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Certified Social Media Intelligence Analyst (SMIA)

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Program Includes

Tuition Includes: Official Training Program, Official Digital Study Manual, Official Prep Review Quizzes, Online Proctor License, 1-Year Exam License, Digital Certification & Credential

Total Hours: 40

# of Exercises: 5

# of CPE Credits Earned: 35

Delivery Method: Online Self-Study

Certificate Earned: Board Certification

Lifetime Access to the Program

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The SMIA Online Board Certification will keep you on the edge of your seat teaching you the most advanced intelligence and investigative methodologies employed by our nation's most elite cyber investigators! We are taking over 25 years of hands-on experience from the Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Levels as well as Military Intelligence Sectors conducting social media investigations and sharing with you, our insights into what contributes to their success and failures.

The SMIAā„¢ credential is tough and demanding, but fun to study. You will learn and grow with this phenomenal certification, and even better yet, it's all online. There are no boring theory lectures here. Itā€™s all how-to-based tutorials, videos, and personal mentorship which helps you to actually utilize the learningā€™s coming from the training program and be highly effective in your organization and/or agency as you progress.

The SMIAā„¢ Certification program contains ten modules that are consistent with the competencies needed to pass the renowned SMIAā„¢ exam. The modules are self-study available at your own pace and schedule. Study as you see fit, anywhere, and at any time.

    ā€¢ Welcome to SMIA
    ā€¢ Social media Investigations
    ā€¢ Advanced Social Media Investigations
    ā€¢ Mobile Forensics
    ā€¢ Advanced Mobile Forensics - Autopsy Demo
    ā€¢ ChattingĀ Applications
    ā€¢Ā On-Line Dating Applications
    ā€¢ Legal Fundamentals of Cyber Investigations
    ā€¢ Preparing Your Case File
    ā€¢ Final Board Exam


    Want to learn more about the SMIA? Within this program, you are going to discover cutting-edge techniques and real-world training in social media investigations and intelligence and position yourself as an industry-recognized expert with this incredible Certification Program. Download the complete syllabus here.

    Exam Details ProgramĀ - is graded on a pass/fail system by obtaining a 70% or better is considered a passing grade. The exam is taken online at the convenience of your home or office. It is a closed book exam and is 200 questions. The questions are in a true/false, multiple-choice & scenario-based format. It is a timed exam, you get 3 hours to complete the exam and you must do so in one sitting. Once you start the exam you must complete it. You get one attempt to pass the exam. If you fail the exam you must purchase a new exam license to sit for the exam.

    You can purchase anĀ exam license hereĀ  for $450 USD separately to sit for the exam if you don't buy the open-source intelligence training bundle.


    The cost is $125 for an additional two years and requires proof of completion of 15 CPE credits.Ā 

    Bachelorā€™s degree or higher plus one year of experience in fraud, investigations, IT, law enforcement, forensics, criminal justice, law, and/or loss prevention

    Associates degree plus two years of experience as stated above
    High school diploma or equivalency plus four years of experience as stated aboveĀ 

    In addition, a person convicted of a felony, any crime of moral turpitude or misdemeanor relating to honesty, theft, embezzlement, fraud or the like shall be ineligible to become a SMIAĀ®. Applicant must provide a copy of the certified transcript of education ONLY if using a college degree rather than an experience to qualify. The applicant must successfully pass the prescribed criminal background check. Falsification or omission of information on the application form will be reason enough to disqualify an applicant from becoming or remaining a Certified Social Media Intelligence Analyst (SMIA).

    What if I do not meet the eligibility requirements?

    If you do not meet the eligibility requirements above that's OK! We offer a qualified program where you can get the same great training and earn a "Qualified" credential. Then when you meet the eligibility all you need to do is return and purchase the Certified Exam License to sit for the exam and earn your "Certified" credential. (Click image below for more information)Ā 

    What if I donā€™t want to attend the training program. Can I just sit for the exam?

    You do not need to attend our training programs to sit for the board exam.

    If you are interested in sitting for theĀ exam onlyĀ to become a Certified Social Media Intelligence Analyst (SMIA), you mayĀ obtain an exam license to do so. Exam licenses are valid for one year after purchase. Click the image below to purchase.Ā 

    If you are interested in theĀ Social Media IntelligenceĀ training only, you may do so by enrolling in the QualifiedĀ Social Media Intelligence Analyst (Q|SMIA) program. Upon completion of the QualifiedĀ Social Media Intelligence AnalystĀ  (Q|SMIA) training program, you will receive a certificate of completion. Click the image below to find out more.


    To view the various military education benefit programs McAfee Institute is approved for pleaseĀ follow this link.

    Credentialing Assistance (CA)

    The McAfee Institute has partnered with Credentialing Assistance (CA) to provide funding for training and exams leading to an industry-recognized academic or vocational credential.Ā > See more here

    VR&E Program

    The McAfee Institute has partnered with Veteran's Readiness and Employment - VR&E (formerly Voc Rehab) and benefit program counselors around the world to offer you the ability to participate in any of McAfee Institutes board certifications (online or in-person).Ā > See more here

    Veterans Benefits & G.I. BillĀ®

    This online program isĀ NOT eligible for veterans education benefits/G.I. BillĀ®.Ā GI BillĀ® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website atĀ > See more here

    You cannot use a VPN or Proxy to access our site our course materials due to our security measures.

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      Ken Velasquez SMIA certification

      The course was very easy to follow and understand. All materials needs to learn and pass the course were provided.

      Kenneth V.
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      Social Media Intelligence Analyst

      Certainly a unique course that provided some real world knowledge basic and expertise for online investigation.

      Earl W.

      Perfect online course

      I am almost half way through my online McAfee Institute course for SMIA. The videos are just the right length, and broken up by topic. I like that I can rewind something if I missed it or need to hear it again. The audio is clear and videos are smooth.

      Claudia C.

      Awesome course

      Great, the whole course was laid out well, and provided a ton of information along with the training.

      Wayne A.

      Great Course!

      I think it is a great starter course. I have been doing investigations using SM for the past 10 years and this course made me think about a few things to add to my toolbox. Really liked the at my pace learning. Thank you!

      Sam P.


      I recently went through the SMIA and it was honestly, the #1 training course I have attended in over 30+ years. I have been in the telecommunication, computer and digital forensics industry for over 40 years. The 'tricks of the trade' you will learn in the SMIA are second to none. Take one of these courses and at the end, ask yourself, 'was it worth the time?' ... nuff said!

      Gary T.


      The SMIA certification gave me the training necessary to investigate social media profiles. If you are reading this, chances are you already know how popular social media is and how it is continuing to grow. This course will also prepare you to help fight cyber crime and online bullying. Child predators have turned to social media to find their next victim. Young teens are sending or posting messages about their classmates on social media sites that have lead to these young teens committing suicide.

      Joshua E.
      William K.
      Certified Social Media Intelligence Analyst (SMIA)


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