Program Overview

A certified, professional security cooperation (SC) workforce is critical to the United States National Defense Strategy.

The Department of Defense (DoD) established the SCW Certification Program in response to The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 enacted 10 U.S.C. Section 384, “Department of Defense Security Cooperation Workforce Development.” Section 384 requires the establishment of the DoD Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program (SCWDP), and identifies professional certification as a mandatory element of the program. DoDI 5132.15, The Implementation of the Security Cooperation Workforce Certification Program, reinforces this legislative requirement with guidance to DoD Components related to policy, responsibilities, and general procedures for implementing the SCW Certification Program.

All members of the SCW require professional certification. For civilians, certification is a condition of employment, and for service members, it is an order. The SCW is defined as DoD military and civilian personnel who routinely perform SC functions as identified by their respective DoD Component. For a more detailed description of applicable employees and functions:

Please view Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program (SCWDP) FAQs.

Getting Started with Certification

Certification Resources

Program Brochures

Basic-level Certification

Intermediate-level Certification

Executive-level Certification

Frequently Asked Questions

Find additional details about certification requirements and answers to common questions.

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DoDI Fact Sheet

Additional information about the DoD Instruction that lays out the policy and guidance for the Security Cooperation Certification Program.

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Security Cooperation Workforce Supervisor Fact Sheet

Information for SCW supervisors on their role and how to guide SCW members through the certification process.

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