Certification

California Department of Justice Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst Program

The training courses provided by The Alpha Group enable our students to receive formal certification as a Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst through the Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst program offered by the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, State of California, and the California State University and University of California systems.

This program is designed to provide an academic training curriculum for both sworn and civilian crime and intelligence analysts worldwide and to formally recognize their contributions to the law enforcement profession. Within California, the program is taught at California State University, Sacramento; California State University, Fullerton; and the University of California, Riverside. However, because Alpha Group instructors teach the DOJ curriculum within the University Systems, the California Department of Justice allows students who attend our courses and who receive this same curriculum at any satellite location at which it is taught to receive DOJ Certification as well. Thus, one need not travel to California to receive certification.

This is currently the ONLY Crime and Intelligence Analysis Certification program in the world regulated by a state government with law enforcement oversight that offers a government issued Certificate to graduates of ANY state, province, or country who successfully complete the curriculum.

This is also the largest certification program for crime and intelligence analysts in the world with over 1300 program graduates from throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. It is for this reason that this particular Certification is so highly regarded throughout the law enforcement community today. Law Enforcement and related government administrators as well as executives of private sector corporations know that when they hire a Certified Analyst they are hiring someone who has actually demonstrated their ability to perform competently on the job. As such, we highly recommend you take this significant step forward in the advancement of your career.

The Certification Requirements are shown below. The first set of requirements is for people who have NEVER DONE any type of crime or intelligence analysis work. The second set of requirements is for people who ARE DOING or HAVE DONE crime or intelligence analysis work. Most of the in-service students who attend our courses are doing or have done crime or intelligence analysis work. As such, they typically follow the second set of requirements.

The following Certification Requirements are effective for all students who begin the Certification Program and take their first Alpha Group course after January 1, 2015:

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS – For people who have NEVER DONE any crime or intelligence analysis work in a law enforcement or related government agency or private sector enterprise (e.g., banks, insurance companies, major retailers, etc.).

To receive this Certification you will need to take and satisfactorily complete the coursework for the following Alpha Group courses, each of which is offered and presented in an in-person and/or online format as shown below:

  • Crime Analysis Applications – a 5-day, in-person class or 6-week online course
  • Criminal Intelligence and Analysis – a 5-day, in-person class
  • Criminal Investigative Analysis – a 5-day, in person class
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice – a 6-week online course.

You will also need to complete:

  • An Introduction to Criminal Justice (or sometimes called an Introduction to Law Enforcement) Course
  • An introduction to Criminal Law course applicable to the laws of the state, province or country in which you reside.

If you have already taken these two courses in college and passed with a grade of “C” or better, your transcripts will satisfy these requirements.

You will also need to complete a 400-hour internship within a crime or intelligence analysis unit of a law enforcement agency working under the mentorship of a crime or intelligence analyst. This is to ensure that in addition to having taken the classes that you get some “real-world” experience under your belt before receiving your Certification. 400 hours is the equivalent of fifty 8-hour days. Upon the completion of the internship the mentoring crime or intelligence analyst will document the fact that you have satisfactorily completed your internship AND that you have satisfactorily demonstrated your ability to use at least the basic computer software typically used within a crime and/or intelligence analysts unit, which, in most cases, is the use of the Microsoft Office Suite that includes the Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint software programs. If you have had computer classes in college that you passed with a grade of “C” or better, your transcripts will also satisfy the computer proficiency requirement.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS – For people who ARE DOING or HAVE DONE crime or intelligence analysis work in a law enforcement agency.

To receive this certification, you will need to take and satisfactorily complete the coursework for the following Alpha Group courses, each of which is offered and presented in an in-person and/or online format as shown below:

  • Crime Analysis Applications – a 5-day, in-person class or 6-week online course
  • Criminal Intelligence and Analysis – a 5-day, in-person class
  • Criminal Investigative Analysis – a 5-day, in person class
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice – a 6-week online course.

Once you have worked as a crime or intelligence analyst for a law enforcement agency for a year or more, you would not need to complete the internship. Your on-the-job experience will meet that requirement. Additionally, EITHER the submission of your transcripts for the Introduction to Criminal Justice and Criminal Law courses (if you took those courses in college) OR A LETTER FROM YOUR SUPERVISOR, WRITTEN ON AGENCY LETTERHEAD, stating that in his or her opinion you have gained sufficient knowledge of the criminal justice system and criminal law as a result of your on-the-job work as you would have gained had you taken these courses in college, will also meet the Introduction to Criminal Justice and Introduction to Criminal Law requirements. A similar statement from your supervisor stating that you also have the requisite computer skills to perform competently on the job will also meet the computer proficiency requirement.

FOR ALL STUDENTS: Students who successfully complete the requirements for each course they undertake can be awarded University Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from California State University. A modest registration fee made payable to the University is charged for this benefit. 

Once you receive your Certification we would encourage you to change your business card to read Your Name, CCIA, which stands for Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst. This lets the world know that you have gained the knowledge and have demonstrated your ability to perform competently on the job to your instructors, the University, and to the California Department of Justice. This Certification will also broaden your career horizons and allow you to apply for a crime or intelligence analyst position within any federal, provincial, municipal or military law enforcement organization—as well as any private organization (such as banks, insurance companies, major retailers and other large organizations which also hire analysts)—confident in the knowledge that you have the skills to perform competently on the job.

For additional information about the California Department of Justice Certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis Program, course requirements, University Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or program fees, please contact us by phone at 909-989-4366 or 949-600-5196, or by email at: crimecrush@alphagroupcenter.com.

We look forward to seeing you in our upcoming classes, and to welcoming you into our global family of Certified Crime and Intelligence Analysts!