Introduction to Strategic Advising (ISA)

SC Workforce Certification Level

Not Evaluated


Defense Advising (DA) 200, Introduction to Strategic Advising, introduces students to the foundational concepts, techniques, and approaches for effective advising and capacity building in US or multilateral missions. Instructional topics are derived from core topics presented during Defense Advising (DA) certification training (DA-201 and DA-202).

The course is delivered virtually, in-person on the DSCU NCR Campus, or at other locations on request. The course can be customized to prepare students to meet specific learning objectives established by DA faculty in cooperation with the requestor. This course can be delivered worldwide, by mobile training team, when essential DA instructors have the ability to travel to a facility identified by the requestor, should that prove the most efficient method of delivery.


This course introduces students to the purpose and role of a strategic advisor, effective cross-culture behaviors conducive to relationship-building, and sustainable capacity building. Advising Fundamentals, which provides tools and skills to build relationships, are the primary focus. Topics include: Advising as Capacity Building, Guiding Principles, Skills for Effective Communication, and Negotiation. Courses are conducted over one week in a seminar style, with 10-20 students per class. The goal is to create a participatory learning environment, using exercises to reinforce learning.

Customized course requests are analyzed by Defense Advising faculty experts to create specially designed curriculum that meets the specific customer training requirement. When focused on a cohort or specific mission, this course provides a valuable opportunity for people to “network” and begin to establish relationships with their teammates prior to deploying.

ISA courses also provide the opportunity to provide current information on policies, organizational structures, and topics of interest to security cooperation professionals, especially if included as part of their pre-deployment preparation.

Target Attendees

All personnel working in Security Cooperation, with an emphasis on those tasked with developing and managing relationships with foreign partners, staff tasked with planning and assessing advising missions, and others engaging with partners for capacity building.



Substitute Course(s)


Course Length

One week ILT / VILT (see notes)

Additional Course Information

Delivery Mode


SC Continuous Learning Hours

Not evaluated

Equivalent Courses


DAU Continuous Learning Points

Not evaluated

College Credit Recommended


FM Continuous Education

Not evaluated

Transfer Credit Available


Constructive Credit Available



This registration button will take you to an equivalent course page on our Learning Management System (LMS), hosted by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). If sessions are scheduled, you will be able to select one from its Upcoming Sessions drop down list.


Customized courses are normally three-five days depending on the minimum time needed to achieve the objectives identified by the requestor.

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Course Login

Registration for DSCU courses is completed using the Cornerstone on Demand (CSOD) Learning Management System (LMS) hosted by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). You will access the LMS using a dialog similar to that shown to the left. Click the "Need help signing in?" link (indicated by the arrow) if you need help.

If you are a student who currently occupies a Security Cooperation Workforce position, you should be immediately redirected to DSCU’s instance of the CSOD learning management system after logging into the DAU hosted site. If you do not see any DSCU courses available after login, you will need to take one of the following actions:

  1. Register for the Introduction to Security Cooperation Course (SC-101).
  2. Change your organization in your CSOD profile. Follow these Directions for Changing your Organinization so you can view your DSCU courses.

Click the button below if you are ready to proceed.

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