The OSINT Refresher - a Classroom Training for Law Enforcement in 3 Days

Open Source Intelligence Refresher Training
A Classroom Course over 3 Days for Private and Closed Groups

The OSINT Refresher has 6 Modules

Available from May 2023


This course is for OSINT practitioners that might have got into a rut, using the same limited set of processing techniques in their investigations.

The training will bring you up to speed with the GDPR which affects every investigation and the OSINT capabilities that are well established, but where the processing techniques might have changed and developed.

If you have not had any OSINT since Facebook deprecated the graph search and TikTok gained traction, this course is for you!

Course Code Class: COT-X-R

CPD Credits: 24 Hours


The OSINT Updates course introduces, explains and demonstrates, live and online, well established techniques and resources that make up the extensive attack surface available to the OSINT practitioner.


The practitioner will have acquired the capability to deploy a wide selection of OSINT techniques.



Module 1: Legislation and lawful processing & Synthetic Identities - Day 1

The GDPR and similar legislation in other jurisdictions and the implications for all OSINT processing.

Privacy legislation in other jurisdictions that is similar to the GDPR might apply to OSINT practitioners in any jurisdiction & practicalities of creating and maintaining Synthetic Identities that not only keep the practitioner safe, but expedite processing activity and increase productivity. Well created and maintained SIs make work much more easy and less stressful.


Module 2: Processing Search Engines - Day 1

Google Dorks and other advanced search queries including other types of search-engines with their limitations & capabilities with a focus on safe processing.


Module 3: Processing Images, files, emails, phone numbers & IP addresses - Day 2

Processing the meta data of digital files and the file content to locate intelligence that might be in plain sight or intentionally hidden & processing of smartphone apps with a browser version or an emulator.

Processing e-mails, phone numbers IP addresses, domain names and other digital assets to locate and identify people.


Module 4: Social Media Platforms Part 1 - Day 2

Processing users and the content they publish on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media platforms.


Module 5: Social Media Platforms Part 2 - Day 3

Processing users and the still and moving images (videos) content they publish on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Pinterest and other image sharing platforms.


Module 6: Safe processing - Positive Identification of a Subject - Day 3

Thinking it's 'probably the right person, because so much info seems to fit', is never good enough. For an investigation to proceed lawfully, the subject must be identified positively.

This module covers many of the techniques and resources covered in modules 2 - 5 that allow for a positive identification & an introduction to Data Breach.


The Classroom OSINT Refresher Course has 6 modules delivered in 3 days.

For closed groups where only delegates assigned by the client organisation can attend.

3 Days

CPD Credits: 24

The price is £4,497 + 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

The maximum recommended quantity of trainees for a private training is 12.
If you want to seat more people on your OSINT Training Course, that is your choice.

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.

An old style 'over-head' projector or slide projector is not adequate and shall not be provided.

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.

All assessment is online with multiple choice questions.

At the end of each module, the trainee can take a Module Test.
Where all Module Tests are passed with a score of 70% or more
there is no need to take the Final Exam.

If a pass mark to not achieved on any Module Test, the trainee can take the Final Exam.
At the beginning or during the course, the trainee can decide to use the Module Tests only for practice
with the intention of taking the Final Exam at the end of the course.

The Final Exam should be taken within 1 calendar month from the end of the last module.
The Final Exam is activated on the request of the trainee and it has to be taken in one sitting within 7 days of activation.

Module Tests have only 3 or 5 questions and 30 minutes are permitted to complete the test.
The Final Exam has about 10 questions and the time allowed is 60 minutes.

Where the course is passed, a Certificate of Achievement is awarded with CPD credits.
The trainee can elect to have the average Module Test score or the Final Exam score display on the certificate.

Where the course is failed, but the trainee has attended all of the Live Online Training events, a Certificate of Attendance is awarded.


The best and most cost effective way for you to stay up-to-date is to subscribe to the Life Long Learning programme.



If you don't subscribe to the LLL programme and you are an occasional OSINT user,
consider retaking the OSINT Refresher course. Do this every other year to preserve your capability.
The OSINT Refresher Course is available online or in a classroom environment.



At least once a year, take the OSINT Updates course.
The OSINT Updates Course is available online or in a classroom environment.



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Scope: An OSINT Refresher training course, covering the easily forgotten but high value techniques and resources for processing III (OSINT) investigations.

Audience: A Training for Law Enforcement Officers and employees of wider Public Authorities with an investigation remit.

Jurisdiction: All countries

Provisioning: Help notes provided with classroom training.

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, the delegates should 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 that might be taken 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.