Core OSINT : Search & Social Media Training for the Private Sector

A Core OSINT Search & Social Media Training for Corporate Researchers & Private Investigators

A Blended Online OSINT Training (BOOT)
This is an 'open' training. Employees from different organisations and self-employed people may attend.

Course Code Class: BOOT-R-C

CPD Credits: 24 Hours


Covering the Foundation & Extensive essentials of OSINT research, that are:-

  • legislation that governs and assists Law Enforcement OSINT Researchers
  • creating & maintaining a legal and effective False Persona
  • how to obscure a footprint & stay safe
  • advanced search techniques
  • how to get the most out of researching social media platforms, including but not limited to: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok, VK/NK.

BOOT-R-C PRICE: 442 + VAT per delegatePAY NOW

Introduction to the training

Introducing the process of the course, your trainer & Axeten

Introducing OSINT Capabilities

The Use of Open Source Intelligence in Investigations.  This module is mandatory

Introducing the Research Process

The Process of Online Research into People. This module is mandatory

Legislation & Policies

Relevant to OSINT in the UK & Europe. The Public Authority version of this module is significantly longer, covering IPA2016 & CPS Guidelines

Creating and Managing a False Persona

Explains and demonstrates the set up of an effective online false persona for OSINT research purposes

Computer Security & Footprints

Explains and demonstrates how a computer can be kept safe and how its on-line footprint can be identified & altered

Understanding The Internet & Investigating Websites

Explains how the Internet developed, its structure and the basic processes of investigating websites

Google & Advanced Search Techniques

Explains how best to carry out online research using Google, the most popular search engine

Other Search Engines & Meta Search

Explains how best to carry out online research using a variety of search engines, to locate relevant information

Introduction To Social Media Platforms

Identifying People Through Their Social Media Activities

LinkedIn & Similar Platforms

Demonstrates the wealth of information stored on the social media site LinkedIn and other similar sites. Includes Practical examples

Photo & Video Social Media Platforms

Demonstrates the wealth of information available from digital images, from the popular photo & video related social media sites such as Instagram & YouTube. Includes Practical examples.

Twitter Research

Demonstrates the wealth of information stored on the popular social media platform, Twitter. Includes practical examples

Facebook Research

Demonstrates the wealth of information stored on the popular social media platform, Facebook and how to use advanced techniques to find accurate and valuable information. Includes practical tasks

Other Social Media Platforms

Introduces to the trainee to a number of popular social media sites that they may not have yet encountered, including VK / OK. Includes practical tasks

Foundation Modules Not Required?

Modules 1 - 5 are the Foundation Modules.

If you are up to date on the:-

  • current legislation and guidelines
  • safe policies, particularly regarding False Personas
  • effective way to leave no foot-print and you know why that is so important

You might consider the Foundation as unnecessary and prefer to go direct to the research modules.

You can take the Core Blended Online OSINT Training without the Foundation.

Course Code: BOOT-R-C-NF

PRICE: 246 + VAT per delegate PAY NOW

Prepare for the online training, with study at home, in the office or while traveling on public transport.
The Axeten blended online course provides flexibility, while delivering an up-to-date and comprehensive OSINT training service.
We find that the slower delivery of the 9 modules over 10 weeks, allows for better retention of information, than an intensive 3 day classroom training.

Also, the online training causes less disruption for the Organisation's business processes.
Delegates might have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to their regular work processes, immediately.

By default, all Live Online Training is delivered within the UTC 0 time zone.

The typical weekly study time requirement, varies from 2 to 3 hours, depending on the module and the delegate's existing knowledge.

There are 9 modules providing a term of 10 weeks with 9 Live Online Training events.

On the assigned day of each week, by e-mail one module of the Blended Online OSINT Training material, is delivered to each delegate.
The material is in Printed Document Format (PDF).
Within the following seven days, the delegate should study the material provided and perform any practical examples.

On the same day of the following week, the Live Online Training will be available to all delegates.
By e-mail, each delegate is sent a reminder, 24 hours and 1 hour before the upcoming Live Online Training commences.

One Live Online Training is provided each week, with a duration from 30 to 120 minutes.

Each Live Online Training will commence with a review of the subject matter and a Q&A session, so delegates can ask any questions concerning the current module.

The trainer provides explanations and where necessary, live demonstrations so that all delegates are sure they understand the subject matter of the current module.
Then, the trainer will set a quick quiz for the delegates, and depending on the results;
the trainer will discuss with the trainees, the outcome of the quiz and any wider implications concerning the module subject matter.
The trainer will exercise the option to deliver more live demonstrations for the trainees to observe.
After that, there might be another Q&A.

The Live Online Training is delivered through the secure GoToTraining platform,
that can be accessed from your office, from the delegate's home or even from a mobile device.
The smartphone app is excellent. It really is viable to attend the training on a mobile device.
However, to fully participate and to perform any tasks set by the trainer, during the Live Online Training, its always more productive to be on a computer with two monitors.

The intention is that, by the end of  each Live Online Training, every delegate shall have the capacity to perform the OSINT research relevant to the current module.
At the end of the Blended Online OSINT Training, monthly updates to changes in the OSINT space are provided by e-mail to each delegate that signs up for the monthly OSINT newsletter.

At the end of each weekly Live Online Training, any client organisation might request that each of their delegates should take a short online test.

At the end of the Core OSINT Search & Social Media Training, there is an option for each trainee to take the final exam and receive a certificate.

With no extra cost, one person within the client Private Organization, who has an oversight requirement, shall have the capability to engage in any Live Online Training.
The person with oversight has the right to engage with the trainer and to ask any questions.

Also, a request can be made to Axeten to record the Live Online Training.
There is no additional fee for the recording service.
Delegates can log in and then watch and listen to the recording.

Scope: A comprehensive and extensive training course, covering all matters relating to OSINT.

Audience: Designed for Corporate researchers and Private investigators.

Jurisdiction: The Legal and Policy module relates primarily to the UK. Otherwise, the principles taught relate to any jurisdiction. Axeten is developing Legal and Policy modules for other jurisdictions.

Provisioning: PDF files and interactive Live Online training.

Format: One module each week. Starting with the PDFs and ending with the interactive Live Online training.

Duration: 6 weeks

Requirements: No specialist equipment is required, just a standard desktop or laptop computer with a good Internet connection and a Firefox Browser. A webcam & a microphone is optional.

Data Protection: Each organisation and all its trainees, that take the training are responsible for protecting the data that might be processed during the training. Do not leak data to corporate interests. To do this, avoid the use of the Chrome or Edge Browsers.

Copyright: Each recipient of the training is obliged to protect the course material. There is no right to distribute the material to anyone else. This includes people inside your organisation.

Security: Each recipient of the training, and any purchasing organisation,  is obliged to ensure that all computers and devices used during the course, are not compromised, so the material is not distributed unintentionally.

Weekly Tests: These are optional. The client organisation can set the pass mark. So that a pass allows the trainee to progress to the next module. 

Examination Availability: Each trainee has the option to take a final exam.

Examination Outcomes: Pass mark is set by the client. Otherwise, it is 70%.  

Accreditation: CPD Credits: 24 Hours

Volume Discount: 10% on any single Purchase Order for 10 or more places.

Deferred Training: Using training seats purchased at a discount: All trainees shall commence a training within 12 months of the date of the purchase order.

Sign-up: Please contact Axeten to sign-up for the training or to request more information.

May 2021 Core OSINT Course
Course Code: BOOT-R-C-21-05
CPD Credits:
24 Hours
Start on:
Tuesday 4 May 2021
First live online training:
Tuesday 11 May 2021
Last live online training:
Tuesday 6 July 2021
Weekly live online training:
11 am GMT each week

9 modules over 10 weeks

£442 + VAT per trainee
July 2021 Core OSINT Course
Course Code: BOOT-R-C-21-07
CPD Credits:
24 Hours
Start on:
Wednesday 14 July 2021
First live online training:
Wednesday 21 July
Last live online training:
15 September 2021
Weekly live online training:
11 am GMT each week

9 modules over 10 weeks

£442 + VAT per trainee
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