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The Certified in Open Source Intelligence (C|OSINT) program is the first and only globally recognized and accredited board certification on open source intelligence. You will learn real-world applicable skills that are... Read more

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  • Online Course - Lifetime Access & Updates: ($2497 Value)
  • Resident Live Training Program:  
  • Online Exam License - 1 Year Access: ($997 Value)
  • Prep Review Quizzes: ($497 Value)
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  • Graduation Packet: ($997 Value)
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  • The Certified in Open Source Intelligence (C|OSINT) program is the first and only globally recognized and accredited board certification 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 COSINT is the leading industry certification for cyber investigators in law enforcement, intelligence, loss prevention, private investigation, and fraud. The skills that you will learn by studying for the COSINT 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 cybercriminals 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 certification 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 COSINT Supports the National Cyber-Security Workforce Framework (Homeland Security)

    • The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework supports the nation’s 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 C|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
    Welcome Message
    Program Schedule
    COSINT 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

    Final Board Exam
    Preparing for the Exam
    Exam Application
    Prep Review Quiz: Final Exam Preparation
    Final Exam C|OSINT


    Want to learn more about the OSINT? Within this program, 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 Certification Program. Download the complete syllabus here.

    Exam Details Program - 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 an exam license here  for $997 USD separately to sit for the exam if you don't buy the training bundle.

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

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


    Associates degree plus 2 YEARS 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 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. 

    If you are interested in the Open Source Intelligence training only, you may do so by enrolling in the Qualified Open Source Intelligence (Q|OSINT) program. Upon completion of the Qualified Open Source Intelligence (Q|OSINT) training program, you will receive a certificate of completion. Click the image below to find out more.  

    Qualified Open Source Intelligence (Q|OSINT)


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    Silvere M.
    Germany Germany
    C|OSINT : very interesting course - Highly recommended

    The course is very well structured and written. We see that teacher got a very interesting professionnal experience. He explain in simple term the intelligence process and the analysis technics to create clear report. Also discussions on specific part of the course and dissertation are mandatory before taking the exam part. Highly recommended for law enforcement professionnals as well as cyber Intel professional , COSINT course will provide you all what you need to learn in OSINT domain (not only technical point of views).

    Ali Q.
    Uganda Uganda
    Great Opener

    it has been great experience of understanding alot anout Osint and social media usefulness, it can enhanced my capacity of understanding how easy one can assess profile of target, how photo can easily assist law enforcement officers to check, many tactics of mapping snaps, and many more genereally it has been good knowledge which i believe it will contribute to my future aspect about OSINT, Thanks for your support and simple course units McAfee prepared for its students.

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    Certified in Open Source Intelligence (C|OSINT)

    $8,882.00 $797.00