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. The Implementation of the Security Cooperation Workforce Certification Program DoDI will reinforce 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

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Basic Certification

Intermediate Certification

Executive Education

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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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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