This Ofqual approved, accredited qualification will explore the methods used to conduct and manage intelligence processes. It is designed for people entering the profession or those that may have experience of intelligence work but need to refresh their skills. The qualification will be based on well-established principles developed from military intelligence techniques and the police National Intelligence Model. They are applicable to commercial organisations and a broad spectrum of public sector audiences. Students will learn the theory that underpins intelligence operations. They will go on to understand collection methods available to agencies. Analytical principles will be an important part of the course as will techniques for disseminating data. The course will be largely practical and will require student participation. Students will learn to think about problems in a different way. They will understand the influences that distort rational thinking and how to develop hypotheses in a logical systematic way. This qualification is accredited by the Ofqual approved awarding body ProQual.
This is the only short commercially available intelligence analysis qualification available in the UK. IMSL has highly experienced analysts and instructors who can draw from a wide range of experiences in the public and private sector. The course will teach intelligence best practice but will also make the student challenge normal ideas and methods of working. It will instil a questioning and dynamic approach to problem solving. The analytical techniques learned can be applied to any working environment involving problem solving from commercial to public sector at the macro and local level.
The qualification is suitable for individuals and groups from the public, private and charitable sectors, with examples and use cases drawn from IMSL’s extensive experience of implementing intelligence management processes in all three of these domains. The course is ideally suited to those entering the intelligence community or looking to broaden their understanding of intelligence led working practices.
No previous experience is required.
The course will be taught in English. All students will need to prove an ability to speak good English.
Online students will be provided with a secure link to our internationally respected training delivery portal “Moodle” with video teaching, examples and case studies with online support and feedback to succeed. The classroom based course will be 50% instructor led theory, 40% practical session and 10% classroom discussion. These lessons will be supplemented with printable user guides and additional resources.
Online students can pace their studies for themselves and work at whatever time suits them – typically, achieving course completion in the range of 2 weeks to 3 months from enrolment. Classroom based courses are 5 days.
Understanding the concept of the Intelligence cycle. Understanding the principles of intelligence within a commercial and non-commercial environment. Using the National Intelligence Model and how it can be effectively applied for a wider audience. The importance of direction to intelligence procedures.
Understand the broad scope of collection assets that may be available to an intelligence team. Understand the utility of imagery, communications and human intelligence to the collection process. Understand the growing role of open source intelligence and social media to modern intelligence teams. This will broaden into a discussion on the importance of big data to intelligence gatherers. Techniques for managing collection and the passage of data between organisations will be explored.
3. Intelligence Processing
Comprehension of the various stages of the analytical process from collation, through evaluation, analysis and integration to the production of an assessment. Analytical techniques will encompass: the use of analytical software, statistical analysis, temporal, geospatial and link analysis. Understanding the biases and fallacies that can affect their products and the techniques that can mitigate these.
4. Practical Application
Develop the ability to use structured analytical techniques such as analysis of competing hypothesis and brainstorming. Become familiar with analytical tools like Power BI. Develop skills in written, graphic and verbal communication that enhance product dissemination. Understand the best practices and skills needed for working in an intelligence team and the role of intelligence on operational planning.
For classroom courses, we can assist with local accommodation bookings in the Bath area. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are provided throughout the course as well as a buffet lunch. (Special dietary requirements must be noted at the time of booking)