National Security Program

CenCore’s National Security Program is designed to allow everyone, no matter your previous work experience, an opportunity to receive a clearance and start your career within a government agency.

The National Security Program (NSP) is broken up into three stages:

1. Pre-Program
2. Program
3. Post Program

It is our goal to help you move through the program stages quickly so you can launch your career. CenCore will work tirelessly to help launch your career within an industry that is otherwise impenetrable.


The Pre-Program stage is comprised of submitting applications and security paperwork to be in CenCore’s NSP and to receive your clearance. Because the clearance process takes time, it is in your best interest to move through this stage as quickly as possible.

Your clearance investigation will take approximately 7-9 months. Other agencies, such as the FBI, CIA, and the DOD can get you the equivalent clearance in roughly 12-24 months. Through CenCore’s NSP, you will receive a TOP SECRET security clearance with SCI, TK, and a Full-Scope Polygraph. This clearance will be very valuable as you pursue a career within the government.

The process for the Pre-Program Stage is:
1. Send in your resume and NSP application
2. Interview
3. Take officer exam, drug and physical tests
4. Receive and complete security paperwork
5. Send in completed paperwork to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

Don’t stress! CenCore will help you throughout the entire process


The Program stage is where the fun begins. This stage begins after you receive your security clearance. In this stage, you will be working on a contract in the D.C. area. You will be working in a highly-secured government facility providing access control.

As an Access Control Specialist (ACS), you will be security a Top-Secret government facility against all forms of technical espionage, acts of terror, and crime against the U.S. government.
We use this contract as a way for you to receive your clearance and gain relevant experience working on a government contract. We then use your work experience and your Bachelor’s degree to help you find the job you want to do for an agency you would like to work with.

While working as an ACS you will be paid anywhere just shy of $20/hour. CenCore understands that not everyone will be from the area and will need to find housing. CenCore works closely with a real estate agent in the Ft. Meade, MD area to identify and procure affordable housing that meets your direct needs.

Please note that this is not an IT position. You will be securing a physical facility


This is the best of all the stages because it is where you start your career. Whether you are interested in working within the Intelligence Community, information systems, information technology, engineering, cyber security, or anything else, CenCore can help you launch your career within this industry.

It is our goal to keep you as a CenCore employee while you work for the CIA, FBI, DOD, DIA, NSA or other government agencies. There are many benefits to working for a contractor instead of an agency directly, such as the ability to transfer between agencies relatively easily.

Because you will be working for a government agency, they have a few requirements to be eligible:

1. You must be 18 years or older
2. You must have a high school diploma or equivalent
3. You must be able/eligible to receive a Top-Secret clearance
4. Because you must receive a clearance you must be a U.S. citizen
5. You must be free from colorblindness
6. Physically able to perform all duties and functions of the position
7. You must work for 8 months

If you are interested in pursuing CenCore’s National Security Program, please email your resume and the application to the following email address:

When you click the link below to download the NSP application, it will open in your browser. You will need to download the form to your computer before you start filling it in with your information. If you start filling the application out in your browser, it will NOT save your information.

CenCore NSP Application

For answers to FAQ’s please download the following document!

FAQ Page