Space Professional III

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 III 

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 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) 

The Space Professional Level III certification consists of 64 hours of education provided through our online Space 300 – Adversary Space Capabilities I Course. This certification is based on the core competencies outlined here: 

Course Delivery: 

This 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 Description

SP300 – Adversary Space Capabilities I

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. [64 Academic Hours]

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