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If you work in an Information Assurance (IA) role within the United States Department of Defense (DoD), you likely need to meet DoD 8570 certification requirements.

What Is DoD 8570.01-Manual?

DoD Directive 8570.01-M is a policy that applies to all authorized users (both contractors and government employees) of a DoD Information System. This policy focuses on achieving a baseline of training, certification and workforce management for every individual before permitting access to DoD IT systems.

What Are The Required DoD 8570 Certifications?

Under DoD 8570, IA personnel must achieve one or more of the IA approved baseline certifications as it relates to that individual’s position category/specialty and level. The below chart outlines all of the approved certifications recognized under this policy.

DoD 8570.01-M Approved Baseline Certifications

IAT Level IIAT Level IIIAT Level III
A+ CE
CCNA-Security
CND
Network+ CE
SSCP
CCNA Security
CySA+
GICSP
GSEC
Security+ CE
CND
SSCP
CASP+ CE
CCNP Security
CISA
CISSP (or Associate)
GCED
GCIH
IAM Level IIAM Level IIIAM Level III
CAP
CND
Cloud+
GSLC
Security+ CE
CAP
CASP+ CE
CISM
CISSP (or Associate)
GSLC
CCISO
CISM
CISSP (or Associate)
GSLC
CCISO
IASAE IIASAE IIIASAE III
CASP+ CE
CISSP (or Associate)
CSSLP
CASP+ CE
CISSP (or Associate)
CSSLP
CISSP-ISSAP
CISSP-ISSEP
CSSP AnalystCSSP Infrastructure SupportCSSP Incident Responder
CEH
CFR
CCNA Cyber Ops
CCNA Security
CySA+
GCIA
GCIH
GICSP
Cloud+
SCYBER
PenTest+
CEH
CySA+
GICSP
SSCP
CHFI
CFR
Cloud+
CND
CEH
CFR
CCNA Cyber Ops
CCNA Security
CHFI
CySA+
GCFA
GCIH
SCYBER
PenTest+
CSSP AuditorCSSP Manager
CEH
CySA+
CISA
GSNA
CFR
PenTest+
CISM
CISSP-ISSMP
CCISO

4 Steps To Earn A DoD 8570 Baseline Certification

1. Contact Your IA Manager

Typically the first step to earning your required certifications is to contact your manager as outlined in your Component’s procedures. You should include your position, level and certification requirements within the IA Workforce.

2. Obtain Training From An Approved Provider

To obtain training through your organization, contact your manager or follow your organization’s process for obtaining training in order to receive the necessary approvals.

Keep in mind that while training can be obtained from any vendor, each certification provider has their own requirements for training and testing in order to obtain the required certification. It is recommended to work with the approved IA baseline certification vendors to identify appropriate training vendors.


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3. Request Your Certification Exam Voucher

Similarly to training, you will likely need to request the appropriate certification exam voucher from your IA manager. This step may be included in the process for requesting training since many training providers include vouchers in their training course depending on the certification.

4. Notify Your Manager Once You Earned Your Certification

Once you have successfully completed training and earned your required certification, notify your manager or follow your organization’s approved process. It is important that your certification is appropriately documented to show IA Workforce compliance.

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