Certificate of Intelligence Practice

What is this course about?

The Certificate of Intelligence Practice course provides a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary theory and tradecraft in use internationally within the intelligence profession. While on-the-job training will always play the greatest role in forming an intelligence officer, this course provides the fundamentals of intelligence analysis and assists agencies to ensure their officers have the foundations in place to work and establish consistency in language and understanding amongst their staff. In government and non-government sectors beyond national security, much of the intelligence workforce is being drawn from existing resources. Hence, traditional education approaches do not often answer the need for immediate skills transfer and proficiency. With this course, organisations will no longer have to employ untrained staff and wait for scheduled face-to-face programs or university courses to deliver the basics for their workforce. The course acts as a bridge to meet immediate demands while longer term education outcomes can be achieved later. The course also assists intelligence managers across the commercial and government sectors to challenge their analytical staff to achieve more through professionalizing and honing their skills. Equally, the Certificate of Intelligence Practice is useful for those seeking a career change in analysis, risk and intelligence fields; giving them the knowledge to better present themselves for recruitment. In a world where data is cheap, resources tight and information overwhelming, the role of the intelligence officer has become ever more important to a broadening range of government and nongovernment businesses. The demand for professional officers able to make sense of complex situations, synthesize what is already known, find out what is not known, and improve the quality and speed of decision-making is rising. It is also rising in line with the understanding that expensive analytics systems fall well short of satisfying decision-needs without the intelligence craft.

What's in it for you?

  • Understanding

    Gain an in-depth understanding of practices in a profession in which you can influence the decisions that make a real difference in people’s lives, preventing harm and reducing threats.

  • Skill

    Learn the intelligence craft in one of the oldest professions; including, how you think and assess, and how you can leverage sources of information in order to inform better decisions to make a difference.

  • Investment

    In a world where data is cheap, resources tight and information overwhelming, the role of the intelligence officer has become ever more important to a broadening range of government and non-government businesses.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

  • 2

    Module 1: What is Intelligence

    • What is the meaning of intelligence?

    • Understanding Analysis vs Data vs Intelligence

    • Enabling Information Systems Architecture

    • Contemporary Intelligence Thinking

    • Contemporary Thinking Continued

    • Knowledge Check-in

    • Intelligence cycle quiz

  • 3

    Module 2: Requirements and Collection Management

    • Direction: the Art of Understanding

    • Intelligence Requirements

    • Video - Intelligence Requirements

    • Bias and Risk

    • Check-in on core themes

    • Direction Quiz

    • Intelligence Planning

    • Quiz: Source or Agency?

    • Intelligence Operations

    • Competency Training #1

    • Video - Collection Planning

    • Review of Collection Plan

  • 4

    Module 3: Collection

    • Collection: the Art of Exploitation

    • Collection Terms

    • Overt, Covert or Clandestine?

    • Sources and Agencies

    • Specialist Collection Tradecraft

    • Human Intelligence

    • Interviewing and Debriefing Skills

    • Meeting Sources: Preparation and Meeting

    • Meeting Sources: Reporting

    • Check-In: Human Sources

    • Quiz - human intelligence

    • Survelliance

    • Signals and Communications Intelligence

    • The Deep and Dark Web

    • GEOINT or IMINT: the exploitation of imagery and geospatial information

    • Open Source Intelligence

    • Electronic Intelligence, Material and Signature Intelligence

    • Counterintelligence

    • Module Conclusion

    • Collection quiz

    • Competency Training #2

    • Video - Interviewing: the good, the bad and the ugly

    • Review of Collection Interviews

  • 5

    Module 4: Processing and Exploitation: Evaluation, Collation, Analysis and Interpretation

    • Processing: The Art of Applied Guesstimation

    • What is Evaluation?

    • Knowledge Check-In

    • Collation

    • Collation Tools

    • Clustering Example

    • Clustering Example Part Two

    • More About Collation Tools

    • Reasoning, Logic and Arguments

    • Deductive Reasoning

    • Analysis

    • Important Words

    • Deductive Reasoning Exercise

    • Inductive Reasoning: the Analytical Leap!

    • Inductive Reasoning Exercise

    • Abductive Reasoning

    • Abductive Reasoning Exercise

    • How Did you Go?

    • Deductive, Inductive and Abductive Reasoning Quiz

    • Challenges in Analysis

    • Bias Assignment

    • Levels of Analysis

    • How is Analysis Applied at Various Levels?

    • Structured analytical techniques

    • Conclusion

    • Competency Training #3: Analysis

  • 6

    Module 5: Production and Dissemination

    • Production: The Art of Communicating

    • Types of Intelligence Products

    • Decision-Making

    • Audiences

    • Quality Standards in Production

    • Assignment: Rank the US Analytical Tradecraft Qualities

    • Production Tips Part One

    • Production Tips Part Two

    • Executive Assessment or Executive Summary

    • Executive Assessment Example

    • What, So What and Now What: shaping your BLUF

    • Strategic Assessment Example

    • The Verbal Brief: Tips

    • The Verbal Brief: Introduction to the videos

    • Video - The Elevator Pitch

    • Verbal brief - introduction to situation brief video

    • Video - Verbal Briefings

    • Conclusion

  • 7

    Module 6: Leadership and Capability Building in Intelligence

    • Introduction and Module Content

    • Tips for Leaders

    • The Intelligence Policy

    • The Approach

    • Program Logic

    • Examples of Program Logic

    • Principles

    • Maturity

    • Leading People and Building Culture

    • Culture and Organisational Design

    • The Task for Leaders

    • Leadership and Intelligence Failure - MacArthur and the Korean War

    • Understanding Intelligence Officers

    • Are you an Analyst or an 'Intelo'?

    • Understanding Analysts

    • Observation

    • Communication

    • Creativity

    • Managerial problems in dealing with analysts

    • Intelligence Procedures

    • IT Systems Supporting Intelligence

    • Designing the IT System

    • Intelligence Structures

    • Intelligence Structures Continued

    • Evaluating Intelligence Performance

    • Compliance and Legal Issues for Managers

    • Conclusion

    • Competency Training #4

  • 8

    Final Exam

    • Final Exam: Produce and Intelligence Briefing

  • 9

    Next steps

    • Congratulations!

    • Before you go...

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Instructor

CEO & Founder

Neil Quarmby

Neil is considered the leading expert in the Southern Hemisphere regarding intelligence in regulation and has an impressive and extensive career in intelligence (military, law enforcement and regulatory) both in Australia and overseas.  Recipient of the 2016 Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) individual award for distinguished contribution to the intelligence profession in Australia, Neil has an extensive career in operational and strategic intelligence; serving in the Australian Defence Force for over 20 years. Following his retirement from military service,  Neil was a senior manager of a national strategic crime assessment agency, going on to develop and manage a strategic intelligence capability in the Australian Crime Commission.  Neil subsequently became the head of a national operations into organised criminal penetration of the air transport sector and, in 2005, he took up a position creating and managing an integrated compliance risk and intelligence system in Medicare Australia.  He has held appointments as: the Senior Instructor for Intelligence and Counterintelligence at Australia’s Defence Intelligence Training Centre; the Staff Officer for Intelligence and Information Warfare Doctrine for the Australian Army and later at the ADF’s Joint Warfare Centre; the Staff Officer for intelligence capability development for Army; the manager of the strategic intelligence course for Australian law enforcement; and has led many other intelligence training programs. Neil is the co-author of a book titled, Managing Intelligence: the Art of Influence and the sole author of Managing Intelligence in Regulation.