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. One of the primary ways professionalization is facilitated is through certification programs. 

Professional Certification provides many benefits, including: 

  • Defines requirements of a “professional”
  • Based on community guidance and input to a rigorous development process, defines and establishes a single set of standards for the knowledge and skills required to perform competently in a given profession
  • Provides a rigorous evaluation process for individuals to prove their achievement of said standards and establish professional credibility
  • Provides organizations the means to manage their workforce, from both the hiring and career progression points of view
  • Provides the ability for Components to code billets, if desired
  • Provides 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. Program and contact information for each are provided via links, when available.


Counter-Insider Threat
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, in partnership with the National Insider Threat Task Force, 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)




Several professional certification programs are directly managed by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security. Currently, one program is active and several are in development. 


       Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)



Intelligence Tradecraft  

The Director, Defense Intelligence Agency 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 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