Certificate in Intelligence Collection


This certificate is designed to give the student a more comprehensive knowledge of the overt and covert intelligence requirements and reporting, intelligence-specific vocabulary, and the breadth and complexity of the U.S. Intelligence Community today. This certificate provides the student with an overview of surveillance, including the background and history of contemporary surveillance devices, proper procedures for using surveillance devices for intelligence gathering, and basic use of surveillance. Students will learn to apply principles of sound research and evaluation to a wide spectrum of source materials, to identify and describe their strengths and weaknesses, and to interpret the material obtained from them properly, while keeping potentially large amounts of information organized and accessible. And finally, students will learn to explain the differences between interrogation and elicitation and to conduct effective debriefing, cross examination, and related questioning skills.


Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to do the following:

  • Develop an understanding of the role of intelligence analysis, and intelligence products, customers, etc.
  • Differentiate positive intelligence collection from counterintelligence and the security of information.
  • Demonstrate Open Source Intelligence methods via field exercises.
  • Discuss the difference between interview and interrogation and a general overview of the process.
  • Discuss the significance of choosing the right approach, as well as preparation and strategy.


INT300     Fundamentals of Intelligence

INT315     Open Source Research

INT401     Interrogation and Interviewing Techniques

INT476     Intelligence Collection

Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.