Derivative Classification

This course describes the responsibilities of the Derivative Classifier. It also explains how to derivatively classify national security information from a classification management perspective. The final lesson provides an opportunity for the student to practice what they have learned in the course.

NOTE 1: If you are completing this course as a prerequisite for a CDSE Instructor-led course or as part of a specific CDSE training curriculum, you must take the Derivative Classification Exam (IF103.16) on STEPP to receive credit for completion. The passing grade is (75%) for the derivative examination. You may register for the course/exam via STEPP.


  1. You may attempt this course an unlimited number of times.
  2. You must complete the exam from start to finish in a single session. There is no bookmarking available.
  3. You must receive a passing score (75%) or higher in order to receive a certificate for this course.
  4. You must print or save a local copy of the certificate as proof of course completion. CDSE does not maintain records of course completions.

Per Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)) Memorandum - Derivative Classification Training dated 31 January 2019: Derivative classification training must now be completed on an annual basis. The USD(I&S) Memorandum can be viewed in its entirety on the CDSE Information Security Toolkit, under the 'Key Resources for Information Security Personnel' section.

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