Space Professional 3 (CSP-3)

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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. 

Certified Space Professional Level 3

Space Professional III is a mid-level certification for those with 5-10 years of space domain experience.  These professionals demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, and application as a Space Professional II as well as the following major areas:

  • National Objectives, Doctrine and Organizational Structure Space Capabilities
    • Spacelift
    • Space Domain Awareness
    • Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance
    • Position Navigation and Timing
    • Satellite Communications,
    • Nuclear Detonation Detection
    • Environmental Monitoring
    • Missile Warning and Missile Defense
  • Space Control
    • Electronic Warfare
    • Cyberspace Attack
    • Directed Energy Weapons
    • Direct Ascent Anti-Satellite Weapons
    • Co-Orbital Engagement Systems
    • Physical, Nuclear and Debris Threats
  • Military, commercial, and civil space integration

The Space Professional Level 3 certification consists of 128 hours of education provided through our online Space 300 – Adversary Space Capabilities I and Space 310 – Adversary Space Capabilities II Courses. (SP300 is a prerequisite for SP310). This certification is based on the core competencies outlined here: 

Course Delivery: 

Each of the two courses is an 8-week online course hosted on the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) using asynchronous and synchronous elements.   

– 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 60 hours of Continuing Education Credits every three years to maintain this certification. 

Course Descriptions

SP300 – Adversary Space Capabilities I

(CSP-2 status, through successful completion of SP200 or Test Out Option is a Prerequisite for this course.)

Adversaries rely on a variety of integrated terrestrial, cyber, and space-based capabilities and equipment to deliver information, communications, and global awareness. The rapidly expanding commercial space industry provides low-cost space capabilities and options for nations and actors across the globe to enter a previously inaccessible domain. This course introduces the student to the who, what, and why regarding China, Russia, and commercial space programs. By examining the national objectives of both countries, their current and developing space- based capabilities, and commercial space endeavors, graduates of this course will have a firm understanding of the challenges and opportunities these doctrinally based capabilities pose to US and allied interests. This course examines Chinese, Russian, and commercial industry space capabilities: This course covers Chinese, Russian, and commercial industry space capabilities: National Objectives, Doctrine, and Organization; Space Lift; Space Domain Awareness; Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; Position, Navigation and Timing; Satellite Communications; and Nuclear Detection, Environmental Monitoring, Missile Warning, and Missile Defense.

SPACE 310 – Adversary Space Capabilities II

(SP300 is a Prerequisite for this course.)

China and Russia threaten the ability of nations around the world to deter aggression, protect national interests, and fight and win future conflicts. Simultaneously, the rapidly expanding commercial space industry provides low-cost space capabilities & options for nations and actors across the globe to enter a previously inaccessible domain. China and Russia are developing a wide array of counter-space weapons to hinder international access to essential space services and purposefully interfere with the electromagnetic spectrum. Private industry is developing orbital maintenance and orbital debris removal capabilities which will represent future counterspace threats. This course flows through the Threat Continuum providing required insight to ensure freedom of action in space and, when necessary, defend against threats and deny adversary freedom of action in space.

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