Public Sector: Core III (OSINT) Search & Social Media Online Training

An Online Core Open Source Intelligence Course, for Law Enforcement Officers and wider Public Authority employees, introducing powers available under the IPA 2016 and MLAs.
The Core III (OSINT) course is the same as the Social Media course but includes the Search Engines module 6.
The Core III (OSINT) course is not available as a classroom training.

A Blended Online OSINT Training (BOOT)

This is an 'open' course. However, only employees of a public authority may attend.

Course Code Class: BOOT-U-C

CPD Credits: 39 Hours


The Core III/OSINT Research Course teaches the components of the Foundation course and continues with detailed explanations and examples of advanced search techniques, so that the trainee will be able to locate people and connected organisations by researching Google and other search engines, before being taught the techniques required to perform effective research of the multitude of Social Media platforms that are available on-line.


The trainee will have the capability to deploy, perform and report an online investigation by searching for people and connected entities with many different search engines, as well as the capability to effectively research the activity of people and entities on Social Media platforms.


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

Module 1 This module is mandatory

The training process, Axeten and your trainer. 


The Capabilities of III (OSINT) Investigations


Tasking, the Intelligence Cycle, Processing, Management and Reporting

Module 2 U

Relevant to III (OSINT) in the UK & Europe and covering the extensive legislation and agency guidelines

Module 3

Explains and demonstrates how a computer should be set-up and made safe for effective research and how its on-line footprint can be identified & altered

Module 4

Explains and demonstrates the set up and maintainance of an effective online synthetic identities for the safe processing of III (OSINT) investigations

Module 5

Explains how the Internet developed, its structure and the basic processes of investigating IP Addresses & Domain Names

Module 6

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


Introduces a selection of other Search Engines and explains how to perform online research to locate other resources, intelligence and material to benefit the investigation

Module 7

Demonstrating the processes of identifying people through their social media and messaging activities


Demonstrates how to locate the wealth of information stored on the social media platform, LinkedIn and other similar platforms.

Module 8

Demonstrates how to locate the wealth of information available from popular photo & video related social media platforms such as Instagram & YouTube.


Demonstrates how to locate the wealth of information stored on the popular social media platform, Twitter and how to deploy other resources to find accurate and valuable information.

Module 9

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


Introduces several other popular social media platforms that may not have been encountered previously, including VK / OK.

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-U-C-NF

PRICE: 246 + VAT per delegatePAY NOW

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

Also, the Blended Online OSINT Training causes less disruption for the Public Authority business processes.
Delegates each Live Online Training is delivered in the morning, within the UTC 0 time zone.
Axeten has the capacity to deliver in other time zones.

The typical weekly preparation study time varies from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the module and the delegate's existing knowledge.

A new course starts approximately every 2 months.
Each Core III (OSINT) course has 9 modules providing a term of 10 weeks with 9 Live Online Training events.

Each week, by e-mail one module of the Blended Online OSINT Training material, is delivered to each trainee.
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 before the upcoming live training.

Live Online Training (LOT) events are delivered on Tuesday or Wednesdays, depending on the start day of the course.
Once a day of the week is established, the subsequent LOTs take place on the same day of the week, at the same time.
The typical duration of a LOT is 120 minutes, though the duration can range from 75 to 150 minutes for some modules

Each Live Online Training will commence with a Q&A session; so delegates can ask any questions concerning the current module.
After that, the trainer will cover the salient points of the module in some detail.
Processing modules are packed with real-time live demonstrations.
The trainer might set a short quiz to see how you are doing.

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

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 effective. It is possible to attend the Live Online Training, on a mobile device.
However, to fully participate and to perform any tasks set by the trainer, during the Live Online Training, it's always more productive to be using a computer with two monitors.

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

The tests are not mandatory, but it is recommended that all delegates take the tests.

The weekly tests allow each trainee to assess their progress and to become familiar with the process, which is the same in the Final Exam.

At the end of the Training, there is an option for each trainee to take final exam and receive a certificate
The final exam is online. Time can be taken to study the printed material before taking the exam.
Each delegate can select their exam date, up to 30 days after the end of the training.
The exam has about 25 multiple choice questions.
Time allowed: 50 minutes.
The candidate will require access to the internet to perfrom live investigations.
Where the 70% pass mark is acheived, CPD credits are awarded.
Otherwise, a Certificate of Attendance is issued with no CPD credits.

Each Live Online Training is recorded.
Delegates that are not able to attend a Live Online Training can request access to the recording.
There is no additional fee for the recording service.

Axeten constantly updates the training material, so that even the most experienced of researchers might benefit from new information that might include:-

  • legal matters and guidelines
  • new resources
  • new techniques that might compensate for other techniques that are no longer available

Within 12 months of the end of the course, each trainee may request a follow-up online training, for up to 4 of the Core III (OSINT) course modules.

Although Module 1 is mandatory, a trainee taking a follow-up is not required to take module 1 again.

An online follow-up training is free of charge.

Check this page to locate an upcoming course and contact Axeten to arrange for your attendance.

Scope: A comprehensive and extensive training course, covering the core matters relating to III (OSINT).

Audience: Designed for Law Enforcement, and wider Public Authority employees with a research mandate.

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: 10 weeks

Technical Requirements: No specialist equipment is required, just a standard desktop or laptop computer with a good Internet connection and a Firefox Browser. A webcam and a microphone are 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 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 organization can set the pass mark, and where a pass allows the trainee to progress to the next module. 

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

Examination Pass Mark: The pass mark for CPD accreditation is 70%. Trainees can retake the final exam.

Certification: All trainees that pass the final exam receive a certificate with the assigned CPD Credits for the course taken. On request, the score attained shall display on the certificate. Certificates of Attendance, with no accreditation, are available.

Accreditation: All course are accredited by The CPD Group.

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.

November 2021 Core OSINT Course
Course Code: BOOT-U-C-21-11

Restricted to Public Authority employees

CPD Credits:
39 Hours
Start on:
Wednesday 10 November 2021
First live online training:
Wednesday 17 November 2021
Last live online training:
Wednesday 12 January 2022
Weekly live online training:
9am GMT each Week

9 Modules over 10 weeks

£442 + VAT per trainee
March 2022 Core OSINT Course
Course Code: BOOT-U-C-22-03

Restricted to Public Authority employees

CPD Credits:
39 Hours
Start on:
Wednesday 23 March 2022
First live online training:
Wednesday 30 March 2022
Last live online training:
Wednesday 25 May 2022
Weekly live online training:
9am GMT each Week

9 Modules over 10 weeks

£442 + VAT per trainee
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