Professional Certification Programs developed for the Defense Intelligence and Security Enterprise

Benefits of Professional Certification

The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)) has established the goal of professionalizing the Defense Intelligence and Security workforce.  Certification programs are one of the primary means that workforce professionalization is achieved. 

Professional certification provides many benefits, such as: 

  • Defining requirements of a “professional”
  • Defining and establishing a single set of standards for the knowledge and skills required to perform competently in a given profession, based on community guidance and input to a rigorous developmental process
  • Providing a rigorous evaluation process for individuals to prove their achievement of said standards and establishing professional credibility
  • Providing organizations the means to manage their workforce, from both the hiring and career progression points of view
  • Providing the ability for Components to code billets, if desired
  • Providing a method for the profession to stay current as work evolves, via program maintenance and recertification




Professional Certification Programs

There are several USD(I&S)-conferred and -recognized certification programs currently offered and several more in development.  Each program is owned by the Functional Manager for the specified content and managed by a distinct Program Management Office.  Every certification program has unique eligibility requirements, pre-requisites, test delivery platforms and contact information.  You can learn more about each program by accessing the links below or pages available from the menu bar at the top of this page. 


Counter-Insider Threat
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (OUSD(I&S)), in partnership with the National Insider Threat Task Force (NITTF), created two Professional Counter-Insider Threat certifications.  These certifications were developed with maximum participation from across the Federal Government, resulting in broad applicability across the Counter-Insider Threat workforce.

   Certified Counter-Insider Threat Professional (Fundamentals & Analysis)



Intelligence Fundamentals

The USD(I&S) is the Functional Manager for the Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC), which was created, in part, to develop standards based on task and knowledge requirements common to the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE) components.


       Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)



Intelligence Tradecraft  

The Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is the Functional Manager for multiple defense intelligence tradecrafts, including All Source Analysis, Collection Management, and together with the Joint Staff, Intelligence Planning.  The Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is the Functional Manager for Geospatial Intelligence.


     Certified Defense All-Source Analysis Levels I and II (CDASA-I; CDASA-II)


     Certified Collection Management Professional – Fundamentals (CCMP-F)  


  Intelligence Planner Certification        


         GEOINT Professional Certification (GPC)          




The Director, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) (formerly Defense Security Service) is the functional manager for the Security Professional Education Development (SPēD) Certification Program, managed by the Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE).



Security Professional Education Development (SPēD) Certification Program