Course Summary
Credit Type:
ACE Course Number:
Organization Course Number:
6.5 days (52 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 homeland security


The course objective is to demonstrate comprehension of the purpose, intent, procedures, and application of the DoD Personnel Security Program in reaching personnel security determinations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • apply appropriate security and privacy policies and procedures
  • determine that requests for or reports of investigation, security clearance eligibility, and/or national security sensitive assignment eligibility determinations are valid, complete, or can be acted upon
  • demonstrate fundamental ability to research, analyze, weigh, decide, and act on given personnel security information
  • state the current national security adjudicative criteria to include, the concern, disqualifying conditions, and mitigating factors and the manner in which they are to be applied in a given case
  • cite the basis for and the security concerns associated with each adjudicative criterion and apply those to given personnel security cases
  • evaluate results of investigation and reports of derogatory information against the current adjudicative criteria to determine appropriateness of actions already taken and additional actions warranted in each case
  • prepare clear and concise summaries documenting favorable and/or unfavorable decisions and maintain necessary records.

General Course Topics:

  • Adjudicator objectivity
  • Case summarization
  • Criminal conduct
  • PSI types and scope
  • Personal conduct
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Sexual behavior
  • Financial considerations
  • Drug involvement and substance misuse
  • Allegiance
  • Foreign preference and influence
  • Use of information technology
  • Psychological conditions
  • Outside activities
  • Counterintelligence
  • Handling protected information
  • Bond amendment and due process
  • Financial crimes enforcement network briefing
  • Psychological conditions
  • Polygraph/NCAA
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials