The Department of Defense has initiated a baseline requirements directive for those people in the Information Assurance (IA) workforce. This directive ensures that IA technicians are trained and qualified to a baseline DoD 8570 certification standard, ensuring that the workforce meets the minimum requirements necessary to safeguard DoD IT information, systems, and infrastructure.

The following chart and summary from IASE (Information Assurance Support Environment) outlines the certifications required for the IA workforce:

8570 chart from iase-disa-mil website

The above table provides a list of DoD approved IA baseline certifications aligned to each category and level of the IA Workforce. Personnel performing IA functions must obtain one of the certifications required for their position, category/specialty and level to fulfill the IA baseline certification requirement. Most IA levels within a category or specialty have more than one approved certification and a certification may apply to more than one level.

An individual needs to obtain only one of the “approved certifications”; for his or her IA category or specialty and level to meet the minimum requirement. For example, an individual in an IAT Level II position could obtain any one of the four certifications listed in the IAT Level II cell.

Higher level IAT and IAM certifications satisfy lower level requirements. Certifications listed in Level II or III cells can be used to qualify for Level I. However, Level I certifications cannot be used for Level II or III unless the certification is also listed in the Level II or III cell. For example:

  • The A+ or Network+ certification qualify only for Technical Level I and cannot be used for Technical Level II positions.
  • The System Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification qualifies for both Technical Level I and Technical Level II. If the individual holding this certification moved from an IAT Level I to an IAT Level II position, he or she would not have to take a new certification.

Higher level CND-SP and IASAE certifications do not satisfy lower level requirements.

The following is a short list of LearnSpectrum preferred partners who provide DoD 8570 certification:

Global Knowledge LearningTree NewHorizionsInfosec Institute logoUltimate Knowledge Institute-UKI

NetCom LearningTraining CampCED SolutionsUMBC Training CentersIQ Share