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Intelligence Specialist Professionalisation

About the course

The Intelligence Specialist Professionalisation Pathway comprises of all of the courses offered by Intelligence with Steve. This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of Intelligence, ensuring that you're an expert in both Internet Investigations and Analysis. It has been expertly crafted to complement the UK's College of Policing's Practice Advice to ensure that you have the knowledge necessary to be an Intelligence Analyst or an Intelligence Officer. The content has been developed to ensure that you have the training of a UK certified Intelligence Analyst, with content in line with National Intelligence Analyst Training (NIAT) and the Intelligence Professionalisation Programme (IPP). However, the skills and knowledge shared within this course are Universal and will suit you regardless of wherever you are in the world.


You'll learn Crime Theory, the Intelligence Cycle, Structured Analytical Techniques and you'll be provided with some Excel Dashboards to aid you as an Intelligence Analyst. You will also learn the action that can be taken within each of the levels of Open-Source activity, from Level 2 through to Level 4. You'll know what action is lawful and the appropriate level of approval needed for all activity. The course also ensures that you know the best way to set up your machine to conduct investigations, as well as the current techniques utilised in the day to day work of an OSINT professional. Finally, this course will demonstrate tools currently available to aid OSINT practitioners in their investigations and research into individuals and businesses. The full list of modules available can be seen below.


At the end of this course, you will be an Intelligence with Steve certified Intelligence Specialist. 

The course will soon be online on Teachable.

Is this course the IPP accreditation?

The Intelligence Professionalisation Pathways that we offer are intended as equivalent to IPP training, rather than being IPP. The only way to get official IPP training in the UK is via the College of Policing, who established the course. Our Professionalisation Pathways are designed to provide you with a similar knowledge and skill base to IPP training, to ensure that you can learn similar content to the same high standard. 

Do the NCA and other Law Enforcement Agencies recognise Intelligence with Steve's Pathways as 'equivalent' to IPP?

There is no official list of recognised 'equivalent' training, with decisions seemingly made by hiring managers on a case-by-case basis. Requests for clarification are usually met with a response that those applying are advised to use their own judgement. 

What's different about Intelligence with Steve?

Intelligence with Steve provides an alternative approach to Intelligence training. Entry-level training in Intelligence is not readily available to either those looking to move into the field or those that are new to the field. Intelligence Officers and Analysts generally have to wait anywhere from months to years before they are sent for IPP and NIAT training and until that point have to rely on the skills that they can pick up on the job. Through Intelligence with Steve, training is now available so that you can support your application into the role and start your first day with a full overview of Intelligence and the relevant skills that are needed.


Courses like the IPP and NIAT are generally 5-10 back-to-back days of in-person training, so are likely to be 40 - 70 hours and between £1,000 - £2,000. The Intelligence Professionalisation Pathways from Intelligence with Steve offer a more affordable and manageable approach to learning, with closer to 5 hours of content. We focus on providing clear and concise on-demand videos, with the goal being not to exceed ten minutes per concept. This greatly reduces the length of the course, offering a different learning experience, where students can choose their own pace and can recap any lectures as many times as they need. 

Current Course Modules


  • Introduction to IwS and the course 

  • What is Open-Source Activity?

  • Why do I need training?

  • Legislative impact on OSINT

  • Foundations of OSINT 

  • Investigative Process Flowcharts

  • OSINT Policy

  • What is Intelligence-Led Policing?

  • Intelligence Definition

  • Analysis Definition

  • The Intelligence Cycle

  • National Intelligence Model – UK Policing

  • 80-20 rule

Investigative Levels of OSINT

  • NPCC Investigative Levels

  • False Personas

  • Technical Requirements

  • Intelligence Collection and Activity Recording

  • Intelligence Grading

  • Ethical Considerations

The basics of Analysis

  • Intelligence Definition

  • Analysis Definition

  • The Intelligence Cycle

  • Intelligence Classification – 3x5x2 – 5x5x5

  • National Intelligence Model – UK Policing

  • 80-20 rule


Crime Theory

  • Conventional Policing

  • Problem-Oriented Policing

  • Rational Choice Theory

  • Routine Action Theory

  • Problem Analysis Triangle

  • Wolf, Duck and Den

  • SARA – Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment

  • 5 I’s

  • 5 WH’s

  • Displacement

  • Behavioural Crime Linkage

Intelligence Handling

  • Intelligence Classification – 3x5x2 – 5x5x5

  • Intelligence Sanitisation

Your Set-Up for Internet Investigations

  • Your hardware 

  • VPN's 

  • Virtual Machines 

  • Virtual Machines - Installing Buscador 

  • Browsers 

  • Setting up your browser for optimal security 

  • Activity Recording 

  • Subject Profile Structure - What to include? 


  • Quick Briefing

  • Capturing links

  • Capturing full webpages

  • Quick Web Caches

  • Ad and Script Blocking

  • Secure Connection

  • Media Download


  • A quick briefing on OSINT tools

  • People Search Engines

  • eMail tools

  • Messaging App Security

  • Data Breaches and Passwords

  • Caches

  • Web Domains

Advanced Searching

  • Site Operators

  • Business Searching


Social Media

  • General Account Advice

  • Facebook - Creating an Account

  • Facebook - Searching

  • Facebook - Searching by employer and/ or location (Coming Soon)

  • Facebook - Seeing the Groups a user is a member of (Coming Soon)

  • Facebook - Search posts and photos by location (Coming Soon)

  • Facebook - Searching by advertising history (Coming Soon)

  • Twitter

  • Twitter - Searching by email address (Coming Soon)

  • LinkedIn - Searching by email address

  • LinkedIn - Searching by current and previous employers

  • LinkedIn - Identifying the name of an anonymous "LinkedIn Member" account

  • LinkedIn - Searching without an account

  • Instagram - Downloading a full-size photo (Coming Soon)

  • Instagram - Searching by date posted (Coming Soon)

  • Instagram - Downloading an open user's account (Coming Soon)

  • TikTok

  • TikTok - Downloading a full-size photo (Coming Soon)

  • TikTok - Searching by date posted (Coming Soon)

  • TikTok - Downloading a user's network (Coming Soon)

  • Snapchat - Viewing a user's story

  • Activity Tracking Apps


  • Canary Tokens and the alternatives

Photos and Maps

  • Reverse Image Searching

  • Metadata

  • Mapping Options


Terms of Reference

  • Purpose

  • Direction

  • Creating



  • Collection

    1. Closed Source

    2. Open Source

    3. Collection Plan

  • Collation

  1. Initial Moves and storage

  • Evaluation

  1. Evaluation of Intelligence

  2. Evaluation of Information


Structured Analytical Techniques

  • Crime Pattern Analysis

  • Demographic and Social Trend Analysis

  • Network Analysis

  • Market Analysis

  • Criminal Business Analysis

  • Risk Analysis

  • Subject Analysis

  • Results Analysis

  • Operational Intelligence Assessment

  • Case Analysis

  • Specialist Data – Financial

  • Specialist Data – Communications



  • Definition and Importance

  • Inference Development

  1. Logic

  2. Inference

  3. Development

  4. Testing



  • Key Findings

  • Intelligence Gaps

  • Recommendations

Problem Solving

  • Brain Storming

  • SWOT

  • Impact Analysis

  • Gartner's Magic Quadrants

  • Cloak and Dagger


Your product

  • Types of Product

  1. Analytical

  2. Intelligence

  • Writing

  • Peer Review



  • Dissemination Process

  • Briefings and Presentations

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