We currently offer a variety of online courses and learning guides for the Security Cooperation Community. Below is a summary of our online services as
provided by our Online Learning Directorate (DISCS/DO). For more information about a specific online course or learning guide, from the main menu above click Online Learning/Learning
Guides, and then click the Course Listing or Learning Guides menu item.
Our online courses require student registration and award a certificate for successful completion. Most courses are self-paced, which means the student may
register and start at any time. Anticipated time for completion is provided in the course information for each course. The MTCR-OL course (Missile Technology Control Regime Online) is facilitated by a DISCS instructor and is therefore conducted on specific
dates (provided on DISCS’s homepage and under the Class Schedule tab when you click on MTCR-OL to the left). Eligibility varies for each course. The introductory Security Cooperation Management Familiarization Course (SCM-FA-OL), is open to the general public, including international partner personnel. Other courses are open only to USG or DoD contract personnel with specific responsibilities. Additionally, SCM-OC-OL also serves as a prerequisite for DISCS’s resident SCM-C course.
Students may apply for an online course by submitting an online registration form. We reserve the right to confirm a student’s identity and eligibility upon receipt of a registration
request. After students receive an email approval from our Registrar's Office, they may begin their online study through Blackboard, which can be accessed
at Blackboard Login/Help under Online Learning/Learning Guides from the main menu above.
Please contact the Online Learning Help Desk if you experience any difficulty accessing the DISCS Blackboard website.
Our learning guides are "just in time" informational lessons on specific topics. As such, they do not require student registration and do not award a certificate. Each guide
can be accessed directly by clicking on the "BEGIN TRAINING" button found on at the top of each learning guide, which are listed at Learning Guides under Online Learning/Learning Guides from the main menu above.
New to Security Cooperation? Where Do I Start?
If you have no prior training in security cooperation or security assistance, we recommend the following exact sequence of training:
- SCM-FA-OL – A short familiarization on Security Cooperation and its components as conducted by DoD and more broadly by the US Government.
- IPSR-OL – if your duties require routine or occasional work in “international programs,” which refers to security cooperation programs with partner nations, DoD policy requires you to take this online course or its resident equivalent (IPSR). Additionally, this is a prerequisite for attendance at DISCS’s SCM-C course.
- If your duties require further training, you would normally be scheduled for resident training at DISCS, primarily SCM-C for personnel in CONUS-based organizations or SCM-O (or SCM-AO) for personnel in Security Cooperation Organizations overseas or in CCMD headquarters. However, if you wish, you may continue your online learning with SCM-OC-OL. Note that SCM-OC-OL is also a prerequisite (along with IPSR-OL or its equivalent) for attendance at SCM-C or SCM-CX.
Accommodating Students with Special Needs
The student is responsible for advising the DISCS Registrars
should the student have an impairment that impedes access to the courseware online. DISCS's Online Learning Directorate in coordination with the employee's supervisor will arrange an alternate means of delivering the course to the student.