The part-time Forensic Investigation: Crime and Intelligence Analysis Advanced Certificate program trains you how to create tactical analysis, operational intelligence and strategic intelligence products from information collected during criminal investigations. It uses an intense learning environment to hone your research and analysis skills.
As criminals become more proficient, analysts must be able to use equally sophisticated analytical skills. The Crime and Intelligence Analysis (CIA) Advanced Certificate (Adv Cert) trains you to apply the tools and techniques required to solve complex investigations.
In addition to core technical training, you will also:
- Get access to a network of intelligence professionals
- Receive recognition from international professional associations
About the program
- 3 intakes: January, April, and September
- Offered evenings and weekends
- Up to 7 years to complete the program
- Fully synchronous program, with some classes offered on-campus
- Exciting and meaningful range of career opportunities after graduation
See the Program Details to learn more about what you can expect from CIA, and how you can prepare for a career as an intelligence analyst.
Who should complete the CIA Adv Cert?
This program might be for you if you:
- Have already completed a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences
- Thrive in a high-intensity learning environment
- Enjoy hands-on use of leading-edge crime and intelligence analysis tools (e.g. visual investigative analysis software, crime mapping and statistical software)
- Want to develop intelligence end-products that help drive front-line operations and deploy patrol resources more effectively
- Want to complete your own research project in a series of Capstone courses
If any of these sound like you, please check the Entrance Requirements to ensure you can apply and start your new analyst career!
What Crime and Intelligence Analysis grads can do
By earning your BCIT Advanced Certificate, you’ll be honing your CIA skills and gaining knowledge of various industry-recognized technologies, preparing you for positions in private industry, as well as in Municipal, Provincial and Federal law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies.
You’ll have excellent job opportunities because there is a growing requirement for professionals in both the private and public sectors. For example, have a look at where our grad, Steve Corbeil ended up working.
Learn more about job positions and future opportunities on the Graduating and Jobs page.
- Next up Entrance Requirements
After graduating, you’ll be able to:
- Align intelligence analysis with the tactical, operational and strategic mandates of an organization
- Apply methodologies associated with each of the Intelligence cycle stages toall-source data (e.g., law enforcement, opensource national security, and financial information) for the benefit of organizational mandates
- Create, implement and analyze collection plans and analysis plans relating to threat assessments
- Design and create data sets and develop information processing procedures for subsequent qualitative and quantitative analysis
- Collate, analyze and disseminate geographic data to map activities that fall under the mandates of government agencies, crown corporations, and private sector
- Synthesize all-source information using a variety of methodologies to identify patterns, series and trends for investigative and intelligence purposes
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
Ken Schulz, Program Head
Ken completed his M.A. (Criminology) at Simon Fraser University in 1995. Since then, he has worked as an analyst with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He has worked as a Tactical Analyst on a variety of investigations under the provincial and federal mandates. He presently works in the field of Strategic Intelligence Analysis. He has been involved with the FSCT CIA programs from their inception.
Magda Marczak, Faculty
Magda Marczak has been a part time instructor at BCIT since 2015, delivering FSCT 8436 – Introduction to Crime and Intelligence Analysis. Magda holds a Master of Arts Degree in Criminology from Simon Fraser University and BCIT Advanced Certificate in Forensic Investigation: Crime and Intelligence Analysis. Magda began her career in policing in 2004 with the Vancouver Police Department, and became one of the first civilian analysts in the organization. In 2008, Magda joined the Delta Police Department where she continued to develop as an analyst. In 2014, Magda became the manager in charge of the Surrey Crime Analysis Section, where she is currently overseeing a team of 15 analysts. In addition, Magda manages eight electronic file administrators who prepare disclosure packages, and one digital extraction technician.
In her spare time, Magda enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.
Cyril Sweetville, Faculty
Cyril Sweetville has 20 years of law enforcement and regulatory experience. Cyril has worked as a Customs Inspector, RCMP Police Officer, and police support staff for the RCMP and Abbotsford Police, as well as a Licencing Officer for DFO. Cyril has experience in frontline policing in the lower mainland and in northern Canada, in federal policing, as well as in national security and close protection. Cyril brings additional subject matter expertise from his work as a facilitator in the RCMP terrorism awareness program, and as instructor on the RCMP VIP close protection driving program.He holds Bachelors degrees in Religious Studies and Political Studies; a Postgraduate Certificate in Policing, Intelligence, and Counterterrorism; and has recently completed his Master’s Degree in Homeland Security.
Cyril is currently an instructor in the National Security analysis course, and has also previously guest lectured in this subject matter at BCIT.
Bob Young, Faculty
Bob Young brings a wealth of practical experience, having worked for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) for 33 years as an intelligence officer across Canada and overseas, until recently retiring as the Regional Director General for BC and Yukon. Bob has also testified numerous times for CSIS and has continued doing so since retiring.Bob has degrees in Political Science, International Affairs and Law.
As Co-Instructor for the National Security Analysis course, Bob lectures on the Canadian national security community, terrorism, espionage, foreign interference, the insider threat, and ethics and intelligence, while providing Canadian examples and related challenges. During his classes, Bob encourages questions and class discussion in an effort to develop critical thinking skills (and to hopefully keep students awake).
Edwin Yong, Program Assistant
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