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Included in this Program:

Live Instructor-Led Program: ($1497 Value)
Official Exam License: ($997 Value)
Official Exam Prep Review Quizzes: ($497 Value)
Official Study Guide: ($350 Value)
Exam Guarantee: Pass it or try again (Value $997)
KeepSake: Graduation Packet (Value $300)
Bonus #1: Career Center Access: (Value $1200)
Bonus #2: Live Instructor Support: (Value $2400)

Industry Recognized


Have you ever wondered how the world's TOP cyber investigators resolve some of the MOST prolific criminal investigations using intelligence gathered from social media?

It's because they train with us!

The Best of the Best from the FBI, Secret Service, DOJ, Homeland Security, and thousands more attend this incredible board certification program each year to enhance their skill-sets, knowledge, & credibility, and we would love for you to become an SMIA today!

The SMIA Online Board Certification will keep you on the edge of your seat teaching you the most advanced and state-of-the-art 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 and Military Intelligence Sectors conducting social media investigations and sharing with you, our insights into what contributes to their success and failures.

The SMIA™ 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. It’s all how-to-based tutorials, videos, and personal mentorship which helps you to actually utilize the learning’s coming from the training program and be highly effective in your organization and/or agency as you progress.

The SMIA™ Certification program contains ten modules which are consistent with the competencies needed to pass the renowned SMIA™ exam. You earn 35 CPE credits for completing this program. The modules are self-study available at your own pace and schedule. Study as you see fit, anywhere, and at any time.

The Top Reasons To Get Certified

Career Advancement 
Surveys consistently suggest that McAfee Institute (M.I.) Board certified professionals earn higher salaries (up to a 30% increase) and gain more opportunities for career advancement.

Professional Opportunities 
Certification proves to prospective employers that your expertise is confirmed by McAfee Institute, the leader in intelligence and investigative professional development.

Proven Professional Achievement 
Documented evidence of your professional achievement leads to recognition and respect for your abilities as an intelligence and investigative professional.

Greater Adaptability 
McAfee Institute Certified professionals demonstrate that they are committed to continuing education, allowing them to adapt more effectively to a rapidly changing technology environment.

Increased Credibility 
McAfee Institute Certification credentials increase your standing in the community by attesting to the integrity of your knowledge and skills and the reliability with which you can apply them.

Employer Confidence 
McAfee Institute Certifications help employers match skills to job requirements and provides confidence that employees have the right skills for the job.

Industry Recognition 
The high-integrity examination and certification process ensures that McAfee Institute credentials are the standard for the intelligence and investigative sectors.

Continued Professional Growth 
Recertification requirements, combined with a variety of learning resources, ensure that your knowledge keeps pace with a rapidly changing field.

What am I going to learn

  • You will learn how to investigate & gather intelligence on the top social media platforms around the world.
  • You will learn how to investigate metadata, digital evidence, and email headers
  • You will learn how to investigate video chat platforms, dating sites, and more.
  • You will learn the proper ways of securing a computer or mobile device for evidence
  • You will learn all of the legal fundamentals both criminally and civilly to conducting social media investigations.

    Who attends?

    • Intel
    • Military
    • CounterIntelligence
    • Special Operations
    • Loss Prevention
    • Fraud Investigators
    • Private Investigators
    • Law Enforcement

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        McAfee Institute is approved for the Veterans Education Benefits for our resident based (in-person) programs. If you are interested in attending one of our world-renowned board certification programs please follow these directions for enrollment using Veterans Education Benefits.

         Steps to Attend

        1. Select the program you want to attend.
        2. Complete the enrollment form here.
        3. You will be notified of your acceptance.
        4. Send in a copy of your eligibility.
        5. Attend the resident based training program.


        • Bachelor’s degree or higher plus one year of experience in fraud, investigations, IT, law enforcement, forensics, criminal justice, law, and/or loss prevention or
        • Associates degree plus two years of experience as stated above or
        • High school diploma or equivalency plus four years of experience as stated above

        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 an SMIA®. Applicant must provide a copy of the certified transcript of education ONLY if using college degree rather than experience to qualify.

        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.


        Download the complete syllabus below


        You have to renew the board certification every two years, once you are certified. The cost is $125 for an additional two years. CPE requirements are listed here.


        Welcome to the Board Certified Social Media Intelligence Analyst

        • Introduction to SMIA
        • Group Forum Discussion: Introduce Yourself!
        • SMIA Manual
        • Code of Ethics
        • Resources

        Basic Social Media Investigations

        • Intro to Basic Social Media
        • Facebook Search
        • Locating People on Facebook
        • Facebook Profile
        • Facebook Search Tool
        • Facebook Private Information
        • Twitter
        • Twitter Search
        • Twitter Mobile App
        • YouTube
        • YouTube Search
        • Google+
        • Google+ Search
        • Ethical Considerations
        • Module 2 Quiz: Basic Social Media Investigations

        Advanced Social Media Investigations

        • Resources
        • An Overview of Advanced Social Media Investigations
        • Defining Open Source Intelligence
        • A World of Sock Puppets
        • Domain Names
        • Username Workflow
        • Search Engines
        • Facebook
        • Twitter
        • Instagram
        • YouTube
        • Hootsuite and SproutSocial
        • Module 3 Quiz: Advanced Social Media Investigations

        Chatting Up Your Person of Interest

        • Introduction to Video Chat Platforms
        • Skype Sign Up
        • Web Platform and Features
        • Skype App and Searching
        • Google Hangouts Intro
        • Google Plus
        • Hangouts Tutorial
        • Google Hangouts Mobile
        • Oovoo
        • Oovoo Chat Window
        • Facetime
        • Tango
        • Module 4 Quiz: Chatting Up Your Person of Interest

        What Do We Do With Dating Sites

        • Dating Site Introduction
        • Doing a Basic Search on Plenty of Fish
        • Plenty of Fish Advanced Search
        • Searching for a Username on Plenty of Fish
        • Searching the Forums in Plenty of Fish
        • Match.com Login and Overview
        • Match.com Search Functions
        • What about Google Site Search
        • Module 5 Quiz: What Do We Do With Dating Sites

        Legal Fundamentals of Cyber Investigations

        • Legal Fundamentals of Cyber Investigations Resources
        • Introduction to Legal Fundamentals
        • Understanding Your Role as a Corporate Investigator
        • Understanding Your Employees Rights
        • The Electronic Communications Privacy Act
        • Understanding Law Enforcement Concerns
        • An Agent of the Law
        • Federal Laws to Prosecute CyberCrimes
        • Becoming an Expert Witness
        • Dauberts Standards, What is it?
        • Common Task of an Expert Witness
        • Preparing to Become an Expert Witness
        • Your Role as a Consultant
        • How to Prepare Your Testimony for Court
        • Preparing Forensic and Computer Evidence
        • Legal Fundamentals of Cyber Investigations Summary
        • Module 6 Quiz: Legal Fundamentals of Cyber Investigations

        Email Headers and Digital Forensics

        • Cyber Forensics (Reading Assignment)
        • Investigating Email Crimes: The Who, What, When, and Where!
        • What do we do?
        • Email Header Information
        • Mobile Forensics Part 1
        • Mobile Forensics Part 2
        • Module 7 Quiz: Email Headers and Digital Forensics

        SMIA Final Exam

        • Preparing For The Exam
        • Exam Application
        • Final Exam: SMIA

        Our students come from some of the MOST AMAZING organizations and agencies around the world and you can be apart of it!