Derivative Classification

This course explains how to derivatively classify national security information from a classification management perspective. The course discusses the responsibilities associated with derivatively classifying information; describes the process and methods for derivatively classifying information; identifies authorized sources to use when derivatively classifying information and explains how to apply authorized sources, through derivatively classifying information based on the concepts of "contained in," "revealed by," and compilation.

NOTE: 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 (IF103.06) 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 at

NOTE 2: The course includes a printable certificate which can serve as evidence that a student completed the course. When a student takes the course using this link, CDSE will not maintain any record of that student by name or any personally identifiable information. If the student needs documentation that he or she has completed the course, he or she will have to print the certificate at the end of the course.