Certified Open Source Intelligence Specialist®
The training “Certified Open Source Intelligence Specialist®” is an accredited SPEN-Registeropleiding. After completing the exam the student will receive a certificate in the form of a diploma fromf the Stichting Permanente Educatie Nederland (SPEN). The student will also receive personal education (PE) points and will be enrolled in the so called “Abituriëntenregister” of the Centrum voor Post Initeel Onderwijs Nederland (CPION).
Millions of messages, photos and videos are posted on the internet and social media every day. All these bits of information form a highly valuable asset for anyone who is professionally engaged in activities to collect and analyze information from the internet.
The Registeropleiding “Certified open Source Intelligence Specialist®” is a six-day practical and interactive training in which this information from public sources on the internet and social media plays a key role.
By following the Registeropleiding “Certified Open Source Intelligence Specialist®”, the student will gain a high-level knowledge of and experience
with the use of Open Source Intelligence. The student is able to conduct safe and effective internet investigations and can successfully create structured case reports.
The knowledge and skills gained in this Registeropleiding are of added value to for any detective, analyst or researcher within the public and private sector or within an organization in which collects and analyzes information from the internet.
The Registeropleiding “Certified Open Source Intelligence Specialist®” is intended for detectives, analysts and researchers from within the public and private sector and for any person who, in the context of detection, law enforcement or intelligence is engaged in collecting and analyzing information from the internet.
This OSINT-training is suitable for law enforcement, intelligence personnel, private investigators, insurance investigators, researchers, recruiters, sourcers, customer due diligence analyst, lawyers, governments and (local) authorities.
The OSINT-training I (Beginner) consists of three days of seven hours and three additional hours of self study. An exam will be taken on the last day of training. After passing the exam the student will receive the certificate of “Certified Open Source Investigator®”. Passing the exam will provide access to the OSINT-training II (Professional).
The OSINT-training II (Professional) consists of three days of seven hours and an addditional three hours of self study. An exam will be taken on the last day of the training. After passing the exam the student will receive the certificate of “Certified Open Source Intelligence Specialist®”.
In order to secure and update the gained knowledge, students who have successfully completed the Registeropleiding may register for one of the yearly refresher trainings. By enrolling in two day refresher training events, the students will not only update their knowledge but also practice with new techniques.
No specific prior knowledge is required for enrolling in this SPEN-Registeropleiding. Experience with surfing on the internet and using social media is a plus.
When a more experienced student would like to register for the OSINT-training II (Professional) without successfully having completed the OSINT-training I (Beginner), an admission test will be taken. If the students passes the admission test, the student is able to enroll in the OSINT-training II (Professional).
Participating in the OSINT-training II (Professional) is not equal to passing the Registeropleiding “Certified Open Source Intelligence Specialist®”. By completing the OSINT-training II (Professional) the student will not receive the diploma of “Certified Open Source Intelligence Specialist®”. The student will receive the certificate of participation of the OSINT-training II (Professional) instead.
The total duration of this Registeropleiding is 48 hours. These study hours consist of six days of each seven contact hours and six self-study hours.
This SPEN-Registeropleiding will be completed with a digital exam which takes place at the end of the last course day. The student passes the exam when at least more than half of all exam questions have been answered with a correct answer.
The exam tests whether the student has gained sufficient knowledge and skills to conduct a structured and effective internet research in a safe manner and to be able to report on this in a thorough manner.
During the exam, these knowledge and skills are assessed by means of practical assignments in which the student himself has to perform online research and on the other hand by means of multiple-choice assignments in which the student should select the correct answers.
After successfully passing the exam, the student obtains the diploma “Certified Open Source Intelligence Specialist®“, the student receives personal Education (PE) points and the student is enrolled in the Abituriëntenregister of the CPION.
The purpose of the Registeropleiding “Certified Open Source Intelligence Specialist®” is that the student will be able to conduct a secure, effective and
high-quality open source intelligence investigation within current Dutch legal frameworks. The student will learn how to create proper case reports and to present and explain its findings.