Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option Part-time Advanced Certificate 526aascert

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Analytic techniques are an important addition to every analyst’s toolbox. As criminals become more proficient, analysts must be able to use equally sophisticated analytical skills. The Crime and Intelligence Analysis option trains graduates to successfully apply the tools and techniques required for solving complex investigations. It provides students with the critical thinking skills necessary for addressing modern-day crimes, internship experience in a law enforcement agency, access to a global network of intelligence professionals and recognition by international professional associations.

This program offers a high intensity learning experience involving hands-on use of leading-edge crime and intelligence analysis tools (e.g. visual investigative analysis software, crime mapping and statistical software). This program trains graduates to develop intelligence end-products that help drive front-line operations and deploy patrol resources more effectively.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Synthesize information from disparate sources for the purpose of identifying crime patterns, series and trends
  • Map crime locations and analyse hot spots of crime, disorder and incivilities
  • Develop collection plans of high-risk and habitual offenders
  • Collect, evaluate, maintain and collate crime and intelligence data for national security, law enforcement and the business community
  • Design and maintain criminal intelligence databases for law enforcement action
  • Prepare written and oral reports and various types of charts and graphs based on research, correlation and analysis of evidence.

Program Entry

Application processing

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Most courses may be taken for professional development purposes on an individual course basis without formally applying to the program. To request approval to take a course for professional development, email the Program Assistant identifying which course you'd like to take and attach your current resume along with a brief explanation of how it pertains to your occupation or area of studies.

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements to be accepted.

Step 1: Pre-entry assessment

Applicants must have a pre-assessment with the program area to identify pre-entry courses. Please contact the Program Assistant to make arrangements.

You can apply if you have completed necessary pre-entry courses. A completed pre-entry assessment document from the program area must be uploaded with your application.

Step 2: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Completion of one of the following options prior to admission:

    • Option 1: A two-year diploma (minimum of 60 credits) or associate or bachelor's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution or

    • Option 2: A minimum of 60 credits of courses fulfilling the requirements of the first two years of study towards the completion of a defined undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution (e.g. BA, BSc, BComm, BASc, etc) or

    • Option 3: A minimum of 60 credits of courses from one or more recognized post-secondary institutions (minimum of 18 credits at second-year or higher level) or

    • Option 4: Certification as a police constable AND completion of 30 credits from a recognized post-secondary institution or

    • Option 5: Meeting of alternate entry/exception policy*
    • * Applicants must contact the Program Assistant for particulars. A completed pre-entry assessment document from the program area must be uploaded with your application. Processing times depend on individual assessment and could take up to 3 months to complete.

  • A Criminal Record Check [PDF] (attachment letter to bring to Police department)

  • Pre-entry bridging courses:
    • 3 credits in Criminology
    • 3 credits in GIS
    • 3 credits in Computer Database Applications

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Attend an information session prior to applying for this program. For more information and to register for an information session visit the Forensics website.

Apply to program

Candidates who wish to apply to the Forensic Investigation - Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option must declare this option/specialization at the time of application.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) lets student use knowledge and skills learned outside recognized programs to gain exemption for particular courses in the program. Contact the Program Assistant for details.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program delivery

The Crime and Intelligence Analysis certificate option is instructed by a team of experienced practitioners and experts using leading-edge technology and advanced methods. The ASC Program takes advantage of the best policing has to offer, and through internship placements, immerses students in challenging problem-based scenarios. The ASC Program is intended to provide the most current and applicable analysis training available, and to help students develop the skills necessary to advance in the profession.

The Advanced Certificate courses will be delivered in the classroom setting and where appropriate will utilize the computer lab for assignments that require industry standard technologies. Online courses are currently under development.

Forensic Science and Technology offers flexible scheduling, which is determined by student demand and part-time instructor availability. Courses have a variety of formats, running evenings and/or weekends, consecutive days, or a combination of both.

Program matrix

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1. Required Foundation Courses: (15.0 credits) Credits
  FSCT 7910 Research Methodology and Measurement Models 3.0
  FSCT 8431 Applied Research Methods & Statistics in Crime Analysis 3.0
  FSCT 8432 Approaches to Analysis and Reasoning for Crime Studies 3.0
  FSCT 8436 Introduction to Crime and Intelligence Analysis 3.0
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
 
2. Required Specialty Courses: (9.0 credits) Credits
  FSCT 8430 Tactical Analysis 1 3.0
  FSCT 8433 Crime Analysis 3.0
  FSCT 8486 Strategic Analysis 3.0
 
3. Complete 6.0 credits from the following elective courses: Credits
  FSCT 8010 Forensic Behavioural Science 3.0
  FSCT 8303 Geographic Profiling 1 3.0
  FSCT 8434 Crime Mapping 3.0
  FSCT 8481 Major Crimes Analysis 3.0
  FSCT 8482 National Security Analysis 3.0
  FSCT 8520 Internet for Investigation 3.0
 
Total Credits: 30.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Students work through their chosen curriculum at their own pace, therefore, the total length required to finish the program can vary. At six credits per term, the Advanced Certificate Program can take five terms to complete.

Grading

Depending upon the learning outcomes of various courses, students will be graded on a combination of the following:

  • Participation in in-class exercises
  • Participation in and completion of case studies
  • Participation in discussion forums
  • Submission of completed projects
  • Submission of completed assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Mid-term and final examinations

Minimum passing grade for each course is 60%.

Additional program options

Program location

Courses are held at the Burnaby campus, the Downtown Vancouver campus or delivered online.

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Continue your education

Students in the Advanced Certificate may go on to pursue the Bachelor of Technology in Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis option) only if they meet the requirements for entrance into the Bachelor of Technology program. For further information, please visit our Crime and Intelligence Analysis Bachelor of Technology program page, or contact the department at 604-412-7436.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Intelligence analysts are employed by the military and law enforcement agencies at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. They also work for federal and provincial ministries whose mandates involve the environment, business, taxation and immigration. Analysts may be called upon to provide a variety of analytical services and products. Crime analysts are employed by municipal police departments and RCMP detachments in support of front-line policing efforts. Crime and intelligence analysis is a rapidly growing branch within law enforcement agencies and in the private sector, a trend that is expected to continue in the foreseeable future.

Some position titles (in law enforcement) include:

  • Crime Analyst
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Major Crimes Analyst
  • National Security Analyst
  • Strategic Intelligence Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Open Source Analyst

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Professional associations

There are several professional associations that offer professional development courses and related certification, including the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA), the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA), the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Both IALEIA and IACA sponsor periodic training sessions and provide train-the-trainer workshops. IALEP hosts a one-week course on planning, which includes topics ranging from project management to capital planning and facilities planning. ACFE offers a comprehensive range of courses in both foundation and advanced topics relating to fraud examination.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Dr. Darryl Plecas - RCMP Research Chair, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, UCFV
  • Dana Adams - Director of Security Services, Telus Communication
  • Lynn Gifford - Coordinator, Forensic Nursing Services, Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Taras Hryb - President, Canadian Association of Private Investigators
  • Jared Jung - Computer Crime, ASC Student
  • Lisa Lapointe - Forensic Science and Identification Services, Province of BC
  • Stefano Mazzega - General Manager, Forensic Science and Identification Services, National Forensic Services Laboratory, Vancouver
  • Kevin McQuiggin - Inspector(retd), Tech Crime Unit, Vancouver Police Department
  • Aaron Oliynyk - Crime and Intelligence, Btech Student and Civil Aviation Safety Inspector
  • Jess Ram - Inspector, Criminal Intelligence Services

Contact Us

Patrick Neal, Program Coordinator
604.412.7641

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