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Center for Development of Security Excellence

The Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) is a nationally accredited, award-winning directorate of the Defense Security Service (DSS). Established in March 2010, CDSE serves as the premier provider of security education, training, and certification for the Department of Defense (DoD), other federal agencies, and industry under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP). CDSE is responsible for administering the Security Professional Education Development (SPeD) Certification Program to support security workforce professionalization by formally recognizing the understanding of foundational concepts, principles, and practices required across the DoD security community. CDSE education, training, and certification programs provide development, delivery, and exchange of security knowledge to ensure a high-performing, ready workforce capable of addressing our Nation's security challenges. CDSE is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and is an approved provider for the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). SPeD Certification Program certifications are accredited by the National Commission for Certifiying Agencies (NCCA), and over 40 courses and curricula hosted by CDSE are approved for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit toward CompTIA certification renewals.



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