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Certification Resources


We are currently developing a MACIA analyst certification, and corresponding basic analytical skills course. Our goal is twofold: to provide new, and experienced analysts a baseline training of what our organization believes is a baseline skillset for analysts, and also an exam to certify knowledge and understanding of basic analytical skills needed to be a proficient analyst in Minnesota/Midwest region. We hope to have the training class developed in 2024. 


If you are currently employed as a crime analyst or with a law enforcement agency, you can take courses to become a Certified Law Enforcement Analyst (CLEA) through the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA). This program is for experienced analysts who can meet a number of training, experience and other requirements on a point scale to qualify to sit for a certification exam.

The IACA also offers the Law Enforcement Analyst – Foundational (LEAF) certification, which is a more basic level than the CLEA, and the only required qualification is membership in the IACA.

Additionally, IACA hosts a wide variety of training, both in-person and virtual, in topics related to the crime and intelligence analysis field.


The International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) offers three tiers of certification. The most basic is the Basic Analyst Classification (BAC) and is intended for those just beginning their careers as law enforcement analysts.

The Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA) is the second tier and is intended for individuals who have gained practical experience in their intelligence analysis career and have demonstrated professional achievement.

The Lifetime Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (Lifetime CICA) is for individuals who have served in the criminal intelligence or analysis profession for 15+ years and demonstrated their dedication to the profession through their years of service, competency, and mentoring.

The IALEIA also hosts a variety of professional training courses in analysis, most notably FIAT – Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training.


The National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) offers four certification options, tailored to specific types of analytical, investigative, and forensic work. Analysts who can meet training and experience requirements on a point scale can apply for certification.

NW3C offers three certification options in the area of cyber crime. Becoming a Certified Cyber Crime Intelligence Analyst (3CIA) demonstrates your abilities across the intelligence cycle in relation to threats in the cyber domain. The Certified Cyber Crime Investigator (3CI) option is similar but emphasizes the investigative process of cyber crimes. The third option is the Certified Cyber Crime Examiner (3CE), which is tailored to forensic techniques in cyber crime.

Another certification offered by NW3C is the Certified Economic Crime Forensic Examiner (CECFE). This certification focuses on investigating and analyzing illegal financial activity.

NW3C is an excellent source for online training, even if you are not pursuing a certification.


If you are currently employed as a crime analyst or with a law enforcement agency you can take courses to become a Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst (CCIA) through the Alpha Group. This requires you to attend and complete projects in four courses, each concentrating on a different area of analysis and set of techniques.


Century College (Minnesota in-person) – Undergraduate Certificate in Intelligence & Crime Analysis

Arizona State University (online) – Masters Degree in Crime Analysis

Boston University (online) – Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis

Pierce College (online) – Undergraduate Certificate in Crime Analysis

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