Maximising Information and Intelligence

The Intelligence Professionalisation Programme is a multi-agency framework designed to provide standards for the certification of Intelligence Professionals. The framework consists of nine core functions with agreed standards of competency and assessment, national learning standards and an intelligence learning programme.

The Intelligence Learning Programme is a suite of modules designed to provide up-to date and accredited, in-force development to Intelligence Officers, Researchers, Analysts and Intelligence Managers looking to advance their personal skillset and professional development.


This recently developed programme has been designed to be taken in succession from foundation level through to managerial level in intelligence. Although it is recommended that learners attend each module in succession, it is possible to attend individual modules as part of a personal development process.

The programme is designed to be delivered locally by Home Office Forces and other IPP organisations, under College of Policing licensing arrangements.

Prior to each module learners are required to undertake pre-learning activity to gain an insight into key policy, legislation and processes that will be brought into activities in each module. Using group scenarios each module seamlessly builds on the last. Training will take an interactive and pragmatic approach to providing learners with the knowledge, informed discussions and hands-on experience of case work required as they make each step-change in their intelligence career.

To encourage a commitment to on-going and reflective development, learners are asked to reflect on their development using a learning journal. Following each module, learners will also be provided with reference material designed to be utilised in their role and supportive of intelligence APP.

Key benefits of the College of Policing Intelligence Professionalisation Programme

  • Professionalisation - a critical part of Continuing Professional Development in Intelligence
  • Opportunity - providing a more straightforward pathway into partner agencies and future opportunities. A clear structure in to partner exchange programmes.
  • Professionally recognised - developed in partnership with the National Analysts Working Group and recognised across a multi-agency intelligence community. There is currently progress towards the development of recognised qualifications against this programme.
  • Developed by experts - the programme is the only one of its kind in the UK and has been developed in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders of the intelligence community and experienced subject matter experts.
  • Current - trainers convey the most up-to-date thought leadership and research across the intelligence community
  • Hands on - an engaging and practical approach to delivery where individuals will learn from their peers and by experimentation through a series of hands on, scenario-based exercises
  • Condensed - due to the compact and pragmatic nature of the programme and the supplementary pre-learning and post-programme toolkit, abstraction is minimised and on-going, in-role development enhanced

E-learning available on the MLE

As a pre-requisite to all Intelligence Learning there are a number of modules, available on the College of Policing MLE that MUST be completed. These include:

  • MoPI Module 1: Background to MoPI
  • MoPI Module 2 and 3: Collection and Recording
  • MoPI Module 4:5x5x5 Intelligence Reports
  • MoPI Intelligence Reports
  • MoPI  Module 6-7: Sharing Police Information
  • Open Source Intelligence Research – a basic introduction to use open source material
  • An Introduction to Government Security Classifications

Introduction to Intelligence

Following the course pilot, the learning resources have temporarily been removed from the College of Policing MLE to allow for amendments. The learning standards and Authorised Professional Practice continue to be available. These resources will be uploaded again shortly – please contact for further information.


The IPP Introduction module is designed to provide core skills, techniques and knowledge required for all intelligence core functions. Modelling the approach of future programmes, training will be practical and based on case scenarios. The content includes areas such as:

  • National Intelligence Model
  • Legal considerations
  • The national intelligence report
  • Intelligence functions

Who is this programme for?

For those about to embark on a career in intelligence who want to develop a foundation of practical skills and knowledge of the intelligence landscape to build in to their role.  

Introduction to Research


This is a five day module designed to provide core skills and techniques required for research functions.  Training will be practical and based on case scenarios. The training will cover the following areas:

  • The role of research & researcher
  • Developing a terms of reference
  • Creative thinking techniques
  • Basic statistics
  • Collection plans
  • Techniques for challenging
  • Report writing

Who is this programme for?

This module is designed primarily for individuals requiring an introduction to vital research processes and an experiential introduction to effective reporting. The module may also be relevant as CPD for individuals wishing to develop skills in this area. This module is also a pre-requisite for those wishing to complete the Introduction to Analysis module.

Introduction to Analysis


This is a five day module designed to provide core skills and techniques required for analytical functions. Training will be practical and based on case scenarios. The training will cover the following areas:

  • The role of Analysis and the Analyst
  • An overview of Alternative Futures Analysis
  • The role inference and hypotheses in developing meaningful analysis
  • The key importance of considering assumptions
  • Creating and presenting reports and briefings
  • Making critical decisions based on intelligence that is available at any given point in time
  • Considering a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environment
  • The programme will also provide an in-depth introduction to techniques including scenario generation, structured brainstorming, network analysis, event, flow and activity charting, crime pattern analysis, logic and perception, inference development, making recommendations, and writing analytical reports

Who is this programme for?

For Analysts looking to attain the IPP core competency standards in analysis. Also for researchers looking to enhance their analytical and communication competencies. It may also be relevant as CPD for individuals wishing to develop skills in this area.

Intelligence Management

Following the course pilot the learning resources are being updated and will be available on the MLE shortly.


The learning resources are designed to provide core skills and techniques required for intelligence management functions. The module will provide intelligence and analytical managers with a grounding in the responsibilities of their functions, along with linkages with specialist support functions[FM1] .

Who is this programme for?

For intelligence managers, supervisors, senior analysts and anybody else with a management function within intelligence.  

Strategic Management of Intelligence


This module is currently only delivered by the College and is subject to review

Who is this programme for?

This module is aimed at senior leaders with a view to informing their role in ensuring their organisation has embedded intelligence-led policing as business model, and is basing strategic, tactical and operational decision on effective use of knowledge.

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