Terms of Use



Candidate ID Agreement
You are accessing a U.S. Government (USG) Information System (IS) that is provided for USG-authorized use only. By using this IS (which includes any device attached to this IS), you consent to the following conditions:

  • The USG routinely intercepts and monitors communications on this IS for purposes including, but not limited to, penetration testing, COMSEC monitoring, network operations and defense, personnel misconduct (PM), law enforcement (LE), and counterintelligence (CI) investigations.
  • The USG may inspect and seize data stored on this IS at any time.
  • Communications or data stored on this IS are not private and are subject to routine monitoring, interception, search, and may be disclosed or used for any USG authorized purpose.
  • This IS includes security measures (e.g., authentication and access controls) to protect USG interests, not for your personal benefit or privacy.

Authority: Title 5, United States Code (USC), Section 301; Executive Order 10450, "Security Requirements for Government Employment;" Executive Order 9397, "Numbering System for Federal Accounts Relating to Individual Persons;" Executive Order 10865, "Safeguarding Classified Information within Industry;" and DoD Directive 5105.42, "Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency"

Purpose: The purpose and use of the requested information is for the Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE) to establish and retain a permanent enrollment record of students, course completions, certifications, and academic credits/transcripts.

Routine Uses: In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 USC 552a (b) of the Privacy Act, Executive Order 9397, and Public Law 104-134 (April 26, 1996), the Pearson Credential Management (PCM) student account is routinely used by CDSE as a numerical identifier for students. The account is also used as an identifier for candidates and holders of professional certifications. CDSE uses personally identifiable information (PII) to respond to requests, inquiries, and to provide services and features offered on, or through, PCM. We will also use PII (i.e., emails, hard copy mailings, etc.) to communicate timely information and special offers about CDSE products, services, and events of interest.

Disclosure: Furnishing data is voluntary, but failure to provide the requested information will impede, delay, or prevent further processing of the request.

Record Retention Statement

All DCSA CDSE certification records must be retained and retrievable for a period equal to or greater than the period set forth in the NARA General Records Schedules transmittal 29.

The following records must be retained for a period of 10 years:
  • SPēD certification records
Note: Inactive MSC accounts records within the record retention period are available through the Pearson VUE Credential Management (PCM) system.



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