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!

Certified Social Media Intelligence Analyst (SMIA)

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 31 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.

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 Should Attend?

    • Loss Prevention Professionals
    • Law Enforcement
    • Private Investigators
    • Human Resources Professionals
    • Intelligence Professionals
    • Fraud Investigators


    Course Benefits:

    • Access: 24/7/365 Online Unlimited Access
    • Credential Earned: Board Certification
    • Availability: Desktop, Mobile, Tablet
    • Online Exam: 1 Year License Included ($350 Value)
    • Prep Review Materials: Prep Review Quizzes ($450 Value)
    • Digital Manual: Included ($299 Value)
    • CPE Credits: Included
    • Nationally Recognized Credential: NASBA, NICE & More
    • Live Mentors: Available 9-6PM CST via Chat

    Bonus Items for Enrolling Today:

    • Exam Guarantee: Pass it or try again on us! (Value $350)
    • Keep Sake: Diploma, Padded Cover, Transcripts (Value $300)


    Eligibility requirements:

    • 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 GED plus four years of experience as stated above or

    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 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.


      Course Curriculum:

      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


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          Wayne A.
          United States

          Awesome course

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

          Sam Palmer

          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!

          Joshua Eudy


          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.

          Gary Thomas


          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!

          William Kay