Course Description

This course provides a review of topics and exam preparation for the NCMS Industrial Security Professional (ISP®) Certification Program. The ISP® certification is a professional certification designed to demonstrate excellence as an Industrial Security Professional. It is based on the National Industrial Security Program Operation Manual (NISPOM), which is the Department of Defense’s instruction to contractors of how to protect classified information. The course reviews all areas of the ISP® certification exam including Security Administration and Management, Document Security, Information Systems Security, Physical Security, Personnel Security, International Security, Classification, Security Education, Audits and Self-Assessments and selected electives.

In addition to the NCMS ISP Certification, this content is also applicable to the following certifications: DoD / CDSE Security Professional Education Development (SPeD), SFPC, SAPPC and ISOC certification exams

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • ISP® Overview
    • ISP® Application Process
    • ISP® Testing Process
    • ISP® Preparation
    • Other Certification Exams
  • Security Administration and Management
  • Document Security
  • Information Systems Security
  • Physical Security
  • Personnel Security
  • International Security
  • Classification
  • Security Education
  • Audits and Self-Assessments
  • Selected Electives

Additional Information

SLU’s ISP® Course Kit

  • ISP Certification Exam Guide and Practice Exams
  • National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)
  • DOD Security Clearances and Contracts Guidebook  Paperback

Exam Details

  • 110 questions, 100 from nine required categories and 5 questions each from two of the five elective categories.
  • Length of test: 2 Hours
  • Score of 75% or more to pass.

The test is open book, and the following references are pre-loaded and available on the screen during the test.

  • DoD Manual 5205.02, November 3, 2008 •
  • CNSS Glossary, April 6, 2015 •
  • DSS Assessment & Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM), March 31, 2017
  • JAFAN 6/0, May 29, 2008
  • JCAVS User Guide, November 2008
  • Marking Classified National Security, January 2014
  • National Security Decision Directive No. 298
  • Annotated NISPOM, May 18, 2016
  • Uniform Trade Secrets Act, February 11, 1986
Tests are held at Prometric test centers


To sit for the NCMS ISP® Certification candidates must have a minimum of 5 years cumulative experience in industrial security.  Candidates must be working in security at least part-time as part of their job description (a minimum of 10% of hours worked) in order for their experience to be considered. Candidates do not need to be currently working in industrial security to apply as long as their work history satisfies the five-year requirement.  A current resume describing this experience will also be required.  This class will cover the application process for the NCMS ISP® Certification.


30 Hours | 5 Days or 10 Nights

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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