Professional Certification

TPI

Two-Person Integrity

SFPC

Security Fundamentals Professional Certification

USD(AT&L) Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics

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Subject Matter Expert

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Security Professional Education Development

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