The Intelligence Officer Professionalisation Pathway is ideally suited to anyone looking to work as an Intelligence Officer within the UK, providing the necessary knowledge to excel in this role. This pathway consists of three of the courses available from Intelligence with Steve:

  • Introduction to Intelligence
  • OSINT Legal and Ethical Guidance
  • Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) - Tools & Techniques

Starting with Introduction to Intelligence you will master crime theory, the Intelligence submission process and crime prevention techniques​, ensuring that you have a full understanding of the theory of Criminal and Security Intelligence.

OSINT Legal and Ethical Guidance will ensure that you have the appropriate knowledge of the rules and regulations surrounding OSINT, to prepare you for conducting Internet Investigations within the UK.

Finally, during Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) - Tools & Techniques you will become an expert in Internet Intelligence and Investigations. Through this course, you'll learn the best way to set up your machine to conduct investigations, as well as the current techniques utilised in the day to day work of an OSINT professional. This course will demonstrate tools currently available to aid OSINT practitioners in their investigations and research into individuals and businesses. You will also learn the best way to navigate social media as an OSINT investigator, utilising the latest SOCMINT techniques. You will learn how to search Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn to best gather information on your targets. 

At the end of the Intelligence Officer Professionalisation Pathway, you will be an Intelligence with Steve certified Intelligence Officer. You will be able to conduct your own OSINT investigations and will have a thorough understanding of the tools at your disposal. Whether you're a solo practitioner just starting out, someone just interested in what an OSINT specialist does or can find out about you, or you're a seasoned professional looking for a refresher and an overview of the best systems currently available, this course will suit your needs.

Is this course the IPP accreditation?

The Intelligence Professionalisation Pathways that we offer are intended as equivalent to IPP training, rather than being IPP. The only way to get official IPP training in the UK is via the College of Policing, who established the course. Our Professionalisation Pathways are designed to provide you with a similar knowledge and skill base to IPP training, to ensure that you can learn similar content to the same high standard. 

Do the NCA and other Law Enforcement Agencies recognise Intelligence with Steve's Pathways as 'equivalent' to IPP?

There is no official list of recognised 'equivalent' training, with decisions seemingly made by hiring managers on a case-by-case basis. Requests for clarification are usually met with a response that those applying are advised to use their own judgement. 

What's different about Intelligence with Steve?

Intelligence with Steve provides an alternative approach to Intelligence training. Entry-level training in Intelligence is not readily available to either those looking to move into the field or those that are new to the field. Intelligence Officers and Analysts generally have to wait anywhere from months to years before they are sent for IPP and NIAT training and until that point have to rely on the skills that they can pick up on the job. Through Intelligence with Steve, training is now available so that you can support your application into the role and start your first day with a full overview of Intelligence and the relevant skills that are needed.

Courses like the IPP and NIAT are generally 5-10 back-to-back days of in-person training, so are likely to be 40 - 70 hours and between £1,000 - £2,000. The Intelligence Professionalisation Pathways from Intelligence with Steve offer a more affordable and manageable approach to learning, with closer to 5 hours of content. We focus on providing clear and concise on-demand videos, with the goal being not to exceed ten minutes per concept. This greatly reduces the length of the course, offering a different learning experience, where students can choose their own pace and can recap any lectures as many times as they need.

Contributions are made throughout the Intelligence Officer Professionalisation Pathway by three intelligence professionals, shown below:


Steve is an Intelligence professional who has specialised in both Analysis and Internet Investigations.


Dan is an Intelligence Analyst who holds IPP and NIAT accreditations. Dan has worked in a number of Police Intelligence teams.


Ed is an Intelligence Analyst trained in OSINT. Ed previously worked as an Investigator and shares his experience of utilising intelligence skills outside of an Intelligence role.

Course Curriculum

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Introduction to Intelligence

A comprehensive overview of of criminal and security intelligence concepts.

OSINT Legal and Ethical Guidance

Legal and Ethical Guidance for Internet Investigations (UK Level 1 OSINT Certification).

Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) - Tools & Techniques

Learn the tools and skills of an OSINT professional from a certified expert with a law enforcement background.

Hi, I’m Steve Adams

I'm a certified OSINT Practitioner and Intelligence Analyst. With a background in Law and Sociology, specialising in Criminology, I joined one of the largest Police forces in the UK as an Intelligence Analyst. With the Police, I trained to the IPP and NIAT standard and was responsible for analysis of crime to support active investigations and to identify the optimal direction of resources. I now work in the private sector within Criminal and Security Intelligence. Here, my speciality is in conducting Internet Intelligence and Investigations activity, conducting OSINT investigations into individuals to locate criminals and identify criminal activity. I have a wealth of experience with a vast range of different OSINT techniques, as well as experience with the best tools on the market to aid an OSINT and Intelligence practitioner. I recently put my OSINT skills to the test by taking part in a Trace Labs CTF, where my team placed 3rd out of 191 teams internationally. 

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