Social Media Investigative Methodologies Like you have Never Experienced Before

This is an exciting Online Board Qualification, where you will learn how to conduct successful social media intelligence gathering and investigation methods with effective new concepts to acquire complete information. We are taking over 25 years of hands-on experience conducting social media investigations and sharing with you our insights into what contributes to their success and failures.

The Q|SMIA™ 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, its all online. There are no boring theory lectures here. It’s all how-to-based tutorials, videos, and personal mentor ship 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 Q|SMIA™ Certification program contains ten modules which are consistent with the competencies needed to pass the 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 anytime.

What am I going to learn

  • You will be able to investigate & gather intelligence on social media platforms
  • You will be able to investigate meta data, digital evidence and email headers
  • You will be able to investigate video chat platforms, dating sites, and more.
  • You will know the proper ways of securing a computer or mobile device for evidence
  • You will learn all of the legal fundamental’s 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
  • Lifetime Access. Self-Study. No Limits!
  • Tablet Accessibility
  • 31 CPE Credits
  • Nationally Accredited through NASBA

What are the requirements for Board Certification?

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher plus one years 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 a 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 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 Social Media Intelligence Analyst.


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
  • Login and Overview
  • 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
  • Board Exam Purchase

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