Social Media OSINT Training for the Public Sector (Online Delivery)

A Social Media Open Source Intelligence Course, for Law Enforcement Officers and wider Public Authority employees, introducing the powers available under the IPA 2016

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-S

CPD Credits: 21 Hours


The Social Media research course teaches the components of the Foundation course and then continues to teach, with detailed explanations and examples, 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 of people and connected entities, as a consequence of activity on Social Media platforms.


BOOT-U-S PRICE: £393 + VAT per delegate PAY NOW

Module 1
Introduction to the training

Introducing the legality of the training process, 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

Module 2
Legislation & Policies

Relevant to OSINT in the UK & Europe, covering IPA2016 & CPS Guidelines

Module 3
Creating and Managing a False Persona

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

Module 4
Computer Security & Footprints

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

Module 5
Understanding The Internet & Investigating Websites

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

Module 7
Introduction to Social Media Platforms & Messaging Applications

Identifying People Through Their Social Media Activities. Introduction to messaging applications and emulators

LinkedIn & Similar Platforms

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

Module 8
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 tasks.

Twitter Research

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

Module 9
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 Social Online OSINT Training without the Foundation.

Course Code: BOOT-U-S-NF

PRICE: £197 + 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 over 10 weeks, allows for better retention of information, than an intensive 2-day classroom training.

Also, the Blended Online OSINT Training causes less disruption for the Public Authority business processes.
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 study time required, varies from 2 to 3 hours, depending on the module and the delegate's existing knowledge.

A new course starts approximately every 2 months.
Each Social Media OSINT course has 8 modules with 9 Live Online Training events, delivered over 10 weeks, with a 1-week break between Module 5 and Module 7.

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.

Live Online Training (LOT) events are delivered on Tuesday and Wednesdays
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 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.

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 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. They 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 Social Media OSINT Training, there is an option to take the final exam and receive a certificate.

With no extra cost, one person within the client Public Authority, 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 login and then watch and listen to the recording.

Axeten constantly updates the training material, so that even the most experienced of researchers might be made aware of new techniques that might compensate for other techniques that have been excluded.

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

Audience: Designed for Law Enforcement, and any 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 except the second week where there is no module. Every other week starts with the PDFs and ends with the interactive Live Online training.

Duration: 10 weeks, with a 1 week break between module 5 & module 7

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 organisation 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: Pass mark is set by the client organization. Otherwise, it is 70%.

Certification: All trainees that pass the final exam have the option to request a certificate. On request, the mark attained shall display on the certificate.

Accreditation: CPD Credits: 21 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.

November 2021 Social Media OSINT
Course Code: BOOT-U-S-21-11

Restricted to Public Authority employees

CPD Credits:
21 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:
9 am GMT each Week

8 Modules over 10 weeks

1 week break between module 5 & module 7

£393 + VAT per trainee
March 2022 Social Media OSINT
Course Code: BOOT-U-S-22-03

Restricted to Public Authority employees

CPD Credits:
21 Hours
Start on:
Wednesday 2 March 2022
First live online training:
Wednesday 9 March 2022
Last live online training:
Wednesday 4 May 2022
Weekly live online training:
9am GMT each Week

8 Modules over 10 weeks

1 week break between module 5 & module 7

£393 + VAT per trainee
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