The most sought-after certification in the industry for those professionals in law enforcement wanting to elevate their career to the next level with an emphasis in human trafficking.

The Qualified Human Trafficking Investigator (Q|HTI®) designation is awarded to Human Trafficking practitioners who have proven expertise and proficiency in human trafficking investigation management, intelligence gathering, digital evidence collection, interview, and interrogation, developing reports and testimony to validate findings. The Q|HTI® is evidence of an expert skill set in Human Trafficking investigations.

This is the most sought-after training program in the industry for those professionals in law enforcement wanting to elevate their career to the next level with an emphasis on human trafficking. The Q|HTI® credential is premier credential in the industry and is taught by world-class professionals which will teach you everything you need to know to be highly effective in combating the global issue of human trafficking.

The Q|HTI credential is tough and demanding, but fun to study for. You will learn and grow with this phenomenal certification program which will keep you on the edge of your seat 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. Begin today on the exciting adventure of becoming one of the elite, a Certified Human Trafficking Investigator upon completion of the Q|HTI.

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.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the CHTI Board Certification

    • Course Guide
    • Code of Ethics
    • Group Forum Discussion: Introduce Yourself!
    • Course Resources
    • CHTI Study Manual
  • 2

    What is Human Trafficking?

    • Defining Human Trafficking
    • The Three Elements of Human Trafficking
    • Various Forms of Exploitation
    • Foreign & Domestic Trafficking
    • Distinction Between Trafficking and Smuggling
    • Case Example 1
    • Case Example 2
    • Case Example 3
    • Case Example 4
    • Summary
    • Prep Review Quiz: Human Trafficking
  • 3

    Dynamics of Human Trafficking

    • Dynamics of HT Victims (Reading Assignment)
    • The Dynamics of Human Trafficking
    • Trauma on Victims
    • The Connection Between Sex Trafficking and the Porn Industry
    • Myths and Misconceptions
    • Porn Links to Sex Trafficking (Briefing Capitol Hill)
    • Prep Review Quiz: Human Trafficking Dynamics
  • 4

    Signs of Human Trafficking

    • Introduction to Control Mechanisms
    • Control Indicators
    • Threats of Safety
    • Living Conditions Indicators
    • Medical Indicators
    • Physical Indicators
    • Other Indicators
    • Prep Review Quiz: Signs of Human Trafficking
  • 5

    How to Investigate Human Trafficking

    • Human Trafficking Investigations (Forms of HT)
    • Prep Review Quiz: Human Trafficking Investigations
  • 6

    Effective Cyber Investigations & Intelligence Gathering

    • Defining OSINT
    • Sock Puppet Accounts
    • Creating Sock Puppet Accounts
    • Exploring Bitcoin
    • Documenting Social Media Investigations
    • Keep Yourself Protected
    • What resources are available
    • Useful Tools
    • Facebook Investigations
    • Google Advanced Search
    • Search Multiple Platforms
    • Stupid Criminals, Yes they exist
    • Digital Case File
    • 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
    • Login and Overview
    • Search Functions
    • What about Google Site Search
    • The Secrets Behind the TOR Browser
    • Prep Review Quiz: Cyber Investigations
  • 7

    Exploring the Deep Web

    • Deep Web Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • The Deep Web!
    • Getting Started with TOR (Step by Step)​
    • Introducing the TOR Project
    • The Deep Web (Overview)
    • An Exploration 1
    • VPN Services
    • Steps to buy and set up a VPN service to remain anonymous
    • Introduction to the Deep Web
    • Hidden Wiki 2017
    • Black Market Links 2017
    • Deep Web Drug Markets 2017
    • Directories and Lists 2017
    • The Secrets Behind the TOR Browser
    • The Secrets Behind the TOR Browser
    • TOR Wiki (Resource)
  • 8

    Cell Phone & Mobile Device Forensics

    • Intro to Mobile Forensics
    • Mobile Forensics Acquisition
    • Mobile Forensics Examination & Analysis
    • Procedures and Principles
    • Mobile Phone Acquisition/Examination/Reporting (Reading Assignment)
  • 9

    Cell Phone & Mobile Device Forensics Advanced

    • Social Media Apps
    • Facebook Forensics on Mobile Devices
    • Twitter Forensics on Mobile Devices
    • Instagram Forensics on Mobile Devices
    • Kik Forensics on Mobile Devices
    • Mobile Phone File System (Reading Assignment)
  • 10

    Legal Assistance and Visa Provisions under Federal Law

    • Legal Assistance and Visa Provisions under Federal Law
    • Prep Review Quiz: Legal Assistance
  • 11

    Collaboration between Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement

    • Collaboration Efforts with Law Enforcement
    • Prep Review Quiz: Collaboration with Law Enforcement
  • 12

    Victim Support

    • Victim Support Video for Law Enforcement Part 1 Homeland Security
    • Human Trafficking Victim Support Video for Law Enforcement Part 2
    • Prep Review Quiz: Victim Support
  • 13

    Federal Laws

    • Prep Review Quiz: Prosecuting Human Trafficking
    • Prosecuting Human Trafficking
  • 14

    CHTI Final Exam

    • Preparing for the final exam
    • Board Exam Purchase


Eligibility Requirements

Learn if you are eligible to take one of our programs

> You must have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent.
> You must be free from pending felony charges or convictions (or military equivalent of court martial charges and/or convictions).
> You must be free from pending misdemeanor charges or convictions involving moral turpitude ("moral turpitude" means an offense that calls into question the integrity or judgment of the offender, such as fraud, bribery, corruption, theft, embezzlement, solicitation, etc.).

However, If you wish to sit for the board exam upon completion of the qualified program you would need to meet the following eligibility criteria below:

Bachelor’s degree or higher plus three years of experience in investigations, IT, fraud, law enforcement, forensics, criminal justice, law, and/or loss prevention or

Associates degree plus four years of experience as stated above or

High school diploma or equivalency plus four years of experience as stated above or Minimum two years experience as a full-time faculty member at an accredited educational institution.

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 CHTI™. 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 a Certified Human Trafficking Investigator.

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