SC Certification Program Overview

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 Department of Defense (DoD) Security Cooperation Workforce Development Program (SCWDP), identifies professional certification as a mandatory element of the program.

The Certification Program will help ensure that DoD personnel assigned to positions in the Security Cooperation Workforce (SCW) have the training and experience necessary to carry out those responsibilities more effectively.

The information provided in this knowledgebase is derived from the Implementation Guidelines for the DoD SCW Certification Program and provide additional detail and instructions for members of the SCW. The guidelines are the official guidance for the program until a subsequent DoD Instructions is issued.

When does the Certification Program begin?

The DoD Implemented the Certification Program on January 1, 2020. The first year is a transition period intended to provide the

(as well as individual SC Workforce members with time to familiarize themselves with the program and extend the training completion timelines to avoid over-subscription of required courses in the first year.

The transition period ends on January 1, 2021, following the issuance of a DoD Instruction for the Certification Program. At that time, mandatory participation for SCW members and course completion timelines will go into effect.

Reference: Implementation Guidelines for the DoD Security Cooperation Workforce Certification Program (p.1, Introduction).

Who is the Program Manager?

Section 384 designates the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) as the program manager.

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