Space Professional I

To raise and normalize standards for space professionals, we must have a way to validate someone’s knowledge, skills, and experience as a practitioner in the space domain.  The Space Force Association’s Space Certifications Program verifies credentials and establishes your credibility in a rapidly growing, exciting, and diverse field.  Our certifications provide clients and partners with the confidence that you meet stringent professional standards.  They also show you’re on top of your field through continuous education, training, experiential learning, and interaction to expand your expertise and remain relevant in a highly competitive market. 

Space Professional I is an entry-level certification for those with up to 5 years of space domain experience.  These professionals demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the Space Environment; Orbital Mechanics; Spacecraft Maneuvering, Payloads, and Subsystems. 

The Space Professional Level I certification consists of 64 hours of education provided through our online Space 100 – Introduction to the Space Environment and Space Systems Course. This certification is based on the core competencies outlined here: 

Course Delivery: 

Course Delivery: This is an 8-week online course hosted on the Canvas LMS using asynchronous and synchronous elements.  Each week consists of:

– 6 hours of student assignment and activities

– 2 hours of live-virtual instruction (Microsoft Teams) with a certified Space professional instructor

– Two 30-minute Q&A sessions with instructors (before and after each synchronous session) 

Students complete a challenging Capstone project with a Senior Space Professional designed to test student application of knowledge.


Certified Space Professionals must complete 40 hours of Continuing Education Credits every three years to maintain this certification. 

Course Description

SP100 – Space Operational Environment and Space Systems

Space-based operations allow global adversaries to develop and field more lethal and agile military forces by simply leveraging available commercial space resources. This course considers basic orbital mechanics, space and associated terrestrial architecture, and develops a deeper understanding of the military and commercial space environment. Graduates will be able to describe space system requirements; best employment options for available space assets; and weave in ongoing and future commercial and/or military operations and their impact on national objectives. [64 Academic Hours]

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