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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 pathway will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of Intelligence, ensuring that you're an expert in both Internet Investigations and Intelligence Analysis. It has been expertly crafted to provide Intelligence Specialists within the UK with the skills and knowledge that they need to succeed within a role in an Intelligence team. The content has been developed to meet the National Occupation Standards set by Skills for Justice, ensuring that you have the training of a UK Intelligence Analyst and Officer. Our course includes a number of custom built Intelligence Analysis tools for Excel, which we showcase through practical interactive training, and also incorporates the best elements of National Intelligence Analyst Training (NIAT), the Intelligence Professionalisation Programme (IPP), Government Intelligence Analysis Training (GIAT), Defence Intelligence Analysis Module (DIAM). Our course is designed to the UK Intelligence standards, 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, Intelligence Products, 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 Internet Intelligence and Investigation Specialist working in UK Law Enforcement. 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, as well as NIAT, GIAT and DIAM, 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 a few months to a number of years before they are provided with structured training like IPP and NIAT and until that point, they 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 an Intelligence role or take our training as you being your role, ensuring that you have 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 10 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

The Basics of Criminal and Security Intelligence

  • Introduction

  • Intelligence Led Policing

  • Defining Intelligence

  • Levels of Intelligence

  • Job Roles within Intelligence

  • Defining Analysis in the world of Intelligence

  • The Intelligence Cycle

  • National Intelligence Model

  • Quiz

The Intelligence Submission Process

  • An introduction to Intelligence Submission

  • Intelligence Grading under the 3x5x2 classification system

  • Intelligence Sanitisation and Triage

  • The importance of an Audit Trail

  • Quiz

Crime Theory

  • Conventional Policing

  • Problem-Oriented Policing

  • Rational Choice Theory

  • Routine Action Theory

  • The Problem Analysis Triangle

  • The Wolf, Duck and Den Model

  • The SARA Model – Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment

  • The 3i Model

  • The 5 I’s Framework

  • The 5 WH’s

  • The Broken Windows Theory

  • The Pareto Rule

  • Crime Scripting

  • Behavioural Crime Linkage

  • Quiz

Crime Prevention Techniques

  • Crime Displacement

  • Concealing Targets

  • Removing Targets

  • Unique Property Displacement

  • Market Disruption

  • Denying Benefits

  • Neutralising Peer-Pressure

  • Discouraging Imitation

  • Alerting the Conscience

  • Controlling Addiction

Introduction and Overview for Legal and Ethical OSINT

  • Introduction

  • What is Open-Source Activity?

  • Why do I need training?

  • Legislation

Investigative Levels of OSINT

  • NPCC Investigative Levels

  • False Personas

  • Technical Requirements

  • Intelligence Collection and Activity Recording

  • Intelligence Grading

  • Ethical Considerations


OSINT Level 1 Quiz

  • Level 1 Certification Final Quiz 


Introduction to OSINT - Tools and Techniques

  • Introduction to me and the course 

  • Foundations of OSINT 

  • Investigative Process Flowcharts

  • OSINT Policy

Your Set-Up

  • 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

Introduction to Intelligence Analysis & Products

  • Introduction to the course

  • Certification

  • Cancelling an Annual Subscription

Basic Excel - Data Analysis, Formulas and Tools

  • Crime Trackers

Advanced Excel - VBA Dashboards and Macros

  • Time Period Comparisons

  • Control Limits

  • Aoristic Analysis

Structured Analytical Techniques

  • Introduction to Structured Analytical Techniques

  • Comparative Case Analysis

  • Crime Pattern Analysis

  • Crime Hotspots

  • Network Analysis

  • Market Analysis

Problem Solving

  • Introduction to Problem Solving Techniques

  • Structured Brain Storming

  • SWOT Analysis

  • Quadrant Crunching

  • Key Assumption Check

  • Cloak and Dagger

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