OSINT Foundation Classroom Training over 2 Days

This course is no longer available as a classroom training. It is available as a Blended online training.

An OSINT Foundation training to prepare for safe and effective processing of OSINT investigations.

All online investigators and their supervisors should have this knowledge.

Managers and executives with legal or procurement oversight of an III (OSINT) activity should attend the Foundation course.

ICT organisations that provide technical resources and services to organisations that process III (OSINT) investigations should attend the Foundation course.

A Blended Classroom OSINT Training (BCOT) course for private groups

The Foundation course is available as a Blended Online OSINT Training (BOOT)

Course Code Class: BCOT-R-F

CPD Credits: 22 Hours


The classroom OSINT Foundation course introduces the trainee to the capabilities of OSINT research and teaches the structure and legality of the online investigation process, while explaining how to stay safe and be effective so that the processing, preservation and reporting shall meet the standard required for a Public Prosectution.


The trainee will have the capability to deploy and process an online investigation that is legally compliant and meets the requirements for safe and effective litigation, while understanding how to protect their identity and that of their organisation and the investigation itself.




Module 1 - Day 1 : Morning


An induction to the training, introducing the scope, process and assessment of the course with explanations of the legal obligations.


Introducing the capabilities of internet intelligence and investigations.


Introduces and explains the principles of gathering open source intelligence with an overview of the processes deployed to gather and preserve intelligence.

Module 2 R - Day 1 : Morning

Introduces the legislation, guidelines and ethics that relate to the activities of private sector OSINT practitioners in worldwide jurisdictions, with explanations of the processes for developing safe and effective policies and procedures.

Module 3 Day 1 Afternoon

Explains and demonstrates how a computer should be set-up and made safe for effective investigation processing and how the on-line footprint and fingerprint can be identified and obfuscated for safe processing.

Module 4 R - Day 2 Morning

Introduces and explains the ethical & responsible capacity of a Synthetic Identity (SI) and demonstrates, live on-line the creation and management of an effective SI by a private sector practitioner.

Module 5 - Day 2 Afternoon


An explanation of the POLE structure of an investigation, with it’s inherent data standards and a live demonstration of real-time deployment of POLE items during an investigation process.


Explains and demonstrates the safe investigation processes of decision making, contemporaneous note taking, sensitive processing, eForensic security and preparation for eDisclosure. These processes shall be demonstrated time and again during subsequent Live Online Training events, so that the practitioner will acquire the capability to process an investigation for safe and effective prosecution (litigation).


Introduces, explains and demonstrates the Intelligence Grading process and Report composition with graphic presentations for an online investigation.

A BCOT is for closed groups where only delegates assigned by the client organisation can attend.

The private training, is a blend of portable document files (PDF) containing OSINT training material delivered to each trainee by e-mail at least one week before the course commences.

For each module, the trainee should allow for 1 to 2 hours of study time, to read the material and perform the exercises, preferably before the Classroom Training for that module.

The time for this activity is included in the CPD. So that of the 22 CPD hours for this course, 10 hours is study time, 11 hours is live training and 1 hour is tests & exam.

The reality is that many delegates read the PDFs in preparation for a Final Exam.  That is prudent as the subject matter of many exam questions is covered in the PDFs.
To get the most out of the classroom training, where tools, techniques and resources are all demonstrated live and online, it is best to read the PDFs before the live training.

However, unlike the other courses, in the Foundation Course it is only Module 4: Synthetic Identities, that has technical process demonstrations.


2 Days

CPD Credits: 22


The price is £2,485 + VAT

Trainer travel and accommodation expenses are not included in the price.

You can arrange and pay for the travel and accommodation.
Please be mindful of the budget for taxis and other out-of pocket expenses.

Axeten can book the travel & accommodation.
These items will be invoiced as expenses and charged at cost.

For a training event outside the UK, travel days for the trainer are charged at £500 each day.


For the Foundation training, there is no recommended maximum number of trainees.
You can seat as many people as you wish.



The customer shall provide the training facility.

The facility must have a fast and reliable internet connection that everyone can access.
All delegates should have a laptop computer with a large screen (13" minimum).

Also, the trainer shall require a large video monitor display or a projector and white screen.
The trainer will connect their laptop to the display or the projector.

Please do not provide an old style 'over-head' projector or a slide projector.
They are not compatible with our technology and we will not be able to deliver the training.


The trainer is a highly experienced, ex-law enforcement officer.

The trainer provides explanations and where appropriate, live demonstrations, so that all delegates are sure they understand the subject matter of the current module.


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 20 multiple choice questions.
Time allowed: 15 minutes.
All the questions in the Foundation Course Final Exam are knowledge based.
The candidate will require access to the internet to process certain techniques.
Where the 70% pass mark is achieved, CPD credits are awarded.
Otherwise, a Certificate of Attendance is issued with no CPD credits.



Twice a year, Axeten conducts a complete review of all of the training material.
Also, there are reviews for both the Refresher & Updates courses.
Any significant update located during any review is applied to the training material.
All review and update activity is recorded and signed off by a director.



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If you don't do that, and you are an occasional OSINT user,
consider taking the OSINT Refresher course. Do this every other year to preserve your capability.



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Scope: A Foundation training course, covering all matters to prepare for safe and effective OSINT investigations.

Audience: A Training for Corporate & Third sector researchers, Human Capital and Legal Services professionals, and Private investigators. Also, managers and anyone with responsibility for setting up or with oversight of an III (OSINT) team should attend.

Jurisdiction: The Legislation and Policy module relates primarily to the UK and the EU. Otherwise, the principles taught relate to any jurisdiction. 

Sector Differentiation: The difference between training for the 1st Sector and the 2nd & 3rd Sectors explained in detail.

Provisioning: PDF files and classroom training.

Duration: 2 Days

Technical Requirements: No specialist equipment is required, just a standard desktop or laptop computer with a good Internet connection and a Firefox Browser.

Data Protection: Each organisation and all it's 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.

Module tests: These are recommended but optional and can be taken after the end of the course, during revision, in preparation for the final exam.

Final Examination: 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 of the modules in the course are accredited by The CPD Group.

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