Competitive and Decision Intelligence Certificate Program Outline

Knowledge inForm has identified and employs in our training design a comprehensive set of Intelligence Competencies. These competencies outline and define the skills and attributes that are essential to providing good intelligence information and knowledge management, research, analysis, intelligence creation, and other activities to support an organization’s intelligence efforts. These Intelligence Competencies are aligned with the Intelligence Process [graphic, below], a framework that defines the key functions of competitive intelligence and serves as the foundation for developing intelligence capabilities in organizations worldwide. They are also aligned with newer and adapted approaches to intelligence creation and management.

Based on the above considerations, the program offers two types of certificates:

The Certificate in Competitive & Decision Intelligence for LIS Professionals (The “Core” or INTEL Certificate) requires 14 courses and is aimed at LIS professionals who are interested in transitioning into the intelligence function. The curriculum is designed to develop the competencies for holistic intelligence practice, from serving as an intelligence team member to managing the intelligence function within an organization.

The Certificate in Competitive & Decision Intelligence Information Function (The IIF Certificate) requires 9 courses and is designed for LIS professionals who wish to more effectively support research, information, and knowledge services for intelligence efforts or an intelligence function. The curriculum covers general CI knowledge, as well as the specific requirements for the LIS function within intelligence.

Some courses are offered separate from these tracks as continuing education courses.

  INTEL Core Track IIF Track CE Course
INTEL-01. Introduction to Competitive & Decision Intelligence  

INTEL-02. Intelligence Projects & Project Management
INTEL-03. Intelligence Published Source Collection: Managing the Function  
INTEL-04 . Intelligence Published Source Collection: Research Techniques, Part I  
INTEL-05. Intelligence Published Source Collection: Research Techniques, Part II  
INTEL-06 . Knowledge Management for CI  
INTEL-07. Human Source Collection    
INTEL-08. Competitive Intelligence Analysis: Fundamental Frameworks  
INTEL-09. Competitive Intelligence Analysis: Intermediate Frameworks  
INTEL-10. Management Analysis    
INTEL-11a or 11b. Analysis Elective  
INTEL-12. Scenario Planning & Futures Techniques    
INTEL-13. Establishing & Managing the Intelligence Program    
INTEL-14. Identifying & Managing Biases in Research, Analysis, & Decision-Making  
INTEL-15. Intelligence Defense    
INTEL-16. Social Media for Competitive & Decision Intelligence    
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