About Government Contracting

A very large portion of the work you think the US government does is not directly done by government employees. The government pays private companies within the United States to provide goods and services. These contractors, as they’re called, work side by side in government facilities – on government workstations – doing the same work as government employees. Cencore Group is one of these government contractors. We have many contracts in Intel, Construction, IT, and Security, although Security is our largest sleeve of work. 

CenCore Group’s National Security Program offers a pathway for individuals of all backgrounds to obtain a US Security Clearance and launch a career in the cleared sector. We collaborate closely with candidates to expedite the process of obtaining a Top-Secret Clearance and provide tailored job opportunities aligned with each candidate’s preferences within the industry.


Minimum Requirements

When selecting candidates for our program, we carefully assess growth opportunities and cultural fit. The next step involves clearance, which entails meeting various requirements. These are the minimum criteria candidates must fulfill to obtain clearance.

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Be a US citizen
  • Hold a high school diploma
  • Registered for Selective Service (for males)
  • Commit to working 2,080 hours with Cencore Group.
  • Zero drug use 90 days before applying and while processing for a clearance
How to Get a Security Clearance

How to Get a Security Clearance

Many people wonder how to get a Security Clearance and it isn’t as easy as it seems. Obtaining a US Government Security Clearance is a regulated process, and individuals generally can’t secure one independently. US Security Clearances are typically granted through direct sponsorship by a government agency or a government contractor with specific contracts enabling sponsorship. At Cencore Group, we facilitate the US Security Clearance process through our National Security Program, ensuring eligible individuals receive the necessary sponsorship for a successful security clearance.

Stages of the Program

Our program is divided into three distinct stages: the clearance processing phase, the active work period in your assigned position, and the transition phase following the completion of your allotted hours, which involves progression into new roles or other pathways.

How long does it take to get a US Security Clearance?

Your clearance investigation typically spans around 18 months. While Cencore Group cannot guarantee the exact duration, most applicants complete the process within this timeframe. Comparable clearances from agencies like the FBI, CIA, and DOD also take approximately 24+ months. By participating in Cencore Group’s NSP, you’ll attain a TS/SCI w/ a Polygraph, a highly valuable credential for a career in the Intelligence Community.

What’s the difference between Pre-Screening & Application?

The application relates to position-specific requirements, while the Pre-Screening form pertains to clearance. Adherence to strict government requirements for individuals with clearances is essential, and we encourage open honesty to ensure eligibility.

Position Details

As a Security Escort, your role involves escorting and monitoring uncleared personnel within restricted areas. Operating in the security domain of a Top-Secret government facility, you will actively counteract technical espionage, acts of terror, and any threats or crimes against the U.S. government.

Length Requirement

We see this role as a stepping stone to your career goals. By expediting your clearance and providing hands-on experience in government contracts, we aim to leverage your skills, certifications, and degrees to secure a job in your preferred field. Candidates obtaining their security clearance through CenCore Group’s National Security Program commit to a full-time man-year, totaling 2,080 hours.


Full-time personnel will receive two separate hourly wages: the actual hourly rate and a Health & Welfare payment. The combined total will be $29.52/hr. For part-time personnel, the total adds up to $26.38/hr.

Contract Obligations

Upon completing the full 2,080 hours, the candidate’s employment with CenCore Group is no longer obligatory. Although continued employment is not mandatory, we hope your experience has been satisfactory, encouraging a potential continuation with CenCore Group.

What’s Next?

As you progress in this role, CenCore Group is committed to aiding you in discovering positions aligning with your interests and aspirations. We will actively support the launch of your career within this industry, ensuring that by the completion of your contract obligations, you are positioned for success in your chosen career path.

How can CenCore Group help me?

Connect with our team of career advisors eager to discuss your next career move. Schedule a chat with them by visiting nsp.cencoregroup.com.

Levels of Security Clearances

Security Clearances