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PND search user – basic

Use the basic PND search functionality, ensuring a consistent and standardised approach among its users.


This course enables users to:

  • access and use the PND
  • appropriately interrogate the PND, utilising available search facilities
  • interpret information retrieved from the PND

Key topics

This course covers how to:

  • appropriately use the PND
  • plan PND searches
  • search and interrogate the PND
  • interpret PND information returned
  • present PND information
  • appropriately share PND information
  • use automated search functions

Key details

Qualification eligibility

RV or NPPV2 vetting.


It is essential that learners are conversant with: 

  • the Data Protection Act 2018
  • the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679
  • the Human Rights Act 1998 
  • the Computer Misuse Act 1990 
  • the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988
  • their responsibilities in relation to the Government protective marking scheme (GPMS) and the Government Security classifications (GSC)
  • their responsibilities in relation to CPIA disclosure
  • their responsibilities in relation to MoPI
  • their responsibilities in relation to 5x5x5 grading and the latest national intelligence grading (4x3x2)

It is advisable (but not essential) that learners: 

  • have successfully completed the national decision model (NDM) (available on College Learn)
Practitioner group

Individuals required to use the PND for basic research and intelligence gathering purposes. 


Three days.

Course contact
Additional information
  • This is an assessed course, meaning an 80% pass mark needs to be achieved in order to successfully complete the course. 
  • This course does not cover local practices and processes for the use of the PND, as it is expected that these will be covered separately to this course.
  • A follow-up course is available for users who require advanced PND search user functionality (1.5 days). Alternatively, users who require both basic and advanced functionality can opt to attend the consolidated PND search user course (four days) instead. 


At present, the College does not deliver PND search user courses as part of its scheduled ICT training, but can deliver them where a specific demand for this training exists. 

This could either be delivered at the College’s Ryton site or at an organisation’s own site, provided the venue meets the PND system’s technical requirements.

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