OSINT Foundation Blended Online Training for Law Enforcement

An OSINT Foundation course to prepare Law Enforcement Officers and OSINT practitioners in wider Public Authorities for safe and effective processing of III (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.


This Blended Online OSINT Training (BOOT) is an 'open' course. However, only employees of a public authority may participate.

Course Code Class: BOOT-U-F

CPD Credits: 25 Hours


The Blended OSINT Foundation course introduces the trainee to the capabilities of OSINT investigations 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 to prosecute crime.


The practitioner will have the capability to prepare for the processing of a structured online investigation that is legally compliant and meets the requirements for safe and effective prosecution, with the knowledge and skills required to protect their identity, the identity of their organisation and the investigation itself.




Module 1


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 U

Introduces the legislation, guidelines and ethics that relate to the activities of Public Authority III (OSINT) practitioners in the UK & Europe, with explanations of the processes for developing safe and effective policies and procedures.

Module 3

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 U

Introduces and explains the lawful basis of a Synthetic Identity (SI) and demonstrates, live and on-line the creation and management of overt & covert SIs for deployment by a Public Authority practitioner.

Module 5


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 for an online investigation.


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A BOOT for Public Authorities (BOOT-U) is open to anyone in Law Enforcement or a wider Public Authority with an investigation remit.

The online training, is a blend of portable document files (PDF) containing OSINT training material. The PDF for a module is delivered to each trainee by e-mail one week before the Live Online Training (LOT) 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 LOT for that module.

The time for this activity is included in the CPD. So that of the 25 CPD hours for this course, 10 hours is study time, 14 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.

Unlike the other courses, in the Foundation Course only two modules have have technical process demonstrations.
They are Module 3 : Setup & Operational Security and Module 4: Synthetic Identities.


Live Online Training (LOT) events are delivered on demand

The maximum duration of a LOT is 240 minutes.

Each Live Online Training is intensive. The trainer covers the salient points of the module in some detail.
The LOT for modules 3 & 4 of the Foundation course include real-time live demonstrations.
Where time allows, the trainer might set a short quiz to see how the trainees are doing.

The Live Online Training is delivered through two platforms, concurrently. They are the privacy aware BraveTalk and Zoom.

With BraveTalk, we provide one URL to connect and the same URL works for all modules on the course.
It is not necessary to download and install the Brave browser. You can connect with any browser, though Brave is a Chromium Browser and so BraveTalk does work better on another Chromium browser.
Learn all about browsers in module 3.

Zoom is not not privacy conscious. Even though Axeten has a premium account, Zoom will try to collect data about people connecting to the LOT.
So why do we use it? Because its popular and people rely on it.

Each LOT can be accessed from your office, from the delegate's home or even from a mobile device.

However, to fully participate and to process any tasks set by the trainer, during the Live Online Training, it's always more productive to use a desktop computer with two displays.
With one display, you can observe the training and on the other display, you can process any tasks set by the trainer.


After each weekly Live Online Training, the delegates should take a short online test.

The tests are not mandatory, but are highly recommended, particularly if there is an intention to take the final exam.

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

Also, they allow the trainer to assess trainee progress and to provide 1-1 assistance if indicated.

The assistance is free and usually has two steps:-

1. Multiple choice exam techniques.
2. Understanding an OSINT question and how to determine the correct answer.


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.
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.


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.



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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There are two types of deferral.

1. An organisation may purchase multiple seats in one purchase order, but defer the use of those seats until a later course.

2. A practitioner that starts a course, may for any reason, suspend their participation in the course and defer to a later course.
On the later course, the practitioner can pick-up from where they left off, or start the whole course again.


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

Audience: Law Enforcement Officers and civilian investigative support staff. Also, employees of wider Public Authorities with a investigation remit. 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. 

Format: One module each week. Each week starts with the PDFs and ends with the interactive Live Online Training.

Duration: 6 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.

Accreditation: All of the modules in this course are accredited by The CPD Group.

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


OSINT Foundation Course
On Denand
Course Code: BOOT-U-F

Restricted to Public Authority employees

CPD Credits: 25 Hours

5 Modules over 6 weeks

Price: £2,200 + VAT per course
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