This site seems very “police-centric.” I work as a corporate investigator. Can I take these courses?
The short answer is yes as long as you have proof of where you work. The program was originally created for police officers but, over the years, the techniques have been taught to many other types of investigators. As long as you work in the following fields:
- Corporate investigator
- Private investigator (licensed)
- Government investigator
- Police officer
Then you qualify to take these courses.
In 2016 I partnered with the Justice Institute of BC. What this means for you is that you now get provincial recognition for any of the courses offered through Cyber Training International. This is a great way to add professionalism to your CV and career goals.
There are other places that offer online courses…why should I take yours?
Yes there are other places to take online courses but the old adage, “You get what you pay for” applies. Students that have tried other online courses say that ours are more in-depth, more realistic and easier to understand. This is because we gear our courses to what investigator’s actually experience on a daily basis through real world examples. Many students have said they started having success before even finishing the course!
Be careful of US based courses! Many of the things they teach are NOT applicable in Canada. Canada has very stringent privacy laws while the US does not. What you can gather through open soure in the US is often unavailable in Canada.
These courses are taught by Canadian investigators who understand Canadian law.
All courses begin as soon as you register for them. After receiving your registration form your account is created that day and you can then start right away. No waiting for a full class. The course is then available to you 24 / 7 / 365 and you are given more than enough time to complete the program.
The simple answer…if there wasn’t the course(s) would never get completed. We all have busy lives and schedules but think if you had to travel to a police college to take this course – you would be gone for up to a week and then come back to a backlog of files. By taking these courses online you don’t have to leave your work place or home. You can fit the course(s) in around your workday and still keep on top of your files. There is a time frame at the college and there is a time frame for the online course(s).
If you think this training is expensive then you either haven’t had to pay for your own training or, the courses you did take were one day taught by inexperienced people. I have seen one day courses charge upwards of $1000!
When I was approached by the Justice Institute of BC to offer my courses through them I negotiated really hard to try and keep the costs affordable for everyone.
The average course at a post secondary institution runs at around $150 / day / person. These courses are based on a 35 – 40hr in class course. You would normally pay $600 – $2000 / person for the same 4 days I teach at those post secondary institutions.
That’s a savings of up to 300%
This training is guaranteed to be one of the best programs you will ever take and is based on my 28 years plus experience as a police officer and 17 years of using open source to enhance my investigative skill set.
Level I & II are the longest courses at 35 – 40 hrs. You have one month to complete each level.
The Facebook Course is approx 4 hrs to one week depending on the student’s skill set.
The Internet Lite Course is approx 4 hrs to one week depending on the student’s skill set.
The Critical Incident Course is approx one to four days depending on the student’s skill set.
The LEEDIT course is a one day.
Level I & II cover everything you would ever need to conduct an online investigation…and beyond.
I guarantee that once you do Level I & II you will have more online investigative knowledge than 95% of investigators out there.
I could make these short choppy courses but then you wouldn’t get the context of the material and wouldn’t be able to articulate in court what it is you are doing – and how you did it.
I like to think that my qualifications under “The Instructor” speak for themselves.
PLEASE check out any instructor that teaches open source investigations. This is a “hot” topic these days and it seems that anyone who can surf the Internet feels that they are automatically Internet investigators.
I have spent the past 17 years using the Internet in actual police investigations.
I’m not a manager, an analyst or a civilian – I am a professional investigator.
I have a degree, a Masters and have taken countless Internet and Forensic courses. I was never a good student. I always struggled and seemed to take a bit longer to “get it.” I worked better at my own pace where I could take the time to really absorb the information.
The biggest complaint I get from in class feed back forms is that “I wanted the course to be longer so I could really understand it – there was so much material.”
I want you to be able to take your time, go at your own pace and really absorb what I am trying to teach – I feel it’s that important.
Over the years I have also come to realize that every class can be divided up into thirds; the first third need lots of help and don’t really “get it” (doing this online allows them to slow down and practice), the second third are Internet friendly but need some guidance and the last third are irritated with the first third because they want to go at a faster pace. I have to teach to the middle third which frustrates the first and last groups. This is why online training is so much better.
In this day and age you HAVE to be able to navigate the Internet and social media. If you don’t include them as part of your routine investigative procedure then you are missing a large chunk of information.
Next time you are out in public look around you. How many people are on smart phones taking pictures, uploading files, images, updating their blogs, Tweets and Timelines?
I am still astounded at the number of investigators under the age of 30 who can’t find their way around the Internet and social media.
Go from being a good investigator to a great investigator!
Yes! No matter where you work in your organization this material is transferable.
I have worked Patrol, Youth Squad, Drugs, Waterfront, Criminal Intelligence, Fraud and now Tech Crime. In Tech Crime I have assisted every section within the organization and my material works in all areas.
All of the material contained within these courses came about from an investigative need. Each section I worked in only added to my online experience.
In any organization, anywhere in the world, that has access to the Internet.
I have taught police officers from Asia, the United States and Europe. I always ask them what their top 5 online crimes are and they all list the same things.
These courses are geared for any officer or investigator, in any agency, working anywhere in the world.
All you need are some basic investigative rules and the Internet.