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Program Duration: 100 Hours
Credits Awarded: 100 CPE
Language: English
Skill Level: Expert
Credential: Board Certification
Delivery Method: Live Instructor-Led Training
Exam Method: Online Proctored
Accreditation: NASBA
Industry Recognized: View Organizations

Included in this Program:

Live Instructor-Led Program: (Value $1997)
Official Exam License: (Value $997)
Official Exam Prep Review Quizzes: (Value $497)
Official Study Guide: (Value $350)
Exam Guarantee: (Value $997)
KeepSake: Graduation Packet: ($300 Value)
Bonus #1: Career Center Access: ($1200 Value)
Bonus #2: Live Instructor Support: ($2400 Value)

Industry Recognized


The Most Comprehensive and Real Life Criminal Investigation Program in Existence, Bar None..

The Certified Professional Criminal Investigator (CPCI) program which is the industry's premier board certification focused on criminal investigations. The responsibilities of today's law enforcement and investigators within all industries are complex and challenging.

The CPCI equips criminal investigators around the world with the most advanced knowledge and skill sets required to be successful in their role. In today's changing climate, criminal investigators are faced with a multitude of situations. Beyond traditional investigation methodologies, criminal investigators around the world must now be experts in cyber investigations, corruption, terrorism, fraud, human behavior, interview and interrogation and more, to ensure the investigator is fully-equipped with the skill sets needed to meet the rigorous demands of the environments in which they will be working.

The CPCI is designed to meet these training needs as identified through systematic program monitoring in the form of validation studies and continuous research, which includes feedback from Partner Organizations and our World-Class Advisory Board.

The CPCI is the most comprehensive criminal investigative training program the industry has to offer bar none.

Those who earn the nationally accredited credential, you're about to discover, go on to experience some of the world's most prestigious and exciting intelligence and investigative careers in both the public and private sectors.

With this board certification, you'll not only have the skills, knowledge, and expertise you need to track down and criminals around the world.. but you'll also become known as an industry expert in conducting quick and effective criminal investigations.

In just a moment, you're going to discover the all-new online certification course that is going to allow you to stand out from the competition and climb the career ladder faster than ever by establishing yourself as a leading expert whom your employer and peers all turn to for answers.

Here's What's Waiting for You on the inside of This Incredible Program:
  • An intensive, resident based training program that makes it easy to become a Certified Professional Criminal Investigator (CPCI) – even with your busy schedule
  • Real-life scenarios and real-world training that will challenge you and give you the hands-on experience you need to be successful
  • LIVE investigative exercises that allow you to apply your learning and test your new skills on-the-spot
  • And much, much more...
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.

    At McAfee, we don't just want our students to have to settle for "satisfactory" results or instruction. What we're doing here is giving you the training, knowledge, and real-world experience to turn yourself into a confident and credible industry recognized criminal investigator.

    We're helping you achieve the credibility and expert authority that will skyrocket your career and propel you miles ahead of the competition.

    Who attends?

    • Military Police
    • Loss Prevention
    • Fraud Investigators
    • Private Investigators
    • Law Enforcement

    G.I. Bill® Approved

    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 two years of experience in law enforcement or investigative work
    • Associates degree plus three years of experience as stated above. OR
    • High school diploma or equivalency plus four years of 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 CPCI™. 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 CPCI.


    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 CPCI Board Certification

    • A Message from our Founder!
    • The CPCI Experience
    • Program Expectations
    • Instructor Introductions
    • Student Introductions
    • Course Resources and Downloads

    Professional Standards

    • Professional Standards (Reading Assignment)
    • Professional Standards for CPCI
    • Prep Review Quiz: Professional Standards

    Ethical Standards

    • Ethical Standards (Reading Assignment)
    • Discussion Assignment 1: Moral Ethics
    • Discussion 2: Professional Ethics

    Intro to Criminal Investigations

    • Intro to Criminal Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • Introduction to Criminal Investigations
    • Qualities of a Good Investigator
    • Goals of Criminal Investigations
    • A Realistic View of Investigative Activities
    • Case Preparation Overview
    • Prep Review Quiz: Intro to Criminal Investigations
    • In conclusion

    Case Management

    • Case Management (Reading Assignment)
    • Planning & Documentation (Standards)
    • Initial Notification (Standards)
    • Reviewing reports and witness statements (Standards)
    • Solvability Factors (Standards)
    • Presentation for Prosecution (Standards)
    • Clearance Codes (Standards)
    • Maintaining Cases for Future Retrieval (Standards)
    • How to Prioritize Your Case Load (Real World)
    • Crime Scene Note Taking (Real World)
    • Keeping your Cases Updated (Real World)
    • Follow Up Essentials (Real World)
    • CrimeScene Documentation Insights (Real World)
    • The Media Effect on Case Load (Real World)
    • Managing HighProfile Cases (Real World)
    • Working with the Prosecutor (Real World)
    • The Importance of Partnerships (Real World)
    • Common Mistakes to Avoid (Real World)
    • Career Killers (Real World)
    • The Importance of Respect While Documenting a CASE (Real World)
    • Prep Review Quiz: Case Management

    Documenting Investigations

    • Documenting Investigations Expectations
    • Documenting Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • Field Notes 101
    • Entry and Exit Log
    • Crime Scene Sketch
    • Tools of the Trade
    • Different Types of Views
    • Ways to Measure the Crime Scene
    • The Need for Effective Criminal Investigative Reports
    • Types of Reports 

    Property Crime Investigations

    • Property Crime Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • Introduction to Property Crimes
    • Burglary vs Theft
    • Daytime vs Nighttime Burglars
    • Additional Investigative Methodologies
    • Responding to a Burglary in Progress
    • Burglary Tools Explored
    • Motor Vehicle Thefts
    • How to Determine if the Motor Vehicle is Stolen
    • Abandoned Stolen Vehicles
    • Vehicle Fires
    • ATM Fraud Techniques 

    Crimes Against Persons Investigations

    • Crimes Against Persons Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • Follow-up robbery investigation and the Team approach
    • Missing Persons and Abductions
    • Why women do not report rape to the police.
    • Motivation for false rape allegations
    • Types of physical evidence collected in rape and sexual assault cases
    • Importance of condom trace evidence
    • Investigator's responsibilities when responding to the scene of a suspected homicide
    • Typical stages of the autopsy
    • Introduction to Wounds and their Evidentiary value
    • Gunshot wounds
    • Bullet Characteristics
    • Incised wounds
    • Laceration wounds
    • Stab wounds
    • Defense wounds
    • Identify the characteristics of strangulation wounds
    • Identify the use and effects of Rohypnol, GHB and Ketamine

    Cyber Crime Investigations

    • Types of Cyber Crime (Reading Assignment)
    • Cyber Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • Cyber Forensics (Reading Assignment)
    • Open source Intel (Reading Assignment)
    • Search Engines
    • A world of sock puppets
    • Social Media as a Tool (Reading Assignment)
    • Facebook
    • Instagram
    • Documenting Social Media Evidence (Reading Assignment)
    • Digital Evidence (Reading Assignment)
    • Advanced Searching (Reading Assignment)
    • Google Advanced Operators
    • Email Header Info
    • Meta Data
    • Investigating Email Crimes: The who, what, when...
    • eCommerce Lab
    • Mobile Forensics
    • Username workflow
    • Domain names
    • Twitter
    • Hootsuite and Sprout Social
    • Federal Laws to prosecute Cybercrimes
    • The Ultimate Guide
    • Research Assignment - Stolen goods
    • Research Assignment - Gang Activity

    Sex Crime Investigations

    • Sex Crime Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • Consent
    • Sex Crimes involving children
    • The Polygraph
    • The Pretext Call
    • The Victim Interview
    • FBI Agent Discussing Child Porn Investigations

    Human Trafficking Investigations

    • Defining Human Trafficking
    • The Three Elements of Human Trafficking
    • Various Forms of Exploitation
    • Foreign & Domestic Trafficking
    • Case Example 1
    • Distinction Between Trafficking and Smuggling
    • Case Example 2
    • Case Example 3
    • Case Example 4
    • Summary
    • 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)
    • Introduction to Control Mechanisms
    • Control Indicators
    • Threats of Safety
    • Living Conditions Indicators
    • Medical Indicators
    • Physical Indicators
    • Other Indicators
    • Human Trafficking Investigations (Forms of HT)
    • Legal Assistance and Visa Provisions under Federal Law
    • Collaboration Efforts with Law Enforcement
    • Victim Support Video for Law Enforcement Part 1 Homeland Security
    • Human Trafficking Victim Support Video for Law Enforcement Part 2
    • Federal Laws of Human Trafficking (Reading Assignment)
    • Course Resources
    • Prep Review Quiz: Human Trafficking Investigations

    Workplace Violence Investigations

    • How to Conduct WPV Investigations
    • Investigating Workplace Violence (Reading Assignment)
    • Emergency Actions intro
    • Crisis Communication Plan (Reading Assignment)
    • Prep Review Quiz: Workplace Violence Investigations

    Active Shooter Investigations

    • Welcome to Active Shooter Investigations
    • Active Shooter Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • AS Study Quick Reference Guide
    • Active Shooter Incidents US

    Digital Forensic Investigations

    • Digital Forensic Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • Crime Scene Investigations Involving Computers
    • Digital Evidence Collection for First Responders
    • Electronic Discovery Reading Assignment
    • Setting Up Computer Forensics Lab
    • Understanding File Systems
    • Windows Registry Forensics
    • Computer Forensics Reading Assignment
    • Computer Forensics Part II Reading Assignment
    • Hard Drive Recovery
    • Mobile Forensics
    • Picture and Video File Review
    • Internet History Reconstruction
    • Digital Evidence/Legal Procedures & Practices
    • Covert and Remote Collections
    • Cell Phone Forensics
    • Wireless Networks and Wireless Network Attacks
    • Social Engineering
    • Email Analysis
    • Expert Witness Services
    • Group Forum Discussion: Social Engineering
    • Group Forum Discussion: Steganography Tools
    • Group Forum Discussion: Security Standards
    • About the Registry - Microsoft
    • Validation of Forensic Tools and Software: A Quick Guide for the Forensic Examiner
    • Prep Review Quiz: Digital Forensic Investigations

    Gang Investigations

    • Gang Interdiction & Identification
    • Gang Identification & Investigation
    • Resources

    Organized Retail Crime Investigations

    • Organized Retail Crime Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • What is the Definition of ORC?
    • What is Our Idea of ORC?
    • How Do They Do It?
    • ORC Fraud Schemes (Reading Assignment)
    • What Industries Does ORC Impact?
    • What are The Top Cities and Products for ORC?
    • Booster Operations (Reading Assignment)
    • What Is a Booster and What Do They Do?
    • What Tools Does a Booster Use?
    • What are The Different Levels of a Booster?
    • Fencing Operations (Reading Assignments)
    • What is a Fence?
    • How Do We Stop ORC?
    • The Struggles: Don't Give Up!
    • Introduction to ORC Investigations
    • What will we learn today?
    • How to Investigate Organized Retail Crime
    • What Kind of Visual Deterrents to Use to Stop ORC!
    • What Kind of Physical Deterrents Can You Use to Stop ORC!
    • How to Decide Correct Camera Placement!
    • What to Know about Merchandise Tagging!
    • Make Sure You Know the Reporting Methods!
    • How Are You Doing the Investigation?
    • The ORC Theory and Research Facts!
    • Look at Your Options!
    • Can You Identify an Investigation Route?
    • Know the Case Enhancement!
    • What is Needed for the Investigation?
    • How is Shoplifting Successful and How We Stop It?
    • How to Investigate Check Fraud?
    • Is Your Credit Card Safe?
    • Investigating Gift Card Deception!
    • Is That a Legitimate Refund?
    • Did You Make Your Coupon?
    • Walking Through a Practical Investigation!
    • Are You Articulating Your Documentation?
    • What Evidence do you have of a Fence?
    • What about Overseas Sales?
    • Taking Down the Crew!
    • Do You Have the Correct Information?
    • Taking the Right Photographs
    • How do They Establish a Fencing Operation?
    • What does a Fence Location Look Like?
    • What is E-fencing?
    • Using Surveillance to Track Your Suspect!
    • Use Cellphone Records to Tie Your Suspect to the Case
    • Do You Use Merchandise Tracking?
    • Do You Know How to Develop Your Informant?
    • Conducting Buys and Sales!
    • Investigation of a Fence!
    • Types of Gateway Crimes?
    • Here is a Practical Exercise!
    • Here are the Subpoenas and Search and Seizures! 

    Terrorism Investigations

    • Terrorism Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • The Terrorist Mind
    • Prevention, Detection, Investigation & Prosecution Discussion
    • Terror Threat Snapshot
    • The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes
    • Prep Review Quiz: Terrorism Investigations

    Financial Crime Investigations

    • Financial Crime Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • Investigation Checklist

    Domestic Violence Investigations

    • Domestic Violence Investigations (Reading Assignment)

    Homicide Investigations

    • Homicide Investigations (Reading Assignment)

    Death Investigations

    • Death Investigation Research Assignment

    Narcotic Investigations

    • Investigative Procedures
    • Narcotics Investigations
    • Prep Review Quiz: Narcotics Investigations

    Identity Crime Investigations

    • Identity Crime Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • National Strategy to Combat Identity Theft (Reading Assignment)
    • Prep Review Quiz: Identity Crime Investigations

    Elderly Investigations

    • An examination of Elderly Abuse
    • Elderly Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • Prosecuting Elder Abuse Cases (Case Study)
    • Prep Review Quiz: Elderly Investigations

    Investigative Lab

    • Investigative Research Assignment

    Smuggling of migrants

    • Concepts of Smuggling of Migrants
    • Legal Fundamentals of Smuggling Investigations
    • Human Rights
    • Planning and Strategizing
    • Prep Review Quiz: Smuggling Investigations

    Corruption Investigations

    • Corruption Investigations (Reading Assignment)
    • Corruption Assignment
    • Prep Review Quiz: Corruption Investigations

    Follow Up Investigation

    • Follow Up Investigation (Reading Assignment)
    • Guidelines for Follow Up Investigations

    The Role of the Victim in Criminal Investigations

    • First Response to Victims of Crime
    • Response to Victims of Crime (Concepts & Issues)
    • Victims Right During Criminal Investigations
    • Prep Review Quiz: The Role of the Victim in Criminal Investigations

    Utilizing Informants

    • Confidential Informants: Protecting Their Identity
    • The Attorney Generals Guidelines on Use of Informants
    • Case Study: Example #1 Informant Policy
    • Case Study: Example #2 Informant Policy
    • Prep Review Quiz: Utilizing Informants

    Interview and Interrogation

    • Investigative Methodologies
    • Interviewing Techniques
    • Organizational Objectives and Objections
    • Closing the Interview
    • Prep Review Quiz: Interview and Interrogation

    Expert Witness

    • 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
    • Summary
    • Summary Discussion

    Criminal Profiling

    • Becoming a Forensic Investigative Scientist
    • New Tools from Neuroscience
    • Criminal Minds Capture
    • Deceptive Practices
    • Calculating Minds
    • Res Ipsa Loquitur
    • Trapdoor Spiders
    • Toxic Recipes
    • DANE Brainmarks
    • Order Becoming Disorder
    • Graduate Seminar
    • On Cloud Nine
    • Discussion

    Rules of Evidence

    • Federal Rules of Evidence (Reading Assignment)
    • Rule Cheat Sheet
    • Juvenile Evidence: Different Ways to Look at It
    • Prep Review Quiz: Rules of Evidence

    Criminal Laws

    • Criminal Laws (Reading Assignment)
    • Introduction to Criminal Laws in the United States
    • Statutes - Federal and State Criminal Law Statutes
    • Assault
    • Bribery
    • Federal & State Firearm Offenses
    • Federal and State Drug Charges
    • Computer Crimes
    • The Entrapment Defense
    • False Statements
    • Theft, Embezzlement & Conversion
    • Federal Fraud Statutes

    Working with the Prosecutor

    • Police and Prosecutor Partnerships
    • Working with the Prosecutor (Reading Assignment)

    Collaboration & Partnerships

    • Collaboration & Partnerships (Reading Assignment)
    • Law Enforcement and Public Partnerships
    • Interagency Partnerships
    • Networking and Collaboration

    Final Exam

    • Final Exam Prep
    • Exam Application
    • Final Exam

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