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Qualified in Open Source Intelligence (Q|OSINT)

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Program Includes

Tuition Includes: Official Training Program, Official Digital Study Manual, Official Prep Review Quizzes, Digital Certificate of Completion

Total Hours: 55

# of Exercises: 9

# of CPE Credits Earned: 50

Delivery Method: Online Self-Study

Certificate Earned: Digital Certificate of Completion

Lifetime Access to the Program

Live Instructor Support

Globally Recognized

The Qualified in Open Source Intelligence (Q|OSINT) program is the first and only globally recognized and accredited board training program on open source intelligence.

You will learn real-world applicable skills that are utilized by law enforcement, military intelligence, private investigators, loss prevention, cyber defenders, and attackers all use to help aid in their investigations.

The Q|OSINT is the leading industry training for cyber investigators in law enforcement, intelligence, loss prevention, private investigation, and fraud. The skills that you will learn by studying for the Q|OSINT will help you conduct cyber investigations and critical intelligence-gathering missions quicker than ever before, with more accuracy. You will learn how to identify your person of interest, conduct timely cyber investigations, and prosecute cyber criminals regardless of their location.

You will learn topics such as Open Source Intelligence, Social Media Intelligence, Cyber Investigations, Intelligence Collection, Intelligence Analysis, Legal Fundamentals, and more!

Even better yet, this training program and all the resources are completely online and self-study! No matter when you want it, where you want it, or where you are located around the world, it will be available 24/7/365.

The Q|OSINT Supports the National Cyber-Security Workforce Framework (Homeland Security)

  • The¬†National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework¬†supports the nation‚Äôs cybersecurity workforce development efforts.
  • The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework provides a simple, standardized way to define cybersecurity work across multiple sectors
  • The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework provides detailed descriptions of types of cybersecurity work, the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for each area, and descriptions of common specialties.
  • Students will graduate with the knowledge and skills that employers need
  • Colleges can create programs that are aligned with jobs,
  • Employees will have a better-defined career path and opportunities, and
  • Policymakers can set standards to promote workforce professionalization.

Our goal is to create an industry-leading body of knowledge and skillsets that meet the McAfee Institute's high standards that can be taught, tested, and validated so you can be successful in your career regardless if you are in law enforcement, intelligence, loss prevention, private investigations, information security, or cybersecurity.

Upon completion, you will leave this program with an industry-recognized credential of Q|OSINT to put behind your name attesting to your skill sets and knowledge.


I cannot urge you enough to invest in yourself and your future while learning some really neat stuff along the way. Earning the industry's top certification is rigorous, challenging, and extremely fun!

Trust me when I tell you that we are going to blow your mind and teach you things that you never thought possible! It starts with the impossible and ends with the remarkable!

Welcome to C|OSINT / Q|OSINT
Welcome Message
Program Schedule
C|OSINT and Q|OSINT Official Study Manual
Professional Code of Conduct
Learning Experience & Expectations
Honesty Policy
Quiz: Introduction & Policies

The Foundation of OSINT
The Foundation of OSINT (Reading Assignment)
The Foundation of OSINT
Defining an OSINT Standard
OSIF Sub-types
Defining and Using Intelligence
Prep Review Quiz: Foundations of OSINT

The Intelligence Cycle
The Intelligence Cycle (Reading Assignment)
The Intelligence Cycle
Planning & Directing
Collection & Data Gathering
Processing & Exploitation
Analysis and Production
Evaluation & Feedback
Prep Review Quiz: The Intelligence Cycle

Intelligence Collection Disciplines
Intelligence Collection Disciplines (Reading Assignment)
Intelligence Collection Disciplines
Prep Review Quiz: Intelligence Collection Disciplines

Privacy and Data Protection
Data Protection and Privacy Law (Reading Assignment)
Data Protection and Privacy Law
Prep Review Quiz: Data Protection

Setting Up a Lab & Virtual Machine
Setting Up a Lab & Virtual Machine (Reading Assignment)
Prep Review Quiz: Setting up a Lab & Virtual Machine

Critical Thinking
Reading Assignment (Critical Thinking)
Discussion: Critical Thinking

OSINT Browser Configuration
Protecting Your Computer
Virtual Private Networks
Password Managers
Browser Set-Up
Firefox Addon: Firefox Containers
Firefox Addon: UBlock Origin
Firefox Addon: Downloadthemall
Firefox Addon: VideoDownloadHelper
Firefox Addon: Full Web Page Screenshots
Firefox Addon: Nimbus
Firefox Addon: HTTPS Everywhere & Smart HTTPS
Firefox Addon: User-Agent
Firefox Addon: Exif Viewer
Firefox Addon: Copy Selected Links
Firefox Addon: Link Gopher
Firefox Addon: Right Click Copy
Firefox Addon: Perceptual Image Analysis
Firefox Addon: Singe File
Firefox Addon: Privacy Badger
Firefox Addon: Search by Image
Additional Web Browsers
Prep Review Quiz

Open Source Intelligence Research
OSINT Research Introduction
Search Engine Research
Reverse Image Research
Archive Search Engine Research
TOR Search Engine Research
Email Address Research
Username Research
People Search Engines Research
Telephone Number Research
Online Map Research
Domain Name Research
IP Address Research
Govt & Business Record Research
Video Research
In Closing

Advanced OSINT Research
Fake Persona Research
Online Community Research: Reddit
How to Search Reddit
Data Breach Research
Live Traffic & City Cams Research
OSINT Assignment #1
OSINT Assignment #2

Introduction to SOCMINT
SOCMINT (Reading Assignment)
Online Deception in Social Media (Reading Assignment)
Facebook Intelligence
Twitter Intelligence
Twitter Advanced Searching (Examples)
LinkedIn Intelligence
Instagram Intelligence
Instagram Advanced Search (Examples)
Pinterest Intelligence
Tumblr Intelligence
Flickr Intelligence
Prep Review Quiz

Mobile Apps OSINT
Tinder Intelligence
SnapChat Intelligence
KIK Intelligence
WeChat Intelligence
Tango Intelligence
Viber Intelligence
Yik Yak Intelligence
LINE Intelligence

OSINT and SOCMINT Recon and Intelligence
Recon Tools and Frameworks
Remote Location Recon
Resume Finders and Researching Employees
Operational Security and Privacy
Intelligence Analysis Software
Practical Exercises
Prep Review Quiz


Want to learn more about the C|OSINT and Q|OSINT? Within these programs, you are going to discover cutting-edge techniques and real-world training in OSINT & SOCMINT and position yourself as an industry-recognized expert with this incredible training Program. Download the complete syllabus here.


Exam Details Program (Should you want to obtain an exam license to sit for the exam)¬†-You can purchase an¬†exam license here¬†ÔĽŅÔĽŅ for $450 USD separately to sit for the exam if you don't buy the open-source intelligence training bundle.

If you choose to sit for the exam which is not required to earn the qualified certificate of completion, the Exam 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.


The cost is $125 for an additional two years and requires proof of completion of 25 CPE credits. 


Eligibility is not required for Qualified in Open Source Intelligence (Q|OSINT) individual training.

Eligibility is required if you chose to sit for the Certified in Open Source Intelligence (C|OSINT) board exam.

Bachelor’s degree or higher (no experience is needed)


Associates degree plus 2 YEARS of professional work experience in e-commerce, fraud, investigations, IT, law enforcement, forensics, criminal justice, law, and loss prevention 


High school diploma or equivalency plus 3 YEARS of professional work experience as stated above. 

Also, 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 C|OSINT. The applicant must successfully pass the prescribed background check, which may include a criminal background check and examination process. Falsification or omission of information on the application form will be reason enough to disqualify an applicant from becoming or remaining Certified in Open Source Intelligence.

What if I don’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 the exam only to become a Certified Open Source Intelligence (C|OSINT), you may obtain an exam license to do so. Exam licenses are valid for one year after purchase. Click the image below to purchase. 


Qualified in Open Source Intelligence (Q|OSINT)


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